Murray United coach search in full flow

MURRAY United is fast-tracking the selection of a senior coach.

While the majority of the coaching position vacancies for the new NPL club close this week, the recruitment of the senior team mentor is in full swing.

Recently appointed technical director Paul Millynn has already interviewed two candidates and yesterday travelled to Melbourne to speak with another four interested in the position.

Millynn expects to Skype another applicant and finish interviews later this week.

“In a perfect world I would like to be able to take a name to the board some time next week,” he said.

“It is a high quality field of applicants.

“We have one with an A-coaching licence, some with NPL clubs and others still who have taken teams overseas as part of an academy.

“We can’t move quickly enough with this and once we have a senior coach I’d expect the assistant and under-20 coach to follow out of that.

“Half of those who have applied for the senior role have indicated they were interested in the under-20 role as well.”

Millynn said it was important the coach got to scout Border talent.

“The sooner we have the coach in position, the sooner we can start looking at and signing players,” he said.

“There is no doubt we have the local talent to be successful, you only have to go to some of the top of the table games on any Sunday.”

But Millynn said there was still some indecision about the future of women’s soccer in the NPL.

It was expected that the women’s NPL, which would sit directly underneath the W-League, would start in 2016, but Millynn said they needed to start moving in that direction now.

“There are some challenges involved in that and we will meet with Football Federation Victoria again this week,” he said.

“It is how the competition could be run … women’s football is separate again to the other competitions and would split us into three with juniors and seniors and then the women playing in the Melbourne league.

“We know we can play everyone at La Trobe up here but it is training grounds that might prove an issue.

“It may be that we need an Albury club to come on board as the training base for the women in an NPL competition.”

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