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The Toe Poke

TV microphone holds no fears for Miron

Miron Bleiberg has no fears of dropping F-bombs or spoiling Gold Coasts tactics at Skilled Park, but admits he's under extra pressure to entertain an interested television audience.

Bleiberg has agreed to wear a microphone which will allow Fox Sports viewers to hear his pre-game and half-time addresses as well as his thoughts during Sunday's match against Wellington Phoenix.

The A-League's most colourful and quotable coach admitted he felt obliged to be part of the innovation as it would help the code, especially when competitor Twenty20 cricket was doing the same.

But he knows it will bring an extra challenge on matchday.

"There's also an obligation on me to keep it interesting and make it entertaining," Bleiberg told AAP.

"That's another burden but I'm not a shy guy so hopefully it will work well."

Renowned for producing some of the best one-liners in sport, the former Israeli naval officer shouldn't have much trouble there.

Bleiberg also trusts himself to mind his Ps and Qs to ensure the coverage will be family friendly.

"I don't think I would ever lose my temper in the dressing room," he said.

"You can see a lot of coaches who are very nice off the field but when it comes to match day they are like an animal in the cage but that is not me."

And while Phoenix officials could well be listening in, Bleiberg has no concerns about spilling team secrets.

"I think we coaches like to make the public and the media think that there are a lot of secrets and we're in control of a puppet show, pulling the strings," he said.

"But basically football is a simple game; that's why so many stupid people and uneducated people who can kick the ball become coaches.

"It depends (more) how you prepare the team physically and mentally."

Last-placed Gold Coast will be boosted by the return of striker Dylan Macallister from a hamstring injury to take on his former side.

Wellington have their own inclusion looking to prove a point with Alex Smith set to replace an injured Vince Lia (knee) in the midfield.

Smith was released by the Coast pre-season after they signed Dutchman Maceo Rigters but found his way to the Phoenix as an injury replacement for Lucas Pantelis on the recommendation of United and All Whites goalkeeper Glen Moss.

Moss' New Zealand keeping rival Mark Paston is in line to make a welcome return for fourth-placed Wellington, replacing English import Tony Warner, after three months on the sidelines.


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