Former Socceroo to lead Corica’s A-League debutants to success

The owner of the A-League’s incoming Auckland franchise has promised to make a splash in the transfer market after signing Steve Corica as the club’s inaugural coach. Corica was announced as leader of the start-up side on Thursday, his first appointment since being sacked by Sydney FC earlier this year. The 50-year-old has spent time overseas with Ange Postecoglou and Kevin Muscat since his axing from the Sky Blues. He will take charge of the as-yet-unnamed Auckland club for the 2024/25 season. “Steve is a proven winner, both as a player, as a head coach, and he plays an attractive style of football,” said Auckland’s American owner Bill Foley. “His philosophy is aligned with what we want to achieve at the club, to be successful and to entertain the fans. “He is passionate about developing young players to succeed in the A-League and we are confident his appointment will attract some of the best talent from around New Zealand. “The next step is to start our player recruitment in the January transfer window.” Corica won two A-League Men’s championships, a premiership, and the Australia Cup during his time at the helm of Sydney and will reunite with Terry McFlynn, who has been appointed as Auckland’s director of football. “I am really excited about joining the new Auckland A-League club,” Corica said. “It has all the ingredients needed to succeed, both on the pitch and in the community. “We want to build a club that is known for its attacking and entertaining style of football and Aucklanders are proud to call their own.” Foley, who co-owns Premier League club AFC Bournemouth as well as having a stake in French Ligue 1 side Lorient, has an estimated worth of more than $1 billion. The new owner has expressed his desire to win from the get-go and Corica’s knowledge of the local transfer market could work in his favour. Corica’s replacement at Sydney FC, Ufuk Talay, said he isn’t worried by his predecessor raiding the Sky Blues’ squad for talent. “I’m happy for Stevie to get that role and there’s a chance to build a team with a clean slate,” Talay said. “It’s not easy building the team but Steve has shown those qualities during his time at Sydney. “That’s the nature of the game, players come and players go, coaches come and go. “Players make decisions for what’s best for their careers and whether that’s to stay or move to another club.” © AAP