EXCLUSIVE: Former North Queensland coach Franz Straka wants an A-League return after his short-term stint at Polish club Arka Gdynia, where he is also eyeing Aussie players on loan deals.
With his Australian visa expiring mid-April the coaching job at Gdynia was perfect timing and gave Straka the chance to work back in Europe.
Straka joined the Polish strugglers till the end of the season but is convinced his coaching destiny lies in a return to the A-League – perhaps as early as next season.
“I deeply believe that my cream jacket and I will have the pleasure to work in the A-League next season again,” he told au.fourfourtwo.com from Poland.
However despite his confidence, the reality is there are few openings currently available in the A-League.
The Melbourne Victory post is vacant following the Ernie Merrick's exit while embattled Ian Ferguson has a long and nervous off-season at Perth Glory as the club seeks to rebuild its reputation.
But despite some speculation, John van’t Schip is seemingly safe for next season at Melbourne Heart.
Those posts aside, the rest of the A-League clubs are seemingly happy with the direction of their head coaches heading into season seven.
But that hasn’t stemmed Straka’s passion for Australia and the A-League.
“As everyone in Australia probably already noticed, I am obsessed with football,” he added.
“My coaching philosophy is to motivate the players to their absolute maximum. I would love to be a part of that again, to deliver my positive energy to the players by the help of my passion of football.”
Straka, a 1990 World Cup hero and national team great for the old Czechoslovakia, has also 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.
His time at North Queensland started well but with off-field speculation about the future of the club, Fury eventually slid down the table to finish last, four points short of second bottom Perth.
“I had only a positive experience with Fury. We all worked hard with a minimum budget,” he said.
And Straka predicted he may sign an A-League player for his Polish strugglers Arka.
“I can imagine having Australian players in my team. I enjoy and support Australian football. I will recommend Australian players not only to Germany but the whole of Europe,” he added.
“If possible I would of course go for Australian players for my three-month contract with Arka Gdynia.”