Craig Noone in action for Macarthur FC. Photo Credit: A-Leagues

After announcing his retirement on Saturday morning, Craig Noone already has his next job lined up.

The 35-year-old will take the reigns of Macarthur FC’s Academy side, Bulls FC Academy.

He will replace former coach Zeljko Kalac, who was announced to have departed the role on Friday night.

“I am excited for the challenge and I am grateful for the club giving me the opportunity to lead Bulls FC Academy,” Noone said.

“Coaching is something that I have always been passionate about and I started my coaching badges back in 2016.

“I think I’ll bring a lot of experience from my playing career to coaching.”

“There are a lot of talented youngsters at the club who have great potential and I can’t wait to get started with the team ahead of the 2024 season,” the Englishman said.

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The clubs chief executive, Sam Krslovic, described Noone as a natural leader.

“As a player, Craig was a leader within our dressing room and we believe he has all the qualities to succeed as a coach with our club,” Krslovic said.

“We are delighted to have Craig lead our NPL side and we look forward to his leadership of the Bulls FC Academy in the upcoming season.”

Noone will have a tough job ahead of him, as the side was relegated to the Football NSW League One Men’s competition under Kalac, finishing last in the NPL NSW Men’s competition in 2023.

Noone most recently played for Macarthur in the A-League Men competition.

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