Manukau United have appointed Juan Roman as their head coach ahead of next season’s Northern League campaign.
Roman, who is one of the few coaches in New Zealand to hold a UEFA Pro licence, replaces Rudy Mozr who has left Manukau United to be head coach for rivals Bay Olympic.
Former Spanish professional player Roman was the director of football at Bucklands Beach last year, and has held coaching roles with Eastern Suburbs and Hamilton Wanderers.
Announcing his appointment, Manukau United said: “Juan brings his wealth of knowledge and passion to develop players, teams and systems to excel, and having worked in South Auckland at youth National League level previously, we know he’ll add value to the club culture and legacy that Manukau United is building.
“We’re excited to welcome Juan to the Manukau Whānau for what will be an unprecedented year at Manukau United with long-awaited facility upgrades, boosts for women’s, men’s, youth and grassroots football and a new and improved club structure.”
Roman said: “I am delighted and excited about this project. Manukau Utd has always been supporting me since I arrived in New Zealand in 2011, and I feel at home. It is an honour to come back to this high-responsibility role to support the players to achieve their expectations.
“I feel proud of Manukau Whānau and provided to be part of it. Kia kaha Manukau!!”