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Preparations have begun for Manchester United's visit in July, with every A-League coach eligible to lead the All Stars team. The FFA, meanwhile, have announced a key appointment

GOAL.com Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA


Voting is now open to determine who will coach the A-League All Stars against Manchester United in July.

The English Premier League giants will make their first trip to Australia since 1999, facing an A-League select at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on July 20.

Fans will be able to have their say for the make-up of the All Stars team, starting with who will lead the side.

Votes can be cast here, with every A-League head coach eligible.

"This is the first chance fans have to put their mark on the All Stars team," Football Federation Australia chief executive officer David Gallop said via statement on Tuesday.

"The All Stars concept is exciting, with fans being given genuine input into the selection process of both the coach and the players. The first ever All Stars match is sure to be a great spectacle and with fans being the frontline of the selection panel it will no doubt be a team that resonates strongly with A-League fans from all ten clubs."

In other news, the FFA have announced the appointment of Russell Sergeant as A-League general manager of operations.

Highly credentialed and experienced, Sergeant returns back to his native Australia after leaving his role as senior executive with the United States' Major League Soccer.

Starting in March, he will report to A-League chief Damien de Bohun, managing the competition's administration and services.

"We welcome Russell to the team and look forward to taking advantage of his wealth of experience in sports marketing and administration with MLS," Gallop said via statement on Tuesday.

"FFA is in a phase of detailed implementation of its strategic plan for the A-League. The recruitment of an executive who has been successful in both implementing strategy and building football in a nation with similar characteristics as Australia is another forward step in our growth story."

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