Gary Phillips (Australian footballer)

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Gary Phillips
Personal information
Full name Gary Michael Phillips
Date of birth (1963-06-09) 9 June 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Australia
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Coffs Harbour
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1993 Sydney Olympic 258 (13)
1993–1997 Brisbane Strikers 98 (2)
National team
1979–1981 Australian Schoolboys ? (?)
Teams managed
1999–2001 Queensland Academy of Sport
2001 Tonga
2001–2003 Sydney Olympic
2004 Da Nang F.C.
2009–2011 Sabah FA
2014–2015 Papua New Guinea (women's)
2015–2016 Negeri Sembilan FA
2017 Davao Aguilas
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary Phillips (born 9 June 1963) is an Australian former football (soccer) player. After a very successful playing career, Phillips turned to coaching where he has won trophies and gained many admirers. He last managed the Philippines Football League club Davao Aguilas.

Playing career[edit]

A central midfielder, Phillips played for more than a decade with Sydney Olympic in the National Soccer League before joining Brisbane Strikers, winning titles with both clubs. He retired after the 1996–1997 season.

Coaching career[edit]

As a coach, Phillips was in charge of Sydney Olympic in the 2001–2002 and 2002–2003 seasons, winning the title in 2001–2002, before he was extraordinarily dismissed the following season.

After working in a coaching capacity for the Asian Football Confederation in Kuala Lumpur, Phillips took over as head coach and technical director of Malaysian Premier League side Sabah FA in December 2009 and guided the team to Super League promotion in 7 months.[1] After a tough start to life in the Super League as the team was rocked by injury and forced to play eight of their first 12 matches on the road, Phillips was dismissed on 5 May 2011, replaced by former Sabah player and coach of Sabah President's Cup team Justin Ganai.[2]

In February 2015, He took over as manager of Papua New Guinea women's national football team.[3]

Shortly following the conclusion of the 2015 Malaysia Premier League season, Phillips returned to Malaysia and signed a contract with NS Matrix F.C.. Some of his first signings were all former A-League players.[4]

He coached the Davao Aguilas during the 2017 season until he was replaced midseason in September 2017 by Marlon Maro.[5]


Gary currently is an occasional football pundit on Malaysian television network Astro and its twice weekly FourFourTwo TV Show, and also Fox Sports in Australia.[6]



As coach

Olympic Sharks

Sawty Scorpions 2016-


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