Matildas coach Ante Milicic has been unveiled as the inaugural coach of Macarthur FC, the newly-named club set to enter the A-League in the 2020-21 season.
Former Socceroo Milicic will take up the reins of the third Sydney-based club after guiding the Australian women’s team through this year’s World Cup and next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics, when his national contract expires.
“The timing was right for me,” said Milicic, who relished to challenge posed with a start-up club.
Previously a Socceroos assistant coach, 45-year-old Milicic believed his international experience, including World Cups, would stand him in good stead at the helm of an A-League team.
When it was voted into the A-League back in December, the bidding group was known as Macarthur South West Sydney, a nod to the names of two separate bidders, who ultimately joined forces.
Macarthur FC will play at a refurbished Campbelltown Stadium, with its training headquarters to be based at a Centre of Excellence which is being constructed.
The club said the new name was synonymous with the geographical region that bridges Sydney and rural New South Wales
It is a club that covers a geographic footprint involving two grassroots football associations and nine clubs.
It’s colours will be black, white and ochre
The logo will feature a bull and three stars of the Southern Cross to symbolise football’s links with the grassroots football community, the National Premier League and the A-League.
The Macarthur region has also been the childhood home of at least 20 Socceroos and 10 Matildas players with a combined games total of 600 for the Socceroos and 433 for the Matildas.
Five men and five women from the area have played in at least one World Cup, with Brett Emerton and Heather Garriock each having reached a century of national team appearances.