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Football Australia appoints Ernie Merrick to key cheif football officer role

Football Australia will now lean heavily upon that wisdom to set the country’s football direction.

Born in Scotland where he played semi-professionally, Merrick moved to Melbourne in 1975 and swiftly rose through the football ranks as a coach – first at local level, then the old National Soccer League, the Victorian Institute of Sport (where he had a hand in the development of players like Vince Grella, Mark Bresciano and Simon Colosimo), and then in the A-League, where he managed three different clubs. He also had a short stint as coach of the Hong Kong national team.

Ernie Merrick, left, has been helping Brett Ratten at St Kilda.Credit:Getty Images

When he coached Victory through an iconic era for the club between 2005 and 2011, the football they played was always easy on the eye, and in his last job at Newcastle Jets, he took them to a surprise grand final appearance in 2019 on…

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