German-born Marco Kurz says he’s honoured to be appointed as the brand new coach of A-League powerhouse Melbourne Victory.
Kurz, who replaces the departed Kevin Muscat, joins Victory after his contract with Adelaide United wasn’t renewed after two seasons in South Australia.
“It’s an honour to be named as head coach of Melbourne Victory, a giant membership with a powerful historical past, passionate fan base and true drive for achievement,” Kurz mentioned in an announcement on Friday.
“I’ve received to know Melbourne Victory from afar and had large respect for them throughout that point so it’s thrilling.
“Through the interview course of we had aligned beliefs in regards to the path ahead which was essential.
“I can’t wait to hitch the group and get underway.”
Kurz will begin his new job inside a fortnight after the Victory’s long-serving Muscat and the membership parted on the finish of the final A-League season.
The 50-year-old Kurz received the FFA Cup at Adelaide final 12 months and took United to the finals in each league seasons.
Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro mentioned he was thrilled at Kurz’s appointment.
“Coupled together with his worldwide and home expertise, Marco demonstrated excellent qualities all through (the search course of),” he mentioned in an announcement.
“Importantly, his ardour for achievement and want to win is aligned with our golf equipment’ ambition.
“We … are assured Marco will do an excellent job within the high-pressure position.”
Kurz, who has managed in Germany’s prime and second tier competitions, was famend in Adelaide as a shrewd tactician.
However he left Adelaide citing a scarcity of shared imaginative and prescient with United hierarchy.