Socceroos great Tony Vidmar has been given the task of guiding Australia to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Adelaide-born Vidmar, capped 76 times for the Socceroos and a 1992 Olympian, was on Wednesday announced as the Olyroos coach.
He replaces Graham Arnold in the role, with the current Socceroos coach having held both jobs since 2018.
“I have been privileged in my life to have had a long association with the Olyroos, so it is a real honour to know that over the next two years I will continue to be involved with a program that is so crucial for Australian football,” the 51-year-old former Rangers defender said.
“The Olyroos program provides a vital link between our youth national teams and the Socceroos, and the last cycle provided a great illustration of how players can progress to the senior national team, and even secure moves to top leagues abroad, by gaining international experience and exposure via the Olyroos.”
Vidmar will remain part of Arnold’s Socceroos coaching staff until the conclusion of Australian’s World Cup campaign.
In Vidmar’s absence, Football Australia’s national technical director Trevor Morgan will coach the Olyroos – Australia’s under-23 team – in next month’s AFC U-23 Asian Cup.
“While I won’t formally commence as Olyroos head coach until after the Socceroos’ World Cup campaign concludes, Trevor and I are already in regular contact about the program, players coming through the pathway, and the preparation not only for Paris 2024 but also the upcoming AFC U-23 Asian Cup in Uzbekistan,” Vidmar said.
FA CEO James Johnson, said the Olyroos were in will “good hands” with Vidmar.
“We believe he has a great understanding of what it will take not only to guide the side to the (Olympic Games) tournament, but help to develop players along the way,” Johnson said.
The AFC qualifiers for the Paris Olympics’ men’s football tournament start next year.