June 27, 2019 / 7:53 AM / 21 days ago

Melbourne City appoint former France youth coach Mombaerts

(Reuters) - Former France youth and Paris St Germain boss Erick Mombaerts has been appointed head coach of Melbourne City on a three-year deal, the A-League team said on Thursday.

Mombaerts, whose CV also includes stints with Toulouse and Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos, has been charged with bringing an “attacking, progressive” style to the Manchester City sister club, which finished fifth in the 10-team league last season.

“I am delighted to join Melbourne City at this exciting time for the Club,” the 64-year-old, who formerly guided France’s under-18 and under-21 teams, said in a news release.

“I am here to achieve two main objectives — to implement a style of play that gives the team a clear identity, and in doing so to win silverware.

“Having worked in both Japan and in Manchester with City Football Group, I know the City style of play inside out.

“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.”

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Nick Mulvenney

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