Coach Ange Postecoglou has included three coaches from the Hyundai A-League in the Caltex Socceroos technical staff for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
Melbourne Victory Head Coach Kevin Muscat will join the Caltex Socceroos staff as an observing coach with the team while Brisbane Roar assistant coach Ross Aloisi and Melbourne Victory assistant coach Darren Davies will be part of the Socceroos scouting network at the tournament.
Muscat will join the Socceroos in Sochi on June 15 while Aloisi and Davies will assist Postecoglou and the Socceroos’ technical staff by reporting back on the other nations and matches in the Confederations Cup at games in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi.
“We’re happy to welcome Kevin, Ross and Darren to our technical team for the Confederations Cup,” Postecoglou said.
“They will be exposed to our structures and hopefully take back some knowledge to their clubs and roles within the A-League.
“The Confederations Cup is a massive global tournament and we think it’s important that there are benefits all over the Australian football community.
“All three have shown great qualities as young coaches throughout various roles in the A-League and the National Teams set up and will add to our existing set up.
“It is a great opportunity for Kevin to be embedded with the team to allow him to develop but also to tap into his football brain with another set of eyes.
“Scouting our opposition to ensure we are fully prepared for every match has long been a cornerstone of our performances and Ross and Darren will add considerable experience to that function of our technical preparations for the Confederations Cup.”
The Socceroos start their Confederations Cup campaign against World Cup Champions Germany in Sochi on June 19 before facing African Champions Cameroon (June 22) in St Petersburg and South American Champions Chile in Moscow on June 25.
Postecoglou named a 23-man squad for the June international window on Wednesday, with the same squad to face Saudi Arabia in Adelaide (June 8) and Brazil (June 13) in Melbourne before departing for Russia on June 14.
JUNE MATCH DETAILS (World Cup Qualifier, friendly and Confederations Cup)
June 8 Australia v Saudi Arabia (World Cup Qualifier) Adelaide Oval 7.30pm (8pm AEST)
June 13 Australia v Brazil (International friendly) MCG 8pm AEST
June 19 Australia v Germany (Confederations Cup) Fisht Stadium Sochi 6pm (1am AEST)
June 22 Cameroon v Australia (Confederations Cup) St Petersburg Stadium 6pm (1am AEST)
June 25 Chile v Australia (Confederations Cup) Spartak Stadium Moscow 6pm (1am AEST)
The Caltex Socceroos tackle Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup Qualifer in Adelaide on June 8. Click Here for Tickets