From Madrid to Brisbane: Ferrer To Become Strikers’ TD

Jul 31, 2018 by

The Brisbane Strikers have launched a bold step into the club’s future with the appointment of highly-credentialed Spaniard Nacho Ferrer as the club’s new Technical Director.

Ferrer, 39, replaces outgoing Technical Director David Large, who has filled the role since the commencement of National Premier Leagues football in 2013 after being brought to the club by former head coach Stuart McLaren in 2009.

Ferrer has been coaching since he was thirteen years old and boasts an impressive CV. He is currently employed by the Spanish Football Federation at its Madrid Regional Federation’s Academy, where he has been one of four head coaches in charge of Madrid representative squads from Under-12 to Under-18 levels.

Ferrer holds a Level 3 UEFA “Pro” Licence and coached at Real Madrid’s Academy from 2010 to 2016, where he worked under French football legend Zinedine Zidane, among other football luminaries. He will take the Strikers’ reins from Large on 1 January, 2019.

Strikers Chairman Bruce Atterton-Evans, in announcing Ferrer’s appointment, paid tribute to Large’s work and said Strikers had deliberately thought ‘outside the square’ in deciding how to take forward the foundations laid by Large.

“We want to thank David Large for his great service to this club, beginning as our senior coach in our State League days and then as Technical Director for six years in the NPL,” Atterton-Evans said.

“It is due to his foresight and efforts, for example, that the Brisbane Strikers Academy is recognised as one of the best in Queensland. So when David announced his retirement our Board thought hard about how we could continue his work to take the Academy to the next level and ensure that Strikers continue leading the way in player development.

“This led our search to Europe and Nacho Ferrer, who we believe will ensure our players and, just as importantly, our coaches will receive the best possible opportunities. Nacho’s passion for coaching development was a deciding factor in his appointment”.

Ferrer said his desire to find a way to fully utilize the coaching knowledge he has gained, and a shared belief in Strikers’ ambitions for player development, were the major football factors behind his decision to leave Madrid for Brisbane.

His new job will see him responsible for setting the direction for all coaches and players in Strikers’ NPL and Academy operations.

“My background has been focused on getting the experience and the knowledge to be involved in a project like this,” he said upon signing for Strikers.

“This is a project with big room to improve. I think our plans in the coming years are very ambitious, and I like that.

“I like to take part in a project where I can give all that I have and see how my work helps to make a big difference and a big impact. That’s challenging and very exciting for me.

“We want to implement world class training and coaching, and we want to reach world-class standards in terms of everything connected with a player.

“We want the Brisbane Strikers Academy to be the place where an Australian player wants to come in order to reach his full potential. I think if we manage to implement what we are thinking about in terms of training, and also what we would call the 360 approach, we will be able to bring that player who has got talent and help him to reach his full potential.”

Ferrer said the 360 approach to player development will include a focus not only on what happens on the training field but also on many other aspects of young footballers’ lives that can influence their on-field performances.

It will also rely on realizing the full potential of their coaching staff – and this was something on which he will place a heavy emphasis.

“Coaches need to be trained as much as players,” Ferrer said.

“From a club’s perspective, we are responsible for providing our coaches with all the information to guide them in the way that we want them to coach and provide them with best practices in coaching.

“I have been researching the best practices in Spain, in Academies, and have tried to put them all together. That’s what I want to share with coaches in the Brisbane Strikers”.

Photo: The deal is sealed – Nacho Ferrer (right) with Brisbane Strikers Chairman Bruce Atterton-Evans

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