Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Foxe linked with Heart post, Mariners after new blood and much more
Melbourne Heart look set to hand former Perth Glory and Sydney FC player Hayden Foxe the role of new assistant manager, according to MFootball. The 34-year-old is undertaking a one-week trial with the club, after recently completing his coaching licence in London. The ex-Socceroos central defender had stints with West Ham, Portsmouth and Leeds and will bring a wealth of experience to the Heart's coaching ranks. Foxe could replace former assistant manager Ante Milicic, who has taken an assistant role with the inaugural western Sydney FC side.
Central Coast Mariners National Youth League head coach Tony Walmsley is looking for some new talent to add to his squad. The 2011-2012 title-winning coach is determined to continue the success. Former captain James Oates, forward Mitchell Duke and midfielder Anthony Caceres have been promoted to the senior team, leaving Walmsley deparate to fill the void with fresh with talent. "Our program has been among the most successful in the country with a number of players advancing from the National Youth League to full time A-League contracts," Walmsley said. The Mariners will undertake open trials in their search for Australian talent, and Walmsley is committed to finding the next crop of talented youth. "We will need a few more players to come in and would like to offer ambitious footballers the opportunity to impress."
The Socceroos' World Cup Qualifier in Brisbane against Japan is helping build interest in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia. With a considerable amount of Japanese media in Brisbane, Local Organising Committee chief executive officer Michael Brown was able to promote the event. "Japan has a fantastic history in the Asian Cup, both as hosts of the event in 1992 and winning four of the past six tournaments and automatically qualified for 2015," Brown said. "Today we have hosted about 45 Japanese media to start to build the interest and excitement." Brown stressed the importance of a Japanese audience during the 2015 tournament: "In Japan during the last tournament there was a cumulative audience of 209 million, so we are keen to ensure people in Japan embrace the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015."
Australian midfielder James Troisi is subject of an AU$6 million deal over three years from Qatar club El Jaish. His father and advisor Alby Troisi confirmed his son has been offered a lucrative offer, with the Socceroos winger having left Kayserispor in the Turkish Super Lig after a pay dispute. "It's true that a sizeable offer has been placed in front of James," Alby Troisi said. Troisi's destination is dependant on whether the 23-year-old harbours ambitions in Europe, according to his father. "The decision for James is whether to take something which could set him up for life or instead opt for Europe," he said. His father believes the Adelaide-born player's future with the national team will play a big part in his decision. "The most important thing is to be playing regular football, wherever that is. There is not too much point in going to Europe, whether that's James or anybody else, and sitting on the bench," he said. "It's a huge decision for him and he needs to make the right one. He will discuss it with myself and his European agent Frank Trimboli and I am sure he will make the right move."