Stuggling Wolves on hunt for new coach

South Coast coach Richard Lloyd left the club after last week's 5-1 loss. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN
South Coast coach Richard Lloyd left the club after last week's 5-1 loss. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN


South Coast Wolves hope to appoint a new first-grade coach before their next regular-season match against Blacktown Spartans on Sunday.

The club parted ways with Richard Lloyd after Saturday's 5-1 loss to Sydney United and are now on the lookout for a new boss to help lift the struggling side from last on the ladder.

Under-20s coach Jason Spencer has taken control on an interim basis, but is also considered a candidate.

He will be in charge for the Wolves' Waratah Cup match against Hurstville FC on Wednesday in what could be a dress rehearsal for the top job.

"Jason Spencer is certainly in the mix," Wolves president Bobby Mazevski said. "He has proven that he is a quality coach with the under-20s at the moment.

"I think personally Jason is a great coach and definitely one for the future. Whether he is the one for right now, we are yet to decide that.

"We will certainly see how things go on Wednesday, but we are exploring some options as well."

Former Wollongong United coach Paul Carter has also expressed interest.

The former Socceroo guided the Macarthur Rams to NSW Premier League promotion in 2007 after playing the majority of his NSL career with Marconi Stallions.

In his first season at the helm of United last year, the Reds made an unlikely appearance in the Waratah Cup quarter-finals after knocking out Blacktown Spartans and National Premier League champions Sydney United.

But despite the successful season, United replaced Carter with Oliver Vrtkovski at the end of the campaign.

"I feel like I add something to players. I have worked on tight, small budgets before and cleaned up quite a few clubs where they are conceding goals," Carter said.

"Being an ex-defender myself I would tighten up the defence first and work my way up from there. I do know the Wolves have some pretty good youngsters coming through, so you have to give them a chance and go from there."


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