“They’ll be looking for someone that’s outside of the club” – Kean rules self out of contention for Victory job

Melbourne Victory interim coach Steve Kean is well aware that his time at the helm of the fallen A-League giants is to be a short-term one. 

Appointed as caretaker after Victory dismissed Grant Brebner following a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of rivals Melbourne City last Saturday, Kean will take the reigns for the first time this Friday night when his team hosts Western Sydney Wanderers at Marvel Stadium. 

The former Blackburn Rovers boss, however, is under no illusions about the potential for turning any kind of successful run as a temporary figure in the dugout into a permanent one, telling journalists on Wednesday that he anticipated that the club would name a full-time boss for 2021-22 in the coming weeks and that he would move on come to the end of the season. 

“I have a lot of designs of doing a good job [as an interim] but I don’t expect to be here [come the end of the season],” Kean said. “I think the club’s made that quite clear. 

“They’ll be looking for someone that’s outside of the club. 

Enjoying Joey’s coverage of Australian sport?
You’re seeing this advert because this is an unpaid, self-published piece.

You can support his ongoing work by buying him a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/JoeyLynch


“I explained that to the players because I think the players have to know that whoever is coming in, that we’re as transparent with the players as possible. I’m aiming to help, I work for the club, I enjoy representing the club and I think we can get points on the board. We’ve got a lot of good players.

“I came as an assistant to Brebs and I’ve been given a short-term role as the head coach and I see it as that – a short term role. And I’ll do that to the best of my ability. I’ve done it before and I’ll expect to move on at the end of the season. 

“But hopefully, from the club’s point of view, we’re in a much better position with points on the board and we can get some wins. 

“When the wins will come… the beautiful thing about football is that the next game is always around the corner, so we get an opportunity to try and win a game straight away.”

Currently rooted to the bottom of the A-League table, albeit while being just two points adrift of eleventh-placed Newcastle Jets with two games in hand, Victory has ten games remaining to attempt to salvage something from 2020-21 or, at least, avoid its worst season in club history. 

The club facing down the prospect of a massive rebuild, Kean said that players had been made very aware that they were playing for their future in a Victory shirt and that the coming fixtures represented an opportunity for generation next to stake a claim on a role going forward.  

“Because there are so many games coming in a short space of time over the coming weeks, it’s going to be an opportunity for the fans to see some of the younger players that we’ve seen one or two of in recent weeks,” the 53-year-old said. 

“There will be more at the training ground straight away to add numbers and add competition. I think the fans will see some of the younger players. 

“In what game, I don’t know but the games are coming so thick and fast that they’ll definitely have appearances – the better ones.”

Beyond any potential youth appearances, captain Leigh Broxham and striker Rudy Gestede both trained on Wednesday and loom as potential inclusions for the Wanderers clash, as does Robbie Kruse, who has been battling Achilles tightness. 

Injured defender Ryan Shotton has also returned to training but is still some weeks away.

Enjoying Joey’s coverage of Australian sport?
You’re seeing this advert because this is an unpaid, self-published piece.

You can support his ongoing work by buying him a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/JoeyLynch

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s