Carlos Salvachua to return to Europe

Melbourne Victory would like to thank Carlos Salvachua for his service to the club, following his decision to return to Europe.

The 47-year-old informed the club last week of his desire to continue his professional coaching career in Europe and to be closer to his extended family in Spain. 

Victory CEO Trent Jacobs said Salvachua had been the consummate professional since arriving as Kevin Muscat’s assistant ahead of the 2018/19 A-League season.

“On behalf of everyone at Melbourne Victory we would like to thank Carlos for his professionalism, hard work and commitment to our Club over the past two seasons,” Jacobs said.

“Given the current environment around the world and the fact we are working through a process to appoint our next A-League Head Coach, we understand and accept Carlos’ decision to return to Europe.

“Carlos arrived as Kevin Muscat’s assistant ahead of the 2018/19 season, before stepping up as Head Coach during the 2019/20 season.

“Carlos’ short tenure as Head Coach included securing our Club’s first away win in the AFC Champions League, ultimately seeing us qualifying for the 2020 Group Stage.

“We wish Carlos and his family a safe return to Europe and we wish him all the best for the next chapter in his coaching career.”

Salvachua said he would look back fondly on his time in Melbourne.

“I would like to thank Melbourne Victory for the way they have looked after myself and my family since we arrived in Australia,” Salvachua said.

“It has been a pleasure to help coach the club over the past two seasons. The decision to return to Europe is an opportunity to continue my coaching career, and the other major upside which is to be closer to our extended family in Spain. 

“I want to personally thank the Victory Board, players, football and administration staff for all their hard work and support and thank you to the members and fans for supporting the team. I wish everyone at Victory all the best for future. 

“Continue to look after each other and stand by the club. Adiós and thank you Melbourne.”
 
The club will advise on the coaching structure for the remainder of the 2019/20 season shortly.