Jacks appointment McCulloch for 2020

Jacks appointment McCulloch for 2020

Posted on September 20, 2019 in 'News'

It’s been a huge week off the park at ECU Joondalup Soccer Club, with Jason Brewer and his new team coming in to oversee a new committee, and they have announced a five-year plan to put the Jacks back on the map in WA football.

The new regime has acted quickly, and held a number of post season interviews with the senior coaching staff and they are delighted to announce the re-appointment of Dale McCulloch as senior coach for 2020.

McCulloch, who took over in the role in 2013 after the departure of Sal Todaro, and after a number of years on the park at the campus, he has overseen the senior side rise up the table and in 2016 narrowly missing out on the title.

That was the best finish in the Premier League since we won the title in 1999, and McCulloch is hoping for an improved season in 2020.

“After sitting down with Jason and Tom (Durr) this week, you can see their determination they both have to get the Jacks back on track, and I’m delighted they have chosen me to lead the side on the pitch in 2020,” he said.

“Looking back at last season we were all disappointed the way it panned out, but some weeks I thought I would have to get the boots out again.

“I know that’s no excuse for the position we finished the season, but in the big picture the club were delighted of how many of our academy players came in to the senior side and all showed me and the other coaches they can play at this level.

“David (Tough) and Ross (Edwards) and I are looking forward to next season and getting my club back up the table where we belong.”

The club can also announce that Jon Higgins will continue his role as the NPL Under 20’s coach, while Mark Scanlan will work alongside Willie McNally with the Under 18’s  and continue his role as NPL Technical Director in the clubs academy to help smooth the transition of academy players from junior to senior football.

The club would like to thank Derek Johnstone for his time at the club, but unfortunately he has temporarily stepped down from his role as Under 18’s coach due to personal reasons, but the club hope he will be back at the club soon.

Football Operations Manager Steve Amphlett said the club are looking forward and to get the coaches in place early is vital going forward. “We need stability on and off the park and after Jason’s appointment on Wednesday, his first role was to get the coaches in place, and we’re delighted to get it sorted out,” he explained.

“Dale is ECU through and through and we believe he is the right man to take us forward. We missed out on the Top Four Cup by an odd goal in 2016, and football can be a brutal game.

“Finishing 11th on the table was not acceptable for our senior side this season, but our juniors continue to shine with our junior academy showing again the talent we have coming through in our NPL and development teams. We are the Pride of the North and we are all in this together and we can’t wait for 2020.”