ELITE LEVEL: Former A-League player Karl Dodd runs the ball during his stint with the North Queensland Fury.
ELITE LEVEL: Former A-League player Karl Dodd runs the ball during his stint with the North Queensland Fury. AAP

Dodd has pride in latest goal

NEWLY appointed Western Pride football coach Karl Dodd knows first hand where he wants to take his new club.

The experienced footballer played for National Premier League club Palm Beach in its 5-0 loss to A-League opponent Central Coast at Robina.

While disappointed his team lost the FFA Cup quarter-final on Tuesday night, Dodd ended his playing career with few regrets.

"It was a good way to finish at my junior club,'' the centre back said.

Seeing Palm Beach overrun in the inaugural national series left Dodd with a clear perspective.

"It just demonstrates the gulf between the A-League and the NPL at the moment,'' he said.

"They (Central Coast) were a class above.

"It was a good learning experience for the younger boys in the NPL as to what's required.''

However, after 13 years playing at elite level, Dodd hopes to use that experience coaching full-time at Western Pride.

"I'm very excited to be appointed,'' Dodd, 33, said.

"It's a very good step in my coaching career working with a club like Western Pride.

"I'm looking to really build upon what they set up in the first few years with Kasey (Wehrman) involved.''

Dodd completed his A-licence with Wehrman.

As new head coach, Dodd will oversee Pride's senior men, under-20 and under-18 sides.

"I want to take this club to a professional level and Pat (general manager Pat Boyle) and Kym (chairman Kym Wickstein) want to get an A-League licence eventually,'' the Tottenham fan said.

"The club is in that position where they can. It's overseeing that and I like to be involved setting up the club behind the scenes.''

Dodd finished his National Premier League playing career with Palm Beach after a stint with Newcastle.

The well-travelled footballer has played with several clubs since 2000, including Wellington Phoenix, Sydney United and the Queensland Roar.

Dodd said coaching a development club like Western Pride would be a new chapter.

"Early in my career I had two knee reconstructions so I was always thinking about life after football,'' he said.

"I did my badges pretty early so it was easier with the transition.

"I've always wanted to be a coach.''

Dodd will link with Pride's new technical director of coaching, Justin Robertson.

"We need to work together very closely to make sure that the progression from 12s to seniors is smooth as possible,'' Dodd said.

Dodd is planning senior NPL trials in coming weeks.

Key appointment

New coach Karl Dodd

Age: 33. Born: Southport.

Previous clubs: Gold Coast City, Sunderland Sharks, Palm Beach Sharks (2000-2003); Brisbane Strikers (2003-04); Queensland Roar (2005-2006); Falkirk, Scotland (2006-07); Wellington Phoenix (2007-09); Sydney United (2009); North Queensland Fury (2009-10); TSW Pegasus, Hong Kong (2011-12); Moreton Bay United (2013); Palm Beach (2014).

Highlights of playing career: "It was all enjoyable. Every club had its challenges. Probably the biggest one was playing in Scotland, just being exposed to the pressures of promotion, relegation, and the level of professionalism.''

Favourite footballers: Paul Gascoigne (Tottenham), Paul Scholes (Manchester United).

Coaching approach: "I really want to work with players that have got the ability to go onto the next level.''

Club strength: "I have a lot of experience in setting up programs. I understand the work that's involved and the processes.''



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