FRANCESCUCCI: THE MAN TO LEAD ROVERS IN MELBOURNE?

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After a tumultuous weekend that resulted in a 0-4 result at the Sydney Assyrian Cup 2014, the Rovers will be scratching their heads asking what happened.

Their highlight of the tournament was a nil-all first half by the Rovers Academy side led by manager Damien Francescucci against competition favourites Ashur King FC.

Club sources have indicated that First Grade coach Brandon Reid has expressed his interest in captaining the side in the Melbourne Assyrian Cup 2015 and will hand the reigns back to Club President Kevin George in the interim.

Speaking to President Kevin George he said, “I have spoken to Brandon and he has indicated his desire to play. I think he is a young leader and coaching is a strength, BUT, he has plenty of time to coach when he is older, he is a fierce competitor on the field and it would be silly not to play him out on the paddock.”

Where does this leave the first grade team? It has been suggested that Francescucci’s efforts with a young team at this year’s cup that he could take the first grade job, however his ties with the Academy team are strong.

Francescucci took to Facebook earlier this week saying, “Academy tried their best and I’m proud to be their coach. Great experience for everyone. Can’t wait for our first season in Southern Districts.”

While there may be speculation that the first team manager position has been decided on, many would tell you that there are others throwing their hat in the ring for the role. The likes of Club President Kevin George, Simon Toma, Michael Mando and former Canley Heights winger Alan Israel have also been linked with the role.

Time will tell the end of this tale however the Rovers will be re-assessing what is required to take their two squads to Melbourne in March 2015.

Will Francescucci be the man to lead the Rovers in 2015?

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