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.