Australian coaching standards have sky rocketed in recent years.
Former Socceroo Goran Lozanovski admits he never envisaged becoming a coach after retirement but is determined to be a success.
The 39-year-old is currently manager of Victorian State League leaders Northcote City but dreams following in the footsteps of fellow Australian-born coaches Ange Postecoglou, Graham Arnold and Coach of the Year Tony Popovic into the A-League.
They are the benchmark for Lozanovski, capped nine-times by his country, to reach in the future and he’s certainly moving in the right direction having guided his City side to a three point lead at the top of the VSL table ahead of the Melbourne Knights.
But in a frank confession, the former midfielder revealed he never planned to step into coaching once his playing days came to an end but now wants to reach the very top tier and replicate his success on the field in the dugout.
“I never thought when I started that I wanted to be a career coach but I now would love to coach in the A-League one day,” he explained to Football Australia.
“It will be tough to get there as I currently work a nine to five and also coach and then I would also have to achieve all of the licenses.
“It is also obviously quite challenging to get a gig with only limited club in Australia though.”