Reports last night suggested that Gerard Houllier had accepted the challenge of succeeding Guus Hiddink as coach of the Socceroos. He has apparently agreed to the deal put to him two weeks ago, in which he will see out the remaining year of his contract with Lyon and then take over the Australia team.
But have they got the wrong man? Or more specifically the wrong Gerard?
Former AFL coaching legend and West Australia Football Hall of Fame member Gerard Neesham is now managing director of the Clontarf Foundation, which aims to improve the health, employment, education and life skills of Australia’s teenaged male indigenous population through participation in Australian Rules football.
If Football Federation Australia had the vision to harness the proven coaching prowess of the Neesh, they might also find they have the man to take the beautiful game to indigenous Australia. Imagine what we could do if we had the next generation of Wanganeens, McLeods and Krakouers pulling on a Socceroos shirt.
Who would you prefer to coach Australia: Gerard Houllier or Gerard Neesham?