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Australian Football: Milicic set to depart Macarthur

Ante Milicic has confirmed he will leave his position as head coach of Macarthur at the end of the current A-League campaign.

The Bulls are priced at 2/1 to make the top six and play finals, but whatever happens it will be Milicic’s last season in charge of the club.

Inaugural head coach

Milicic was named as the first ever head coach of Macarthur who only entered the A-League in the 2020/21 campaign.

He guided the Bulls to the semi-final last season and has won 20 of the 50 games he has been in charge of. Macarthur have lost 20 and drawn 10 under his leadership.

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Milicic says he is sad to be leaving the club but will return to Croatia in the best interests of his family.

"It has been a great honour to be the first-ever head coach of Macarthur FC," Milicic said. "I was attracted to this role several years ago because of the exciting opportunity to help build the foundations of this great club in a region in south western Sydney that has a very exciting future.

"I will remain a great supporter of the Bulls forever. We are now determined to finish the season strongly. I leave with mixed emotions, but for family reasons I will be returning to Croatia."

Bright future

Meanwhile Macarthur chief executive Sam Krslovic has thanked Milicic for his hard work and says he has helped to set up the club for the future.

"On behalf of the board of Macarthur FC I would like to thank Ante for his extraordinary work over the last two seasons," he said. "He has introduced a world-class football environment at the Bulls that will serve us well into the future."

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