Gold Coast bans coach over teen captain comments
Gold Coast United have suspended coach Miron Bleiberg for one
match after he criticized the club’s decision to install teenager
Mitch Cooper as captain in his A-League debut.
United’s billionaire owner Clive Palmer made the unusual move to
hand pick 17-year-old Cooper as stand-in captain for suspended
Michael Thwaite in Friday’s match against Melbourne Heart.
Bleiberg said Cooper’s elevation to the captaincy was only
”ceremonial” and he would not be the on-pitch leader.
United chief executive Clive Mensink said the club took the
decision to appoint Cooper seriously and were unhappy with