Experienced coach Chris Milicich is leaving Auckland club Takapuna, the club has confirmed.
Milicich (57) has been Takapuna’s Director of Football since 2021, and was head coach of the men’s first team.
“Chris’s impact at Takapuna was immediate. He joined at a challenging time for the club but took the first team to the National League in his first season and ensured the team’s position for the 2023 season, finishing the 2022 season ahead of more fancied opponents such as Eastern Suburbs and North Shore United.
“I am personally sad to see Chris leave Takapuna FC but know that he will continue to make his mark on New Zealand’s football landscape, and so wish him well for his next appointment.”
Main photo: Chris Milicich … leaving Takapuna. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.
This year, Takapuna were relegated from the Northern League to next year’s Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship.
New Zealand Coach of the Year in 2003, Milicich has coached at Waitakere United, Fencibles United, and Ellerslie, and has coached the national U-20 squad.