WMG signs NPL guru
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.