Olympic FC is proud and excited to spearhead the decision to appoint the first ever General Manager of Football .The new General Manager of Football will direct and coordinate the activities of the Club to achieve both future Club Premierships and talent development.
Salvatore Sottile, formerly the Technical Director of Southwest Thunder and with Moreton Bay United FC (who achieved Premiership winning under his tenure after joining them as a Division 2 Club) has been appointed to this role for the 2018 Season, under a comprehensive General Manager’s contract.
This has set both a game changer and a precedent to the way National Premier League Clubs will be run in the future of Australian football. Mr Sottile is the only Technical Director whose career has spanned the process of the development of the National Premier League from its inception as Rebel Juniors Premier League (2009) then Juniors Premier League and the current National Premier League format.
“This is a brave and pioneering move by Olympic FC”, said Mr Sottile.” While it makes sense to appoint a football director with a football background to this role- it is also acknowledgment that the old way of non-football knowledge based management, making football decisions is a thing of the past. I look forward to working with a solid technical team and the Club Representative to create success and new benchmarks of this for the Club and the game.”
Current Technical Director for Olympic FC Jimmy Gelagotis said, “Salvo is the most experienced and successful football knowledge based person we know. His career has proven this. He is the one we need to move this Club to the next level. It was obvious to get him and we are so excited he has come on. I look forward to working with him to get the outcomes we want, and have been set by the Club”.
Olympic FC executive member Manos Saridakis and Emanuel Baveas stated ” The Board have done a lot of research into this step prior to taking it. Junior football has the highest rate of sign on for sports in Australia and we wanted, as a Club community, to look at how we offer our players a pathway to develop into the elite level. This seemed to be the logical step in breaching this gap. We knew that to have Salvatore working in alignment with our Technical Director Jimmy Gelagotis, and our Head Coach Terry Kirkham, we would have a massive amount of experience and the perfect balance of pathways to be able to develop future talent and take our Club to the next level and to sustain this level into our future”.