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Sciulli Replaces Sawdon At City

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In a shock move, Launceston City have made a coaching switch on the eve of their 2019 NPL TAS campaign. Having only been appointed to the role in October, Peter Sawdown has stood down from his position, telling The Examiner he was concerned over player fitness levels. He will be replaced at the eleventh hour by the club’s former coach Lino Sciulli, who is set to make a dramatic return to the club he last managed in 2016.

Sawdon told the Examiner fitness had been an on-going concern of his.

“The ongoing non-playing issues around fitness work, which I hold a high value, just could not be resolved through the club committee,” 

“I first sought to resolve these issues through the committee soon after my appointment last year.

“If they continue, I could see that they would have a negative impact on the team. 

“So I was unable to resolve them in the end. There are other reasons, which out of fairness to the club, I won’t highlight in the media.” 

The pressure will now be on Sciulli to bring the side together just days out from their season opening game the Kingborough Lions. Whilst he has no shortage of NPL experience, the minimal time he will have with the playing group ahead of the season must be of a major concern for the club’s ambitions.

Sciulli was named the 2015 NPL TAS coach of the year but was replaced by Ben Brookfield for the 2017 season, which saw him make the move to Northern Rangers, who he then managed for the next 2 seasons. With Rangers stepping down from the NPL in 2019, Sciulli was available to parachute in and come to the rescue for City.

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