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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Mark Broadbent is taking over the reins at Kingborough Lions United as senior coach of the PS4 NPL Tasmania side for the remainder of the season following the departure of Gabriel Markaj.

This is the third time in two seasons that Broadbent has stepped into the temporary senior coaching role at the club.

Last season, Broadbent filled in when Colin Robbins resigned, and again later in the season when Ian Shaw quit.

Markaj was only 21 years old when he was appointed at the beginning of the season and he was a controversial figure from the start.

Conducting training at 6am was just one of his innovations, and he brought ten players from interstate and overseas with him, including his brother, Paulo.

Few of those stayed the distance and less than half a dozen now remain.

Markaj was outspoken and demanding and several senior established players left the club.

He was an enthusiastic and energetic coach, but lack of success in games made him vulnerable to criticism.

His youth and limited experience at senior level made it difficult for him to handle criticism and scutiny from the media. Media attention on local football has never been as intense as now and coaches  and players need to know how to handle it.

Markaj was, in some ways, a powder keg with a lit fuse and it was only a matter of time before it exploded.

That occurred last Saturday when Markaj fronted the media at the post-match press conference after his side has lost 5-0 to South Hobart and had its latest interstate recruit sent off.

He launched a blistering attack on the referee and seemed to blame the officials for Kingborough's loss.

Football Federation Tasmania yesterday suspended him for two matches and fined him $500.

Kingborough had little choice but to act and last night they dismissed him.

Markaj’s league record was played nine, with one win, six losses and two draws to his name..

Markaj released the following statement addressing his dismissal:

"I came in Tasmania with a lot of hopes and passion, knowing that it was going to be tough, everyday I woke up and I promised to myself to be the best coach that I could of be to my players, but I wasn't brave enough. I came here for media attention and for a learning experience and it's funny how both of this came immediately but for things that I didn't wish… like someone that I highly follow said ”media can be your best friend or your worst enemy” and I never thought I would learn it so quickly. I am now in the middle of the media attention and they expect to tell my side of the story about the club’s decision but there isn't one… I know it's not what everyone at the media would expect to hear but I have nothing against Kingborough other than respect and love for the club. Kingborough Lions United F.C. it's a great club and it should be put under the light for their future because they have great plans for the future and for the local talent that only I stopped because of my irrationality. Kingborough Lions United F.C. did everything to alert me and help me from the interstate signings to the locals that I dismissed, they pay me every single cent, they look after my accommodation, they look after my career and they supported my decisions. But logically after what everything happened they had enough and felt sorry for me but couldn't keep going with my silly mistakes and decisions.

Only now I realised that I was dissembling a club that when I took was progressing and for that reason I want to apologise to everyone involved in the game for my decisions and all the damage that I caused to the club. However, I have full believe in a bright future for the club and already with the decision that they made of my dismissal are proving it to the community. I would like to thank all the people that room the time to call or txt me and once I will be emotionally more stable I will take the time to thank you one by one. I would like to thank you to all the players that I met from the mini Roos to the social teams and thank you for supporting my childish behaviour and wish you the best. I would like to also thank you the secretary of the club, the media, the committee, technical director, president and members of the club for all the patience that everyone had.

And finally I would like to thanks my NPL squad and especially coaching staff for always listening to my complains, long talks, half time speeches and mostly thank you for the time and effort that we put in together to make my ideas work. I will never be able to repay you and give you the effort that you put in but what I can do is wish you guys the best and I learnt a lot from this experience. I won't make any further comments regarding this decision. I take all responsibility from my decisions and word and for who knows me and know what coaching means for me would also know that I am paying the consequences of my actions and taking notes for the future. I will now take some time to reflect about myself and this learning process and complete my A-License next week and probably re-start everything from a junior level and create my future once again somewhere in the world hoping for a better end and hoping to make proud my family and the people that believed in me."

Thank You, Gabriel Markaj

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0 #30 You have too 2017-05-23 12:29
Quoting Doubtful:
Borough need to do "a Knights' and start paying/recruiting. I saw a couple of new faces down Gormley park training through the week, one that really suprised me, secure them and give them a cut of Maraj's wage??? All is not lost Lions, fire up and get back on track

Everyone else is paying surely they can, they need a partner for Danny Cowen
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+2 #29 Doubtful 2017-05-21 06:13
Borough need to do "a Knights' and start paying/recruiti ng. I saw a couple of new faces down Gormley park training through the week, one that really suprised me, secure them and give them a cut of Maraj's wage??? All is not lost Lions, fire up and get back on track
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+3 #28 anon 2017-05-19 11:35
Quoting anon:
Congrats Broady, you will do well again at borough. I believe you will raise some eye brows through out the season, you have always been approachable and you are human to talk to . Goodluck


Thumbs down for my point on a good coach, you are all a bunch of negative knobs. It is fact if you request help on your game or confidence Broady has no problem to give you his time. And again - he will do well. I'm no longer playing due to having a family and work but he was great with me and my brother. Full of praise for him I am.
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+3 #27 Barry Bonds 2017-05-19 11:21
Quoting White Knight:
Jeez now that FFT have made the footage avaliable that second yellow was bloody harsh. Yeah it was a silly tackle but that happens every week without card.

Bloke was silly to get the first card for dissent but I wonder if charlie didnt fall victim to the dissenters grudge and look to get the kid off.

Charlie is a top ref but I think he'd have that one back with a cooler head.


You kidding me? Should have been a straight red! Get your Kingborough goggles and Hogs Breath flat peak off!
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-3 #26 White Knight 2017-05-19 01:02
Jeez now that FFT have made the footage avaliable that second yellow was bloody harsh. Yeah it was a silly tackle but that happens every week without card.

Bloke was silly to get the first card for dissent but I wonder if charlie didnt fall victim to the dissenters grudge and look to get the kid off.

Charlie is a top ref but I think he'd have that one back with a cooler head.
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+1 #25 anon 2017-05-19 00:36
I can tell you the 1st comment isnt Mick. There is no way he would return to coach Lions.

First thing first, Mick has not got the required qualifications to coach at the den- well NPL level anyway. But he might be a really good asset in the academy program where the players will respect his experience / knowledge.
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+2 #24 anon 2017-05-18 22:08
Congrats Broady, you will do well again at borough. I believe you will raise some eye brows through out the season, you have always been approachable and you are human to talk to . Goodluck
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0 #23 Roberto Baggio 2017-05-18 01:38
Quoting Anon:
A good program takes time.

Pre season would then see the players used to the coach and the style of play.


Players follow reputation.

Also if the Lions show an improvement in the latter part of 2017, it's also a good selling point for 2018.

Surely there must be a coach out there with qualifications, experience and results.




I've trained with many of the NPL coaches. The turnover in coaches, apart from Ken, is just phenomenal.

So many commit to coach education that takes so much time. Then it is like they've had enough after a NPL gig or two and never want to coach again.

I once saw Rangers beat Olympia at Warrior Park. A cheerful bloke like Glen looked like the end of the world had just occurred!

I couldn't believe he was so devastated. After Olympia beat South Melb, and Tassie beat MV youth, Glen had a nationwide coaching profile.
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+7 #22 Anon 2017-05-17 22:23
A good program takes time. I would have thought that Kingborough would look to have a new coach instated this year. That way, they can hit the ground running in 2018.

Pre season would then see the players used to the coach and the style of play he wants to implement.

Any players considering a change for next year won't probably consider a team with no coach or a relatively new one.

Players follow reputation. If they hear that the present lions players enjoy training and the style of the new coach, they are more likely to go for a look.

Also if the Lions show an improvement in the latter part of 2017, it's also a good selling point for 2018.

If that improvement is under Broadbent and he doesn't coach next year, it just causes more confusion.

Surely there must be a coach out there with qualifications, experience and results.
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+4 #21 Dave Becks 2017-05-17 22:17
I Stanley Mathews: as I have been a player under Broady in very recent years, he seems to teach you things that you don't know or see "when his head drops" was one thing I have always remembered and that was an indication for me that the opposition was about to cross the ball.. I have full admiration for him and his coaching method and his variety of structures.. Good luck Mate..
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