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:  Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni is looking for a new driver, not for this yellow Mustang, but as coach of the club [PlessPix]

Hobart Zebras will appoint David Smith as interim coach for two weeks as they search for a permanent replacement for Peter Savill.

Savill resigned suddenly after Sunday’s 3-2 loss to South Hobart.

Smith, a former Tasmanian director of coaching and CEO of Football Federation Tasmania, is the technical director of Football Federation Victoria.

He was previously the technical director of the Northern New South Wales Football Federation.

Smith has coached Zebras in the past and is a former player of the club.

He also played for Rapid and Metro in his younger days in Tasmania.

Zebras’ assistant coach, Jez Kenth, was not interested in the senior job because of family commitments.

Hobart Zebras president Nick Di Giovanni said Smith had agreed to coach Zebras for the next two weeks when they face two difficult games.

This Saturday, they are away to sister club Launceston City, while the following weekend they meet Olympia Warriors in the semi-finals of the Lakoseljac Cup.

Romero Frediani and Sergip Pace took Zebras training on Tuesday and Smith will arrive on Thursday to take charge.

Di Giovanni said Savill’s departure was unexpected and he thanked Savill for his work with the club this season.

Several names have cropped up as possible replacements, including former Kingborough and Olympia coach Ian Shaw, former Zebras coaches Tommy Fotak and Franco Previdi, but this is all pure speculation at present.

Shaw returned to Queensland after being sacked by Olympia and replaced by Kenny Weston.

Fotak has not coached for a while because of work and family commitments, while Previdi, who took Zebras to a league title in the past, is believed to be happy at the helm of second-tier Glenorchy Knights.

He coached Knights to the Southern Championship title last season and they are currently top of the table and have ambitions to return to the top flight as soon as possible.

Zebras are currently in fourth place on the PS4 NPL Tasmania standings.

Savill delivered the first piece of silverware for the year early on by winning the Summer Series.

Last year, he coached Devonport City to the league and cup double.


0 #19 Anonymous 2017-05-13 12:15
#18Well when one resigns you have no fu$@$& choice you total idiot .
+4 #18 Lothar Mattheus 2017-05-12 22:34
Which other league in the world would change the head coaches who are coaching the first and second teams on the ladder?
0 #17 Anonymous 2017-05-12 13:19
#14 and your point ?
+1 #16 Anon 2017-05-12 06:18
#11.I doubt you know much at all. I don't hate Zebras for one minute hence my comment above.
+3 #15 Simple 2017-05-12 04:29
Quoting Anon:
South Hobart, Olympia, Port: full time coaches
Zebras: ??

Full time coaching is exhausting, besides that it's hard to find full time coach for short term plans! Nowadays full time coaches have credentials and only a chequebook or ambitious plans can persuade them .
+5 #14 Anon 2017-05-12 02:13
South Hobart, Olympia, Port: full time coaches
Zebras: ??
0 #13 newcar 2017-05-12 01:48
seen previdi in tilfords show room with a certain president. I think he likes the mustang but not in yellow. Waiting for dj to order him one in the right colour before he takes the helm at zebras.
+5 #12 Anon 2017-05-12 01:18
#10. Made wrong appointments then.They should be full time if you are serious and wish to be seen as professional and want to be on the national stage.It appears you need quite a bit of input but hope you take notice and fix the problems.Doubt it though.
-5 #11 anonymous 2017-05-11 23:12
#8 He's back Mr I hate the Zebras , we know who you are. I smell a R..
+5 #10 Anonymous 2017-05-11 22:00
#6 Assistants are only part time and haven't the time for Npl which is a full time position these days , but thanks for the input.

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