City’s Kisnorbo lands Ligue 1 coaching job

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Melbourne City manager Patrick Kisnorbo will become the first Australian to manage a side in one of Europe’s top five leagues after signing with French Ligue 1 side ES Troyes AC.

Kisnorbo’s immediate exit from City comes after reports from international media that the 41-year-old had been sounded out to replace Bruno Irles, who was sacked on November 8.

The move was confirmed on Wednesday night (AEDT) with Kisnorbo’s City assistant coach Ralph Napoli also joining him at Troyes.

An 18-time socceroo, Kisnorbo joined City’s coaching staff immediately after dropping out of their squad and took over as manager in the 2020-21 season.

Kisnorbo guided City to the premiership-league double in his first season in charge – the first time the club had won either accolade – before leading them to the premiership again the season last.

When the A-League paused for the World Cup, City sat top of the table and remained the competition’s only unbeaten side in six rounds.

Kisnorbo joins Australians Ange Postecoglou, Kevin Muscat and Peter Cklamovski as foreign team managers and hopes to lift Troyes from 13th place in the standings when competition returns.

“We consider ourselves lucky to have been able to keep Patrick around for so long, and we celebrate what he has achieved in Melbourne City,” said city CEO Brad Rowse.

“He was instrumental in establishing the philosophy and methodology of our club in such a way that it is now sustainable and can be further developed.”

City’s A-League Women boss Rado Vidosic will start coaching the men’s team on an interim basis, with Dario Vidosic replacing him at the ALW side. City’s next game is against Sydney FC on December 10.

“Rado has a long history in men’s A-League competition, previously involved as technical director, assistant coach and caretaker coach at Brisbane Roar, as well as assistant at Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix,” Rowse said.

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