Brett Hambrecht’s short-lived stint as Bundaberg Spirit coach has come to an end because of work commitments.
Brett Hambrecht’s short-lived stint as Bundaberg Spirit coach has come to an end because of work commitments. Max Fleet

Hambrecht will not coach Spirit

Football: A new era for Bundaberg Spirit will dawn as the sun goes down at Martens Oval today, but last year’s coach Brett Hambrecht will not be around to see it.

The man who guided Spirit through the second half of last year’s winless season has taken his name out of the running for the coaching position at Spirit this year.

“I have work commitments in Murgon until about June next year and I won’t be able to be back in Bundaberg a lot of the time,” Hambrecht said yesterday.

“I wouldn’t be able to give the team 100 per cent and that would not be fair for the players.

“I spoke to Football Bundaberg president Greg Bath and development officer Richard Mitchell and they let me know that, if anything changes in the future, they are happy for me to come back in some capacity — so I will just have to see how it goes.”

Spirit will now begin searching for its next head coach — the third in just over a year.

Hambrecht did a respectable job of keeping Spirit together after inaugural coach Lyn Hodgkinson’s tenure ended at the midway point of last season.

“I was really happy with the time that I spent with the boys and it is disappointing that I won’t be able to be back,” Hambrecht said.

It is unknown who will be coaching Spirit next season.

Football Bundaberg president Greg Bath said the decision would be left to Richard Mitchell, the director of coaching.

“At the moment Richard is our head coach and he will continue to be for the 2010 season,” Bath said.

Mitchell could elect to hire a head coach for the Spirit’s top side, to fill the role Hambrecht occupied last season.

Yesterday Mitchell said he would begin recruiting and assemble a coaching staff for Spirit and the Under-19s squad in the coming weeks.

A decision is expected in early December.

“At the moment we are looking at what we have got to work with from a personnel point of view,” Mitchell said.

“We will have to assemble a coaching staff so we can put a good off-season together.”



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