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|A-League Special: Ange Postecoglou set to bring plenty to the Melbourne Victory|
Melbourne Victory announced that Ange Postecoglou had been signed for three seasons to coach the club yesterday, and SoccerAnchor's Daniel Quinn beleives that the former Roar boss will bring plenty to the Victorians...
Melbourne Victory are in a real need for regeneration. The majority of the current squad have been around since the 2008-09 season, when under Ernie Merrick, Victory defeated Adelaide United 1-0, and those players need to be moved on.
Postecoglou has reportedly been given a metaphorical broom which gives the 46-year-old the power to delist the deadwood from his inherited squad.
Many of the current players are out of contract, including Carlos Hernandez and Postecoglou informed reporters yesterday that over the next couple weeks he will assess his squad before making changes.
"I'll take the next two or three weeks to go through that (assessing the squad)."
Harry Kewell is one player who Victory want to keep and Postecoglou stated that Kewell does feature in his plans.
"In terms of footballing side of things, any good player fits into my plans. I know people might want to assume what type of player I like but usually they are good players, and Harry is a good player," he continued.
"Discussions will go on and obviously I'll start getting involved now and if we can come to an arrangement, it would be fantastic."
However veterans like Matthew Kemp, Billy Celeski, Danny Allsopp and Grant Brebner may all be moved on, and that is just naming a few.
The Victory squad is aging and some younger legs, like Jimmy Jeggo, who was introduced late in the season, need to be brought in. Tom Rogic, Ben Halloran and Golgol Mebrahtu have all been linked in the past and would reduce the age of the squad, but whether Postecoglou would be interested in those players is another question.
The former South Melbourne player and coach would also bring an entertaining and successful style of football.
When in charge of Brisbane Roar, Postecoglou played a possession based 4-3-3 system and built up from the back. That system, with the impressive squad, won Brisbane two Championships and one Premiership over two seasons.
Success is what Victory thrive on as they are arguably the biggest club in the country. And one club is not big without being successful.
Postecoglou also brings a fantastic Grand Final record to the Victory. The former Young Socceroos Coach has competed in six grand finals, twice as a South Melbourne player, twice as South Melbourne’s coach and twice as Brisbane Roar’s coach and Postecoglou has been victorious in all six.
His record speaks for itself so it’s a no brainer that perhaps the biggest club in the country appoints one of the most successful coaches.
The 2011-12 season has just completed and with the next season not starting until October, Postecoglou has plenty of time to reshape the Melbourne Victory squad.
Postecoglou’s first game in charge will be the friendly with Greek giants Olympiakos on May 19 at Etihad Stadium with tickets still available.
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