Ashburton United is pleased to confirm that Daniel ‘Costi’ Puscasu will be joined by Tony Amato as the club’s joint senior coach in 2018. In addition to the co-coaching position, Costi’s success leading Ashburton in 2017 has been rewarded with an additional Technical Director role with the senior club, where he will oversee the transition of younger players into senior ranks. Meanwhile Tony joins Ashburton after a long playing career and several years as senior coach of Riversdale.
The appointment formally re-unites two friends who have a long history working together, including most recently at the All Nation’s Cup. While both Costi and Tony will share training and match day responsibilities, Costi will also take a broader, strategic focus on developing the long-term success of the senior club while Tony will focus predominantly on the immediate requirements of the senior squad.
In additional positive news, Ashburton is very pleased to announce that Fernando Hompart will continue as the club’s Reserve coach in 2018.
Fernando had considerable success transforming the reserve squad into title contenders and his wider contribution around the club this year was recognised with the Ashburton Volunteer Award.
Costi, Tony and Fernando form Ashburton’s senior coaching panel for next season.
The club is very well placed to build on its achievements this year and planning is already underway for a successful 2018.
Further information about pre-season will be announced in coming weeks.