Chairman Backs Coach Baker For 2020

Aug 21, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers Chairman Bruce Atterton-Evans is confident the club has made the right choice in reappointing senior head coach Owen Baker for the 2020 season.

The club announced earlier this week that Baker will again oversee the top team next season after a promising 2019 campaign.

While yet to conclude his first full season in charge, Baker’s achievements already include club record-breaking results and a return to the national stages of the FFA Cup.

His achievements come while also blooding a number of young players in to first-team football in line with the club’s development ethos.

Atterton-Evans said he believes Baker will continue to deliver on his promise as a young coach next season for the benefit of the club’s players and supporters.

“The club is excited to secure Owen Baker’s return for the 2020 season,” Atterton-Evans said.

“We have been very happy with the progress of the team this year under Owen as the coach and also delighted with the way he has brought the young players through.”

“A significant number of players have come through the Brisbane Strikers Academy and into the first team set-up this season and they have risen to the challenges of senior football.”

“We see Owen as the right person to continue that work, allied with our appointment of Academy Technical Director Nacho Ferrer, whose credentials are simply unmatched in Queensland.”

“Our unrivalled investment and faith in our Academy processes will ensure a production line of talent that continues year-on-year.”

Atterton-Evans further explained the stability in the club’s coaching ranks as crucial to its player development ethos and the progress of the club.

“Some clubs change coaches every year chasing short-term results or titles but that is not how we operate. We look at the bigger picture,” he explained.

“We have a club-based philosophy at Brisbane Strikers and all our coaches must accept and work within that framework because we see that as the best way to deliver opportunities for our players.”

“Owen has been part of this club for eight years and not only understands our approach – he lives and breathes it.”

Atterton-Evans also explained the club’s pleasure to see the team’s reversal in on-field fortunes after a bumpy start to the season.

“There were some tough patches in terms of results early on but as a club we all worked together to move beyond that,” he said.

“I think our faith in Owen is now delivering some great results for the supporters and I am confident he and the team will be better for those experiences next season.”

2020 will be Baker’s second full-season in charge of the team after initially taking the coaching reins midway through the 2018 season.

He will seek to build on his 2019 successes in a highly-anticipated FFA Cup Round of 16 clash against Manly United at the end of the month.

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