Returning coach eyes A-League gig

EXCLUSIVE: Former Kaya FC head coach David Perkovic has returned to Australia and is targeting a coaching position in the A-League.

Perkovic, who spent two years coaching in the Filipino United Football League, led his club to fourth and third place finishes in the past two seasons.

The 32-year-old said he has returned home for both personal and professional reasons.

“It took a lot of deliberation, however, with career progression and future prospects being the key consideration, I deemed it more beneficial to allow myself the freedom and time to attend the AFC FFA A-Licence course,” Perkovic said.

“After experiencing football education in South East Asia and Australia I feel I would get a lot more out of my football education in Australia as it ties in more with my beliefs on how the game should be played.

“Also due to time constraints and season scheduling, I would not have been able to do the course in Australia while coaching in the Philippines.”

A Sydney United junior, Perkovic started his coaching career in a youth role with the Stanmore Hawks before taking over the first-team of NSW Premier League 2 side Fraser Park FC in 2011.

He said his goal was to secure a role in the A-League in any capacity, whether it be with a senior team or in the National Youth League.

“I view the opportunity to work in the A-League as both the next logical step and challenge for me as a professional coach, and a significant opportunity in which I will be able to test, develop and improve my skills in a new environment,” Perkovic said.

“However, given the nature of the game, I'm also aware that positions are not easy to come by.

“That being said, I certainly don't want to disassociate myself from the game for a long period of time.

“So should a favourable opportunity arise from the National Premier League that would allow me to continue to improve as a coach and chase success I would definitely welcome that prospect.”

At Kaya FC Perkovic introduced a possession-based style of play and a number of his players were called up for national team duty under his coaching. The Sydneysider described his time in the Philippines as invaluable.

“I had the pleasure to work in a fantastic professional environment, although resources are not available as in the A-League, it was day in, day out football,” Perkovic said.

“Planning became a key factor in a tough schedule with games every four days on average and then having massive breaks in the season for the national team preparations for the AFC Challenge Cup.

“Working with national team players and talented youngsters was certainly a pleasure and also working closely with the clubs academy coaches was also beneficial, as it was the first time the youth teams played the same system as the first team.

“The best part of working in the Philippines was the ability to reflect on every training session and game to better myself as a coach more often than I was able to in previous roles.

“The standard of football in the Philippines is what you would expect, in the sense that it’s a footballing developing nation, so the standard varies from team to team.

“The top clubs play some decent football with deferring tactical ideologies, some setting up as counter attacking principals and others like to dominate the game by holding meaningful possession.

“There are some national team players in the league, most of them are half-Filipino so they obtained their football development in countries like England, Germany, Belgium, Holland, the US and Spain. There are also some decent quality foreigners in the league as well.”