He speaks conversational Dutch and German, knows a few words of Cantonese, Turkish and Malay while his English has a distinct Scottish accent even though he moved to Australia at the age of 6.
Q: A 4-1 victory is a great start to your A-League head coaching career. What's been the reaction of your squad? A: A great sense of relief. Had we lost that game we would have equalled the all-time winless streak in the A-League (19 games held by the Knights) and obviously we didn't want that to happen. We'd been playing quite well in previous weeks and just not getting the results. I was happy with the performance against Newcastle than anything else. To score four away to a good team who hadn't conceded many this season was fantastic. Q: How are you hoping to turn things around at Perth Glory and what would be a realistic goal for this season? A: I've had a lot of personal meetings with players and told them individually what's required of them and how we might improve their performances collectively. Mathematically, it's still possible to make the top four, but that's a big call. Our first goal is to get off the bottom of the table, win our remaining five home games and try to get something out of the away matches. Q: What have the owners told you? How long have you got to prove yourself as head coach? A: They told me that I have until the end of the season and then they'll review the situation and see how things are going at that point. That's fine with me. I know what's needed. However, ideally, it's probably best to start planning for next season now so that we can pick up the best players out there before they're snapped up by other clubs. Q: Perth Glory was one of only three clubs to survive from the old NSL where it was highly successful but you haven't reached the same heights in the A-League. But what's the club's potential? A: Perth Glory used to be the benchmark in the old NSL but the A-League franchise hasn't been so successful. But the potential and backing are huge, especially now with A-League's move into Asia through the Asian Champions League. We are closer to Singapore and Malaysia than Sydney. There are plenty of great sponsorship and promotion opportunities in Asia.
Sydney-born Jason Dasey (www.jasondasey.com) is a co-host of Soccernet SportsCenter and SportsCenter