Australian Socceroos football team assistant coach Tony Vidmar speaks after the team's practice match against Brazilian State League side Parana Clube in Vitoria on June 2, 2014, as they prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Socceroo Tony Vidmar has joined Melbourne City as the club’s senior assistant coach.

Vidmar takes over the role from Mike Valkanis, who was sacked by the club last week.

The 47-year-old has worked as Australia’s under-17 national coach and head of the FFA’s  Centre of Excellence for the past five years.

He also made 76 appearances for Australia as a player and over 450 senior club appearances, including stints at Rangers (104 games) Cardiff City (73 games) and Middlesbrough.

“I have followed Melbourne City’s progress in recent years and am delighted to be joining the coaching team alongside Warren Joyce,” Vidmar said.

“From everything I have seen, Melbourne City is a club with great ambition and determination. It’s one year since they won the first men’s trophy, and I hope to be part of further success in the coming season.”