NORTHERN NSW Football technical director David Smith says his decision to resign and take up the same job with Football Federation Victoria has nothing to do with his role changing last month.
Smith’s resignation was announced yesterday, three weeks after sacked Jets A-League coach Gary van Egmond was appointed inaugural Emerging Jets academy director and seven after the creation of the position was made public.
Due to the new role, Smith was no longer involved with the Emerging Jets program that he had shaped.
He said yesterday that he was leaving NNSWF on a good note and the timing of the switch was a coincidence.
‘‘The inclusion of Dutchy [van Egmond] or the position was vital for the development of football and I fully support it,’’ Smith said.
‘‘For me, this is totally different and not something that has happened overnight.
‘‘For the Emerging Jets to work, they needed a high-performance person to fully be in charge of it.
‘‘The job’s just too big.’’
He said the Emerging Jets program would go from strength to strength under van Egmond.
‘‘We’ve actually got a very good structure here, and Dutchy taking that on board is a major bonus for the kids,’’ he said.
‘‘The structure here – and this is the hard part for me now that I’m leaving – is what we’ve been aiming for.
‘‘We will reap the benefits of it. It won’t come straight away, but I look at our 11s, 12s, 13s and 14s now and they are right up there.
‘‘We just need to make sure we get the right competition for them and go from there.
‘‘Gary, without a doubt, is the best person to assist that in the next period.’’
Dave Edmondson, who resigned as FFV technical director in January, recommended that Smith apply for the Victorian position.
‘‘To come through the interview process and be given the opportunity is fantastic,’’ he said. ‘‘Obviously there are two A-League clubs there and some strong NPL clubs as well, so it will be a good challenge.’’
He said the change would also move him closer to family.
Smith will stay with NNSWF for another month, focusing on finishing coaching assessments and laying the platform for a smooth transition.
NNSWF chief executive David Eland praised Smith’s contribution and said the search for his replacement would begin immediately.
‘‘The fact that many of NNSWF’s high-performance programs, services, structures and pathways are recognised nationally as best practice is testament of David’s unyielding work ethic, vision and above all his commitment to the identified players and elite coaches enveloped within NNSWF’s high-performance programs,’’ Eland said.
Meanwhile, 2013 state league runners-up Lambton Jaffas start their State Cup campaign against Belmont Swansea tomorrow at Blacksmiths Oval.
Tomorrow also marks the start of the National Premier League youth competition, taking in 13, 14, 15 and 17 years divisions.
On Thursday in the State Cup, Peter Haynes scored a hat-trick as Broadmeadow Magic defeated Thornton 9-1 at Wanderers Oval. Charlestown beat Lake Macquarie 4-1 at Lisle Carr Oval.