Brisbane Roar appoint Ron Smith assistant coach

Former Pahang head coach Ron Smith has joined A-League side Brisbane Roar as assistant coach.

Smith joined the three-time champions following nine years with Football Federation Australia (FFA) working with the Australia national team.

He previously spent a decade with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), where he developed some of Australia’s most decorated footballers including Mark Viduka, Lucas Neill, Frank Farina and Craig Moore.

“Ron brings a wealth of knowledge to the coaching staff which the players and the club will benefit greatly from,” head coach Mike Mulvey said.

“We’re very lucky to have secured Ron’s services as someone with his experience in the game is always very sought after.”

With stints in Malaysia – including winning the championship with Sabah FA in 1996 – Smith is also very familiar with Asian football and was equally excited to be joining the Roar ahead of a campaign that includes the AFC Champions League.

Alongside his work with FFA, Smith also worked on other projects including  developing a coaching app called Football Practices and a coaching website, and working on his research PhD on goal-scoring patterns. 

“When the offer came to join Brisbane Roar, the timing was very good,” Smith said.

“I have spent the last few years committed to various projects and I’m now looking forward to focusing on this new challenge and working with coaching staff and players ahead of a big season.”

Smith’s role was in effect immediately with the reigning champions returning to training this week following their off-season break.