Gumprecht not retiring – just yet


Gumprecht took the reigns of Olympic after Pat Marando?s departure and after one game decided he will sit on the side for the rest of the season to watch his team.
“I tried playing and coaching against Marconi and I found it was quite a hard task,?? Gumprecht said.
“I spoke to the management after that and we came to a conclusion that as long as I?m a coach I will not be playing.
“We have other players that I know can do the job the same as me and that way I can concentrate on the tactical side of the game.??
The former Central Coast Mariners midfielder was still going strong in Olympic?s boiler room, but says his transition to a coach has been smoother than expected.
“ I have a good team, they listen and want to do well so it is quite an easy task for me,?? he said.
“It is honestly a transition seeing things from the sideline when I am normally seeing them on the park.
“I think it is a transition that will take time but I am happy with how I am going so far.??
But despite not putting the boots on for some time now, Gumprecht maintains he may possibly return to the pitch.
“I am not retired yet because football can be played anywhere and you never know what happens,?? he said.
“In football there is a passion and at the moment it?s a coaching roll and we will see how it goes in the future.??
Sydney Olympic took a point away from Sydney United last weekend, and Gumprecht says it is the start of a turn around for the former NSL giants.
“We do know we need to work hard in certain areas,?? he said.
“The boys are doing well during training and I am reasonably happy at the moment as a coach.
“Taking a point from United was a good thing, now we are working towards victories in the future.??
-By Christopher Georges