Steve Kean appointed Assistant Coach

Melbourne Victory is pleased to announce Head Coach, Grant Brebner, has finalised the appointment of his Assistant Coach for the 2020/21 A-League season.

Former Blackburn Rovers manager, Steve Kean, has been appointed to the role for the upcoming campaign.

Kean will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience having managed Rovers in the English Premier League and served as an Assistant Coach at Fulham, Reading and Real Sociedad in the Spanish La Liga.

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The 53-year-old has also spent a number of years coaching in Asia, including as Head Coach of the Brunei National Team and Head Coach of DPMM FC in the Singapore League.

Victory Head Coach, Grant Brebner, said Kean is a fantastic addition to his coaching staff.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Steve to Melbourne Victory,” Brebner said.

“Steve has a very impressive resume and he will bring a fantastic amount of experience, knowledge and passion to our club. We have spoken frankly about the areas we need to improve in as a team and he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work.

“I’ve said from the outset that we need to get back to not only playing the Victory way but getting back to training and preparing the Victory way. 

“We have built some good foundations, but I’m looking forward to having Steve help the team build on these over the pre-season.”

Kean said he was looking forward to joining Brebner’s coaching staff this season.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Melbourne Victory as an Assistant Coach to Grant,” Kean said.

“Victory is a highly-respected club not only in Australia but across Asia. It’s been an extremely successful club with a large and passionate supporter base who demand results.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside Grant and my fellow coaching staff to help the club get back to where it wants to be.

“Grant and I have had honest conversations about what we need to do over the pre-season to get the team ready for another big campaign in the A-League. I can’t wait to arrive at the club and get to work with Grant, the players and the staff.”

Brebner has also recently appointed Nino La Scala as the Head Physiotherapist and Riccardo Marchioli as Football Analyst. 

La Scala has worked for the Socceroos and returns to the club having previously held the role in 2011.

Marchioli arrives at the club having worked his way up the NPL coaching ladder, most recently as the Head Coach of Brunswick City.