Wehrman to end two-year association with Western Pride
WESTERN Pride head coach Kasey Wehrman is returning to Norway after the season, ending a two-year association with the region's National Premier League football franchise.
Wehrman, who turns 37 next month, has played a significant role in Pride's development.
After a successful debut season, the team won its third match on Sunday (story below) despite an ongoing player shortage.
Wehrman's dedication and professionalism have been widely recognised.
The former international footballer is returning to Norway with partner Anja.
Wehrman wants to pursue his coaching career overseas with Anja also having employment prospects in her home country after she completes her masters degree in communication.
The couple met in Norway where Wehrman played 211 games from 2001-10. He was a club captain in 62 matches during stints with Moss, Lillestrom and Fredrikstad.
"I enjoyed my time there. I love the people over there," the former Socceroos midfielder said of Norway.
"I'm looking forward to a new challenge and a new chapter in coaching, and taking that next step to a club that has different challenges.
"There's just more teams and more job opportunities as well (in Norway) and you can advance a little quicker than what you can in Australia."
However, Wehrman appreciated his stint at Western Pride where he launched his senior coaching career.
"The club has been nothing but 100 percent supportive the whole way through," he said, thanking people like club chairman Kym Wickstein.
"They have done backflips to make sure that everything was in place that I could come to the club.
"From there, it's been a really tight-knit club. They're a great bunch of girls and guys that work voluntarily at the club.
"Without that, there is no Western Pride. These guys are the heart and soul of the club and then you have the kids, developing as players and within the community."
Former Goodna-based footballer Wehrman said returning to Ipswich as a coach was an opportunity he gladly accepted.
"Even the technical director's job has been great grounding for me in seeing how a club from the bottom up gets built," he said.
"And my time with the seniors (NPL team) has been invaluable.
"I know it's been a tough season this year but last year we had some good highs and some lows as well.
"It's definitely made me a better coach."
Wehrman said he'll probably return to Norway in the new year, after finishing his Pride commitments.
"Ipswich is like home to me," he said, having moved into the area as a teenager before playing around Australia and overseas.
"To come back and have my first year as a coach here will be forever remembered in my mind and it's all happy memories."
Wehrman also thanked A-League coach Mike Mulvey and his Brisbane Roar staff for giving him a youth team role during the NPL off-season.
Quality need apply
WESTERN Pride general manager Pat Boyle wishes Kasey Wehrman well, praising his head coach and technical director for his efforts at the NPL franchise.
"Even though it's sad to see Kase go, I understand with family commitments and all that," Boyle said.
"He was always honest with us, eventually they would be returning to Norway.
"For us it's a big loss because Kasey was integral in our set-up but we're not about to let our standards drop with Kasey leaving.
"It's only fair and just that we maintain such a high level.''
Boyle said Wehrman's position would be advertised in coming weeks. "The next coach that will be appointed will be of high quality,'' Boyle said.