Outgoing FFA technical director, Han Berger, will join the board of Sydney FC as the club ramps up the level of football expertise at the top.
The 63-year-old Dutchman will be a key figure as the Sky Blues overhaul their football department and youth structures, including the development of a new academy.
His appointment follows another record-breaking season for the harbour-siders, with average home attendances up for the second successive year.
Crowds again topped 18,000 with an average of 18,682 people attending each home game compared with 18,367 last season.
The Sydney derby in October drew the highest ever home crowd for a regular season match when 40,388 filed through the turnstiles.
On the pitch, however, results have been inconsistent and fans have slammed what they see as a lack of direction from the top.
Berger will join Sydney in August after the World Cup in Brazil.
Chairman Club Scott Barlow described the technical director as a valuable addition to the club.
"Han and I have developed a very good relationship over the last few years and I am delighted that he will now join our board,” Barlow said.
"Han brings decades of global football coaching, technical and management experience that is without parallel in Australia.
"As Sydney FC enters a new phase of strategic growth, we will be harnessing all of that experience to help grow the club and we will welcome his contribution to the board.”
Berger said he is passionate about his new role.
"From my time here in Australia, I understand the huge potential that club football has in front of it," he said.
"I will be very keen to help grow youth development and technical strategies at Sydney FC, especially given my passion for bringing players from the grassroots into the professional game.”comments