A-League title-winning assistant coach Jean-Paul de Marigny has joined Western Sydney Wanderers to work under new coach Markus Babbel.
The former Australia international joined Melbourne Victory in 2013 for four seasons and under Kevin Muscat, helped them reach three Grand Finals with two wins, including last months Grand Final.
But the 54-year-old made the decision to return to New South Wales to join his wife and family who are based in Sydney
“I’m very excited, I spent a lot of time in Western Sydney both coaching and playing so it’s a real homecoming,” de Marigny said in a Wanderers statement.
“Obviously, my family is here, so it’s been a long journey to get here but it has been all worth it.
“Western Sydney is a unique area and it’s a hard working-class area. There’s a lot of honesty in their work and values are very important to them.
“It’s all about bringing my knowledge, knowing the football landscape and understanding the formula for success into the football club and helping Markus Babbel to achieve what he wants to achieve at the club.
“Personally, it’s a great opportunity to work next to someone such as Markus that has a massive profile in football.
“I’m looking forward to learning as much as possible and I can’t wait to work with him.”
Meanwhile, the Wanderers new stadium at Parramatta is on track to be completed next year and the club have been showing off the most recent footage of works in progress.
The redeveloped stadium will be able to sit 30,000 fans really close to the action – with a steep seating plan, with the venue holding 3000 premium seats.
And for those fans that can’t get their hands on a ticket, there will be huge LED screens installed on the outside of the stadium walls.