Australian football icon John Aloisi joins Western United as Head Coach


Australian football icon John Aloisi has been appointed A-League Head Coach of Western United for the next two seasons, beginning with the 2021/22 campaign. 

Aloisi’s appointment marks the start of a new chapter for the Club, as it looks to return to the success achieved in its inaugural season in the A-League.

“We are thrilled with this appointment and we’re looking forward to John’s arrival at Western United,” said Western United Chairman Jason Sourasis.

“Throughout the recruitment process, John stood out as someone who reflects the values of Western United. His desire to be successful and to create a high performing sporting environment was impressive.

“This appointment complements our goal of achieving sustainable success.

“John will build on the foundation already set by our hard-working football department and leadership team,” Sourasis said.

Aloisi is ready for a return to coaching and eager to begin his journey with Western United.

“I’m grateful to be given this opportunity as Head Coach of Western United,” Aloisi said.

“United is still so much in its development stage, being just two seasons in.

“In this role, I’m privileged not only to coach, but to be part of building a club and a football future for the people of the west,” he said.

“I look forward to meeting the Western United family soon.”

Aloisi is widely considered Australian sporting royalty and is best known for scoring the winning penalty to ensure the Socceroos qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The Adelaide-born striker was the first Australian to play and score in Spain’s La Liga, the English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A.

Aloisi’s coaching experience includes A-League clubs Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Heart.

Western United commence pre-season on Monday 19 July with Aloisi joining the team as soon as it is possible working within the current Victorian Government border restrictions.