Where are they now: Every A-League Men club’s last title-winning manager

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With the 2021/22 A-League Men champions less than two months away from being crowned, let us take a look at every club’s last title-winning manager and where they are now.

If the club is yet to win an A-League Men’s title the coach of their most winning season will be used instead.

Without further ado let’s kick things off…

Adelaide United – Guillermo Amor (2015/16)

Guillermo Amor led Adelaide to their sole championship in 2015/16 winning the premiership along the way with a record of 14 wins, seven draws and six losses.

He left the club the following season as they plummeted to second-last place with only four wins in 27 games.

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Amor was most recently the sporting director at FC Barcelona in La Liga.

He currently features in the FC Barcelona Legends team regularly for their exhibition matches around Europe.

Brisbane Roar – Mike Mulvey (2013/14)

Much like Amor, Mike Mulvey took Brisbane all the way to both the premiership and a championship in 2013/14.

The Roar won 16, drew four and lost seven on their way to defeating Western Sydney Wanderers 2-1 in the final.

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Mulvey is currently the Technical Director of South West Queensland Thunder who play in the Football Queensland Premier Ligue 1.

Central Coast Mariners – Graham Arnold (2012/13)

Graham Arnold won Central Coast Mariners their only championship in 2012/13.

During his three-year tenure, Arnold also brought two premierships to the Central Coast.

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Since then he has ascended the ranks of the Australian footballing pyramid to become the coach of the Socceroos in 2018, a position he still holds.

His current tenure sits on a knife’s edge, however, with the Socceroos failing to secure direct qualification to the 2022 World Cup.

They must now win a game against the United Arab Emirates and then Peru to gain the all-important qualification.

Macarthur FC – Ante Milicic (2021/22)

Being the youngest team in the A-League Men, Macarthur FC are still yet to win a championship.

Ante Milicic has done exceptionally well in his two seasons at the club nonetheless.

They finished sixth in 2020/21 falling just one point short of a finals berth in their maiden season.

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In 2021/22 Macarthur currently sit in fourth with six games to play looking well poised to make their first finals appearance ever.

Milicic is still the coach at Macarthur with his tenure looking more than comfortable through two seasons so far.

Melbourne City – Patrick Kisnorbo (2020/21)

Patrick Kisnorbo brought Melbourne City their first championship in 2021/22, the team also finished first through the regular season.

City finished with 49 points through 26 games, winning 17, drawing four and losing seven.

Kisnorbo remains the coach of City in 2022.

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The club currently sits first through 23 games and are one win away from equaling their points tally from last season.

Melbourne Victory – Kevin Muscat (2017/18)

Kevin Muscat won two championships as the coach of Melbourne Victory with the most recent being 2017/18.

He made history by becoming the first person to win a championship with the same club as both a player and coach.

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Muscat currently manages Yokohama F. Marinos in the Japanese J1 League.

His squad sits fourth this season after finishing second in their last campaign.

Newcastle Jets – Gary Van Egmond (2007/08)

The Newcastle Jets secured their first and only A-League Men’s championship with Gary Van Egmond as head coach in 2007/08.

In the same season, they won the premiership and finished second in the league, their best result to that point.

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Van Egmond is currently an assistant coach at Western Sydney Wanderers while also serving as the club’s technical director.

Perth Glory – Tony Popovic (2018/19)

The Perth Glory have never won an A-League Men’s championship, despite winning two National Soccer League titles in the early 2000s.

Tony Popovic led the side to their only A-League Men’s premiership in 2018/19 – winning 18 games, drawing six and losing three.

Perth made it to the grand final in 2019 but lost to Sydney FC 4-1 on penalties.

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Popovic is currently the manager of Melbourne Victory.

In his debut season as manager of the Victory, he has the squad in third place through 19 games.

Sydney FC – Steve Corica (2019/2020)

Steve Corica took Sydney FC to a record-breaking fifth championship in 2020.

The team also collected their fourth premiership in the same season with a points tally of 53.

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Corica has managed the side since 2018.

He continues to serve as head coach of Sydney with the squad sitting in sixth place.

Wellington Phoenix – Ufuk Talay (2019/20)

The Phoenix are another one of the few sides not to have won an A-League Men championship.

They are also yet to win a premiership.

However, in 2019/20 they equalled their best-ever regular season finish when they finished third on the table.

Ufuk Talay was the man who took the team to an elimination final against Perth Glory, they lost that match 1-0.

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Talay is still the manager of the Phoenix in 2022.

He has his squad in seventh spot on 27 points and well in contention for a finals spot.

Western Sydney Wanderers – Tony Popovic (2013/14)

Making his second appearance on this list, Tony Popovic nearly did it all with Western Syndey Wanderers in 2014.

Although they didn’t win the championship or premiership in 2013/14, Popovic’s team won the AFC Champions League.

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This accomplishment alone is one of the greatest achievements in Australian football.

However, the side also finished second through the regular season and were unlucky to lose 2-1 to Brisbane after extra time in the grand final.

As mentioned earlier, Popovic is the manager of Melbourne Victory in 2022.

Western United – John Aloisi (2021/22)

Western United are the second-youngest team on this list having entered the league in 2019.

As such they are yet to win a premiership or championship.

However, John Aloisi has regained his coaching mojo in 2021/22, leading the side to a premiership battle with Melbourne City.

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His side are in second place with six games to play in the regular season.

Western are eight points off top spot with three games in hand over their premiership rivals.

If Aloisi can bring United a premiership in his first season as coach and in only their third season, he will have truly returned to the top of the A-League Men coaching pyramid.

Going all the way to a grand final and possible championship would be a true affirmation of Aloisi’s ability as a coach.

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Bill Hedley
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Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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