Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Matthaus linked with Heart job, potential saviours for Gold Coast United and more
Fifa World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthaus is understood to be one of more than 100 applicants for the soon-to-be vacant Melbourne Heart coaching role. With incumbent and inaugural coach John van 't Schip to return to his native Holland at season's end, The Age claims Matthaus - along with former Dutch international Ruud Krol - is one of the bigger-name candidates. ''We are not in any hurry. We have had a lot of interest and we will take our time to ensure that the person we select will be the right fit for the philosophy of the club,'' Heart chief executive officer Scott Munn told the newspaper. The World Game, meanwhile, claim Matthaus was also interested in the Sydney FC role when Vitezslav Lavicka returns to the Czech Republic after the 2011-12 campaign, but was denied an interview.
Central Coast Mariners captain Alex Wilkinson is relishing the chance to come up against Australia international striker Josh Kennedy when Nagoya Grampus travel to Gosford in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday. As well as being a proven scorer for his country, Kennedy has 51 goals in 94 appearances in all competitions for the J.League club. "It's a huge challenge," Wilkinson said of containing the 194cm-striker. "That's the beauty of playing in the ACL, you get to test yourself against great players. We've got to keep an eye on him very closely, but also cut the service he gets. Me and Patrick [fellow central defender Patrick Zwaanswijk] will have to stay close to him."
Football Federation Australia have reportedly received a proposal to save Gold Coast United from instinction. According the Fox Sports, a consortium containing investors from Gold Coast and foreign businessmen, several local football bodies and Griffith University have made a bid to save the club, which is under the auspices of the FFA after former owner Clive Palmer's licence was revoked in February. "We may have worked our way to a solution where we can achieve a 'win-win' outcome for the Gold Coast, with football needing to be the winner at all costs," bid leader Geoffrey Schuhkraft told the website. "Gold Coast is the perfectly positioned franchise for south-east Asia and the Gulf."
Newcastle Jets captain Jobe Wheelhouse believes his side will suffer if they compromise their style in Sunday's crucial match with Sydney FC. The two teams are battling it out for the final spot in the A-League's top six and subsequent finals, with a draw to send the Jets through. But playing for a stalemate is unlikely to be Newcastle's focus, says Wheelhouse. "I think if we sit back and let them control the game that will give them a great advantage to score the goals they need to win the game, so I'd say we will play our normal game and press high and try to force them in to some mistakes," Wheelhouse told Sportal. "If we should get an early goal in the first the half it will really set us up. The longer the game goes they have to come at us because they have to win the game so it might suit us."