Koichiro Furukawa, the president of Yokohama F Marinos announced earlier today that Ange Postecoglou is joining the J1 club as its new head coach starting next season.

The former Socceroos coach will replace the outgoing Erik Mombaerts, who will be leaving Yokohama F Marinos at the end of the season when his contact expires.

“Ange Postecoglou is an excellent coach, with an attractive and entertaining style of football which will suit our approach,” said Koichiro Furukawa, the president of the Marinos.

Yokohama F. Marinos’ striker Jin Hanato (left) celebrates his goal.

“At the Marinos,” he added, “we are committed to developing players and Ange has a very strong record in doing this. We are confident that he is the perfect choice to take us forward.”

Postecoglou said he is excited to be moving to Japan and returning to club football, something he admitted was on his mind when he decided to step down from the helm of the Australian National soccer team.

“Coaching YFM will be a great challenge and I am very much looking forward to working with the club’s players, and young players in particular, to achieve success,” Postecoglou concluded.