MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: A soccer ball is seen during the round three A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on October 25, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Former Melbourne City FC player and assistant coach Patrick Kisnorbo has been appointed as the new head coach of Melbourne City.
Former coach Erick Mombaerts departs the club due to family reasons, where he will return to Europe following 14 months in Melbourne.
“I am sad to leave Melbourne City in these circumstances, but I am so very proud of the players and what the Club has achieved during my time here,” Mombaerts said

“We have reached some incredible milestones, we have implemented an exciting way to play, and we have become a true family, playing together every week for our fans, and I have no doubt that Patrick will continue this work.

“The team is in safe hands under his leadership.

“I have had a fantastic experience in Melbourne and I will always remember my time here with much fondness, but I have been away from my family for a long time and now I must return to care for them in France.”

Since joining the club, Mombaerts has broken a number of records past managers have failed to reach, with City qualifying for their first grand final and cementing a spot in the AFC Champions League.

A former captain of the club, Kisnorbo is set to take the reigns at City.

After retiring with the club he joined City’s coaching staff through their youth team before leading the women’s team to the 2018 championship.

Kisnorbo was elevated as Assistant coach of the men’s team last year and worked closely with Mombaerts.

“I’m grateful to the City Football Group for their support in my development since I began my coaching journey” Said Kisnorbo

“Erick has taught me so much and I am extremely grateful for the way he has helped both myself and the Club to develop over the last 14 months

“Melbourne City is in my blood now and I am here to work hard, to give my all and to ensure this team continues to be a team that everyone can be proud to be a part of.”