Pride coach supported in accepting A-League opportunity
BRISBANE Roar-bound Karl Dodd plans to continue helping out Western Pride until a new coach settles into the regional National Premier Leagues club.
Dodd, 34, was to officially coach his final game on Saturday night against his former club Palm Beach.
However, an FFA Cup match forced the game to be rescheduled to a later date.
Dodd finishes up at Pride this week to start a high performance manager role with A-League club Brisbane Roar.
"It was not an easy decision to leave,'' Dodd said.
Pride's head coach said he would share more about his role after he finalised "some formalities and staff changeover'' arrangements.
Dodd joined Pride this season after a distinguished 14-year playing career which included a stint with Queensland Roar in 2005 and 2006.
Western Pride general manager Pat Boyle is in the Northern Territory on holidays.
While disappointed to lose someone of Dodd's calibre, Boyle said it was another sign of how Pride gave players and coaches an opportunity to achieve higher goals.
"It will be a massive boost for Pride,'' Boyle said.
"It's just like players. We're hoping that players get an opportunity to play A-League and we don't want players moving sideways. We want them to go forward.
"The same thing applies with our coaching.''
Dodd was expected to finish up as head coach tomorrow.
"He still wants to stay on here in an advisory role so football moves forward in this region,'' Boyle said.
"It's a massive credit to him.
"On behalf of Pride, we will always support Karl in everything he does.
"He's been one of a hell of supporter of Western Pride.''
Boyle is hopeful a new coach will be appointed in the near future to continue the promising youth development work Dodd initiated.
"We always knew this was going to eventuate,'' Boyle said.
"You don't get a person with Karl's ability to not progress."