List of A-League head coaches

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The A-League is a professional soccer league in Australia which is at the top of the Australian league system. The league was formed in 2005 as a replacement for the original National Soccer League.

Some of the people have served spells as caretaker (temporary) managers in the period between a managerial departure and appointment. Several caretaker managers such as Tony Walmsley at Central Coast Mariners have gone on to secure a permanent managerial post. As of 2019, Ernie Merrick is the only coach to have managed more than two A-League clubs.

Managers[edit]

Ricki Herbert has been in charge of both New Zealand Knights and Wellington Phoenix in the A-League.
Tony Popovic is the only man to have coached Western Sydney Wanderers.

The list of managers includes everyone who has managed clubs while they were in the A-League, whether in a permanent or temporary role. Caretaker managers are listed only when they managed the team for at least one match in that period.

The dates of appointment and departure may fall outside the club's period in the A-League, for example, John Kosmina was appointed as Adelaide United manager in 2003 (before the A-League was formed in 2005) and remained in his position through the league's establishment.

Key
dagger Incumbent manager
double-dagger Caretaker manager
* Present up to date as of 23 September 2016
Managers
Name Nat. Club From Until Duration (days) Seasons in
A-League
Ref.
John Kosmina  AUS Adelaide United 13 September 2003 23 February 2007 1259 2 [1][2]
Aurelio Vidmar  AUS Adelaide United 23 February 2007 3 June 2010 1196 3 [2][3]
Rini Coolen  NED Adelaide United 6 July 2010 18 December 2011 530 2 [4][5]
John Kosmina  AUS Adelaide United 18 December 2011 28 January 2013 407 2 [5][6]
Michael Valkanis double-dagger  AUS Adelaide United 28 January 2013 10 April 2013 72 1 [7][8]
Josep Gombau  ESP Adelaide United 30 April 2013 24 July 2015 815 2 [9][10]
Guillermo Amor dagger  ESP Adelaide United 24 July 2015 Present* 1531 2 [10]
Frank Farina  AUS Brisbane Roar 15 November 2006 14 October 2009 1064 4 [11][12]
Rado Vidošić double-dagger  AUS Brisbane Roar 14 October 2009 17 October 2009 3 1 [12][13]
Ange Postecoglou  AUS Brisbane Roar 17 October 2009 24 April 2012 920 3 [13][14]
Rado Vidošić  AUS Brisbane Roar 25 April 2012 18 December 2012 237 1 [14][15]
Mike Mulvey  ENG Brisbane Roar 18 December 2012 23 November 2014 705 3 [15][16]
Frans Thijssen double-dagger  NED Brisbane Roar 23 November 2014 26 May 2015 184 1 [16][17]
John Aloisi dagger  AUS Brisbane Roar 26 May 2015 Present* 1590 2 [17]
Lawrie McKinna  AUS Central Coast Mariners 10 October 2004 9 February 2010 1948 5 [18][19]
Graham Arnold  AUS Central Coast Mariners 9 February 2010 14 November 2013 1374 4 [19][20]
Phil Moss  AUS Central Coast Mariners 15 November 2013 5 March 2015 475 2 [21][22]
Tony Walmsley  AUS Central Coast Mariners 5 March 2015 8 August 2016 522 2 [22][23]
Paul Okon dagger  AUS Central Coast Mariners 28 August 2016 Present* 1130 1 [24]
Miron Bleiberg  ISR Gold Coast United 6 June 2008 19 February 2012 1353 3 [25][26]
Mike Mulvey double-dagger  ENG Gold Coast United 19 February 2012 5 April 2012 46 1 [26][27]
John van 't Schip  NED Melbourne Heart 12 October 2009 26 April 2012 927 2 [28][29]
John Aloisi  AUS Melbourne Heart 7 May 2012 29 December 2013 601 2 [30][31]
John van 't Schip  NED Melbourne City 29 December 2013 3 January 2017 1101 4 [31][32]
Michael Valkanis double-dagger  AUS Melbourne City 3 January 2017 27 January 2017 24 1 [32][33]
Michael Valkanis dagger  AUS Melbourne City 27 January 2017 Present* 978 1 [33]
Ernie Merrick  SCO Melbourne Victory 20 December 2004 11 March 2011 2272 6 [34][35]
Mehmet Durakovic  AUS Melbourne Victory 11 March 2011 6 January 2012 301 2 [35][36]
Kevin Muscat double-dagger  AUS Melbourne Victory 6 January 2012 7 January 2012 1 1 [36][37]
Jim Magilton double-dagger  NIR Melbourne Victory 7 January 2012 1 April 2012 85 1 [37][38]
Ange Postecoglou  AUS Melbourne Victory 26 April 2012 25 October 2013 547 2 [39][40]
Kevin Muscat dagger  AUS Melbourne Victory 31 October 2013 Present* 2162 4 [41]
John Adshead  NZL New Zealand Knights 14 January 2005 10 April 2006 451 1 [42][43]
Paul Nevin  ENG New Zealand Knights 10 April 2006 15 November 2006 219 1 [43][44]
Barry Simmonds double-dagger  ENG New Zealand Knights 15 November 2006 14 December 2006 29 1 [44][45]
Ricki Herbert  NZL New Zealand Knights 14 December 2006 1 April 2007 108 1 [45][46]
Richard Money  ENG Newcastle Jets 25 May 2005 3 April 2006 313 1 [47][48]
Nick Theodorakopoulos  AUS Newcastle Jets 5 April 2006 10 October 2006 188 1 [48][49]
Gary van Egmond  AUS Newcastle Jets 10 October 2006 28 June 2009 992 3 [49][50]
Branko Culina  AUS Newcastle Jets 30 June 2009 4 October 2011 826 2 [51][52]
Craig Deans double-dagger  AUS Newcastle Jets 4 October 2011 20 October 2011 16 1 [53][54]
Gary van Egmond  AUS Newcastle Jets 20 October 2011 19 January 2014 822 3 [54][55]
Clayton Zane double-dagger  AUS Newcastle Jets 19 January 2014 5 May 2014 106 1 [55][56]
Phil Stubbins  ENG Newcastle Jets 5 May 2014 26 May 2015 386 1 [56][57]
Scott Miller  AUS Newcastle Jets 18 June 2015 7 September 2016 447 1 [58][59]
Mark Jones  AUS Newcastle Jets 23 September 2016 16 April 2017 205 1 [60][61]
Ernie Merrick dagger  AUS Newcastle Jets 9 May 2017 Present* 876 1 [62]
Ian Ferguson  SCO North Queensland Fury 15 September 2008 6 April 2010 568 1 [63][64]
František Straka  CZE North Queensland Fury 8 June 2010 1 March 2011 266 1 [65][66]
Steve McMahon  ENG Perth Glory 25 January 2005 7 December 2005 316 1 [67]
Alan Vest double-dagger  NZL Perth Glory 8 December 2005 26 July 2006 230 1 [68][69]
Ron Smith  AUS Perth Glory 26 July 2006 3 November 2007 465 2 [69][70]
Dave Mitchell  AUS Perth Glory 3 November 2007 11 October 2010 1073 4 [70][71]
Ian Ferguson  SCO Perth Glory 11 October 2010 11 February 2013 854 3 [71][72]
Alistair Edwards  AUS Perth Glory 11 February 2013 17 December 2013 309 2 [72][73]
Kenny Lowe dagger  ENG Perth Glory 20 December 2013 Present* 2112 4 [74]
Miron Bleiberg  ISR Queensland Roar 5 February 2005 14 November 2006 647 2 [75][76]
Pierre Littbarski  GER Sydney FC 26 February 2005 3 May 2006 431 1 [77][78]
Terry Butcher  ENG Sydney FC 17 May 2006 8 February 2007 267 1 [79]
Branko Culina  AUS Sydney FC 13 February 2007 22 October 2007 251 1 [80][81]
John Kosmina  AUS Sydney FC 24 October 2007 31 January 2009 465 2 [82][83]
Vítězslav Lavička  CZE Sydney FC 3 February 2009 30 March 2012 1151 3 [84][85]
Ian Crook  AUS Sydney FC 14 May 2012 11 November 2012 181 1 [86][87]
Steve Corica double-dagger  AUS Sydney FC 11 November 2012 28 November 2012 17 1 [87][88]
Frank Farina  AUS Sydney FC 28 November 2012 23 April 2014 511 2 [88][89]
Graham Arnold dagger  AUS Sydney FC 8 May 2014 Present* 1973 3 [90]
Ricki Herbert  NZL Wellington Phoenix 19 March 2007 26 February 2013 2171 6 [91][92]
Chris Greenacre double-dagger  ENG Wellington Phoenix 26 February 2013 20 May 2013 83 1 [92][93]
Ernie Merrick  AUS Wellington Phoenix 20 May 2013 5 December 2016 1296 4 [93][94]
Tony Popovic dagger  AUS Western Sydney Wanderers 18 May 2012 Present* 2693 5 [95]

By club[edit]

Club Total
Adelaide United 6
Brisbane Roar 7
Central Coast Mariners 5
Gold Coast United 2
Melbourne City 2
Melbourne Victory 5
Newcastle Jets 9
New Zealand Knights 4
North Queensland Fury 2
Perth Glory 7
Sydney FC 9
Wellington Phoenix 3
Western Sydney Wanderers 1

Most games coached in A-League[edit]

List of head coaches who have taken charge of over 100 A-League matches—As of May 2019
Rank Head coach Games Club(s)
1 Scotland Ernie Merrick 271 Melbourne Victory (151), Wellington Phoenix (90), Newcastle Jets (30)
2 Australia Kevin Muscat 172 Melbourne Victory (172)
3 New Zealand Ricki Herbert 159 New Zealand Knights (5), Wellington Phoenix (154)
4 Australia Graham Arnold 154 Central Coast Mariners (98), Sydney FC (56)
5 Australia Tony Popovic 142 Western Sydney Wanderers (114) Perth Glory (28)
6 Netherlands John van 't Schip 131 Melbourne City (131)
7 Australia Gary van Egmond 129 Newcastle Jets (129)
8 Australia Lawrie McKinna 120 Central Coast Mariners (120)
9 Australia John Kosmina 118 Adelaide United (83), Sydney FC (35)
10 Israel Miron Bleiberg 115 Queensland Roar (33), Gold Coast United (82)
111 Australia Frank Farina 113 Brisbane Roar (66), Sydney FC (47)
12 Australia Ange Postecoglou 112 Brisbane Roar (80), Melbourne Victory (32)

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