Carlisle Futsal Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Australian, Francesco Chiarella as the Clubs new Head Coach. Chiarella will immediately take charge of the Clubs Super League squad for the coming season and will play an active role in developing both the Clubs players and Academy coaching staff.
Preston based Chiarella comes with real Futsal pedigree having played the game at a professional level in his native Australia since 1988. He already boasts FA Futsal Super League experience as a head coach after leading Manchester Futsal Club all the way to the 2014 Grand Finals, where they narrowly lost out on UEFA cup qualification to full time professional outfit London Baku Utd in the final.
Amongst his playing honours are numerous Australian Super League Championship titles, player of the year awards and in 2012 qualification for the Asian Futsal Champions League having won the domestic title with Maccabi Hakoah Futsal Club.
Chiarellas coaching career began in 2007 and this has since seen him progress to assisting the FFA Australian National Futsal team, a role as head GK coach of Sydney Futsal Club and then in 2013, following a move to England, a 2 year spell as head coach at Manchester Futsal Club. Chiarella now works for the FA in their Futsal talent identification and player development programme developing young players for the England Futsal Senior Team as well as in Preston North End Football Clubs academy programme.
Club Chairman Al Tindall is delighted to have Chiarella on board ‘To be able to attract someone of Franks calibre to the Club is a massive coup. To have someone who has the experience Frank has to compliment us on our Club is testament to the hard work all our volunteers put in. Its an even bigger statement that he wants to be part of this Club. Ive spoken with all of the players and they are really pleased and looking forward to learning from Frank, there is a real excitement and belief that we can push forward and begin to establish ourselves in the Super League. If you’re looking for a leader to head up this part of the CFC project you wont find a better candidate in the entire country.’
Chiarella is keen to get started and has already assessed some of the playing squad having delivered a guest coaching session on Monday. One of his ideas is to extend training sessions to give the squad the best chance in next years Super League competition which all of the playing squad have embraced.
‘I was invited to Carlisle by Chairman Al Tindall and he asked me to put on an extended coaching session for the first team. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived but I was immediately really impressed with the set up. During the session not only did I find the entire squad open and willing to embrace the ideas I was presenting but they also worked hard. Whilst i was delivering the session there were also 4 or 5 academy coaches in attendance observing which said a lot to me about what the future holds for the Club. I understand there are some exciting young players we can develop and also that there is strong core of senior players to work with. I’m delighted to be joining the Club.’
As part of his role as Head Coach Chiarella is looking forward to working with the Clubs Director of Futsal Steve Chatila to put in place a curriculum for the Clubs academy players which will be delivered by a ‘coach the coach’ programme to roll the curriculum out.
Director and Club Captain Jon Reay explained Chiarellas appointment as ‘a no brainer’ and fantastic news for not only Carlisle Futsal Club but also for the entire community.
‘The appointment brings to the whole area a new level of knowledge about the sport that can be passed on. For our academy players they now have access to one of the countries top Futsal coaches and someone involved directly with the England development centres. The pathway to the top is there for those with the talent, dedication and desire to make it. Frank has a proven track record of being an innovative and forward-thinking coach and developing and improving players, which was a key quality we sought in the individual to fill this role.”
The focus now turns to preparations for the Clubs imminent FA Super League campaign.
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