Aussie Vidosic to take charge of Brighton's WSL team

Australian Dario Vidosic has been named head coach of English Women's Super League club Brighton and Hove Albion, taking the biggest step yet in his fledgling coaching career.

The former Socceroos playmaker has departed Melbourne City's A-League Women to follow the likes of Joe Montemurro and Tanya Oxtoby as Australians to coach in England's top tier of women's football.

Vidosic departs after leading City to the ALW premiership and a grand final in his first full season at the helm, plus securing qualification for the Women's Asian Champions League.

A former City player, Vidosic originally worked as an ALW assistant under his father Rado, then took on the team full-time midway through the 2022-23 season.

He prided himself on an attractive, possession-based style of football throughout his tenure.

“It’s a bittersweet moment for me to embark on this exciting new challenge after the incredible two seasons I’ve shared with this team," Vidosic said.

"Winning the premiers' plate this season and qualifying for the inaugural AFC Women’s Champions League is something I will never forget.

“I leave behind a really special group of players and staff that I’m confident will continue to achieve great things."

Vidosic will coach Matildas prospect and defender Charlie Rule at Brighton, who finished ninth last season, while coming up against stars like Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Caitlin Foord (Arsenal) and Mary Fowler (Manchester City).

City hailed Vidosic's work at the club and have commenced their search for his replacement.

“Dario epitomises the values of our club, demonstrating a commitment to excellence, incredible understanding of the City style of play and a relentless pursuit of continued development and success," City football director Michael Petrillo said in a statement.

"His achievements with us highlight why he is so highly regarded not only internally, but also across the globe.

“To stand out as a candidate for one of the biggest clubs in England is a testament to his leadership, achievements, and the style of football the team has displayed under his guidance.

“Dario is already an exceptional coach, and he has all the qualities needed to become one of the world’s best one day. We wish him every success.”

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