New head coach
Former international Steve Glockner takes over the coaching reins at ACE
ACE has a new head coach - Steve Glockner (pictured, right).
The former Australian international was appointed this week, replacing Pouria Nabi, who has joined Moreton Bay United (MBU).
Glockner, who played for the young Socceroos at the 1983 Youth World Cup in Mexico, was coach at Easts in the Brisbane Premier League last season.
But said he knew joining ACE was an opportunity “too good to refuse”.
“I am looking forward to the new challenge of coaching at ACE in 2018 and continuing the philosophy that Pouria has developed over the last three years,” he said.
“I was very happy to be approached by Pouria with regard to the position and I knew instantly that it was an opportunity too good to refuse.
“The facilities at Wolter Park and South Pine Sports Complex are outstanding and it will be a pleasure to be part of such a professional set-up.
“The partnership with MBU is an extraordinary arrangement and I am keen to offer my many years of football experience to strengthen that link between the two clubs to enable ACE to grow.
“This will also give all ACE players unlimited opportunities in moving forward due to the dual club association and the football prospects they will have available to them.
“Having played football all my life and reaching my own football goals of playing in the NSL, representing Queensland and Australia, I am happy to pass down the skills I have learnt over those years to the next generation of players.
“I have supported the red, white and black colours all my life in England so I embrace this chance to be part of a club which supports those colours in Brisbane.
"My assistant coach Alex McMillan and I have teamed up for the past two years and I’m very happy to advise that he has decided to join me at ACE.
"We are both excited to be a part of the future of this club and look forward to contributing to many successful years ahead."
ACE President Tony Dooley, pictured, left, said continuity was a key factor in the appointment.
“I would like to welcome Steve Glockner to the ACE family as he prepares to take on his role as senior coach for 2018 and beyond,” said Mr Dooley.
“Steve is highly respected among the footballing fraternity in Brisbane and well regarded for his ability to be able to lift the playing performance of his group.
“After initial discussions with Steve it was evident he shared our club ideology and belief in player development, as opposed to the open cheque book approach adopted by other clubs.
“Steve brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in both the playing and coaching arena and there is no doubt that he will continue on from the superb coaching platform laid by Pouria Nabi over the past three years.”
Glockner, a forward in his playing days, was in the Queensland Under 16s when they won their first state championship. He was also capped as senior state level.
He played for Brisbane City at the age of 18 in the old NSL (now A-League) and played state league for Olympic winning the Rothmans Gold Medal in 1988.
Glockner also starred for Brunswick Juventus in the Victorian state league for one season before joining Taringa and helping them to their first BPL premiership.
His playing career finished at Brisbane City with promotion from Division One back to the BPL.