Alstonville coach Troy Taylor has a plan to be a full-time coach.
Alstonville coach Troy Taylor has a plan to be a full-time coach. Marc Stapelberg

Taylor hoping to sew-up licence

TROY Taylor is working towards being a professional football coach and the winners will be his youthful charges at Alstonville in Far North Coast premier league.

So driven is Taylor to achieve the highest level of coaching accreditation that he is prepared to do the long haul to gain his A licence from Football Federation Australia.

The A licence would see him eligible to coach in the A-League but for now it is about concentrating on completing the practical component of his C licence and progression for Villa in the premier league.

"I won't be able to do my B licence for about 12 months or so," Taylor said yesterday.

"The C (licence) is the first stepping stone on the way towards a professional licence.

"I have to hold the C licence for up to two years before applying for my B licence.

"I'm heading towards a career in professional coaching."

The only two locals known to hold a B licence are FFNC technical director Victor Stokes and junior representative coach Gavin Whitney.

Last week Taylor's side was beaten 2-1 by Lismore Workers in the second semi-final of the Tursa Anzac Cup but it was no pushover by Workers.

Villa ran their older opponents ragged and had the match been played under substitution rules rather than unlimited interchange the outcome may have been reversed.

"They can play a lot better than they did against Workers," Taylor said.

"If you keep an eye on us you will see some good football this season.

"We are always going to struggle physically, and the way we have chosen to go around that is to be faster and a little bit more astute technically than other teams.

"Whereas teams like Workers play a decent type of football they're still going to rely on a physical presence.

"We really can't do that so we're just going to try to be better than everyone.

"We want to ensure if someone isn't a football fan that after seeing us play they might think about coming back again ... that entertainment factor is a big deal for me."

Villa has finished sixth the past two seasons and Taylor has set the team the goal of making this season's finals.

"It is a long competition, there's 17 weeks to go," he said.

"The boys are pretty straight on making sure we do better in the past."

Villa host Ballina on Saturday at Crawford Park with kick-off at 3pm.

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