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Melbourne Victory have found a replacement for their former manager Ange Postecoglou, as they have appointed Kevin Muscat in the role for the next two years. Postecoglou recently took over the job as the national team manager of Australia. Muscat has the experience of working under Postecoglou as an assistant for four years. The first match for Muscat as the Melbourne Victory manager will see him take on Wellington Phoenix. The club chairman Anthony Di Pietro has expressed his confidence that Muscat will remain as the manager even after two years.
Di Pietro did admit that Muscat will undoubtedly be considered for the national team manager position in the next four years. Australia have done extremely poorly in recent friendly and competitive matches, which led to the appointment of Postecoglou. Postecoglou is one of the highly rated coaches in Australia. He arrived only recently to Melbourne Victory with the hope of leading them to the title after having done the same with Brisbane Roar for two consecutive seasons. Muscat has said that he has learnt a lot from Postecoglou and he will not be trying to deviate from what is predecessor has taught him.
Melbourne Victory can be expected to play in a similar way to that under Postecoglou.
“As head coach, it’s not about being a favourite son, it’s about being a father figure. And we’ve given him the opportunity to write that [history] and we look forward to that and hope that this is a long-term relationship. In fact, dare I say, I hope he’s in contention for the next Socceroos job, that would be a demonstration of what has been achieved,” said Di Pietro. “My ego doesn’t tell me that I need to fracture what’s happened in the last 18 months and rebuild it,” said Muscat after taking over the reigns from Postecoglou.
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Melbourne Victory will be taking on Liverpool in front of almost 100,000 people at the MCG in a friendly match. Manager Ange Postecoglou has said that playing against the European giants is certainly a daunting prospect, but that does not mean Melbourne Victory have to be extremely defensive in the match. There have been suggestions that the club will ‘park the bus’ in order to limit the damage against a team, who have been in imperious form in the pre-season so far. Liverpool only finished in the seventh position of the Premier league last season.
However, they have some of the best players in the world like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez. They will have the capability to hurt any opposition if they are not careful. Midfielder Leigh Broxham has said that the team will be adopting a cautious approach to the match, but that will not mean a very defensive match. They expect to stick to their normal causing style of football with the addition of extra cautiousness. Melbourne Victory will be hoping that a good result from this match will be a precursor to the A-League that will begin in October.
Manager Postecoglou will have the ability to field Billy Celeski in addition to the usual players.
“It was a step in the right direction. We tweaked our game plan slightly for the game against Liverpool and we obviously need to do that with the personnel we’ve got with the boys being away with the national team. We changed a few things which seemed to work well. Our game plan will be similar in terms of attacking the way that we want to, it’ll just be tweaked a little bit defensively, to be a bit more compact. We’ve just got to pick our times about when is best to press and things like that,” said Broxham.
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Australian midfielder Mark Milligan has been linked with a move away from Melbourne Victory in the last few weeks, but he has rejected speculation by saying that it would take something special to take him away from the club.
The 27-year-old has been one of the best players for the national team in the recent World Cup qualifying matches. His stunning form has been one of the reasons behind Australia making it into the 2014 FIFA World Cup without any troubles. Now, it has been reported that several Championship clubs are looking at his signature. Read the rest of this entry »
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Adelaide United have an outside chance of finishing in the top two according to the interim manager, Mike Valkanis. Adelaide managed a 1-1 draw with Newcastle Jets during the weekend. This result prompted the manager to say that the club can hope to finish in this lofty position. As a result of the draw, Adelaide are just five points off the second place in the table. It is currently occupied by Central Coast Mariners. However, this would require the second placed team to drop points when they take on Brisbane Roars on Sunday.
Adelaide United will be taking on the Central Coast Mariners next weekend. They need a favourable result on Sunday if they are to finish in the top two positions. Still, it will need Adelaide to beat the Mariners in the match that will take place in the last week of March. Adelaide came into the match on the back of a poor run of form, which has seen them win just two matches in the last five encounters. It looked like they were on the verge of a defeat after Newcastle managed to open the scoring in the 44th minute through Bridges.
However, it did not take long for Adelaide to equalise the match after Carrusca’s goal in the 49th minute gave them hope that they can win the match.
“It’s one of those moments when I’m glad I’m not a linesman or referee. Look we were celebrating we thought we won the game. In the end and just looking at the replay I can’t see where the offside and how it was offside but we can’t do anything about that now that’s been done. You go into our dressing room right now and the boys looked like they’ve lost the grand final,” said the Adelaide manager.
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Brisbane Roars managed to lift successive titles until the management of Ange Postecoglou, who is currently in charge of Melbourne Victory. Postecoglou will be returning to Brisbane for the second time this season, but he sees his former team in a bad shape at the moment. The club are currently seventh in the Australian league table, which has only 10 teams. Melbourne Victory, meanwhile, do have the opportunity to get into the top two positions of the table. The club are third in the table, but only a few points separates them from the second placed Central Coast United.
Postecoglou has said that it is not surprising to see his former team struggled because the teams that easily win the league struggle in the subsequent seasons. He has said that the achievements of Brisbane over the last three years has been nothing short of outstanding and extraordinary. This in turn requires a lot of energy and emotion out of the team. In a way, Brisbane are paying for the success that they achieved under his regime. Melbourne come into the match against Brisbane after having finally broken the three match consecutive defeat with a 5-0 win over Newcastle Jets. Postecoglou has said that he is not sure about the reception that he will get from his former fans.
“If you look at the history of the A-League, teams that win the competition usually struggle the year after. What we did last year was pretty extraordinary to be able to back up. A lot of teams that won the title even found it hard to make finals the year after. That takes out a lot of energy, a lot of emotion and it maybe caught up with them this year. It certainly didn’t help amid some uncertainty and the club being unsettled,” said Postecoglou.
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The Melbourne Victory manager Ange Postecoglou has said that he wants his team to get the top spot ahead of Central Coast after the brilliant victory over Sydney FC. After winning back-to-back titles with Brisbane Roars, Postecoglou had been given the opportunity to lead the key to the title. Even though the team did not start the league campaign in the best manner, they have been extremely good in recent months. This has seen them close the gap on the leaders Central Coast, while the recent 2-1 win over Sydney FC only helped them stay in touch with them.
After the win over this tough team, Postecoglou said that he has now set his sights on catching Central Coast at the top of the table. The two teams have played 18 games apiece, and Melbourne Victory trail the leaders by just five points. They have managed to win three out of the last five matches. This incredible run of form close the gap in recent weeks, but the manager is looking at the possibility of going to the top of the table. The form of the striker Marco Rojas has been one of the key reasons in the revival in the last few months. He has been linked with Liverpool and Juventus in the last few weeks.
“We want top spot, we haven’t shied away from that. It’s where we want to finish. We’ve been chipping away, we’re in second spot now and there’s only one spot to go. There’s only nine games to go and the Mariners are going really well. There’s a bit of a gap to bridge but we can do that over the next few weeks if we can get over teams that are around us. I’m very pleased because there was a big build up to the game,” said Postecoglou.
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The A-league club Melbourne Victory will be looking to keep the attacker Marco Rojas at the club during the transfer window, while also looking to add to the squad already present. The injury to the Brazilian Gui Finkler means that he is set to undergo a knee operation shortly. The transfer window will be opening on January 14, and the manager Ange Postecoglou has dismissed suggestions that Marco Rojas will be sold during this period. Instead, the club will be looking to add to the attacking line-up during the transfer window according to the manager.
Melbourne Victory started the new season with the hope of winning the title this season, but they are currently a few points off from achieving the tally this season because they trail the leaders Central Coast Mariners by seven points after having played 15 matches so far this campaign. Victory have had just three wins in the last five matches, which have resulted in them dropping from the leaders. Even though Finkler has been one of the important players for Melbourne Victory this season with seven assists so far this campaign, Postecoglou thinks that the replacement for the Brazilian is necessary given that he is out for the rest of the season.
“We have that opportunity – the January transfer window allows you to bring someone – so we’ll have a look at it. There’s a fair chunk of the season left, but nothing can happen before January 14, so our concern is to make sure we’re right for Wellington. It was pretty clear that he (Finkler) had done something pretty serious. He’s done his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and he’s had to crawl off the pitch without getting any medical help from our people,” said the Melbourne Victory manager Postecoglou after the 2-0 win over Wellington.