Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced changes to the Caltex Socceroos coaching staff as the team prepares to play Korea Republic and Lebanon in Australia over the coming week.
Former Perth Glory FC Head Coach Kenny Lowe has joined Graham Arnold’s coaching staff as an assistant alongside Rene Meulensteen for the November window, while Hans Segers – who played with PSV Eindhoven, Wimbledon and Tottenham Hotspur during his playing career – has assumed the role of goalkeeper coach until the completion of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™.
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Ante Milicic has assumed the role of chief scout for Australia for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup, while goalkeeper coach Tony Franken will continue working for FFA in the youth national team space while maintaining his leading role in Australian goalkeeper coach education for the organisation.
FFA’s Head of National Teams, Luke Casserly, said: “We are pleased to have added the knowledge and expertise of Kenny Lowe and Hans Segers to our coaching staff. Kenny and Hans both bring a wealth of experience to the Socceroos and we are sure that they will make great contributions to the team.”
“At the same time it is important that we recognise the outstanding contributions that Tony Franken and Ante Milicic have made to the Socceroos and Australian football.
“Tony [Franken] helped train and mentor some of the best goalkeepers in Australian history during his time with the Socceroos, including Mark Schwarzer, Mat Ryan, Zjelko Kalac, Adam Federici, Eugene Galekovic, and Brad Jones. Tony represented Australia as a coach at four FIFA World Cups and three AFC Asian Cups. Tony will continue with FFA and share the experience and knowledge he has gained with the next generation of Australian goalkeepers and goalkeeper coaches, and his role will be crucial to their development.
“Like Tony, Ante [Milicic] was a key member of our AFC Asian Cup success in 2015, so it is pleasing that Ante will continue to offer his expertise to our senior men’s national team at next year’s AFC Asian Cup in the role of chief scout. With Ante currently living in Europe, this provides a perfect base for him to watch players and matches leading into the tournament,” Casserly concluded.
The Caltex Socceroos take on Lebanon at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday, November 20 at 7:30pm. You can purchase tickets here to Tim Cahill’s Farewell.
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