Melbourne Victory's next coach: Who will replace Kevin Muscat?

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The search for a new boss for the nation's biggest club is on...

With the departure of coach Kevin Muscat after six seasons in charge, Melbourne Victory will be on the hunt for a new manager.

While it's not known if the club will target a home-grown coach or a foreign option, speculation has already started on possible replacements.

Goal has looked at six possible candidates for the job from around the globe.

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    #1 John Aloisi

    Has the Socceroos 2005 penalty hero run out of chances to coach at the top level?

    Aloisi was disappointing in his first job at Melbourne Heart - finishing ninth in his first season in charge before getting axed in December the following campaign after failing to win any of the opening 12 A-League games.

    After being given a second chance at Brisbane Roar, Aloisi steered Brisbane to back-to-back semi-finals after finishing third position in both regular seasons.

    But his coaching renaissance only lasted those two campaigns. finishing sixth in 2017-18 before eventually resigning before being pushed in the most recent season after a horrific start.

    Aloisi spent time at Victory as a youth coach in 2015 and the club could look to bring him back for another shot at becoming a successful coach.

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    #2 Paul Okon

    The former Socceroos captain resigned from the Central Coast Mariners head role in March 2018 after being unhappy with the direction of the club.

    Known for setting his teams up to play progressive football, Okon took the under-resourced Mariners to eighth position in 2016-17 but was struggling the next season when he decided to pull the pin.

    His modus operandi with an attacking style appears to suit how Victory have played as club since their existence, but the question remains if he wants another top job.

    Or whether Victory consider him to be a possible contender after his relatively disappointing showing at the Mariners.

  3. #3 Marco Kurz

    The German manager has been linked with a shock move to Victory in recent days after leading Adelaide to a semi-final despite a lack of striking and defensive resources.

    You would feel that Kurz's pragmatic style might not suit Victory's ethos but the club may be looking for a slightly different direction after Muscat's reign.

    It would be an interesting to see the reaction of the club's support to a manager jumping straight from the Reds to Victory.

    Whether Kurz is a realistic option remains to be seen but he has proved he can perform strongly at A-League level and with Victory's financial might, it could be a successful union.

  4. #4 Harry Kewell

    The Socceroo legend has dipped his toes into coaching in the past few years with Crawley Town and Notts County but has failed to prosper in the cut-throat environment that comes with the English League Two.

    He successfully guided Crawley Town to safety after a poor start as manager but made the plunge to take on the Notts County job and things went sour quickly.

    Notts County were still relegated after Kewell departed meaning maybe he wasn't solely at fault for the club's struggles.

    It does remain to be seen about Kewell's standing at Victory with his playing time at the club ending prematurely before he bounced back with derby rivals Melbourne Heart.

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    #5 Sam Allardyce

    With rumours of a journeyman manager being linked with Victory, former Premier League manager Sam Allardyce fits the bill and is currently out of work.

    'Big Sam' has managed 12 clubs including English top-flight stints with Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton.

    While his style of play was quite direct and defensive with battling Premier League clubs, Allardyce could flourish in a league where his team is one of the top dogs.

    Whether the Englishman would be keen to head Down Under is unclear but if he is available Victory would certainly consider him.

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    #6 Alan Pardew

    Pardew has been without a job since the end of last season after being sacked prior to West Bromwich Albion's relegation from the Premier League.

    The Englishman has decent pedigree as a manager, having reached the FA Cup final twice with West Ham and Crystal Palace.

    He also guided Newcastle United to a fifth-placed finish in 2011-12, which guarenteed European qualification, and was given the Premier League Manager of the Season award for that campaign.

    Whether Pardew can be attracted Down Under is another thing but he would be one of the most well-known managers to coach in the A-League if snared.