Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Harry Kewell a surprise showing at Stoke training, Wanderers lose their first-ever match and much more
Australia international Harry Kewell has reportedly taken his club search to Stoke City, but the veteran forward looks unlikely to find a home at the English Premier League outfit. Reports in the United Kingdom on Wednesday linked the 33-year-old with an unexpected visit to Stoke's training, but a statement from the club to Fox Sports did not sound hopeful: "[Kewell] turned up out of the blue, wasn't expected by anyone, had a five minute conversation with our manager and left," it read. Kewell has been clubless since his departure from Melbourne Victory was announced in June, having had stints at Leeds United, Liverpool and Galatasaray before joining the A-League club for the 2011-12 campaign.
Luciano Trani has left Adelaide United's back room staff after declining the A-League club's offer to coach the Reds' youth side. Trani had been the senior assistant at Adelaide for the 2011-12 campaign, but had been demoted in place of former Reds defender Michael Valkanis as part of an off-season coaching shuffle at the club. United confirmed on Wednesday to The Adelaide Advertiser via statement that former Wellington Phoenix assistant Trani, 46, had rejected a subsequent offer to lead the National Youth League team and had returned to his native Melbourne. "The club had discussions with Luciano Trani regarding extending his role to include that of development," it read. "Luciano rejected that opportunity and as such he, Peter Blazincic and Michael Valkanis would continue in their roles as assistant coaches. Luciano has elected not to fulfil the role and has left the club and returned to Melbourne."
Former Australia captain Alex Tobin has outlined the need for the country to stay in step with their Asian rivals when it comes to player development. Capped 87 times by the Socceroos, Tobin is now the New South Wales Institute of Sport's technical director, and has spoken of his concern at the processes of developing both players and coaches in Australia. "[Other Asian countries'] rate of improvement is extraordinary but it's no surprise," Tobin told Four Four Two Australia. "And I know where they'll be in 10 years time and 20 years time, simply because they'll be working with elite players with fantastic technique. No senior coach is going to be inheriting players who need to work on this or that. There is a concern [Australia will be left behind], which is precisely why we need to do things well, and ensure that good coaches are in the system."
The Western Sydney Wanderers have tasted defeat for the first time in their short history, succumbing 2-1 to New South Wales Premier League powerhouse Sydney United 58 in their friendly on Wednesday. While crowd trouble stole the headlines, goals from Mitchell Stamatellis and Ben Vidaic stole the bragging rights for United, with Mark Bridge getting the Wanderers' consolation. "Certainly, it wasn't what we were after on the scoreboard but this is all part of the process for us," Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said. "We will learn from this and take a number of positives out of the match and we now head north for a pre-season camp which will be good."