Ex-Socceroos boss Scheinflug: Local coaches getting the job done in A-League

Former Australian national team coach Les Scheinflug feels that the local coaches in the A-League are the ones who should be getting the big money.

Former Australian national team coach Les Scheinflug feels that the local coaches in the A-League are the ones who should be getting the big money.

Australia’s inaugural World Cup skipper feels that overseas coaches are being brought in too hastily to the domestic competition when the men who have been around Australian football for some time are getting the results.

"As far as I am concerned, the table does not lie," Scheinflug told The Australian.

"Brisbane Roar is the benchmark for the A-League and they have an Australian, Ange Postecoglou, in charge.

"Postecoglou has served his time well. He played and coached in the old NSL. He has played for Australia and coached our junior representative teams and he has done a wonderful job with Brisbane.

"They are exciting to watch and he has not been out-coached by anyone, especially the foreign coaches.

"Then look at who is running second . . . the Central Coast Mariners who are coached by Graham Arnold. Look what he has done with the side.

"(Melbourne Victory’s Ernie) Merrick, (Gold Coast United’s Miron) Bleiberg and Branko Culina (Newcastle Jets) have all held their own in the A-League.

"Australians have won three of the five A-League titles (Merrick twice and Garry van Egmond once), so you can see we are not out of our depth.

"And we have a lot of talent just waiting in the wings for a chance."

And Scheinflug is of firm belief that Australian football should remain as just that without any outside influence.

"What some of these guys are preaching at a national level is wrong," he added. "They talk about the Dutch style of football and playing 4-3-3, but they are missing the point.

"Australian football has its own style . . . it is something that suits us. What we saw in the Asian Cup is what we are really about."

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