Carlos Perez Salvachua has been named as Melbourne Victory’s Head Coach until the end of the season.
The UEFA Pro licence holder arrived in Melbourne from Spanish La Liga side Real Valladolid CF but has also worked with Villareal CF and CD Guadalajara.
Salvachua was also an integral part of the coaching staff at the Real Madrid CF academy for over six years and oversaw the development of several high-profile players during his coaching tenure.
Working in both Senior Head Coach and Assistant roles, he won four league Championships and achieved promotion twice during his time in Europe.
WATCH: Carlos Salvachua speaks following Head Coach appointment
Salvachua discussed how he will approach the challenge of managing Melbourne Victory.
“Firstly, I need to adapt to the players that we have and adapt to the philosophy of the club,” Salvachua said.
“This club is important in Australia and always try to get an attacking style, an attacking performance and an entertaining style for the members.
“This is what I trust in this squad in the players, I think that we can do it.
“Yes it’s a challenge but it’s a challenge for everyone; for the club, for me, for the players, for all the fans that we want to always to finish in the best position in the league.”
Melbourne Victory Chairman Anthony Di Pietro indicated Salvachua will be supported as much as possible as he takes the reins.
“Our immediate focus is to support Carlos and our team as they prepare for this Friday night’s important clash against Adelaide,” Di Pietro said.
“We have expectations to be fighting for trophies in every competition we play and that hasn’t changed.
“We want to be up there to challenge, and we believe the team can do it.”