Sydney, Jun 27: Australia's Melbourne City FC have inked the signature of former Paris Saint Germain coach Erick Mombaerts, securing the experienced Frenchman on a three-year deal.
During a long and varied career, Mombaerts has coached the likes of Real Madrid's Raphael Varane, Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Manchester City stars Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy.The 64-year-old will join Melbourne City from Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos, whom he guided to the Emperor's Cup final in 2017. Both Melbourne and Yokohama are subsidiaries of the City Football Group, a collection of several clubs around the world that also includes Premier League champions Manchester City.
"Erick has enjoyed success in France and Japan while playing the kind of attacking, progressive style of football that Melbourne City is striving for," Melbourne City chief executive Brad Rowse said on Thursday."He has worked with some incredible talent during his career and has shown a commitment to the development of younger players which is critical to our success, given the quality and depth of our youth development programmes."After a disappointing fifth place finish in the A-league last season, Rowse said the club now have their eyes squarely focused on lifting silverware and securing a place in the Asian Champions League."We're confident Erick can help us achieve this," he said.
"His experience and knowledge of the game, and his values and passion to help take the club forward make him the ideal person to lead our pursuit of a maiden A-League title."With a few months of training ahead before the season gets underway in October, the new head coach said "our hard work begins today.""Having worked in both Japan and in Manchester with the City Football Group, I know the City style of play inside out," Mombaerts said.
"It is my challenge now to bring my experience to Melbourne, which has a different set of players and a different football culture, and to apply it so that we can win.""It is also very important to me that fans can feel proud of how we play, and that they will enjoy the experience of watching the game.""We have some fantastic young talent, some exciting new signings and a solid existing squad. My focus now is on our pre-season preparation, together with my coaching team, who provide a fantastic combination of local and international experience," he added.(XINHUA)