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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Kurt Reynolds, who coached Launceston City in the 2014 Victory League competition [PlessPix]

Launceston City have parted company with their Victory League coach Kurt Reynolds after just 12 months.

Launceston City finished last in the inaugural Victory League competition in 2013 and, although they managed three wins in 2014, they still collected the wooden spoon.

Reynolds, a former captain of the Young Socceroos (Under-20s) and who began his playing career at Launceston Juventus, as the club was then known, was also in charge of the Launceston City Skills Acquisition Program and other development programs at the club.

“In a meeting last night at the club, I was advised of the above with the club stating ‘cultural and interpersonal’ issues as the main reason,” Reynolds said.

“Football outcomes were not part of the consideration.

“I am personally disappointed not to have the opportunity to progress the very positive inroads achieved at Victory League level this season.

“From a football perspective, things were heading in the right direction.

“Every club has its own culture and beliefs.

“This I must respect. However, if some individuals don't see me as part of that, then that is fine.

“It has been a pleasure contributing at the club as Victory League head coach and working with the SAP and development programs at Launceston City FC.

“Solid progress has been made throughout.

“I wish the club all the best going forward.”

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-17 #17 Ackerly 2014-10-25 17:37
We also get a fair few players from the social leagues that we are grateful for.
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+16 #16 Poor Form 2014-10-25 04:13
Quoting Captain Australia:
You can all be assured that the Northern Rangers have no exit plans and we are 100% committed to the State League, there is no point going back to what is effectively a social league, With no state league, the likes of Michael Holden and Harry Thannhauser do not get the opportunities to thrive.

The only plans we have is to continue to grow in professionalism, produce talented kids, develop coaches and win the State Wide League.


Let's not forget where Rangers come from. A social league, which they didn't always win.

It's amazing how quickly you forget Donk
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+16 #15 Jimmy C 2014-10-22 12:56
Captain Aus, I take offence to your remarks in suggesting that we a little more than a social competition/clu b, you witnessed this in the flesh on the last game of the NPL season and what it meant to our club. We strive for very similar goals in that we are always looking to increase our professionalism , we continue to work with our Juniors to ensure they are not only talented but enjoy there football experience and we are fully committed to supporting anyone from coaches to volunteers in developing there skill set. We have had many players and coaches come through our club over the years and thrive at the opportunities that they have been presented along the way albeit not at Statewide level but on the much broader football stage, the destiny lies with the individual not the reliance on our shambolic Statewide comp.

Jimmy C
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+8 #14 Le Donk...ey 2014-10-20 07:30
Quoting Captain Australia:
You can all be assured that the Northern Rangers have no exit plans and we are 100% committed to the State League, there is no point going back to what is effectively a social league, With no state league, the likes of Michael Holden and Harry Thannhauser do not get the opportunities to thrive.

The only plans we have is to continue to grow in professionalism, produce talented kids, develop coaches and win the State Wide League.


You may want to check your statements with the rest of your club first as many are uttering the opposite
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-4 #13 Captain Australia 2014-10-19 23:02
You can all be assured that the Northern Rangers have no exit plans and we are 100% committed to the State League, there is no point going back to what is effectively a social league, With no state league, the likes of Michael Holden and Harry Thannhauser do not get the opportunities to thrive.

The only plans we have is to continue to grow in professionalism , produce talented kids, develop coaches and win the State Wide League.
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+2 #12 Mutiny 2014-10-19 22:55
Don't worry olympia sack premiership winning coaches....
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-24 #11 Former Great 2014-10-16 09:16
No wonder Launceston City aren't going anywhere. Kurt is a top level operator and coach.
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+8 #10 Cliff 2014-10-16 08:06
VL exit strategies not required at the end of 2015. Just walk away with no strings attached. And yes, that's what I'd be tipping as well. Apparently Campbell Town are putting a committee together!!!
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+4 #9 Mike McKenna 2014-10-16 05:20
Quoting Oracle:
It's hard to improve in the state if the best aren't playing each other.

To go back to regional leagues would definitely be to go backwards but I'm not for one moment saying that to structure the State league is not a hard problem.

Maybe we need a footballing referendum.

Someone may offer up a league structure that suits our state and works.

We are mad about our sport in Tas and only need a good working formula that accomodates our population and finances.


Totally agree. Something in the structure needs to change. I believe that Palmer is already looking at this.

I believe you need regional based promotion and relegation. How it works I don't know but now you have given teams an opportunity to put in place structures there is no excuse.

The 2014 season was boring from the end of round 1. If not for the media coverage and couple of interstate matches you wouldn't know we existed
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+4 #8 Brian 2014-10-16 05:05
Quoting Anon:
Quoting The Special One:
Cliff rumour on the streets up North, are that all 3 clubs are plotting VL out strategies for the end of 2015.

Its been heard in the South as well .


Why???
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