Melbourne City have appointed former Joeys boss Tony Vidmar as Senior Assistant Coach to the Club’s A-League team.
A key figure in Australia’s youth development system, the 47-year-old ex-Socceroo held the dual positions of Australian U-17 national coach and head of Football Federation Australia’s Centre of Excellence for the past five years.
Vidmar worked with current City teenagers Daniel Arzani and James Delianov as well as Stefan Mauk in the junior national set up, and a host of Australian youth talent who have emerged through the country’s youth system to play club football domestically and overseas.
He also had a highly-credentialed playing career, making 76 appearances for the Socceroos including 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1997 Confederations Cup, and played over 450 domestic club matches in Australia, Holland, Scotland, England and Wales.
Melbourne City FC Director of Football, Michael Petrillo, said “Tony is a well-respected coach with an incredible passion for coaching and for developing talented players.
"He has brought through some great talent from our national youth system, and we believe he will be a very important part of our coaching team alongside Warren, Jess and the rest of the backroom staff.”
Commenting on his appointment, Vidmar said: “I have followed Melbourne City’s progress in recent years and am delighted to be joining the coaching team alongside Warren Joyce.
"From everything I have seen, Melbourne City is a club with great ambition and determination. It’s one year since they won the first men’s trophy, and I hope to be part of further success in the coming season.”
Vidmar, who observed City’s A-League match against Newcastle Jets on Saturday evening, will work alongside Head Coach Warren Joyce and Goalkeeper Coach Jess Vanstrattan starting on Monday December 4.