Ray Cauchi to lead Alloway FC
DO not let Ray Cauchi fool you.
He comes across as an easy going bloke with an undying love for the beautiful game.
But behind his infectious enthusiasm and boundless energy is a seasoned disciplinarian who knows that a professional attitude is the only thing that will save Alloway Football Club from the doldrums of the Archem Premier League.
Arriving from Brisbane City Football Club, where he coached youth league, Cauchi has already pinpointed key areas where he can improve Alloway FC.
And it will start next Tuesday when the division one side arrives for its first meeting.
“We’re going to take a professional attitude. It’s going to involve a lot of discipline from the players,” he said.
After initial meetings next week, Cauchi will begin an intensive training schedule he hopes will turn last year’s cellar-dwellers into a team of champions.
“We’ll know after the first few weeks who wants to stay, and that’s what I want,” he said.
Working in Cauchi’s favour is the fact he knows there is room for improvement at Alloway.
The side was a surprise disappointment last year, after winning the NewsMail Cup in 2007.
Where it all fell apart is a mystery even to club veteran Craig Brown, who has played at Alloway since he was six.
“We had basically the same team as 2007 so it’s really hard to place what went wrong,” Brown said.
That is where Cauchi will step in.
“We are hoping he’ll be able to work it out and fix it,” Brown said.
With more than 15 years of coaching experience in Melbourne and Brisbane, Cauchi is confident he can rise to the challenge.
“There’s so much potential for football in Bundaberg; we’ve just got to unleash it,” he said.
And the 41-year-old sees no reason his team cannot take down competition favourites Bingera and Diggers in his first season.
“If I didn’t think we could succeed, then I wouldn’t have taken the job,” he said.
“And that is an attitude that I will be taking throughout the season.”