Manny Spanoudakis has a wealth of knowledge and experience from both his playing and coaching career. Having been associated with football for over 47 years – he makes a great addition to the Marconi Stallions senior coaching staff.
A close friendship with Peter Tsekenis brought Spanoudakis to the Club to assist in being his new eyes and ears moving towards the Semi-finals.
“As a junior I came through the Youth League at Sydney Olympic and was lucky enough to transition into First Grade. I then moved on to St George and played in the National League”, he said.
With football being a tough profession both mentally and physically – Spanoudakis reinforces the importance of education and having an option.
“The best advice I got from my dad was ‘to focus on your education while you are focusing on your football’.
“Thankfully that set me up in the IT industry and years on I also went and did a Post Graduate in Sports Management.
“It definitely helped me and at the time when my father gave me that advice, I had an offer from an overseas club. He said ‘finish what you are doing with your studies and go when you are done’.
“As it turned out I had to stop playing professionally at 25 and I came back to a really good job market and started a career in IT.”
His continuous hard work has paid off with his job taking him around the world to elite sporting stadiums and arenas.
“I work for a company called Cisco Systems which is a great company. I have been there 13 years and I lead their Sports and Entertainment business for the Asian Pacific Region.”
Spanoudakis’ family values were transparent as he reflected on the pinnacle of his coaching career.
“My highlight would be when I coached St George Football Association and we had just been promoted to NPL 3.
“I coached my youngest son James and we won the Grand Final 2-0. He set up the first and scored the second winning goal.
“We ended up winning the the Minor Premiership and Grand Final that season.
“I’m not sure too many dads and coaches get to celebrate such a fantastic and happy football situation.”
– Samantha Jurman