Sydney job for Crook

FORMER English Premier League midfielder Ian Crook starred in 457 appearances for Tottenham and Norwich.

Once voted one of the best players never to have played for England, Crook did win three England B caps as well as scoring 25 EPL goals.

Now the 49-year-old has the chance to shine in the A-League as the new manager of Sydney FC.

Crook has signed a two-year deal to take over the role vacated by Vitezslav Lavicka at the end of last season.

While Crook's appointment is a new one, he is no stranger to those in the Sky Blues camp having spent the last two years as Sydney's youth team coach and A-League assistant coach.

He has also spent time in charge of the Newcastle Jets, but said he was "thrilled and honoured to be named as head coach of Sydney FC".

"This club is very special to me after being part of its birth and early success. And since returning to Australia I have enjoyed working with the younger players," Crook said.

The appointment leaves only the new Western Sydney franchise to appoint its coach for next season



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