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7 DEC 10 @ 11:37AM BY DANIEL PHAN

SIX-TIME Victorian Premier League championship-winning coach Peter Ollerton has expressed concern about the lack of compensation from A-League clubs that recruit local talent from state league-competing sides.

Ollerton also called for Football Federation Australia to help state league clubs raise funds and publicity through some shrewd scheduling, should the recently-proposed FFA Cup become a reality.

“I like the idea of the FFA Cup; it would give the lesser-type clubs an opportunity to play against a higher level,” the former Green Gully boss said.

“The only thing I would query is that they would have to try to play the games at the lesser-type clubs’ stadiums, to help these clubs get money from attendances. The state league clubs would benefit financially and also get some publicity.

“It’s common sense.”

Ollerton believes State League clubs are not duly compensated for their developing and raising of local talent.

“A lot of players are taken from the Victorian Premier League for no cost,” he said. “When I was at Green Gully, nobody compensated us for Diogo Ferreira or Aziz Behich.

“I suppose at the end of the day, you make the player and the A-League clubs take them and you get nothing out of it.”

In 1986, former Socceroo Ollerton led Croydon City to the latter stages of the short-lived Australian Cup, which bears similarities to the FFA Cup, whereby top-flight domestic teams are pitted against their state counterparts.

“Back in the 1986-87 season, I coached Croydon to the state championship and we beat everybody in the then-Australian Cup, only to lose to West Adelaide in the latter stages,” he said.

While he has no desire for a return to coaching in the VPL, Ollerton said he would enjoy a role as a specialist coach at an A-League club. “I’d like to be able to go to the Victory or Heart – something like that – and be used as a technical striking coach,” he said. ‘I’d enjoy that.”


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