New Plymouth Rangers is on the look out for a new Director of Football to replace Juliano Schmeling. Schmeling, who was the director and head coach for two seasons departed to coach in New Caledonia at the completion of the 2019 season
The role is a relatively new one that has evolved into a full time role overseeing the clubs programmes and top teams. Candidates are applying from all over the world which is exciting however finding out which are serious options has been tricky for chairman Monty Ammundsen. He says “We are blown away by the calibre of some of the applications but the visa process is tricky for foreign coaches wanting to move here so we are keeping options open for now”.
The role includes coaching and growing the clubs strong academy system which now consists of 4 squads, running the foundation development programme, coaching the disabilities programme, upskilling the clubs volunteers and coaches and looking after the Federation League squad. So the right candidate needs to be flexible and able to work across a broad range of ages and abilities. Ammundsen says “this appointment needs to be right for the club and we will ensure we have a quality coach on board for the 2020 season”
Club Captain John Sigurdsson who played under the previous director Schmeling stated that this is the way that football in New Zealand is going and we need to keep up with other clubs. “Juliano has laid the foundation for us to continue to grow as a club and we need to make sure we keep that momentum. Players in Taranaki deserve to have the best coaching to continue their personal growth”
Rangers hope to have someone appointed and working by the start of January