WMG signs NPL guru

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

EX­PAN­SION A-League ven­ture Western Mel­bourne Group has made its first sign­ing, lur­ing John Anas­tasiadis to the club as an as­sis­tant coach.

The 50-year-old (right) is ar­guably the best Aus­tralian-based coach out­side of the A-League, hav­ing grown Vic­to­rian side Bentleigh into an NPL pow­er­house.

Un­der Anas­tasiadis’s ten­ure, the Greens be­came the first NPL club to reach the semi-fi­nals of the FFA Cup twice, claim­ing two Vic­to­rian cham­pi­onships in the past four sea­sons.

Western Mel­bourne Group have tapped the for­mer striker, who was also linked to the se­nior coach­ing va­cancy at Bris­bane Roar, ahead of its in­au­gu­ral A-League sea­son be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber.

Anas­tasiadis de­scribed the “hard yards in the NPL”. “I’m grate­ful to Western Mel­bourne Group that I now have an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther my ca­reer at such an am­bi­tious club,” he said.

WMG was un­veiled as the A-League’s 11th team last month, play­ing out of Gee­long’s Kar­dinia Park for its early sea­sons.

They have been ne­go­ti­at­ing with Celtic cap­tain Scott Brown to be a foun­da­tion mar­quee player.

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