Mullen joins Reds as part of Westfield W-League coaching staff

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Adelaide United is delighted to announce Joe Mullen as Adrian Stenta’s Assistant Coach ahead of the Westfield W-League 2020/21 season.

One of the most decorated coaches in South Australian football, Mullen has extensive managerial experience after enjoying a fantastic playing career with Adelaide City.

The 56-year-old had been in charge of local National Premier League (NPL) side, Campbelltown City, between 2013 and 2019 in what was an extremely successful coaching tenure.

Mullen guided Campbelltown to four Championships in 2013, 2016, 2018, and 2019, while clinching the Premiership in each of his final two seasons.

In addition to completing the double in 2018, the Red Devils were crowned NPL Champions of Australia after beating Queensland’s Lions FC in the final.

Capped twice by the Socceroos, the three-time National Soccer League (NSL) winner was also the inaugural boss of Adelaide United’s Youth Team in 2008.

Some of Mullen’s other coaching stints include Croydon Kings, Victorian sides Bulleen Zebras and Green Gully and as an assistant at Melbourne Heart.

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Joe Mullen returns to the Reds after serving as inaugural boss of the Young Reds in 2008.

Speaking about joining the Reds, Mullen said: “It feels great to be returning to Adelaide United. 

“This is a new challenge and a new experience for me and I’m looking forward to broadening my skills as a coach and coaching women for the first time. 

“Having been with the group for a few sessions already, I can see we have a talented bunch of footballers who are all eager to learn and develop their game further, which is exciting. 

“Working alongside Adrian again is also something I’m looking forward to. 

“Adrian is a talented coach who is deeply invested in the development of the team and I’m very optimistic about the positive impact we can have on the team ahead of the new season.” 

Adelaide United’s Westfield W-League Head Coach, Adrian Stenta, said: “I’ve known Joe for a number of years now and I’m very happy to have added him to our coaching staff.

“We share very similar views on football so he is someone that I trust a lot and will be an excellent person to share and bounce ideas off.

“His coaching resume speaks for itself and the experience he has as a former player and an outstanding coach will certainly help in further developing this group.” 

Adelaide United’s Head of Women’s Football, Ivan Karlović, said: “Joe’s reputation in South Australian football is second to none and he will be a very valuable asset to our women’s program.

“Joe is a proven winner and boasts plenty of experience, not to mention his understanding of the football landscape in Australia.

“We’re delighted to have Joe with us and I’m very confident he will aid in Adrian’s development of the team.” 

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