“Find out what your unshakeable belief is in the way you want to play the game and dedicate yourself to leaving no stone unturned to be the best you can be in communicating that.”
Gary Cole’s latest conversation on The Football Coaching Life is a wonderfully open look inside of Kevin Muscat’s football coaching journey, the significant people and moments in it and the wisdom he has gained along the way.
‘Musky’ as he is affectionately known in Australia, has just kicked-off his second season and first full season as Manager of Yokohama F Marinos in Japan’s J-League. After taking over from Ange Postecoglou in 2021, the Marinos finished runners-up in his first season.
Kevin had a 600-game professional career for club and country. Commencing as a junior with Sunshine George Cross in the National Soccer League, then Heidelberg, South Melbourne, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Rangers, Millwall and back to Australia to the A-League with Melbourne Victory. He played for Australia at U20 and U23 level, and the Socceroos who he also captained.
Musky’s coaching career commenced at Melbourne Victory as an Assistant to Ernie Merrick and Ange Postecoglou before taking on the Head Coach/Manager role in 2013. Success came early in his head coaching role with both a premiership and a championship in 14-15 and another championship in 17-18 along with FFA Cup success in 2015.
Kevin resigned from Victory after six seasons to expand his career and headed to Sint Truiden in Belgium where he initially had to be Technical Director as like many of his contemporaries his AFC/FA Pro Licence wasn’t recognised by UEFA.
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