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Harry Kewell
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Job xxxx Footballer
Desc The most high-profile name on the list and an Australian coach without a job after being sacked by English club Notts County. Kewell began his senior coaching career strongly with Crawley Town and was poached by Notts only to be kicked out the door abruptly as he failed to turn their poor results around. Based in England, Kewell will likely be keen to continue coaching in Europe if possible but some A-League experience would be a decent feather in his cap right now. A big name and a coach that’s shown some early promise, the former Socceroo is an attractive but at this stage unlikely replacement for Aloisi.

Affiliation

Org Australia National Team
Club as Player Melbourne Victory
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Relationship

Agent Bernie Mandic
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1996 03
Kewell makes his Premier League debut for Leeds United in a 1-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough.
1996 04
Becomes the youngest debutant in Socceroo history against Chile aged 17 years and seven months.
1997 10
Scores first senior goal for Leeds in a 3-1 League Cup win over Stoke City
1997 11
Scores his first international goals by netting in both legs of Australia’s agonising World Cup qualifying play-off loss to Iran.
2000 04
Sent off in the second leg of Leeds’ 4-2 UEFA Cup semi-final defeat to Galatasaray.
2001 05
Starts both legs as Leeds exit the UEFA Champions League in a 3-0 aggregate defeat to Valencia in the semi-finals.
2003 02
Stars and scores in the Socceroos’ upset 3-1 win over England at Upton Park.
2003 05
Scores the opening goal in Leeds’ shock 3-2 win away to Arsenal, handing the Premier League title to Manchester United.
2003 07
Arguably one of the most sought-after players in the world at the time, Kewell rejects Manchester United and other powerhouse clubs to join Liverpool. The deal reportedly included a massive payment to the player’s agent, Bernie Mandic.
2003 08
Scores his first goal for Liverpool in a 3-0 derby win over Everton.
2005 05
Starts the UEFA Champions League final for Liverpool but came off injured in the 23rd minute.
2005 11
Impresses off the bench and scores in the shootout win over Uruguay as the Socceroos qualify for the 2006 World Cup
2006 05
A strong domestic season ends with Kewell coming off injured 48 minutes into the FA Cup final against West Ham United.
2006 06
Scores against Croatia to send Australia through to the round of 16 at the World Cup in Germany, but misses the defeat to Italy due to septic arthritis.
2007 05
Returns to the Liverpool first team after a year out due to injury, and comes on in the UEFA Champions League final loss to AC Milan.
2008 07
Signs for Galatasaray after another injury-hit season with Liverpool.
2010 01
Is joined at Galatasaray by Socceroo team-mate Lucas Neill.
2010 06
Sent off for a handball inside the penalty area against Ghana at the World Cup in South Africa.
2011 08
Leaves Galatasaray after not being offered a contract extension, sparking fevered speculation over a possible move to the A-League, which drags on for months before he finally commits to Melbourne Victory.
2012 02
Scores what proves to be his last goal for the Socceroos in a 4-2 World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia in Melbourne.
2012 06
Departs Victory after one mixed season to return to England, where he fails to find a club.
2013 04
Plays three games for Qatari club Al Gharafa on an injury replacement deal.
2013 06
Signs for Melbourne Heart, but injury sidelines him for much of the first half of the season, and a dire winless streak prompts the club to sack coach John Aloisi.
2014 03
Announces his impending retirement at the end of the 2013-14 A-League season.

2014 03 26 Retrieve

[when asked if he felt in anyway unfulfilled upon hanging up his boots] I do sit there with my wife and my close friends and wonder, what if? I wonder if I didn’t have those injuries, what could have been?

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[It will take some effort from Liverpool to stop Real Madrid from claiming a third successive Champions League crown] Real Madrid are favourites because of their record in the European Cup (Champions League). It is phenomenal. They are going for a hat-trick. The drive of Madrid is going to be very hard to stop. But Klopp has put together a very exciting, fast, energetic and powerful Liverpool side

[both sides known to be more daring in attack, Kewell is looking forward to an exciting game] Hopefully, it lives up to expectations and it will not be a boring game. Hopefully, there are going to be goals in it and everyone is going to be entertained. And let’s hope that Liverpool can win. Bale’s recent performances for Madrid has been very good because he has been scoring some goals. I think he scored four in his last five games. He is playing well. He is feeling good. But again, that is going to be up to Zidane to make his mind up on who starts. He has a wonderful lineup to pick from. And hopefully, he picks the right team to challenge Liverpool

2018 10 03 Retrieve

[Harry Kewell working wonders at Notts County after rough start] I’m very happy with the result but more happy with the performance. We stuck in there in moments when the tide was turning a little bit but then we pounced and looked compact and steady. I’m proud of the players because it’s been a tough week. We’ve got back-to-back wins now and we can push on

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[Harry Kewell says Liverpool need striker & Griezmann would’ve been perfect] I think they need another striker. I know it sounds crazy because the front three are amazing but I think they need another to test the current front three. I have nothing against Origi, I think he’s a fantastic player and he does his part. He has scored some important goals and he’s been a fantastic squad player because the front three are a solid front three. I would love to see someone challenge that front three to really keep them on their game.

Sadio Mane is on fire, at the moment, Salah has been, but he isn’t at the moment. Firmino, even though I think he does a lot of the dog work for Mane and Salah, he still doesn’t score [enough]. Are there players out there? Of course there is. I would have loved to have seen Griezmann there. I think he would have been fantastic. I think he’s that type of player. But would you have been able to prise him away without guaranteeing him a place?

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[Harry Kewell says Fabinho is the sponge at Liverpool that goes around soaking everything up] It is a huge loss, he’s been the sponge. He’s soaking everything up. When he receives the ball, he passes it forward - which many holding midfielders don’t do, that first pass forward to put your team on the attack. It’s a big loss, but I’m confident in the squad that there are plenty to fill in.

[The holders of the Champions League crown need to avoid defeat in the final round of fixtures to progress] Not winning it puts them in a difficult position because they are going to have to go to Salzburg and get a result. It’s a Champions League game so a lot of players will want to play it, but he [Klopp] could have rested a few players. He will have been prepared for the worst outcome. It’s good sometimes going to a game knowing that you have to get a result.

[There is determination within the ranks to become the first Reds side to claim that trophy] It will be a nice little break for them. It’s still a competition they want to win, so they will take it seriously, but going away in the sun and two games out there, it will be a nice winter break for them. Klopp will know his plan, he’s not going to tell everybody, but he’ll know what he wants to do. Look at the way they are playing, we’re thinking are strikers going to be rested, but they are constantly playing. The players want to play

2019 12 14 Retrieve

[Sadio Mane offside call outrages Liverpool fans as claims of VAR delivering title gifts are refuted. Harry Kewell has added his voice to those criticising the need to run a rule over every goal when there is no clear and obvious reason for the effort to be chalked off] The Mane goal, I’m surprised. I’m not getting this. I like the VAR when it comes into the right kind of situation but this situation here I don’t get it. For me he’s not offside. I don’t know what part of his body is offside

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Harry Kewell says Liverpool’s defence lacks vision without Virgil van Dijk] When I watch Liverpool play, I see Virgil constantly talking to everyone around him. He is always communicating with his full-backs, and the people in front of him. Yes people talk about him being a great defender because he can play out from the back and is comfortable on the ball, but a defender’s first job is to defend - and, in the case of Van Dijk, it is to organise the rest of his defence too. That is what Liverpool missed the most against Monterrey. No-one had his kind of defensive vision, or ability to spot danger.

Despite their lack of composure at the back, they actually defended pretty well for the most part but one thing I would criticise was the goal they conceded. No-one saw Stefan Medina’s run to the far post, and once he had the leap on Naby Keita, there was no way Keita could defend it. After that, they did not really defend as a unit when the ball was in the box. I don’t see that happening if Van Dijk is on the pitch. Clearly, they need him back in the team to face Flamengo - if he is fit, Liverpool will be calm and comfortable at the back and everyone will be a lot more relaxed