Former All Whites defender and Wellington Phoenix legend Andrew Durante has been appointed assistant coach for men’s A-League side Western United.
The appointment follows a reshuffle of the club’s coaching staff after the departure of assistant coach Vince Ierardo to join fellow Australians Kevin Muscat and Ross Aloisi at Chinese Super League champions Shanghai Port.
Durante (41) has been Western United’s senior academy assistant coach and the club’s player welfare and development manager.
In the announcement of Durante’s new role, Western United said on their website: “As a foundation player, Durante remains an integral part of Western United’s fabric across first-team and academy environments, and will continue to elevate his personal coaching journey with the club.”
John Aloisi is Western United’s head coach.
Durante, a 27-cap All White, played 358 A-League matches, including 273 with the Phoenix. He finished his playing career with Western United in 2021 and moved into coaching at the club.
In August 2023, he was appointed assistant coach for the Philippine women’s national team.