Melbourne City FC is excited to confirm the return of Dario Vidosic to the Club.
The 33-year-old played 31 games for City from 2017-19 and boasts an impressive playing resume both in Australia and overseas.
— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) December 22, 2018
He makes his return to the Club as a coach at the highly successful Academy, where he is currently taking charge of the Under 16’s.
Vidosic holds his B licence and will this month be starting his A licence after seeing a delay in his progress through the coaching pathway due to the recent lockdown.
He rates current Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola as his biggest inspiration after falling in love with the Spaniard’s style of play while he was in charge of Barcelona.
City’s Under 16’s have enjoyed a strong start to life under Vidosic, winning all four of their fixtures so far.
Vidosic not only reunites with City but also his father Rado, who is currently the Academy’s Technical Director, as well as W-League Head Coach.
Dario Vidosic said:
“Returning to City was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made, it’s just a place that I love to be.
“As a footballer I had great times here, I felt a great connection with the Club from the first moment I arrived, and it is somewhere I’ve always wanted to come back.
“It’s been very easy to settle back in, the main difference now is when I walk through the entrance, instead of going left to the players area, I go to the right to the coach’s office.
“I’ve got the same drive and ambition I did as a player to try and get to the highest level I possibly can. Obviously now I’m just a beginner so I’m just trying to take in as much information as possible and learn everything I can from the other coaches at the Club.”
Melbourne City FC Head of Football Michael Petrillo said:
“Dario is an ex-Socceroo with extensive experience both in the A-League and abroad and will be a great mentor to the boys in our Academy.
“It’s vital that we not only have ex-players returning into our Academy, but players who are serious about coaching, such as Dario who has shown a real commitment to coaching through attaining his coaching accreditations as well as his own learnings through various methods.
“With other ex A-League players such as Iacopo La Rocca, Robbie Wielaert and Cassio Oliveira as well as our experienced Academy coaches such as Petr Kratky, Max Clarke, and Anthony Frost, it means we have a really talented and well qualified coaching group.
“This group is led by our Technical Director, ex A-League coach and current W-League coach Rado Vidosic and with the world leading resources we have at our disposal, we are able to provide an excellent Academy environment for the players to fulfill their potential in becoming the best they can be.”