Macarthur FC Bulls announce inaugural coach

Current Matildas boss Ante Milicic has been announced as Macarthur FC Bulls' inaugural coach. Picture: Bianca De Marchi/AAP
Current Matildas boss Ante Milicic has been announced as Macarthur FC Bulls' inaugural coach. Picture: Bianca De Marchi/AAP

One of Australia's leading soccer coaches has been chosen to steer the Macarthur FC Bulls into A-League history.

The Bulls have announced current Matildas coach Ante Millicic as the new club's inaugural boss.

Millicic was among the 600 people who attended Macarthur FC's name, logo and colours launch at the Campbelltown Catholic Club's The Cube yesterday (May 15).

Millicic addressed the crowd and said it was "really exciting and a massive honour" to coach the Bulls.

"It's just something that you want to be part of," he said.

"It's something that I'm really confident about and I can't wait to get started."

Macarthur FC is the A-League's 12th club and will join Australia's premier soccer competition in the 2020/21 season.

The Bulls will be based in Campbelltown.

Millicic said the "timing was right" for the A-League to expand its number of teams.

"We need to really build and expand for football to be successful," he said.

"When you look at how this club was built, the plans it has and what it stands for, the future really does look bright."

Macarthur FC director Gino Marra said his club chose Millicic because he grew up in south-west Sydney.

"He was selected not just because of his coaching skills, but because this area is in his DNA," he said.

Millicic is currently preparing the Matildas for their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup campaign in France, which kicks off on June 7.

Australia's 23-player squad includes Rosemeadow's Alanna Kennedy.

Millicic will remain in charge of the Matildas until the end of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.