Cougars hunt Fenech

Brisbane coach Joe Fenech in Emerald.
Brisbane coach Joe Fenech in Emerald.

ALL going to plan, Joe Fenech will be the next man to lead the fledging Capricorn Cougars as coach in the Queensland State League next season.

Fenech, who was in Emerald last month as part of a CQ coaching clinic, is among a number of candidates Cougars' general manager Bevan Dingley has short-listed for the job.

"We're still discussing a few processes with Football Queensland," Dingley said yesterday.

The Cougars club certainly has had its fair share of troubles in recent months, losing a coach before the season was out and finishing dead-last on the QSL table.

However the club's fortunes may just be about to turn and Emerald Eagles coach John Salogni believes Fenech is just the man to set the wheels in motion.

"Joe needs to coach the Cougars and the Cougars need Joe," Salogni said.

"They need somebody of his calibre."

Central Highlands players Hayden Hearne, Ben Millar and Mario Terranova each made their state league debut with the Cougars last year, with good prospects of return appearances again next season.

With Fenech on board, Salogni gave a bold prediction that the side, which was routinely hammered by opposition teams throughout much of 2011, had every bit the chance of taking out a Queensland premiership in 2012.

"They will win next year if they've got Fenech with them - they can't let this man go," Salogni said.

Brisbane Roar's assistant goalkeeping coach John Garside, who has worked closely with new football developments in Central Queensland, said while nothing has been set in stone just yet, Fenech's possible appointment will be a very welcome addition.

"Joe would like to do it (coach the Cougars)," Garside said. "I think he's ideal for the job. But there are other issues which still need sorting out."

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