Sydney FC coach Steve Corica appoints Robbie Stanton, Paul Reid as assistant coaches

Boss: Sydney FC coach Steve Corica. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP Image
Boss: Sydney FC coach Steve Corica. Picture: Dan Himbrechts/AAP Image

There will be a distinct St George and Sutherland flavour to Sydney FC's coaching team next season, with Robbie Stanton and Paul Reid earning assistant roles.

Sky Blues coach Steve Corica has appointed Stanton and Reid as his first and second assistant coach respectively ahead of the new season.

Stanton took over as head coach at Sutherland in 2009 after an earlier spell as Ron Corry's assistant.

He made an immediate impact, winning the Waratah Cup, Challenge Cup and 2009 NSW Premier League grand final.

Stanton left the Sharks in 2014 to join Sydney FC as youth team coach where he won the title in 2016.

He has been promoted from second assistant during last season's championship-winning campaign, with his previous role also including scouting Sydney FC's upcoming AFC Champions League opponents.

"It's a huge honour for me to be promoted to assistant coach," Stanton said.

"We've a fantastic, talented group of players this season and I'm excited at the prospect of working closely with them as we go about defending our championship.

"I know what's expected at Sydney FC and I'll be doing everything I can to ensure further success is delivered to this club."

Corica was pleased to promote Stanton who he said deserved the role.

"His expertise was a vital cog in the wheel of our championship win last season and we will need him again as we look to improve on last year," Corica said.

Reid will step into Stanton's vacated role as second assistant coach where he will also have a strong focus on recruitment. He had been community programs manager at Sydney FC since his retirement from professional football in 2013.

The former Socceroo had success as coach of Rockdale City, taking them to the NPL 1 finals three times and the FFA Cup round of 32 twice.

As a player, Reid spent much of his career in England with Brighton & Hove Albion and Bradford City before returning to the A-League with Adelaide United and the Sky Blues.

Former Central Coast goalkeeping coach Matt Nash has also joined Corica's team.