New coach sets goals high for season

Ellenbrook United FC president Fonz Tenaglia (left) with new Irish head coach Sean Doyle.
Ellenbrook United FC president Fonz Tenaglia (left) with new Irish head coach Sean Doyle.

The coach may be relatively unknown to many but the squad has quickly adapted to his key values; discipline, hard work and enjoyment of the game.

Doyle’s football career started in Ireland where he joined the Trojans Youth Academy in 1996 and went on to join Derry City FC in 2004 to take on the best in the League of Ireland Premier League. His career also has seen him play for Institute FC in the Northern Irish Premier League, at Boston University and the Irish Armed Forces.

After suffering a career-ending injury in 2012, Doyle picked up a raft of coaching qualifications in order to stay in the sport.

Ellenbrook United recruited him after he moved to Australia with his girlfriend.

‘When my career was ended by an ACL injury, I couldn’t reach the high standards I had set myself as a professional player, but through coaching I found my love for the game again and knew that I wanted to be the best coach I could be,’ Doyle said.

His vision for the club will come into play as the 2014 season progresses. ‘Develop the youth, get them into the first team and keep the cycle going, simple as that,’ he said.

‘Personally, what I want from my coaching is to deliver quality sessions, every time. I want to be the best I can be, and expect no less from those training.

‘I want to put a trophy in the cabinet, I want to tell people about Ellenbrook United as a great club and see in the future players come through and move abroad to the UK or Ireland to play.’