Ex-Blackburn boss joins Victory

Former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has been appointed assistant coach of Melbourne Victory.

Scotsman Kean, 53, was in charge of Blackburn in the English Premier League from December 2010 to May 2012, and resigned four months later when Rovers were third on the English Championship table.

Since then Kean has coached in Singapore, and in 2014 was briefly Brunei national team coach.

Victory head coach Grant Brebner said Kean would bring “experience, knowledge and passion” to the fallen A-League giants.

“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,” Brebner said.

“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.”

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Kean was “thrilled” to link with countryman Brebner at the Victory.

“Victory is a highly respected club not only in Australia but across Asia,” Kean said.

“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.”

The Victory have also appointed Nino La Scala as head physiotherapist, and Riccardo Marchioli as football analyst.

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