Spirit coaching reshuffles likely

ADDITIONS and reshuffles to the Bundaberg Spirit coaching staff are expected next season, with Spirit coach Richard Mitchell confirming they are shopping for recruits after the side’s 2-0 loss to Sunshine Coast Fire yesterday afternoon.

Mitchell did not verify whether he would play the role of head coach again next year, instead guaranteeing he would be involved in some capacity in 2011.

He also said the under-19 coaching staff would receive a shake-up, despite current coach Steve Bates committing himself to the team earlier this week.

Coaching changes in the top squad have been commonplace in the past 12 months, with Mitchell the third coach to marshal the troops in less than a season. But for once the team appears in good shape and any change would be pre-emptive and constructive, rather than negatively reactive.

Despite finishing with the wooden spoon again this year, the Spirit has experienced its most successful season to date and now have connections with A-League clubs that are eager to share their burgeoning talent pool with the Bundaberg QSL team.

“We’ve come a long way this year and we’re all committed to keep that improvement going next season,” Mitchell said.

“We’ve learned how to play some new shapes and taken big steps forward. I’m very satisfied with the effort we’ve put in, but disappointed with the results.”