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Olsen and Milicic unveiled as Melbourne Heart's assistants

Melbourne Heart today unveiled former Manchester United star Jesper Olsen and ex-Socceroos striker Ante Milicic as its assistant coaches. The duo will work with head coach John van 't Schip with the incoming A-League franchise which joins the competition next season.

Former Denmark national team winger Olsen had an outstanding career as a player with Manchester United as well as Dutch giants Ajax and French clubs Bordeaux and Caen after beginning his career with Naestvad in his homeland.

Milicic is a well-known name in Australian football, wining six caps with the national team as well as playing in Holland with NAC Breda, in Croatia with NK Rijeka and proving himself as a brilliant National Soccer League and A-League goalscorer throughout his distinguished career down under.

van 't Schip was delighted to welcome the duo on board and believes they are the right men to lead the Melbourne Heart syndicate forward.

"We had a very good process in talking to a lot of candidates, a lot of good professional coaches and the last two are sitting here next to me, Ante and Jesper," van 't Schip said at the announcement.

"Both very experienced in the world of football, both as a player. Ante is a very promising coach, he's already made his first steps in Sydney and with the (Australian) U20.

"Jesper is also a very experienced football person. (He) played for a long time in the highest league in Europe, national team (with) Denmark and after his career as a player was involved in a lot of football clinics and coaching as well so I am very pleased with the two coaches who are going to assist me in the coming two years with our new challenge here at Melbourne."

The duo were appointed after an exhaustive recruitment process was undertaken by the Heart's football manager John Didulica and they beat a long list of candidates to the position.

Andrew Slevison
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