Kevin Muscat is Victory’s answer… again

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It is hard to argue that this 2019/20 A-League season is on track to be one of Melbourne Victory’s most disappointing season to date.

In 2011/12, Victory finished eighth from ten teams, and as of current, they sit ninth from 11 team.

This season saw the welcoming and then the early departure of Marco Kurz which has left us wondering, what would Victory have to do to get back Kevin Muscat?

Because right now that is who they need back.

Muscat is a man who bleeds blue and white, it is a club that he has been a part of since 2005 and he has seen the best and the worst of the Victory.

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As a manager, his record speaks for itself.

In Muscat’s one game as caretaker manager in 2011/12, the Victory won, giving him a 100 per cent success rate; now that screams success.

Jokes aside, Muscat then went on to coach Victory in 214 games, winning 105 of those and finishing his stint with a 49.07 per cent success rate, a success rate better than Ernie Merrick (43.53 per cent) and Ange Postecoglou (46.88 per cent) during their time in Melbourne.

He was also at the helm during the Victory’s treble winning season in 2014/15 as well as their 2017/18 championship.

From an outsider’s perspective, it would be fair to say that Muscat managed his side with aggression and a strong passion for success.

Those at the club though, are forever appreciative for the work he has put into their achievements and have had an immense amount of gratitude for the man.

Veteran Leigh Broxham shared similar emotions as Muscat did on the manager’s departure from the club as the Broxham acknowledged that he would not be the player he was if it was for Muscat.

“It sounds cliched, but he helped shape me as a person (and) as a player when I was coming though,” Broxham said in 2019.

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“He tested me in the game.

“He took me under his wing and was a mentor for me as player.

“He really helped develop me in the early years of my career and we’ve become close friends.”

This not only highlights the important relationships that Muscat helped create during his time as manager, but also illustrates his influence at the club, assets that are imperative to a successful manager.

Muscat should be the most obvious replacement for Kurz, as the competition he faces would not be too much of a concern for the 43-year-old if he did consider the return.

John Aloisi and Harry Kewell are regular names put on the table for A-League coaching vacancies, particularly with the Victory.

However, both seem either unsuccessful or inexperienced in the manager position and would not possess the attributes that the Victory can afford their new manager to acquire.

Victory’s current caretaker Carlos Salvachua would have to be in contention but in his short time in charge, he has not been able to illustrate that life under the Spaniard would be any better AAMI Park.

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One other candidate with a genuine opportunity to take over as manager is Arthur Pappas, who is currently with Postecoglou in Japan.

Pappas has proven local experience both in the A-League as well as the NPL as an assistant manager.

He was also a part of Yokohoma F Marinos’ recent J-League title success, putting the 39 year-old in a comfortable position to flirt with offers from the Victory.

The search for a new coach is surely underway and it just comes down to a matter of time as to when victory announce the successful candidate.

But if Victory want to continue to be a club that remains a genuine competitor championships, then their best chance of returning to that state would be under Kevin Muscat.

Feature Credit Article: Ngau Kai Yan

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.