Mombaerts appointed Melbourne City coach

New Melbourne City coach Erick Mombaerts. Source: Japan Football

A-League outfit Melbourne City have appointed veteran coach Erick Mombaerts as their new boss on a three-year deal.

The 64-year-old Frenchman, who has previously coached Ligue 1 sides Paris St Germain, Toulouse and Guingamp and Ligue 2 club Le Havre, as well as France's Under-18 and Under-21 sides, joins the club on a three-year deal.

Mombaerts also spent three seasons in Japan with Yokohama F. Marinos, stepping down from the role in January 2018.

Melbourne City CEO, Brad Rowse said: "Erick has enjoyed success in France and Japan while playing the kind of attacking, progressive style of football that Melbourne City FC is striving for.

"His experience and knowledge of the game, and his values and passion to help take the Club forward make him the ideal person to guide our pursuit of a maiden A-League title."

"Our ambitions remain unchanged; we want to be constantly competing for silverware and playing in the Asian Champions League. We're confident Erick can help us achieve this."

Mombaerts said in a released statement: "I am delighted to join Melbourne City at this exciting time for the Club. I am here to achieve two main objectives - to implement a style of play that gives the team a clear identity, and in doing so to win silverware.

"Having worked in both Japan and in Manchester with City Football Group, I know the City style of play inside out. It is my challenge now to bring my experience to Melbourne, which has a different set of players and a different football culture, and to apply it so that we can win.

"We have some fantastic young talent, some exciting new signings and a solid existing squad.

"My focus now is on our pre-season preparation, together with my coaching team, who provide a fantastic combination of local and international experience. Our hard work begins today."

Australian goalkeeper coach Neil Young will be joining Mombaerts' team alongside existing City coach Patrick Kisnorbo."

Source AAP