Central Queensland director of coaching and CQ Mariners technical director Joe Fenech.
Central Queensland director of coaching and CQ Mariners technical director Joe Fenech. Mike Richards

Fenech calls time on his CQ coaching role

CENTRAL Queensland has taken a blow to the development of its football players, with director of coaching Joe Fenech set to leave the area for a new role in Toowoomba.

The move by Fenech will leave a gap in the coaching training and one in the junior programs such as the InterCity Challenge.

A statement on the CQ Mariners FC website, where Fenech is technical director in addition to his job with Football Queensland, confirmed the move.

"It is with much regret that I announce that Joe Fenech will be leaving the CQ Mariners FC to take up the position of technical director with the NPL club SWQ Thunder in Toowoomba," Mariners president Brian Niven said.

"Joe has been instrumental in establishing the CQ Mariners FC and having achieved the objectives he was set he has been assigned another challenge."

It had been hoped Fenech would coach the Mariners in the NPL.

Fenech was also heavily involved in bringing local coaches up in levels under Football Federation Australia requirements.

He was also the main man in implementing the junior levels of the NPL program, called the InterCity Challenge.

The program involved Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Fenech released a statement on the club website saying he was sad to be leaving central Queensland.

"As a coach with my experience I should know never to get emotionally attached to any job in football, but as a person I put in my heart and soul into any commitment I make and that is why this particular move is proving very difficult," Fenech said.

"My wife and I have very much enjoyed our stay in central Queensland and indeed considered ourselves locals. It is with heavy hearts that we leave."



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