Smith grabs the Glory

Perth Glory has announced the signing of former Australian technical manager Ron Smith as its new coach.

Perth Glory has announced the signing of former Australian technical manager Ron Smith as its new head coach, as well as confirming the appointment of new CEO Michelle Phillips.

'Every successful sports organisation can point to an effective on-field and back-office management team. With Ron and Michelle, we believe we have the opportunity to bring a pretty unique and exciting mix of expertise – in corporate and commercial capability, grass-roots local football knowledge, talent identification and elite player development – to bear on the revival and repositioning of this club," FFA Head of Operations Matt Carroll said.

'We promised that we would lay the right foundations to build a model club here in Western Australia, and I believe that these appointments will significantly enhance that opportunity," Carroll added.

Smith, 57, who has previously been responsible for the development of a number of Socceroos stars such as Mark Viduka, Lucas Neill and Craig Moore, aims to bring an exciting brand of football to the Glory.

"I've always liked my teams to be well organised in defence but to play attacking football. Nobody wants to see a defensive team that pinches an occasional goal on a counter attack," Smith said.

Smith has occupied several roles in his career including a tenure as Head Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, and more recently the role of National Technical Manager for the FFA.

"I'd like to bring in a few players next week and trial them, with a view to possibly offering them contracts," he said.

Even though Smith is arriving with just over a month before the A-League season commences, he is confident of success with the Glory.

'In the Australian National Team environment we have become used to having limited periods of time to prepare teams, so this will be no different, he said.

"In the past, Perth Glory has always been one of the strongest clubs, but the Hyundai A-League has levelled the playing field and we will need to step up."

Meanwhile, new CEO Phillips formely head of Football West aims to create a new culture in Western Australian football.

'I hope that my experience in the business and commercial sector, as well as good understanding of the Western Australian grass-roots football environment, will be valuable assets for Perth Glory going into this vital Hyundai A-League 2006-07 season," Phillips said.

FFA as confirmed that Smith's role will commence immediately, whilst Phillips will begin her role next month.

RON SMITH - PROFILE

Coaching History:

· June 2004 – Present: Technical Manager - Football Federation Australia
· June 2002 - June 2004: Performance Analysis / Coaching Consultant
· Contracts with : Johor FC Malaysia, Football Federation Australia & AIS
· June 1999 - June 2002: National Director of Coaching & Youth Development, Football Association of Malaysia
· Jan 1998 - June 1999: Head Coach - Johor Football Club
· Aug 1995 - Dec 1997: Head Coach - Sabah Football Association
· 1986 – 1996: Head Coach – Soccer Program - Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
· 1982 – 1986: Assistant Coach – Soccer Program - Australian Institute of Sport
· 1980 – 1982: Queensland Soccer Federation (QSF) - State Coach and Director of Coaching
· 1979: 1st Team Coach - I.B.K.Keflavik FC (Iceland)
· 1975 – 1978: State Coach and Director of Coaching (Victorian Soccer Federation)

Playing Career:
1974 – 1975: South Melbourne Hellas FC - Australia
1972 – 1973: Southall FC – Isthmian League - UK
1971 – 1972: Kingston FC – Isthmian League
1968 – 1971: Borough Road College FC
1966: Tottenham Hotspur FC – Youth Team

Coaching qualifications:
2002 -UEFA 'A' Licence Conversion Course –UK
1999 -Asian Football Confederation- Instructor
1988 -Australian Coaching Council (ACC) Level 3
1980 -FIFA Instructor for Oceania
1975 -English Football Association – Coaching Licence
1975 -Australian Soccer Federation – Staff Coach
1973 -English Football Association – Full Award
Source: SBS