Western Melbourne Group are delighted to announce today the signing of Victorian-born Hyundai A-League legend John Hutchinson as an assistant coach ahead of the club’s first season in the Hyundai A-League.
Hutchinson – or simply “Hutch” to his fans in Australia – has been honing his coaching skills in the USA with MLS outfit Seattle Sounders FC’s USL side over the last two years.
The Sounders are one of the biggest clubs in the US league with a huge and passionate fanbase.
The Victorian is also a Championship winner with Central Coast Mariners where he played over 200 times and he played under current Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.
Hutchinson also brings to WMG his experience of playing international football for the nation of his heritage, Malta.
This includes lining up against world superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic when Malta met Sweden in a World Cup qualifier. Hutchinson also came up against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal during his international career between 2009 and 2011.
“We’re absolutely delighted to bring John into the Western Melbourne Group family. Attracting home, a highly rated young Victorian coach shows what our club is all about and shows our commitment to home-grown coaches and those with community values,” said Western Melbourne’s Group’s Football Director and former Socceroo Steve Horvat.
“John started his career with the Gippsland Falcons in the NSL, going on to play over 200 Hyundai A-League games for the Central Coast Mariners and captaining the team to victory in the 2013 Grand Final.”
“Having worked in the US with a relatively new club like Seattle will also help Western Melbourne. We’re a community club and John’s commitment to community was on show in the Central Coast for many years. Furthermore, his experience, passion for football in Victoria and knowledge will be invaluable as we begin assembling our inaugural squad.”
“We’re excited about the future and John’s signing is just the next piece of our Football Department as we build towards our first game in the Hyundai A-League. More announcements to follow soon” concluded Horvat.
Hutchinson, 39, said joining a new A-League club in his home state was a challenge he simply couldn’t pass by.
“I’m a passionate Victorian who loves football and wants success. The community in Western Melbourne want hard workers who are committed to the club 100% every day.
“That’s what I am and that’s what I’ll be – 100% committed to working every day to help the club become as successful as it can be. The hard work starts now.
“Hopefully my experience in Seattle, who have been one of the success stories off the pitch in the MLS, and my A-League experience will help the club. And I must say, building our own privately funded football-only stadium in Tarneit is a fantastic idea that will bring the community and club together.
“I believe in the club and I believe in the values of the West,” Hutchinson added.
Western Melbourne Group were one of the two successful bidders announced in December 2018 by FFA. The club will join the Hyundai A-League from the start of the 2019/20 season beginning in October of this year.