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Postecoglou hungry like a shark for victory

New Melbourne Victory boss Ange Postecoglou signed a three year deal to resurrect the A-League's biggest club because he need the stimulus of a fresh challenge to develop the next stage of his coaching career.

Postecoglou described himself as a restless soul and compared himself with the great predator of the seas, a shark, as he explained his need to constantly present himself with fresh opportunities and challenges.

"As a coach you have to be like a shark and keep moving," he said. "Its just another opportunity for me to test myself, an opportunity to be successful with a different set of circumstances.

"This is a massive club with massive expectations with a massive fan base and that in itself presents different challenges."

Postecoglou officially takes charge at the start of May and his first match will be the friendly against Greek giant Olympiakos, a fixture that will hold a certain resonance not just for Victory's fans of Greek descent, but for the coach himself, who was born in Greece before his parents emigrated to Melbourne in the late 1960s.

He said he would not necessarily seek to copy the pass-and-move high-tempo pressing style dependent on mobility that he took to Brisbane, arguing that he would play a style of football that suited the players at his disposal.


"I don't want to replicate what I did in Brisbane, otherwise I would have stayed there," he said, explaining that more important than copying the most successful style of game was developing a new one that could trump that.

"I am trying to create something new here that's going to be successful."

Postecoglou said he would bring in his own people, both players and staff, to assist in the Victory revolution. Particular attention needed to be paid to the backline.

"I think defensively and in the midfield areas it needs bolstering and strengthening. I think there are some good players available in these areas and in the last 24 hours I have had a lot of player managers calling me," he said.

The new boss said, however, that there were also some talented players already on Victory's roster and he would, in characteristic fashion, make his own mind up about their futures. While he would take soundings, he would make the final decision. It is the Postecoglou way.

He said he had spoken to his former teammate and long time friend Paul Trimboli, his football operations manager at Brisbane, about a role at a revamped Victory, but Trimboli was still involved with Roar's Champions League campaign.

"There are definitely people I want to bring in on the sports-medicine side," Postecoglou said.

He said he was a big fan of Harry Kewell as a footballer. "I like good players, and Harry is certainly a good player."

But he wouldn't be drawn on the long-term future of either the Socceroo veteran or Carlos Hernandez, Victory's other talismanic midfielder whose future has looked uncertain.

"With all these things I won't pre-empt or prejudge. I thought he was outstanding, particularly in the second half of last year. He has added a lot to the A-League," he said of Kewell.