Dale McCulloch appointed as new ECU Coach

Dale McCulloch appointed as new ECU Coach

Posted on June 21, 2013 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have this morning appointed Dale McCulloch as their new coach, after Salv Todaro’s departure from the position two weeks ago.

The 31-year-old midfielder has been skipper at the club for a number of years and is delighted to have taken up a new challenge. “Not many people get a chance to coach the team they love, and I feel privileged to get the chance,” McCulloch told the ECU web site.

ECU Joondalup President Steve Wheatley believes McCulloch is an ideal choice. “Dale has been a part of our club for a number of the years, and he is a leader, and I know he will be doing everything he can to turn our season around,” said Wheatley.

“We’ve had a bad run of injuries, which hasn’t helped us in recent weeks, but we have to look forward and not back. It’s a new start and the players are all on a level playing field now and need to perform to keep their spot.”

A drop in form as seen ECU slump from fourth spot to 11th at the moment and McCulloch is looking to turn the form around sooner rather than later. “Our form of late has been poor, and I have explained to the players that what I expect from now on,” explained McCulloch.

“It’s a fresh start and as a group we all have to apply ourselves in a different manner. We are all involved with football for team success and hopefully that starts next week against Cockburn City. I will bring a certain game plan and there is also certain factors I won’t tolerate and the players know that.”

The transfer deadline is only one week away,  but McCulloch is happy with the squad he has, and he hopes he isn’t needed. “Every squad in the league could be strengthened, but I want to get more out of the players I already have, because I believe we have a good squad, but we have not been playing to our potential,” said McCulloch.

“So as a group we must start moving together in the right direction. I’m not saying I won’t step on the field again this year, but I’m hoping I’m not needed.”

In other appointments, Willie McNally is the new ECU Joondalup reserves Coach, and Criag Pickles is the new team manager.