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Fenech ‘forced’ to quit his job as CQFC head coach

CQFC head coach and technical director Joe Fenech is adamant his shock resignation was not something he wanted, but something forced upon him.
CQFC head coach and technical director Joe Fenech is adamant his shock resignation was not something he wanted, but something forced upon him. Chris Ison

OUTGOING CQFC head coach and technical director Joe Fenech is adamant his shock resignation was not something he wanted, but something forced upon him.

After months of what Fenech labelled as poor communication, false promises and incompetence from specific members on the board, finally pushed the coach of the National Premier League side to hand in his resignation on Sunday.

Fenech said he could no longer work alongside CEO Tony Zanda or media manager Grant Stockwell, who both served on the CQFC board, and would only stay if they left.

Fenech said Zanda's vague response to his resignation was typical of the poor communication between the pair since he was appointed as head coach late last year.

"I emailed Tony Zanda my resignation on Sunday and I got a text from the CEO saying 'OK'. On Monday another board member emailed me asking me not to say anything to the media, as the board had not accepted my resignation," Fenech said.

Fenech respected the board's wishes but on Monday afternoon, he had a phone call from WIN Television questioning his decision to resign.

"The journalist at WIN TV said he had received an email from Tony Zanda saying I was resigning, and the board wished me well, but Tony still had not spoken to me about it. The next thing I knew I was sitting at home and it came on the news I had resigned," a devastated Fenech explained.

Fenech had been left in limbo, not sure whether the club wanted him to see out the four-week notice period or leave immediately.

"Nobody has told me anything."

Last month, a monthly board meeting was held, where Fenech said he lost his temper and told a few "home truths".

"Obviously my candidness did not sit well with them," Fenech said.

Since the club was established late last year, Fenech had been asking for basic essential gear for the top side.

He said he had been promised the gear time and again, but has seen very little of it.

The club still lacked a major sponsor from home ground Rugby Park which they share with Central Queensland Rugby Union.

Fenech said what sponsors the club did have, were gained through his work.

He said the added the burden of being the face of the club, and the person people went to, to question what was happening and where their gear was, had become too much.

As for his future plans, Fenech said he had none at this stage.

"It was my intention to be here for the next five years ... I was confident I was doing okay and the feedback I was getting was good. It's important that people don't think I've quit for any other reason apart from there are a few people on the board I cannot work with.

"My resignation had to happen to change things. I will be annoyed if when I go, the new coach gets everything I've been asking for ... and I know now the boys have a couple of weaker teams they will start winning - they are coming together well but I want them to win," he said.

"I resigned because it's about time Central Queensland united together to support the world game so we can have it in our backyard."

CQFC Energy:

  • CQFC Energy next plays Far North Queensland (FNQFC) on Saturday, at Barlow Park in Cairns, 7.30pm in round six of the inaugural National Premier League.
  • The newly formed club currently sits bottom of the ladder with five losses.
  • In round five, they lost to Brisbane Strikers 4-3.

Topics:  contrversy, cq, football


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