Tony Popovic needs to turn around Victory’s fortunes

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Since Kevin Muscat’s departure at the end of the 2018/19 A-League season, Melbourne Victory have struggled to find someone adequate for the role as Head Coach.

Marco Kurz began his 15-game tenure at the club in 2019/20 before parting ways with the club and Carlos Salvachua stepping in as caretaker coach.

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With Salvachua’s departure, Grant Brebner stepped in as caretaker before being elevated to Head Coach, only to last for 26 games in the position,

Steve Kean saw out the position as caretaker in 2021, with finally what might be some stability for Victory, the announcement of Tony Popovic being offered a three-year contract as Head Coach.

The last two season have been some of its worse for Melbourne Victory finishing 10th in 2019/20 and 11th this season.

When the lowest Victory finished with Muscat leading was sixth, it makes many questions whether there has been an issue with the sides ability to work alongside their new coaches, or if the coaches and recruiting staff have failed to bring in the right players.

Popovic’s A-League record is impressive, including leading the Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory to premierships in 2012/13 and 2018/19 respectively, and with this experience will make smart changes to the sides list.

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He doesn’t officially take over until July, but Popovic took a gamble like some do on the best casino games and already chatted with players about their position in the side moving forward, and frankly this was a great move on his behalf.

Kean labelled Popovic’s approach as “unprofessional” however and that he was never even told by Popovic that he would be doing so.

Making it clear of his intentions will show to the players, and to the frustrated fans, that Popovic’s aim is to return Victory back to not just a top six side, but one that fights for the highest ladder position.

As long as Popovic avoided coaching players on the way they played this season, there was little reason for Kean to be frustrated with Popovic’s decision.

But the question is, who goes? And who does Popovic hope to bring in? What is he telling the current players to prepare for?

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It’s impossible to determine Popovic’s approach, but one thing to be addressed is Victory’s forward line. Marco Rojas and Robbie Kruse were great, but they are injury prone. Popovic will need to consider whether its worth risking them on the pitch again or is it time to consider a new-look forward line.

Elvis Kamsoba showed some promising signs this season, and youngster Lleyton Brooks is proving why he should get a call up more regularly. Rudy Gestede struggles to find the net unless the ball comes off his head.

This may entertain fans watching more than playing casino joka casino en ligne, but it’s far from enough to remain in the side.

Perth Glory’s Chris Ikonomidis has made it public that he’s reflecting on his time at Glory now that he’s out of contract. The 26-year-old attacking midfielder will be eager to play A-League after overcoming an ACL injury, and it might just be at Victory where he achieves this.

While not technically a forward, Ikonomidis can also find the net and would be a considerable recruit for Victory.

No one will know until the transfer period begins what plan Popovic has whipped up as he’s watched the latter part of the season.

Team recruitment aside, Victory fans will just hope that a spot in the six next season is secured, no matter who the players are that get them there.

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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