Melbourne Victory Manager Ernie Merrick Expected To Extend Contract

The two-time A-League champion will put pen to paper on a new contract with the Melbourne club.
Championship-winning manager Ernie Merrick is set to re-sign with the Melbourne Victory, with his current contract with the A-League club expiring in March.

The Scottish coach told AAP that he will sit down with the club to negotiate a new deal, which should keep him with the Victory for two more years, upon his return from his side’s pre-season preparations in New Zealand.

"We're going to start negotiations on my return," Merrick said. "I'm off for a week and then we'll commence negotiations."

The Victory drew 1-1 with fellow A-League side Wellington Phoenix and will now prepare for a friendly clash against English Premier League outfit Fulham on July 11.

Merrick has won two championships with Melbourne, in his second and fourth seasons with the club respectively, making him the most successful manager in the A-League’s short history.

He is one of only two managers – the other being Lawrie McKinna of Central Coast Mariners – to have remained at his post since the beginning of the A-League four seasons ago.

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