The Australian Professional Leagues (APL) have confirmed Manchester United great Dwight Yorke will coach the A-Leagues All-Stars when they face Barcelona on May 25. 

Yorke, who is eager to get into management and recently completed his UEFA Pro Licence, spent one year playing in Australia with A-League Men side Sydney FC in 2005-06.

The 50-year-old will now get 90 minutes to showcase his coaching potential but must do so without some of the competition’s best players due to the timing of the friendly match. 

“I loved playing in the A-League at its inception and I cannot wait to be back in front of the fans in Sydney,” Yorke said upon his appointment.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the A-League’s best men’s talent against one of the world’s biggest clubs and it is an honour to be welcomed back to Australia for this role.”

The A-Leagues All Stars playing squad and additional coaching staff will be named in the coming weeks. 

Yorke’s time in Australia could last well beyond the Barcelona game with Perth Glory owner Tony Sage confirming that Yorke and former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson have both applied to become the club’s next coach.

“Those guys are in the mix because they’ve sent in applications,” Sage told 6PR’s Sportsday WA.

“They’re not in the mix because I made the decision, they’re only in the mix because they’ve actually applied for the job.

“Yorke now is going to coach the…A-League All Stars. So that’s the first time we’ll to see him as a manager in Australia. 

“Sven, everyone knows his reputation, he just loves Australia…he wanted to put his hat in the ring.

“So there’s two internationals, we’ve received about 20 applications from coaches. It’s roughly half and half from Australian coaches to international coaches.”  

Glory have had a season to forget and will end the 2021-22 season in last place with two games to play. 

Star recruit Daniel Sturridge has barely featured due to injuries and COVID, but Sage did confirm the former Liverpool star is set for his first start on Saturday night against Western Sydney Wanderers. 

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