Roberto Carlos during his time with Fenerbahce in Turkey in 2009.
Roberto Carlos during his time with Fenerbahce in Turkey in 2009. KERIM OKTEN

A-League expansion hopeful in talks with Roberto Carlos

ROBERTO Carlos could be coaching in the A-League as soon as the 2018-19 season.

Expansion hopeful South Melbourne has opened talks with the Brazilian superstar to become its manager if it enters the top Australia tier, revealed bid chairman Bill Papastergiadis.

The former Real Madrid defender, who was unveiled by the Victorian National Premier League club at a press conference, has coached in Russia, Turkey and India.

However, Carlos said he would be attracted to managing South Melbourne in the A-League, which won't be expanded before the 2018-19 season.

"My idea would be to come here and keep winning and continue that mentality and keep winning things," Carlos said at Lakeside Stadium on Monday.

"If I go to a club and marry a project, I go to win.

"South Melbourne should be the reference for Australian football. They're already good. I've been following the team. The importance is to go up.

"What I've seen here has moved me, the complex and the people. The most important thing now is for the club to go to the A-League and that together we make more history on top of what we've seen."

He added: "What I've seen here has gratified me a lot."

"When you have the idea of winning to form champions, to try and sign up the best players you can, when I've noticed the club is very ambitious and has the winning mentality, and that's satisfied me."

The Champions League and World Cup-winner also suggested he could bring former teammates to the club.

"When you talk about South Melbourne, you know where it comes from," he said.

"Many famous people came through this club and it's an important club in world football. My ex-teammates and friends will come marry the project with me. They'll be close to us."

South Melbourne is keen to join the A-League with Carlos as its coach, but hasn't ruled out the possibility of joining a second division in Australia.

"South has commenced negotiations with Roberto Carlos to coach our club when we enter the A-League. Not if, but when," Papastergiadis said.

"Roberto Carlos and South Melbourne is a match made in heaven. We are the FIFA Oceania Club of the Century, we're the champions of the men's and women's seniors (top state tier), the best junior club in the state and we have own purpose stadium, a $70 million facility.

"We're also hearing stories about the B-League. We're willing, ready and able to participate in a B-League when it's ready to be formed."

News Corp Australia

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