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Australia appoints Trevor Morgan as interim national technical director

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Joeys coach Trevor Morgan has been named interim FFA national technical director and will hold the role while continuing to lead Australia's under-17 soccer team.

Morgan will hold the dual role of national technical director and Joeys head coach until at least next year's Under-17 World Cup, currently scheduled to be held in Peru.

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He will be joined by former AIS head coach Ron Smith, who has been named technical consultant.

Morgan, who led the Joeys to the knockout stages of last year's Under-17 World Cup in Brazil, will be responsible for establishing a national football calendar, reviewing the national curriculum, pathways, competitions, coach development and participation.

"Trevor is one of a new generation of Australia's brightest coaching talents and brings a wealth of football knowledge to his new role, and in Ron Smith, we have the perfect complement," FFA chief executive James Johnson said.

"Ron has more than 30 years' experience in technical delivery, coach education and training, and the pair will create a formidable partnership.

"Both Trevor and Ron have been involved in Australian football over many years and it's great to see the retention of internal talent during such turbulent times.

"We have a wonderful pool of coaches and technical talent within the Australian football ecosystem and we want to do more to promote this talent."

Previous national technical director Rob Sherman tendered his resignation in March.