Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th 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:  Gabriel Markaj will have a huge task in turning around the fortunes of Hobart Zebras [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras have appointed Gabriel Markaj as their NPL Tasmania coach and technical director for the 2018 season.

Markaj was assistant coach at Zebras for the last few months of the 2017 season following his dismissal by Kingborough Lions United.

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Photo:  The power of prayer was ineffective while Markaj was coach of Kingborough Lions United [PlessPix]

Markaj had been appointed as Kingborough’s coach at the beginning of the 2017 season and promptly brought in 12 players from interstate, prompting several established players to leave the club.

Only goalkeeper Sheku Kamara saw out the season, however, as the world turned pear-shaped for the club.

After his dismissal, the 22-year-old Markaj joined Hobart Zebras, filling in for Under-18 coach Peter McBeath, who went to Europe on holidays.

He then became assistant to stand-in senior coach Tommy Fotak, who had been appointed to replace senior coach Peter Savill, who resigned virtually at the start of the season.

After the end of the 2017 season, Markaj returned to Adelaide and was appointed a youth coach and technical director at Adelaide Blue Eagles.

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Photo:  Gabriel Markaj points something out to Sergio Pace, one of the Zebras' coaching staff [PlessPix]

He has now resurfaced in Hobart and was announced yesterday as Hobart Zebras’ new senior NPL Tasmania coach.

Markaj has been advertising on social media for overseas players, including a left-footed midfielder or striker, and is offering players $300 a game.

Zebras’ president Nick Di Giovanni has been quoted in the press as saying the players enjoyed Markaj’s involvement in coaching the team last season and he would be a popular choice of the players.

The 2018 season is a make-or-break season for Hobart Zebras, who have been starved of success for quite a while.

If it’s the players who are effectively playing a major role in selecting the coach, then it had better be a good start to the season.

If results don’t come, players can just as quickly turn on the head honcho, especially if he starts dropping some of them.

It should be a very interesting season ahead for the Italian-backed club.

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Photo:  Gabriel Markaj compares notes with Zebras' fly-in from Melbourne Mathew Sanders at half-time in a game against Olympia last season [PlessPix]


0 #65 Anonymous 2017-11-17 18:16
Both of these comments below illustrate perfectly why most blogged comments on here should be taken with a packet of salt and are written by people that are not very smart.

Quoting why:
Quoting Smiffers:
Is it true Corey Smith is heading back to coach metro?

Why would he give up a great role to do that seriosuly
-3 #64 Smiffers 2017-11-15 23:19
Quoting why:
Quoting Smiffers:
Is it true Corey Smith is heading back to coach metro?

Why would he give up a great role to do that seriosuly

I'm going to russia for da world cup anyway. Keep an eye on my insta stories.
+2 #63 why 2017-11-15 01:55
Quoting Smiffers:
Is it true Corey Smith is heading back to coach metro?

Why would he give up a great role to do that seriosuly
0 #62 Anon 2017-11-14 12:05
Quoting Smiffers:
Is it true Corey Smith is heading back to coach metro?

Yeah, captain, coach and president
-1 #61 Smiffers 2017-11-13 22:01
Is it true Corey Smith is heading back to coach metro?
-4 #60 lol 2017-11-12 21:37
Quoting Catenaccio:

Everybody looks forward to you coaching, LOL.

We need you to show all and sundry how to coach.

It is easy to take pot shots from your arm chair at those getting out there and giving up their time to coach teams.

Typical reply, and thats a cop out tbh. Its not about me coaching - its about people here knowing more about the game, get out of your bubble and see what the game is really about, and how the professional do it. Find out what professional do. So get outside into the the real world (which isn't really Australia), or just keep making the same mistakes over and over again and thinking you're moving forward
0 #59 Anon 2017-11-10 03:59
#58 . You may find that in 2015 Olympia did not spend ridiculous money.The club was different then.The problems have arisen since then and become worse as time has progressed.They have then tried to buy titles like other clubs and have failed miserably for much the same reasons.
0 #58 Anon 2017-11-09 23:05
Quoting Anonymous:
How can you put Olympia and Zebras in the same sentence. Since the victory league / NPL Olympia has won at the men senior level 4 summer cups 1 Laka cup 1 state title 1 league cup reached the semi finals of the NPL national championship by virtue of an away win to the South Melbourne FC in the NPL National championship. Zebras have won not much in a decade. So how about at least being truthful when posting the respective records and success of each club. It is very typical of the bloggers on here to lie about OLYMPIA and let the facts get in the way of a good lie. Only South Hobart have been more successful since the state league re started. Deal with it.

Your facts are spot on but you forget one thing they spent$$$ to win.
Any clubs future is from local players not imports coming and going for the
0 #57 Anon 2017-11-09 04:42
#54.Dont try kidding yourself.I believe the reference to these two clubs was nothing about titles.It was about seeing the head honchos of these two clubs coaching against each other.Talk about a comedy.Dont bother comparing results.It has nothing to do with results.
-3 #56 Anon 2017-11-09 03:55
Walter it is not worth your effort replying to people who are arrogant and lack respect for others.Your time would be better spent sitting on the loo and imagining you are dropping bombs on these people.

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