EXCLUSIVE: Franz Straka has reportedly taken over as new coach of Polish first division strugglers Arka Gdynia just days after talking himself up for the vacant Melbourne Victory post.
Straka, coach of the recently axed A-League franchise North Queensland Fury, had until mid April before his visa expired in Australia.
It was known he was very keen to stay in Australia but with limited job opportunities available, he has jumped at this opportunity to return to Europe.
Straka had been linked with the vacant Melbourne Victory job and there was some talk he might be the man to reignite flagging Perth Glory.
Straka, a 1990 World Cup hero and national team great for the old Czechoslovakia, has coached in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Greece.
His CV includes clubs such as Wuppertaler, Teplice, Sparta Prague, Rot Weiss Ahlen, Viktoria Pizen, Wacker Tirol, Dynamo Ceske Budejovice, OFI Crete, Ruzomberok as well as a one game stint in charge of the Czech Republic national team.
Straka's new club are second bottom of the Polish first division, three points ahead of bottom placed MKS Cracovia Krakow. Arka have a record of four wins and seven draws from 19 games.
A report in Czech Republic’s Nova Sport described Straka as a coach who changes clubs “like he changes socks.”
Former Fury defender Brett Studman spoke to au.fourfourtwo.com today and described the coach as having a winning mentality.
“He’s definitely a very passionate man who wants to win and wants his teams to play well and play good football but above all he wants to win," said Studman.
“He’s a winner through and through.”