Victory parts ways with Brebner

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Following a crushing 7-0 defeat against cross-town rivals Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory were forced to make the long-awaited decision to part ways with head coach Grant Brebner.

Victory chief executive officer Anthony Di Pietro addressed the media alongside a defeated Brebner, announcing the decision they had decided, in the best interest of the club and Brebner, to part ways.

“We’ve come to the agreement that Grant will no longer be the coach of Melbourne Victory. It is in the best interest of everyone involved,” Di Pietro said.

“He has worked relentlessly, things haven’t worked out for a multitude of reasons.”

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The defeat against City was Victory’s largest-ever losing margin in A-League history.

The move will come as no surprise to A-league fans across Australia, with the Victory only winning three games this season. However, even with the sacking of Brebner, there may be more changes to come.

In a season that has seen them crushed 6-0 by City already, 5-2 the Brisbane Roar. It has been a season to forget for the board and manager.

Di Pietro announced no plans to remove the remaining coaching staff or appoint an interim coach for the remainder of the season, but no final decision has been made yet.

“We are not in a position to make any announcements on the interim structure going forward. We will announce that in the coming days,” he said.

Brebner was visibly upset by the decision, although he thanked the club for the opportunity and admitted the side’s positions was not what either party were happy with.

“I thank the club for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of this fantastic club,” Brebner said.

“It’s a privilege and an honour to be given the opportunity to do this. Sadly, my expectations and the club’s expectations are a lot higher than the position we sit.

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“That result tonight was unacceptable and the man sitting next to me, I have so much respect for in terms of everything he has achieved for this club, we both want what’s right for this football club.”

For a man who had an incredible career with Victory, winning two premierships and two championships, he has become the first casualty in a disastrous season for Victory, but he was not the root of all their troubles.

Brebner final coaching record for the Victory sits at four wins and 22 losses.

The Victory will need to make some big decisions in the coming days, and in the off-season, to revitalise themselves.

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Pokuah Frimpong
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