Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Ottawa, ON - The Ottawa Fury are pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Payne as the head coach of the Ottawa Fury PDL team for the 2011 season. Payne joins the Fury after spending the past year as technical director of the Football Federation of Tasmania (FFT). The Fury Men's top job opened up when 2010 head coach Carl Valentine accepted a full-time position with the MLS' newest franchise - the Vancouver Whitecaps.
"We are delighted to have attracted a coach of Steve's calibre to the Fury," enthused Fury owner and CEO, John Pugh. "Last year, we were one win shy of qualifying for the PDL North American Final Four. Taking us that next step will be Steve's main challenge, but I am also sure he will have a very positive impact on all players and coaches within the Fury organization."
Payne is one the most highly-qualified coaches in Canada holding a UEFA Pro-Diploma, considered the highest award for coaching and managing in the world and is one of only two coaches in Canada to have completed this diploma - Canadian Women's Head Coach Carolina Morace being the other. Payne also boasts UEFA A and Canadian B Licences and having coached around the globe with stops in North America, Europe, South America and Australia he has also earned his Brazlian A Licence and a FIFA Futuro III Instructors Licence.
Prior to his role with the FFT, Payne enjoyed six years as a senior staff coach at Bryst Academy - one of the top player development organizations in Toronto. He has also served as a provincial team coach with the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA). With coaching qualifications that garner tremendous attention and a coaching resume that highlights his ability to work with young talent the Ottawa Fury organization have again found themselves a world-class coach.
"Coaching the Ottawa Fury in the footsteps of two previously very successful coaches will be a considerable challenge, not just for myself, but for the players too," remarked the newly appointed head coach. "The players can expect to work hard in an environment in which they will be able to learn and make decisions for themselves. Football is not a recipe book; the ingredients change in every game and players - not just the coach - have to be able to adjust and adapt to circumstances," Payne added.
Payne is a coach that believes in a technical, possession game based around speed, aggression and surprise. This belief coupled with an outstanding resume made him a sure fit for the job - one that comes with high expectations with the Fury coming off back-to-back Northeast Division titles and two consecutive trips to the playoffs.
"One thing I can promise both players and fans alike is that they will never be bored. We will play a technical, attacking, possession-based game in which the team will play from the back forward," emphasized Payne. "We have enough snow in Canada as it is, I do not want the ball coming down with white stuff on it," Payne added quoting former Derby County and Notts Forest manager, the late Brian Clough, saying: "If the ball was supposed to be in the air, that's where the grass would be."
The Fury have posted a winning record in each of the past three seasons (32-6-10) thriving under coaches Steve O'Kane and Carl Valentine. Payne will look to continue this trend while putting his stamp on this team that is sure to bring an exciting brand of soccer to the nation's capital. The Fury Men are currently riding a 27-game home unbeaten streak (21-0-6) that dates back to 2007 and with competition as tough as ever they will have to be better than ever if they hope to defend the divisional crown and make a lengthy playoff run in 2011.
Past Fury PDL Coaches:
Colin McCurdy (2005-2006): 16-13-3
Chris Roth (2007): 3-8-5
Steve O'Kane (2008-2009): 21-4-7
Carl Valentine (2010): 11-2-3
Payne was born in Northampton, England, but spent much of his life in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire where members of his family continue to reside. As a schoolboy, Payne played briefly with Charlton Athletic which eventually led to amateur stints with Hitchin Town and Stevenage Athletic.
About Ottawa Fury Soccer Club
The Ottawa Fury Soccer Club is a member of the United Soccer Leagues (USL); the largest system of national soccer leagues in North America. The Fury are members of the W-League and the Premier Development League (PDL). The Fury also operates youth teams in the USL Super-Y League (SYL) and development teams (Academy) and programs for younger players. For additional information see the Fury web site at www.ottawafury.com.