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Published May 13, 2022 at 14:06:42

Stanton Named All-Stars Assistant

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Sydney FC Assistant Coach Rob Stanton has been named as one of the assistants to 2022 A-League All Stars Head Coach Dwight Yorke as they prepare to take on Barcelona.

Stanton, who holds an AFC Pro Licence, joined the club initially as Head Coach of the club’s youth team winning his first seven trophies in charge.

He has been assistant to the Isuzu-Ute A-League squad since the start of the Championship winning 2018-19 season and has helped Sydney FC win two Championships, a Premiership and reach three Grand Finals in that time.

Stanton previously played more than 300 games in the National Soccer League and was Head Coach of Sutherland Sharks in winning the 2009 NSW NPL Grand Final. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be coaching against a team like Barcelona, who are one of the best teams in the world, and to be working alongside Dwight and some of the best players in Australia.

“It will be a great challenge to be involved in a different environment and a learning experience for my coaching development.

Stanton joined Sydney FC in 2015 to coach the club’s under 20’s & first grade Academy squad securing promotion at the first attempt.

“We’ve had a couple of meetings already with Dwight, Heather and Davide and when we come together with the squad we’ll be prepared to give it our best shot.

“We want to create a good experience for the players more than anything after a long season. We want them to be able to enjoy it and enjoy playing against one of the best teams in the world.”

He will be joined by former Sky Blues Liberty A-League captain Heather Garriock and ex-Sydney FC Assistant Goalkeeping Coach Davide Del Giovine ahead of the prestigious encounter at Accor Stadium on May 25.

Garriock earned 130 caps as a Matilda before moving into coaching and holds an AFC A Licence.

She was Head Coach of Canberra United in the W-League for three years and worked as Assistant Coach with the Matildas in 2017 and 2018.

Garriock became a director of Football Australia in 2020 and was a founding committee member of Football Coaches Australia. 

Del Giovine moved from the Sky Blues to Western Sydney Wanderers in 2015 for a similar position before making his way up the chain to Head Goalkeeping Coach.

Dwight Yorke, Head Coach of A-Leagues All Stars, said: “This coaching team collectively has a deep understanding of Australian football and of the incredible talent across the Men’s league.

“I’m looking forward to working with this talented group and building the best possible All Stars team to take on Barcelona.”

The 30-man All Stars squad will be unveiled on May 19, and go into camp ahead of the game on May 25.