Former Socceroos defender Chris Coyne says the sky is the limit for what he hopes will be a long and successful coaching career.
Coyne has taken the reigns at Bayswater City this season and guided the club to the top of the State League with six wins from as many matches.
The impressive start follows a successful pre-season campaign that yielded the Night Series trophy.
WA-raised Coyne spent more than a decade playing in England and Scotland before returning to finish his career with hometown club Perth Glory, and also spent a short spell in China.
The accomplished central defender made seven appearances for the Socceroos and retired last year to turn his hand to coaching, where his competitive nature should serve him well.
“Obviously I’d love to go into the A-League and hopefully higher. Maybe one day I’d like have a crack in Europe as well,” Coyne said.
“I’ve got high aspirations and I’d really like to push myself and see how high I can take it.
“Football’s a funny game and it’s very fickle as well. You could get the sack in three weeks if you don’t keep winning.
“I’d like to think that I’ve got a lot to offer the game and I’ve played for some good coaches over the years as well.”
Coyne is keen to further his own education and began his B Licence coaching course this month.
“It’s the same as anything, you can’t become a chef unless you do the yards in the kitchen,” Coyne said.
“I’d like to become a career coach and I see that as a pathway and doing the right thing by educating myself at a young age.
“Even if you can pick up 10-15 per cent as you do these coaching licences, I see it as a natural progression.”
Despite Bayswater winning their first six games to open up an early six-point lead on second-placed Sorrento, Coyne hasn’t been satisfied with his team’s performances.
In a clear sign of his intentions for this season, Coyne said Bayswater still had plenty of room for improvement.
Bayswater open their Football West Cup campaign against Division One club Shamrock Rovers at Frank Drago Reserve today.
“I’ve been a bit grumpy most weeks because I still feel we’ve got an extra 20-25 per cent in us,” Coyne said.
“We just can’t seem to play for 90 minutes. We’re doing it for 60 minutes and 45 minutes and 20-minute spells, but we haven’t really played for 90 minutes well.“We’re threatening to do it but we just haven’t got the consistency of performance yet.”