Coach appointment gives Cougars hope
THERE are few certainties in football, but Cougars chief executive Bevan Dingley at least can see a possible bright light at the end of the tunnel.
It has been a very tough 12 months for the cash-strapped Hyundai QSL side with a general lack of enthusiasm in Central Queensland to embrace the Cougars' concept.
High-profile Uruguayan international player Washington Gonzales started the season as the Cougars coach, but both he and assistant Trevor Wood were gone before season's end with Dingley sharing coaching duties so the team could complete its commitments for the 2011 season.
Now the big hope for the Cougars is the appointment of a coach who can revitalise football in the area and assist in getting the Cougars' brand recognised and accepted by those involved in the sport.
The Cougars advertised for a suitable candidate with the dead-line for applications closing last Friday.
Dingley said the hunt had brought forward the names of a few likely candidates but the Cougars were still hopeful a solution for the coaching position could be found with the assistance of Football Queensland.
Currently CQ is not serviced by a director of coaching, since Gonzales' was also stripped of that position, and therefore the appointment of a coach to carry out both roles should provide benefits for the area.
Dingley said a suitably qualified coach had met with the FQ's technical department director Peter De Roo and negotiations were underway and would hopefully be finalised soon.
Brisbane-based Taringa Rovers first team coach Joe Fenech is the man in whom interest has been expressed.
"We are waiting for the final word from Geoff (Football Queensland's CEO Geoff Foster)," he said.
"We are hoping to interview him (Fenech) on Wednesday (tomorrow). We want him to know what our structure is and we want to know what he can provide."
Fenech has a reputation for being well organised within a club structure and this would assist the Cougars' brand as their name is attached to most levels of football excellence in CQ.
"If this happens it will give us four or five months to develop for the season," Dingley said.
Foster confirmed the director of coaching position would be one made by FQ and the well-respected Fenech had been targeted.
"Certainly the position will be funded out of Football Queensland," he said. "But at this point there is nothing on my desk."