New direction for Strikers
ARRIVAL: Newly appointed Devonport Strikers coach Chris Gallo visited the Coast this week and will return in January ahead of season 2017. Picture: Cordell Richardson.
Chris Gallo has joined the Devonport Strikers with a wealth of experience from some of the best soccer programs in England.
The newly appointed coach plans to build on the success the club achieved in 2016 but also move in a new direction and help focus on the youth on the North-West Coast.
Gallo joined the Strikers from a one year stint as Technical Director with Manly United Football Club where he has also played seniors.
His experience stretches back to his teenage years where he travelled to England before being picked up by Championship side, Hull City.
The 26-year-old is from Sydney originally but spent time in England playing with Hull City before coaching roles came up with Notts County, York City and again with Hull.
“When I was 16 I went over to England just to play some friendly games really and I got picked up there by Hull City,” Gallo said.
“From there it escalated quickly really, I played one year pro there under Phil Brown.
“I got injured shortly after that and didn’t renew my contract so I moved back to Sydney and played for Manly where I play under-18s to the first team.
”His coaching resume is also impressive at a young age having putting time into his coaching career from a young age.
“I did my advanced coaching courses here, I did a C licence here and went off and wanted to expand myself.
“I got in touch with contacts in England and did my B and A licence there.
“My first job was at Notts County and then moved to York City and then back to Hull City.
”After returning to Sydney he spent a year with Manly United once again and said his ambition to coach at a higher level had led him to Devonport.
“Most of my coaching has been with youth and I wanted to expand and stretch myself in terms of my development and that has led me here.
“They have two astro turf pitches and a grass pitch so everything is there ready to go and I want to help them capitalise.
“We need to be comparing ourselves to what the best NPL clubs are doing in Sydney and Melbourne, there’s a lot to be done but we need to be patient.”
Gallo said he was aiming for success with the Strikers but also wanted to take the club in a new direction.
“We should start blooding youth players into the competition but also aim to win games in the first team.
Having met the team early this week, Gallo said he had been impressed with how humble the players were.
“The guys have a massive work ethic, there’s a lot to work on if I’m honest but that’s a great thing.
“There’s a massive thirst for knowledge there which is great.”