Confirmed: Kalac quits Sydney for Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers have lured former goalkeeping coach Zeljko Kalac from bitter derby rivals Sydney FC.

Kalac will head a super-sized goalkeeping department incorporating the A-League, W-League , Youth League squads as well as the new Wanderers Academy Structure.


No sooner had Sydney announced they were parting ways with the 42-year-old World Cup veteran than Wanderers confirmed his arrival.

Davide Del Giovine will join Kalac as an assistant, while incumbent goalkeeper coach Ron Corry will take on a variety of roles including ambassador, scouting and community coaching.

Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the appointment of Kalac further cemented the club’s commitment to a genuine elite player pathway for Western Sydney.

“With Zeljko’s role incorporating every level of this club, the youth of Western Sydney will have even greater access to elite-level coaching and an improved player pathway to the Hyundai A-League,” Tsatsimas said.

“From the ages of 12 all the way to the first-team, Zeljko will be training the best goalkeepers in Western Sydney and that’s a huge win for the region.”

Fans have reacted negatively to Corry’s treatment by the club and Tsatsimas made sure to pay tribute to 73-year-old’s contribution.

“Ron played a critical part of our success from day one at the Wanderers and he has the Red & Black coursing through his veins,” he said.

“The passion Ron feels for this club cannot be described in words. He has a rich history in football stretching back to 1964 and we are thankful that he will continue to remain with the Wanderers.”