Stanton unveiled as Sydney FC youth coach

Youth development guru and Sutherland Sharks legend, Robbie Stanton, has been unveiled as Sydney FC's new youth coach.

The NPL championship-winning tactician has a strong reputation for producing talented young players, including the likes of current Sydney FC star Christopher Naumoff.

His appointment sees club legend and former youth coach Steve Corica promoted to Sky Blues’ first team assistant.

Stanton, a former Young Socceroo, has won numerous state and national league titles both as a player and as a coach.

The former Young Socceroo lifted the National Soccer League Championship three times as a player with Marconi and Wollongong Wolves.

As a coach he guided the Sutherland Sharks to the NSW NPL Championship in 2009 and two Waratah Cup titles in five years. 

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Tony Pignata said: "Robbie was an outstanding candidate for the role.  He has a first class pedigree as a coach and a player, an excellent reputation among the local associations and the type of personal qualities which are hugely important to this club.

"His teams are well known for the type of football they play and we are confident that the brand of football Robbie already believes in, closely matches the brand of football we are trying to develop at Sydney FC."

Stanton, who has also coached the Australian Deaf team, is relishing the chance to produce the next generation of Sydney FC stars.

"It's an exciting and challenging role with the target being to develop players within the Sydney FC playing style and philosophy," the 43 year old said.

"I want to provide our youngsters with the best chance they have to become Hyundai A-League players and give them a pathway into the first team, so they can fit straight into Graham Arnold's squad."

Stanton will look after the Sky Blues' National Youth League side in this season's new look competition.

He will then take charge of the Sydney FC Academy first team squad which enters the NSW NPL Division 2 in 2016, featuring the majority of the same players.

Stanton said: "It will be another step for our young players to be playing at a higher level against men, and it will give them that added development they need to potentially turn them into Hyundai A-League footballers."

Stanton has already been involved in scouting and development work for the Sky Blues and Sydney FC Academy Director Kelly Cross said he is looking forward to further developing the relationship.

"Sydney FC's technical core has done a lot of work developing the blueprint for the long term future success of the club and articulating what the Sydney FC playing style is,” Kelly said.  

“That's going to be brought to life in the Academy and it's about developing that whole philosophy and playing style right through the club.

"Robbie's main tasks will be to help evolve the Sydney FC Playing Style and to develop the players who can seamlessly transition into the first team squad."

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