As new clubs and franchises enter the A-League, the demand for head coaches becomes increasingly important.
North Queenslandâ€™s new franchise which will be based in Townsville have begun their search for the man to lead the club and it seems that Adelaide United assistant Phil Stubbins is on top of their wish list.
Townsville chairman Don Matheson spoke highly of Stubbins after an interview last week and was quick to point out that there would be no poaching from current clubs when deciding who their man was.
Speaking to Foxsports, he said, â€śWe want the coach to come here in good stead with the club that theyâ€™re leaving so thatâ€™s important for us. Weâ€™ll do it out of respect.â€ť
Although Matheson seemed confident of getting his man, Stubbins spoke of his relationship with Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar, possibly putting a spanner in the Townsville works.
â€śI donâ€™t think many, if any of the coaching staff in the league has a relationship like weâ€™ve got. Just as mateship now, itâ€™s a very sound partnership that weâ€™ve got going.
â€śIâ€™m more than happy with the job Iâ€™ve got here. My allegiance as it still stands is with the club.
â€śNothingâ€™s changed at all.â€ť
Townsville have interviewed other potential candidates and the clubâ€™s football director Blair Burke is expected to make a decision very soon.