Ron Smith joins Brisbane backroom staff.

New Brisbane assistant coach Ron Smith (The Football Centre)

New Brisbane assistant coach Ron Smith (The Football Centre)

Brisbane Roar have confirmed that experienced coach Ron Smith will join the clubs backroom staff for the 2014-15 A-League season. Smith was present this morning running the drills at the clubs first training session of the new season, and was the only new face at Ballymore. Smith’s appointment fills the gap created when former assistant coach Luciano Trani joined Melbourne City in the off-season as John van’t Schip’s assistant.

The 65 year old has a host of experience to his name with a lengthy spell at the AIS under his belt helping to develop many of Australia’s ‘golden generation’ of players. Smith also was a video analyst at the FFA from 2005 til 2010 providing assistance to Guus Hiddink, Graham Arnold and Pim Verbeek. Smith has experience coaching in Malaysia with Sabah, Johor and most recently Pahang where he was released after a short and ill-fated three month stint. In addition to his coaching in Malaysia, Smith had a year long stint as head coach of Perth Glory back in 2007 where he failed to get them into the finals.

While he’s largely been a failure as a head coach, Smith is renowned as one of, if not the best video analyst in Australia and will be a valuable addition to the clubs backroom staff. Brisbane’s coaching staff now consists of Mike Mulvey (Head Coach), Ron Smith (Assistant Coach), Jason Kearton (Goalkeeping Coach) and Tim Oostenbroek (Physio).

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