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City Announce Sawdon As New NPL Coach

Launceston City have announced club legend Peter Sawdon as their NPL Tasmania coach for season 2018. The 66-year-old Brit has been appointed to the top job and will return to the club he left nearly two decades ago, last coaching the side back in 1998.

Sawdon has a storied and succesful career in Tasmanian Football and is a member of both the Riverside Team of the Past 50- years, and Launceston City’s team of the last 30 years.

Three times in his coaching career he has claimed back-to-back premierships from his time in charge of George Town, Devonport and Riverside Olympic.

Speaking to Andrew Mathieson of the Examiner, he said his passion had been reignited by attending games this season.

“What enticed me to go back was that I watched a couple of games and it really whetted my appetite.

It was really good to see how they played, as I think their game has evolved in line with the game in Britain. So, yes, that’s made me keen to do it again.”

Sawdon will replace Jez Kenth in the top job, who has been forced to stand down due to a combination of work and family commitments in Hobart. He will be City’s fourth coach in as many seasons, though he returns to the club at a good time. Their fourth place finish this season was City’s best in the NPL to date and offers Sawdown a good base to build from. The side led the league for the first half of the season before succumbing to injuries later in the year.

“I think building on the work they’ve done is the way to go about it. They have obviously achieved very well.”

“I will look at all the variables of the game and I will try and improve, add value to as many aspects as I can.

“That’s where I sit in the world – to try and add value of what they’ve done.

Sawdon’s was not the only major piece of coaching news to break, with The Advocate’s Brad Cole has confirming today that Chris Gallo will not be renewing his contract with Devonport for the 2019 season. The in demand Coach of the Year has signed a deal with the Mackay Magpies in Queensland bringing an end to his succesful stint at the Strikers helm.

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