MARTINHO Soares hopes to bring Uni Azzurri back from the brink towards premier league success in 2018.
The Italian club found itself in disarray last season when they failed to field teams in the top two divisions of Darwin soccer, but have re-formed and appointed Soares to guide them back into the top tier.
“I’ve come to help out Azzurri, they are such a good club, it was a shame to see them dying off,” Soares told the NT News.
“But it looks like the boys are turning up again and we will be all right this year, and in the reserves also.
“I have a lot of friends in the Italian Club that have been here since I arrived in Darwin in 1981. They will give me a helping hand in getting the club back on its feet again.”
Soares coached Casuarina to the premiership and championship in reserve grade last year, but felt the time was right to take on a bigger task.
“It’s basically a completely new team. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
“They have been training really hard and as much as possible so we can be competitive.
“We can’t compete with the likes of Hellenic, Olympic or Casuarina because they are super teams, but we will give it a good go and hopefully not lose to those guys by much.”
Soares said his football philosophy was to build a base around a solid defensive unit and expand from there.
“It always starts from the back. I don’t have a bad goalkeeper here, so I will make sure my defence is capable to defend especially when we play the big teams,” he said.
“We will see how we go in the first game and build from that.”
Soares said he would reward players who train well and show respect both on and off the park. “I believe whoever trains hard deserves to be in the first 11, also players who are respectful to their teammates and opposition,” he said.
“No matter if we make a mistake, no backchat to the ref, let the captain do the talking and I’ll do the talking on the outside.”
Soares’ appointment follows an unsuccessful bid from Azzurri to lure Hellenic coaches John Tsaknis and Pedro Stefanidakis to the club.
“The boys are turning up again and we will be all right this year”
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