Sources in France claim that Mombaerts, 64, has been earmarked for the head coach position in what would be his third club role under the CFG umbrella after previously being in charge at J1 League side Yokohama F. Mombaerts has re-energised City since his arrival eight months ago, brushing away the stagnation which had taken root under Warren Joyce. Mid-table Nancy, once home to a young Michel Platini, have never won Ligue 1, and have bounced between the top and second tiers throughout their history. He remained on the books of the CFG, helping mastermind their coaching methodology across all clubs, before being deployed at Melbourne City. Muscat appointed head coach of Belgian top tier's Sint-Truiden. Suwon concerns grow over Taggart dry spell.

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Melbourne City's year-old coach Erick Mombaerts will not be travelling to the Central Coast or Newcastle to coach the club's next two games because of fears over the coronavirus. Credit: Getty Images. He has made the decision to minimise risk given his age and the warnings about travel as the virus continues to claim more victims in Australia.

City are due to play Central Coast in Gosford on Friday night and then the Jets in the Hunter Valley on Monday evening as part of the A-League's new fixture list in which as many games as possible are to be played in as short a time as possible.

All City players who have been selected will remain away from home until their team's return to Melbourne on Tuesday. Mombaerts says he has full confidence in Kisnorbo to take charge, and he will be in regular contact via phone, email and text. Of course I am confident in Patrick to coach the team.

We had a training session this morning and I am confident in my players," he said on Thursday afternoon. Asked if the players had concerns about travelling, Mombaerts said they had expressed their views in a discussion at the club when some did have doubts. City will be boosted by the return from suspension of defensive midfielder and some-time centre-back Rostyn Griffiths and Uruguayan attacking midfielder Adrian Luna, both of whom missed the draw with Western Sydney last weekend.

Asked whether the league was correct to continue as it is with fixtures being compressed together behind closed doors, Mombaerts noted that the AFL and NRL were also continuing.

At the moment I think it's the right decision. We have to respect the rules and the club makes it possible. He said the club was open to players not wanting to play or travel if they preferred not to, but added "at the moment they don't have too many problems".

City have a perfect chance to cement themselves in second position behind Sydney if they can take maximum points from these away fixtures against the league's bottom and third-bottom club but Mombaerts knows they must show plenty of improvement on the last week's effort in the draw against the Wanderers at AAMI Park. We will have to do better. Wellington are just a point behind with a game in hand, but the Kiwis have to overcome the restrictions of playing all their games in Australia and staying away from their home country until the season is over.

Michael Lynch is The Age's chief soccer reporter and also reports on motor sport and horseracing. The Sydney Morning Herald. For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. License this article. Coronavirus pandemic A-League Melbourne City.

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Erick Mombaerts born 21 April is a French football manager and former player. Mombaerts began his coaching career with Paris Saint-Germain , taking charge between October and February After coaching their under team , Mombaerts became manager of the French under team in April Mombaerts became manager at Le Havre in December He was appointed as the head coach of Japanese club Yokohama F. Marinos in December


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