Fans have been left surprised as an ex-Everton and Millwall player leads the race to become the new Fleetwood Town manager.
Socceroos legend Tim Cahill has been backed (6/4) to land his first senior managerial job of his career at the third tier side after they got rid of Joey Barton.
The Lancashire based club currently sit 12th in the League One table, taking a total of 29 points from 22 games played so far in the current campaign.
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Cahill tops the Sky Bet market for the vacancy with the club’s current caretaker boss Simon Wiles behind him after being promoted from the club’s academy in the interim.
Fleetwood Town could give him a chance at management, especially after handing Joey Barton his first spell of management back in 2018.
Cahill currently holds the UEFA A Licence qualified coach badge and in the meantime has been learning and taught all the necessary skills at Everton’s academy under coach under another former footballer in Phil Jevons (U16s) and Qatar’s junior national teams (U16s & U19s).
The Everton legend retired from playing in March 2019 following a spell with Indian Super League club Jamshedpur.
Since then he’s also learning a course in ‘The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports’ at Harvard Business School, working as an ambassador for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, who are an organisation in charge of the planning and execution of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Now he wants the Fleetwood job and when asked on Sky Sports (whom he often doing punditry for) about a potential future in management, Cahill said: “For me, yes, it’s definitely something in the future [I’d like to do].
“Not in the near future. I’ve just spent six months at Everton’s academy working alongside Phil Jevons (the U16s coach). It’s been amazing as an assistant manager to learn about the growth and maturation of players.
“It’s helped me build up what’s important for me when looking at footballers. It’s much easier for me to deal with first-team players as that’s what I’ve been used to all my life. I’ve always been a leader and I’ve always had a strong voice within the changing room.
“I’ve taken the option now to work with the Everton academy and also in Qatar with the national team, their U16s and U19s in tournaments. I’ve been lucky enough to rub shoulders with Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino and other top former players like Xavi.
“I’m taking a road where I’m wanting to learn about the youth set-up, the academies, and working my way up. Over time, I’m looking forward to it. I’m putting the hours in and respecting the process.”
His playing career has seen him play for the likes of Millwall, Everton, New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Shenhua, Hangzhou Greentown, Melbourne City and Jamshedpur as well as an international career with Australia.
As a forward / attacking midfielder, he scored a total of 150 goals within 600 appearances throughout his career which started in 1998 and ended in 2019.
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He has a huge amount of honours to his name, here’s a list below because he was that good…
Football League Trophy Runner-up: 1998–99
Football League Second Division: 2000–01
FA Cup runner-up: 2003–04
FA Cup runner-up: 2008–09
New York Red Bulls
MLS Supporter’s Shield: 2013
Chinese FA Cup Runner-up: 2015
FFA Cup: 2016
AFC Asian Cup: 2015
OFC Nations Cup: 2004
Oceania Footballer of the Year: 2004
PFA First Division Team of the Year: 2003–04
FA Cup Player of the Round: 2003-04
Everton Player of the Season: 2004–05
Everton Players’ Player of the Season: 2004–05
Everton top goalscorer of the season: 2004–05
FIFA World Cup Man of the Match
2006: vs Japan (group stage)
2010: vs Serbia (group stage)
Ballon d’Or: 2006 (Nominee)
Australian Professional Football Association Player of the Year: 2008–09
Australia’s greatest ever team: 2012
NYRB Most valuable player: 2013
NYRB Goal of the Year: 2013
NYRB Golden boot: 2013
MLS Player of the Week 2013: Week 9
MLS Best XI: 2013
MLS All-Stars: 2014
Best MLS Player ESPY Award: 2014
FIFA Puskás Award nominee: 2014
AFC Asian Cup Man of the match: 2015 quarter finals vs China
AFC Asian Cup goal of the tournament: 2015
AFC Asian Cup Team of the tournament: 2015
A-League Goal of the Year: 2016–17
AFC Asian Icon: 6th of December 2017
Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley gave fans an update on their search for a new manager, describing the situation as ‘fluid’.
He will want to take his time to make sure he gets it right, he has a promising squad and should they get the right man, could guide themselves back into the League One playoffs.
As the ex-Everton and Millwall player leads race to become the new Fleetwood manager, fans have had their say…
@P3nguin_Lov3r: New Fleetwood town fan here
@DPCarv: Oh Lordy
@MrKev1980: Forward line of Bolasie, Madden and Tosun would piss league 1. I’d love this to be true
@seann1878: Fleetwood will become my 2nd club if this happens
@BE_Toffees: Same here! Will be every football supporter in Australia’s second team too
@Wattawildworld: If he gets the gig we need to loan them as many kids as feasible.
@supermac08: Me too
@Neil85059534: And mine
@josh_smith10: @Ringo8781 you got a fleetwood shirt I can have?
@Rossaldinhoo: Becoming a part-time Fleetwood Town fan: ⏳ pending ⏳
@mannie_efc: When do we all follow and support Fleetwood then
@rhysdav43668344: All fleetwood arnt we
@toffeecast1878: I think they will definitely go for a big name. Great club on the up. Great set up and facilities. I mentioned Unsworth yesterday but it would be a great start to TC’s career.
@cunner1878efc: If Tim Cahill becomes Fleetwood’s manager I’ll be looking out for their results as Tim was a God for the Blues. Of course it’ll be the Blues result first then the SHITE followed by Tim’s team.
@EFCMatt1: Get all the u23’s sent down there
@Toffeebluebloo1: I’d support fleetwood as a second team just so I can still be part of the @Tim_Cahill
@UpperGwladysBlu: Get in, hope he gets the job
@portsmj: So hope this is true!
@IptvZombie: Would love him to end up as the Everton manager one day
@dobzzie: Didn’t even know he was looking but ideal job for first go.
@RileyThornton19: He will get it they have the money to get into championship
@evertonfc78nsno: Arent Fleetwood sponsored by @hummel1923 – If so a Hummel friendly every summer
@thebushnews: Could well be Cahill v Kewell in the manager ranks soon?
@084_j: Would be interesting to see how he went in his first coaching appointment
@Nathan33NDJ: I’d start following Fleetwood 100%
@joey_basnett: All fleetwood aren’t we
@NoelHopper06: This would be a good start for Tim if it were to eventuate. It may even provide some opportunities for Australian players overseas. #Socceroos
@THEHARRYMCKENNY: @ftfc are about to gain a whole new fan base
@markwoods1994: Defo be buying a fleetwood shirt if this happen