Mehmet Durakovic sacked by Melbourne Victory
Melbourne Victory have sacked coach Mehmet Durakovic just a day before their home A-League clash with Newcastle Jets.
At a press conference this morning, club chairman Anthony Di Pietro and managing director Richard Wilson confirmed the axing and announced Kevin Muscat will step in a caretaker coach for Saturday’s game against the Jets.
The Victory board lost faith in Durakovic after a spluttering start which has yielded just three wins along with six draws and five losses.
After three successive losses, the team has failed to gel and is languishing in eighth spot on the 10-team ladder despite a star-studded line-up including the acquisition of Harry Kewell.
Durakovic, the former youth team coach, was only appointed full-time in June after a stint as caretaker following the sacking of long-time coach Ernie Merrick in March.
Under Durakovic, the Victory have only been competitive against the lower-ranked sides and struggled against the pace-setting teams.© AAP 2013