Sharks hire Sterrey

The Olympic Sharks have announced the hiring of ex-Newcastle and Marconi coach Lee Sterrey as their new head coach, replacing Gary Phillips, who was sacked earlier in the week.

National Soccer League champions the Olympic Sharks have appointed Lee Sterrey as coach for the rest of the season, after sacking Grand Final winner Gary Phillips two days ago.

Sterrey, the former coach of Newcastle United and Marconi Stallions, takes over just three days ahead of Olympic's top of the table showdown with the Perth Glory.

"It's a great opportunity," said Sterrey. "It's not every day of the week you get the chance to coach a team with the quality of the Olympic Sharks.

"At the end of the day I'll do things my way. I have a passion and a desire for the job and it's up to me to put my stamp on the team."

As a tough defender, Sterrey played 107 NSL games for four different teams from 1984 to 1989 before coaching Newcastle United for three seasons and Marconi for one.

He has no finals experience as a coach, something he'll have to pick up quickly, as the Sharks chase back-to-back titles in the play-offs.

"I don't think it's any hindrance not having coached in the finals before," said Sterrey. "It doesn't matter if you're playing for sheep stations or it's just a friendly, football is a 90 minute game that has to be won."

It's Sterrey no-nonsense style that got him the job, the Sharks hierachy concerned the team is lacking discipline and focus.

"Lee impressed us with his tactical knowledge and his passion for the job," said the Sharks general manager Peter Raskopoulos.

Asked if Sterrey's job was to crack the whip to shake up the faltering Sharks, Raskopoulos replied: "It's a possibility. Lee's known to be a straightforward and honest person, they're other qualities we like in giving him the job."

The deal is a quick fix for Olympic, as the coach has four-month contract with no guarantees for next season.

Olympic turns over coaches rapidly - Sterrey is the club's 23rd coach in 26 seasons, most of them given the sack by one of the most volatile outfits in Australian sport.
Source: Sportal