Melbourne City appoint Aurelio Vidmar as permanent Head Coach 

Melbourne City FC is pleased to announce that Aurelio Vidmar will continue as the Club’s Men’s Head Coach, signing a new deal until the end of the 2025/26 season. 

Following Vidmar’s appointment as interim Head Coach in November 2023, City showed flair and ruthlessness in front of goal, becoming one the league’s most formidable teams in attack. 

Re-writing the record books with three historic wins, including the biggest winning margin in A-League Men’s history – an 8-0 victory at home against Perth Glory – City scored 49 goals in 25 A-League games under Vidmar, as it secured a 10th consecutive Finals Series appearance. 

Emphasising the importance of a culture of constant improvement borne from stability and continuity within the coaching team, Melbourne City FC Director of Football, Michael Petrillo, confirmed that Assistant Coaches, Raffaele Napoli, Scott Jamieson, and Sander Krabbendam will all return for the 2024/25 season. 

“The most successful football teams around the world are built on a foundation of stability, strong culture, and consistency, and that has been no different for us. The importance of stability to our ambition of constant improvement cannot be understated. 

“Our success on the pitch in recent years has been the product of a City approach that has a stable, talented and ambitious football department at its core. 

“Aurelio is a firm believer in the way we want to play football and is committed to instilling the high standards and behaviours that we expect.  He lives and breathes the footballing methodology and philosophy of the Club.” 

Echoing those sentiments, City Football Group Managing Director of Global Football, Brian Marwood, underscored the importance of having stability within the coaching team. 
“I’m delighted Aurelio has committed to the Club as it’s important to have consistency in what we do both on and off the field.  

“He understands fully the behaviours and values we hold ourselves accountable to as a Club and I’m confident that alongside our talented staff members and players, we will continue to challenge for success.” 

Melbourne City FC CEO, Brad Rowse, elaborated on the Club’s commitment to excellence. 

“It’s so important that we continue to foster the culture of excellence that has brought so much recent success to the Club. In Aurelio, we have a great leader, a fantastic mentor for our younger players, and someone who embodies the values of Melbourne City.” 

Fresh from signing his new contract, Melbourne City FC Men’s Head Coach, Aurelio Vidmar, spoke with enthusiasm about the challenge ahead. 

“From the moment I joined Melbourne City, my goal has been clear – to get us back to where we should be. 

“We’ll do that by getting the small things right and driving high standards every day; we’ve already made strong progress in this regard, but there’s still much work to be done. Day one of pre-season can’t come soon enough. 

“City fans have had a lot to be proud of and I want them to know that my coaching staff and I are determined to ensure that continues. I’m excited for the challenges ahead and can’t wait to show our fans what we can do next season.”