Football Federation Australia today announced former Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau has been named head coach of the Olyroos and will join Ange Postecoglou’s national coaching staff.
The Spaniard impressed the FFA during his stint with Adelaide United in the A-League and has been given the challenge of leading the Australian men’s under 23s towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Gombau will start his role in August working closely with Paul Okon and the under 20s as they aim to qualify for the 2017 U20 World Cup in the Korea Republic.
Former head coach Aurelio Vidmar was sacked after his team failed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics in March.
FFA CEO David Gallop praised Gombau in a statement:
“We are pleased to announce that Josep Gombau will join the national coaching structure and take charge of the Olyroos in an expanded role in line with the National Teams’ strategy to integrate football philosophies across all National Teams,” said Gallop.
“Josep made a good impression while he was coaching Adelaide United in the A-League and he will be a valuable addition to the national team coaching structure.”
Socceroos head coach Postecoglou welcoming Gombau to the coaching team:
“I’m excited to have Josep join the national team staff in what is a very import role in the pathway of future Socceroos.” Said Postecoglou.
“The Olyroos is a direct feeder into the Socceroos and we feel Josep will assist in ensuring the next generation of players are ready to step into the national team but importantly also give them the best possible opportunity to qualify for the next Olympics.
“He will play a broad role within our structure as we look to build on the good work that has been done to provide a smooth transition for younger players through the national teams.”
Gombau thanking the FFA for the opportunity:
“This is a great opportunity for me to work with the best young players in Australia,” he said.a
“I am excited by the standard of young players in Australia and I thank FFA for giving me the chance to help improve them. We will have a target to qualify for the Olympic Games but we will always be looking to prepare the players to play for the Socceroos.”
© 2016 The Roar | This article first appeared on The Roar website on 28 June 2016.