Melbourne Victory has confirmed that Kevin Muscat has signed on as Head Coach for a further two seasons.
Muscat has enjoyed great success while occupying the top job, including two Grand Final appearances, a Premiership, a Championship, and also the FFA Cup in 2015 - a trophy which secured Melbourne Victory the domestic treble.
In 135 A-League matches as Head Coach, the 44-year old boasts the second-best winning percentage in the competition at almost 50%, with 65 wins to his name since making his coaching debut (interim) in 2012, before taking the reins permanently following the departure of mentor Ange Postecoglou to the Socceroos.
In 2016 Muscat successfully navigated Melbourne Victory’s path beyond the Group Stage of the AFC Champions League for the first time in the club’s history - an achievement he’s well placed to replicate following Tuesday night’s win over Japanese Champions, Kawasaki Frontale.
Melbourne Victory Chairman Anthony Di Pietro believes Kevin’s record speaks for itself.
“Kevin has shown that he’s an excellent coach and we’re delighted to secure him for the next two seasons,” he said.
“This process involved a considered review of the football department, to ascertain ways in which we can not only improve, but also deliver better outcomes and give us the best chance to achieve sustained success.”
“We identified that we would benefit from an increased level of support around the Head Coach, to enable an even more targeted and focused approach to list management and recruitment, as well as increasing integration between our youth and senior programs.
“We will be looking to add resources around Kevin and we will keep our members and fans informed as this unfolds. In the interim though, our focus is on achieving the best results in the A-League and Champions League”
Upon accepting the offer of a two-year extension, Muscat was excited by what the future holds for the club he’s been a part of since day one.
“I’m obviously very pleased to be able to lead the club for a further two seasons and I'm honoured the Board has given me that opportunity,” he said.
“I’m excited about what is ahead and can assure our members and fans that we will continually be looking at ways to deliver the best outcomes for the club”
“My mind is on the here and now, to deliver the best results in the two competitions we’re involved in. The standards at this club are extremely high and we will be looking to deliver success this year.”
Melbourne Victory's next match takes place on Sunday when they clash with Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park.