Melbourne City FC have announced that Michael Valkanis has been appointed Head Coach of the club’s first team for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season.
Valkanis, 42, will continue to lead the A-League team in the club’s remaining matches of the season, starting with Friday’s match against Newcastle Jets at Coffs International Stadium.
Valkanis assumed the position of Interim Head Coach for the past three league matches following the departure of John van’t Schip in the first week of January.
Speaking of the decision, Managing Director, City Football Services, Brian Marwood said:
“Michael has been a key member of our coaching structure this season. His approach and philosophy are completely aligned with the way we want Melbourne City to be managed. This, combined with his A-League experience and tactical capabilities make him the right person to lead the team for the remainder of the season.”
Melbourne City FC Vice-Chairman Simon Pearce said:
“As a club we are completely focussed on achieving the remaining objectives we set ourselves for the season. In the Board’s view Michael’s appointment puts us in the very best possible position to do that.”
Responding to his appointment Valkanis said:
“The next few months represent an important period for the first team. The players and staff collectively recognise the challenge and opportunity that the second half of the season presents and I am incredibly motivated by the responsibility and the opportunity to guide the team for the remainder of the campaign.”