Kean reaffirms coaching position

Melbourne Victory interim Head Coach, Steve Kean, has reaffirmed his intentions for the remainder of the A-League season. 

On Monday, the club confirmed Kean as Grant Brebner’s temporary replacement with Jean-Paul de Marigny remaining as Assistant Coach. 

Moving forward 

“The club will be looking for a permanent Head Coach moving forward and hopefully that will be within the next week or two,” said Kean. 

“My job between now and the end of the season is to get points on the board by working with the players and staff.”

Kean has his sights set on lifting Victory from the foot of the ladder, starting with a positive result against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night. 

“It’s about catching the team that’s immediately above us and then it’s about catching the one above them,” he said. 

Injury update

Kean conducted his first training session at AAMI Park on Tuesday and has provided an update on Victory’s sidelined players. 

“Leigh Broxham and Rudy Gestede are both back on the pitch and they have trained well. It’s early on but they looked good,” he said. 

“We’re expecting Robbie Kruse, even though he has had a tight Achilles tendon, we expect him to be available.” 

The interim Head Coach also shared the latest on central defender, Ryan Shotton. 

“Shotton was on the grass today, he was running, but it’s going to be too early for him.”

Members and fans

Following Saturday night’s defeat to Melbourne City, Kean understands the members and fans frustration. 

“A club this size and stature, it is understandable for the fans to be hurting,” he said.  

“The players and staff are hurting. We hope that hurt turns into energy and then with that energy we can create performances.

“With any type of defeat, it’s about getting back to work. Getting on the training ground, training as hard as you can and making the messages clear.”