Three main targets over next three seasons, says new Jets coach
POURIA Nabi, the former ACE coach who has joined Moreton Bay United’s senior coaching team, has outlined a specific three-year, three-target plan.
Nabi has started work with Dave Harris on Jets’ 2018 squad and PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland after Adam Piddick stepped down from his role with the senior side, but remains the club's technical director.
“It’s a really exciting opportunity, a very interesting project and I’m very happy to be on board,” said Nabi, who has an Asia A Coaching Licence as required by the NPL.
“I had thought about it for some time (progressing to the NPL) and had a chat with Adam, as I think we have a close football philosophy, the same drive and passion.
“The priority is to keep 95 per cent of the current Jets’ squad. I’m not looking for lot of change. Just to keep the core of last season’s players and add a couple of young players.”
However Nabi, who was head coach at ACE for the last three years, has set three specific goals for the next three seasons.
“The first is, by the end of the third year, to have 80-90 per cent of Jets’ squad developed by Moreton Bay United,” said Nabi, who has started a two-year course for his pro-licence.
“Second, by end of third year to also have five more Jets players with A-League clubs.”
Jets currently have three senior men – Josh Brindell-South (Wellington), Joseph Champness (Brisbane) and Finn Beakhurst (Brisbane) – who left to join A-League clubs.
“Third, we aim to be playing in the NPL Queensland finals every season,” said Nabi.
Moreton Bay United chairman Greg Bradley was delighted Pouria accepted the offer to step up to the NPL Queensland.
“It’s an exciting time for Pouria to come on board,” said Bradley.
“I think the club is in a great position to drive for trophies and knowing Pouria he will work to make that happen.”
Nabi just missed leading ACE to its first Brisbane Premier League Play-Offs last season, finishing fifth on goal difference, just two behind fourth-placed Mitchelton.
ACE also reached the fourth preliminary round of the Westfield FFA Cup this year before bowing out to Moreton Bay United and the semi-finals of the Canale Cup.
Nabi guided ACE to sixth in the Brisbane Premier League in 2015 and eighth in 2016. During his spell as head coach the likes of Riley Campbell and Cameron Millar have progressed to join Jets in the NPL.