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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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Gabriel Markaj 5 December 2016 blog

Photo:  Gabriel Markaj at a media conference earlier in the season [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United have ‘released’ coach Gabriel Markaj.

Markaj was appointed the club’s senior coach at the start of the current PS4 NPL Tasmania season, which is less than half completed.

On Saturday, after Kingborough lost 5-0 at home to South Hobart, Markaj made inappropriate comments about the referee at the post-match media conference.

He subsequently issued a letter of apology but the damage was done.

Football Federation Tasmania today suspended him for two games and fined him $500.

That was the last straw as far as the club was concerned.

In a statement released tonight, the club said:

Effective immediately Kingborough Lions United FC have released PS4 NPL TAS coach Gabriel Markaj from his NPL head coach role.

The Club apologises to the football community and its sponsors for the comments made in Saturday’s post-match press conference by Gabriel regarding match officials.  The views expressed by Gabriel do not reflect the views of the club, nor does Kingborough Lions United FC condone any disrespectful behaviour or comments of any nature towards match officials.

The Club acknowledges and thanks Gabriel for his significant contribution to Kingborough Lions United FC in many areas. The Club appreciates the public apology that Gabriel has released .

The club has no further comment on this matter.

Markaj, 22, initially brought about a dozen players from interstate and overseas with him to Kingborough. Less than half a dozen of those players remain.

Markaj won one, lost six and drew two games while in charge.

Kingborough are second-last on the ladder.

Markaj is the third coach to have parted with his PS4 NPL Tasmania club this season.  There are eight clubs in the competition.

Olympia's Ian Shaw was sacked a third of the way through the season with the club on top of the standings.

He has been replaced by Kenny Weston.

Peter Savill, coach of Hobart Zebras, resigned a couple of weeks ago and the club is searching for a replacement.

Mark Broadbent is the most likely replacement for Markaj in the short term.

Broadbent last season was acting coach on two occasions at Kingborough following the departures of the club's senior coaches.


0 #19 ooops 2017-05-22 15:56
im not being funny but i stated as soon as this young lad was appointed that he would not have the experience to make this work and everybody said hes got European experience one thing and another, i will state again unless youve played yourself for many years theres no way in a million years you have the experience and expertise to manage anybody it just WONT work
0 #18 Ray C 2017-05-20 13:16
With the number of junior teams from U8's tru to 17yo this club should not have to bring in 12 players from overseas or the mainland. The coach should work with what he has. That's the only way to show if he knows what he's doing !. It seems 'he didn't & he doesn't'. Good luck in your next venture Gabriel - You'll need it.
-10 #17 anon 2017-05-16 07:18
Quoting Peter Pan:
Jolly Roger, whats this story got to do with Knights, put your flag back in your top pocket.

Read the comment he was referring Chris Hey and used his time at Knights as a reference don't see anything wrong with the comment.
+8 #16 Peter Pan 2017-05-16 06:14
Jolly Roger, whats this story got to do with Knights, put your flag back in your top pocket.
-14 #15 Jolly Roger 2017-05-16 03:41
I'd look at Hey for a couple of years.

Chris was rebuilding Knights without the advantage of deep pockets (hi Franco) before the committee lost their nerve.
+7 #14 Anon 2017-05-16 01:13
You're only like Neil Lennon & jurgen klopp even they done much worse in fact head up
+12 #13 bestwishes 2017-05-16 01:06
All the best Gabriel, take care of yourself and leave this behind you and move on.
+11 #12 After Blood 2017-05-16 00:22
Unlucky Gabriel we all make mistakes in all kinds of life were only human
+28 #11 Shame. 2017-05-15 23:42
Actually brightened up a dull dull league. Shame he's gone. Don't even press play on kennys interviews. Ok back to the yes no men and clubs/people scared to say what they really think.
-5 #10 Greybudgie 2017-05-15 23:13
I wish Gabriel Markaj all the best for the future I hope the club gives the young man some support and helps him through a difficult period, Maybe the exuberance of youth and trying to change things too fast with an aggressive import of up to a dozen players was too much too soon. The remaining half a dozen imports future will be interesting to see their short term plans.
All the best Gabriel in your next venture, All the Best Kingborough you’re going to need it for the rest of this Season.

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