Ange Postecoglou appointed Melbourne Victory coach

As expected, Victory have filled their vacant role with Postecoglou, who quit his post at Brisbane Roar on Tuesday

Melbourne Victory have signed Ange Postecoglou as their new coach, just two days after he departed title winners Brisbane Roar.

The 47-year-old returns to home-town Melbourne fresh from leading the Roar to a successful defence of their A-League title, with their 2-1 win over the Perth Glory in Sunday's grand final ensuring both club and coach became the first to do so in the competition's history.

Postecoglou has signed a three-year deal, and will officially begin his new role on May 1.

Postecoglou said he was always looking to progress his personal development as a coach, but "the main lure was coaching Melbourne Victory and hopefully bringing success to them".

"It's a massive club - it's got massive expectations and a massive fan base, and that presented different challenges as a coach," Postecoglou said.

"As a coach you've got to be a little bit like a shark, you've got to keep moving, if you stop you're going to die.

"... It's a fantastic and exciting opportunity for me."

When quizzed on how he viewed taking over Victory, who won just six matches in the 2011-12 season, Postecoglou said it was a "challenge, I didn't say it was big challenge".

"When you coach you understand that the job in itself is challenging, I think there are just a different set of circumstances here, they've (Victory) had a disappointing year and from a club perspective you don't want to have too many disappointing years," he said.

The former South Melbourne and Young Socceroos coach revealed while he had agreed on a new three-year deal after winning the 2010-11 title, he had not signed a contract with the Roar and thus was free to join Victory.

Postecoglou had been credited with raising the standard of the A-League, with the Roar's polished, pleasing-on-the-eye style contributing to a 36-game unbeaten run - an Australian sport record.

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