Luciano Trani joins Melbourne Heart

Former Brisbane Roar assistant coach Luciano Trani has joined Melbourne Heart, fresh from helping steer the Queensland outfit to a Premiers Plate and Championship double in 2013-14.   

Trani will join Heart as senior assistant as head coach John van’t Schip finalises his support staff for next season.

The 47-year-old has a proven A-League pedigree having enjoyed stints at Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United.

“We are very fortunate to have a well-respected and highly motivated coach like Luc to help build the club both now and in the future,” van’t Schip said.

“Luc has had success with Brisbane last season but also got excellent results at the other clubs he has been involved with. He is a proven winner and will ensure we get as much out of our players as possible.”

Football Federation Australia elite junior coach Ivan Jolic will also join the assistant ranks which includes remaining coach Joey Didulica.

Jolic has worked with the state’s most talented junior players as the Victorian head of the FFA’s Skills Acquisition Program for the past four years, while Didulica continues to build on an accomplished playing career in which he worked under the likes of 2014 FIFA World Cup coaches Louis van Gaal (the Netherlands) and Joachim Low (Germany).

The club's National Youth League side will continue to be led Joe Palatsides, with the former Socceroo heading into his third season at the helm.

“I am happy with the balance of the coaching staff we have for next season,” van’t Schip said.

“There is a great mix of experience and skills and a solid understanding of the game at a local, national and international level.

“We are confident that we will get the most out of the senior and youth players with these coaches.”

Van’t Schip said, in addition to bringing high quality national experience to the club, all four support staff are locally-bred coaches with a deep connection to grassroots football in Victoria.


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