By DOUG BOOTH
Miron Bleiberg has broken his silence on missing out on the Adelaide United coaching position.
Speaking to Goal Australia, the ex-Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast United coach claimed he was on the shortlist of three for the job, along with two-time A-League title winner Ernie Merrick and successful applicant Josep Gombau.
Although disappointed at missing out, Bleiberg said he felt Adelaide's decision to go with Spaniard Gombau, 36, supported his opinion that A-League clubs wanted young coaches.
"The situation in the A-League now is that the average age of coaches is quite young," he said.
Now aged 58, Bleiberg believes the league's clubs are leaning more towards 'tracksuit' coaches, bucking the European trend where big clubs such as Manchester United [Sir Alex Ferguson], PSG [Carlo Ancelotti] and Real Madrid [Jose Mourinho] prefer experience.
Bleiberg admitted that, while being financially secure away from football, he still had the appetite and desire to take the helm of a leading Australian club.
"I would like to be involved again. If anyone wants my services, I am interested [in talking]," he said.
"But I am not tempted to apply for coaching positions. I am not active in applying [for the sake of it]."