New coach for Magic

Goran Lozanovski (Shawn Smits)

Altona Magic has announced that Goran Lozanovski is returning to the club as National Premier League coach for the 2024 season.

The Magic originally announced that former Newcastle Jets coach Scott Miller was going to coach the side next year, but the club announced three days later that “rapidly changing personal circumstances” meant he wouldn’t take on the role.

The club then turned to its former mentor to return back to the club.

Lozanovski has a long history in the game, playing at the highest level in in Australia representing Australia at under-20, under-23 and senior level as a Socceroo.

Lozanovski has coached through all levels of Victorian soccer, including overseeing Altona Magic’s promotion back to National Premier League 1.

He spent four years at the Magic in his first stint before coaching at Westgate, Hume City and most recently Sydenham Park. Sydenham Park finished second in FV state league 1 north-west in Lozanovski’s only season at the club.

“It is great to be back at my home club, and it felt exciting to be walking back through the front gate,” he said via the Magic’s Facebook page.

“I have some unfinished business at Magic and I have already hit the ground running in preparation for 2024. I am excited and proud to be back at Magic.”

The club said it is looking forward to working with Lozanovski in strengthening its team and continuing its recent successes.

The Magic secured a finals berth for the first time in its history in the NPL this season which was a momentous occasion for the club, under coach John Markovski.

The Magic faced 2022 premiers the Oakleigh Cannons in the first week of finals and was defeated.