Ambitious Football NSW League Three Men’s club Fraser Park FC have said farewell to their Premiership winning coach Alex Araujo.
Araujo was appointed coach of the proud Australian Portuguese backed club in 2020 after a successful stint as an assistant for Stanmore Hawks in the then NPL 3 NSW Men’s competition after their Championship campaign in 2019.
In his maiden season, the 32-year-old helped his side to an undefeated 2020 regular season in a Premiership winning campaign.
Fraser Park FC were in the midst of yet another successful season in this year but Covid derailed all Football NSW competitions that put an end to the season.
Araujo’s men impressed with eleven wins in sixteen games and were sure to make a genuine push for both titles.
Fraser Park FC were very fond of the time spent with Araujo at the helm and credited his dedication and hard work in helping the club through a successful period.
“It was great having Alex in charge of our first grade team for the past two seasons,” a spokesperson from Fraser Park FC stated.
“Being an ex-player of the club meant not only was he a great coach but he had the passion to go with it.
“He brought a new level of professionalism to the club, with his approach be it at training or on game day with his post-match analysis and data collected from opponents.
“He also played a big part in assisting coaches in our youth program.
“Fraser Park would like to wish Alex all the best and don’t rule out a return in the future.”
Speaking on his departure, Araujo admitted it was the right time to depart.
“It was the right time to leave for both the club and myself as we both had a different outlook on our visions for the club.”
He noted his pride in winning a title with the side last year and credited the positive atmosphere that surrounded the club during his tenure.
“My favourite moment was winning the league title last year without losing a game and continuing to improve on those performances during the 2021 season.
“Off the field, the staff and players built a really positive culture at the club which made it such an enjoyable place to coach.
“It’s been a real pleasure to be able to be the head coach at the first club I ever played for and I’ve enjoyed so many good moments.
“I can’t thank those that gave me an opportunity enough, a massive thank you to all the board, coaches and players.
“The success we achieved over the last two seasons was because of everyone’s efforts, I hope they all enjoyed it as much as I did.”
Commenting on his future, Araujo was keen on getting involved once more in 2021 if the right opportunity came about.
“A good culture and good facilities are important to me as a coach so that’s something I’ll be looking for, if the right opportunity comes up, I’ll coach again in 2021”.
-By Dominic Criniti @DominicCriniti