Vidosic links with Victory for title defence

Melbourne Victory have appointed Rado Vidosic as their new assistant coach to help navigate the club's title defence. 

It is Vidosic’s third A-League club as assistant after a long association with Brisbane Roar and a brief stint at Sydney FC.

His appointment fills the vacancy left by Jean-Paul de Marigny who joined Newcastle Jets.

Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat said he was looking forward to seeing what the experienced Vidosic would bring to the table.

“Rado has been associated with success throughout his coaching career, particularly with Brisbane so he understands what it takes to achieve success and that is invaluable to any football club,” Muscat said.

“He has vast experience in coaching including roles as a technical director, in youth development and as an assistant, caretaker and head coach in the A-League so he brings a great deal of expertise to our club.”

Victory began pre-season training on Monday under the watchful eye of Muscat and Vidosic, the latter saying it was a privilege to work with the reigning Premiers and Champions

“I am very honoured to have joined this Championship team, and feel truly valued by the club,” the 53-year-old.

“We are focused on the challenges ahead, and personally I look forward to adopting the team, staff and most importantly the fabulous supporters of this respected and successful club.”

In 2012/13 the well-respected tactician got his shot at Roar’s head coaching post but was replaced 11 games into the season after a poor start.

Muscat said the enthusiasm and appetite for another successful campaign was evident throughout the Victory playing group.

“The players have all enjoyed a well-deserved break and have come back in very good order so I’m very excited about the season ahead,” Muscat said.

“It will be a busy season with FFA Cup commitments, an Asian Champions League campaign and the Hyundai A-League season all ahead of us but I know the players, coaches and staff are committed and will embrace the schedule.

“We’ve been fortunate to re-sign many of the players from last season which was important to us and gives me a strong indication of their loyalty and shared commitment to our club.”

National Youth League goalkeeping coach, Dean Anastasiadis has also been appointed to the role of senior goalkeeping coach for the club, replacing Steve Mautone.