Assistant national technical director Kelly Cross is departing from Football Federation Australia to take up a position with Sydney FC, FourFourTwo understands.
Cross was promoted to the role of assistant national technical director in 2013 following the resignation of Alistair Edwards, and was formerly FFA’s head of coach education.
He has led the governing body’s Talented Player Pathway and has been acting technical director following the exit of Han Berger.
It is believed that Cross was overlooked for the permanent position of technical director with FFA and has resigned to join Sydney FC as their new academy director.
Sydney FC is building its own Centre of Excellence and has appointed Berger to its board of directors.
Cross is expected to start in the academy role at the end of the year.
Cross has held a number of roles with FFA in the past, including as community football programs manager.
He has also served as the head coach of the men’s football program at the NSW Institute of Sport.
FFA was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.