Victory lock in Muscat for another three years

Kevin Muscat will coach Melbourne Victory until the end of the 2017/18 A-League season after the club extended his contract for a further three years.

The deal will see Muscat, a former Socceroo, notch up 13 seasons with the Melbourne outfit as a title-winning player, assistant coach and head coach – cementing his place as a club legend.

Victory currently sit second on the A-League ladder – six points behind league leaders Perth Glory who they play on January 2.

Melbourne Victory Chairman, Anthony Di Pietro congratulated for the former midfield enforcer on extending his tenure with the club.

“It really is fantastic news for our football club and gives us clear direction for the foreseeable future,” Di Pietro said.

“While Kevin is a club legend and a unique part of the Melbourne Victory family, the driving motivation behind his contract extension is that he is the best person for this job.

“He has demonstrated his drive and commitment to succeed. Hee has been meticulous in his off-season and in-season preparation, he has built a squad that we believe can take us back to the top of the A-League and overseen the further development of a culture that we are all proud of.”

Muscat - a club icon and the man fans of other clubs love to hate - was appointed head coach of Victory in round three of the 2013/14 season, succeeding Ange Postecoglou who took over as national team coach.

The two-time championship winning captain and three-time Victory medallist has coached the club to 17 victories, 10 draws and 10 losses in the A-League since taking over the reins.

An impressive 10-game unbeaten run to start the current season – including six wins from 11 games – finally came to an end last weekend when Melbourne City took the derby honours at AAMI Park.

Muscat described the deal to keep him at the club as a “great privilege and honour”.

“Melbourne Victory has been a part of my life for the past 10 years and while I have been able to achieve the ultimate success as a player, it is now my responsibility to ensure I can do it as head coach and deliver a third A-League Championship to the club,” he said.

“I’d like to thank the Board of Directors for showing faith in me and for the opportunity to lead the on-field pursuits of the club that means so much to me, and so many others.”