ANTE Milicic has begun the process of building his backroom team with the appointment of Matildas colleague Ivan Jolic as his assistant coach.
Jolic was the natural choice for the Macarthur head coach, having built a solid working relationship based on shared philosophies and values in their time with various national teams.
The forty-five-year-old family man has worked his way through the coaching ranks, starting in youth and state league football before moving to FFA to focus on elite youth development and coach education.
He then spent three seasons with Melbourne City followed by two more with Central Coast Mariners before formally meeting Milicic in the national Under 20 set up.
“We first met as players in the NSL, but I got to know Ante properly during our work with the Young Socceroos about 18 months ago, then of course Ante took me with him to the Matildas set up,” Jolic said.
“There’s a solid trust between Ante and I – we work well together and share the same philosophy on how football should be played. It’s fair to say we both set high standards.
“This region has produced so many top players and it’s very exciting to have the opportunity to build a club in such a hotbed of talent.
“The passion of the people here is attractive and infectious. It’s an ambitious club with a positive environment and appetite to succeed at every level. There’s a lot to do as we build the first team structure and recruit players, but as a project it couldn’t be more exciting.”
Jolic reserved a few words for the recently announced appointment of Ken Stead as Macarthur FC Director of Football.
“You can’t buy Ken’s experience. His knowledge of building successful structures from scratch will be critical for us. It’s going to be great to have him at the club making sure that every area of the football department works in unison.”