Australia finally have a new Technical Director with Rob Sherman taking on the role effective May 27th. It’s been almost 10 months since Eric Abrams left his post in which time Australian football has been through some tumultuous periods at all levels.

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FFA CEO David Gallop said he was delighted to welcome Sherman into the role.

“We have spent the past few months speaking to some excellent candidates in Australia and abroad,” Gallop said.

“It was important that we found the right person with extensive knowledge of the Australian football landscape and an ability to unite the football community through a clear vision and we believe Rob is the perfect fit in that regard.”

“We recognise we are at a critical point in our football development in Australia. Technical Development involves building the football of the future. One of the first tasks for the new Technical Director is to lead the development and implementation of a new National Technical Vision and Strategy across the whole game.”

“Rob will have ultimate responsibility for and input into everything that touches on the National Football Curriculum, Pathways, Competitions, National Teams, Coach Development and Participation, in partnership with the Technical Department, National Teams and key stakeholders.”

“There will also be closer alignment with the Head Coaches of the Westfield Matildas and Caltex Socceroos to oversee the alignment between the Youth National Teams programs and Senior National Teams and work with the Hyundai A-League clubs and their academies,” he said.

Sherman was most recently at Melbourne Victory in a strategic advisory role and formerly as General Manager Technical & Coaching.

He oversaw the club’s National Premier League, National Youth League, Women’s and Academy Programs

Before this he held roles as national Technical Director of Football Association of Wales and New Zealand Football and was Head of Coach Education at Football Federation Australia.

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