EXCLUSIVE: Sydney FC coach Alen Stajcic says he wants to follow in Lawrie McKinna’s footsteps by Twittering about his team next season in the W-League.
Stajcic, who's preparing for Saturday's W-League Grand Final against Brisbane Roar, applauded Central Coast coach's innovative way to ignite interest from the fans.
"It's brilliant, isn't it? It's brilliant," he told au.fourfourtwo.com. "If people are interested, we've definitely got to engage fans and with football, we don't get an inordinate amount of publicity, so every bit of publicity for the women's game.
"We'll do that next year, it sounds like a good idea."
From a handful of followers when he began Twittering on December 8, McKinna now has 227. McKinna's last Tweet was Monday night when he wrote, 'Brady smith and nathan sherlock from the youth team coming into train with 1st team on tuesday morning.'
And while McKinna tweeting may not be considered a story per se, it speaks of a wider issue. On another weekend of disastrous attendances in the A-League, promoting the game is once again a hot issue - particularly with Australia in the process of bidding to host a World Cup.
As McKinna told this website yesterday, to Tweet with fans and engage them is something he's happy to do if it promotes the game. And it doesn't take from his job of coaching the Mariners, he said.
He added: "It's not a big deal to me... and the feedback I've had has been really good."