SIGNED, sealed, delivered — they’re yours.
Murray United yesterday signed off on the paperwork that will see the fledgling club take to the pitch in the Victorian National Premier League next year.
Four candidates have been interviewed for the high-profile and demanding job of technical director.
The role, which will set the standard for the club, including its playing style and behaviour, attracted applicants from far and wide, including an international candidate interviewed on Monday.
Applications for the eight coaching positions that slot in below the technical director close on July 11.
The Murray United board hopes to announce squads before the end of the year.
Darren Yates, the board’s director of finance and governance, said the documents made the venture official.
“We have been working on this for 12 months but now we are part of NPL 1 for next season,” he said.
“It’s a three-year licence but we are coming in at the end of year one.
“The technical director is the main role to be filled and we are very happy with the calibre of applicant, the interest that has generated.
“The attraction is partly creating something from nothing — a technical director who will guide how an entire club will go about its football.”
Business operations director Linda Marks said the technical director would put their stamp on the club.
“Football Federation Victoria follows the national curriculum, the style they want Australia to play and we are bound by that to a certain extent, but the technical director will have their own vision philosophy and style that will filter through the entire club,” she said.
“What we know at the moment is we will be part of the 15-team NPL 1 competition where two teams will go up and two teams will come down from an NPL competition sitting directly below the A-League.”
Marks said the addition of women’s soccer to the NPL was still a work in progress.
“There is already a draft framework developed by FFA that was released several years ago,” she said.
“It is up to the states as to how they implement that.”