Football West: Olympic Kingsway turns to Graham Normanton in quest for the top


Olympic Kingsway senior coach Graham Normanton. Picture: Martin Kennealey           d466160
Olympic Kingsway senior coach Graham Normanton. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d466160

OLYMPIC Kingsway Sports Club is hoping WA’s most successful coach can drive the side back into the top echelon of State soccer.

The club has recruited former Perth SC coach Graham Normanton, who has 22 State league trophies to his name – more than any other top-level mentor.

The Football Hall of Fame Western Australia member led the Azzurri to five league titles and six Top Four Cups during his tenure between 1999 and 2010.

He joined Perth Glory as recruitment manager in the A-League in 2011 before returning to the semi-professional ranks as coach of Inglewood United from 2012 to 2014.

Normanton arrived in Perth in 1983 as a former professional with Hartlepool United in England.

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He later represented Kingsway as a player.

Now he is back as coach in a bid to lift the club from Second Division, which is the third tier of State soccer, into National Premier Leagues WA contention.

“Coming back to Olympic is something I’ve considered for a while,” he said.

“Olympic was one of the biggest clubs in WA and it’s time to lead them back to the top. It’s certainly not as straightforward to simply jump back into the National Premier League but we are committed to this project.”

New club president Steven Nelkovski has introduced the mantra “back to the top” and is determined to see the side live up to it.

“We want to bring the best back to Kingsway,” he said.

“And that’s why we immediately signed WA’s most successful coach.”

In a commitment to building a young squad, Normanton has overhauled Kingsway’s list, with only two players remaining from the 2016 team.

Talented youngsters Frederico Achilli (16) and Nicolas Chick (17) had impressed so far.

Senior recruits such as former English professional Steven Burton and NPL WA footballer Robbie Gaspar will help to guide the youthful squad.

The team was optimistic about its chances in the early rounds of the separate FFA Cup competition but was knocked out of contention by First Division club Western Knights 3-0 on Saturday.

The side’s Second Division campaign begins against Quinns on April 15.