Melbourne Victory have reportedly sacked coach Marco Kurz just 13 games into his tenure at the traditional A-League powerhouse.
Victory are sixth on the ladder but have won only four games this season and are coming off a 3-2 loss to lowly Central Coast – in which Kurz was shown a red card late on for abusing the fourth official.
Prior to the Mariners loss – Victory’s first defeat to the side in more than half a decade – Kurz had seemed to have turned around his side’s early-season woes; a draw with the surging Wellington Phoenix was followed by a narrow derby win over Melbourne City and a 4-0 thumping of the Jets.
However, Sunday’s loss and red card – for which Kurz was handed a one-match suspension – were enough for the Victory board to axe their new coach half a season into his stint at the club.
Former Adelaide United coach German Kurz, 50, took over the reins at the Victory after Kevin Muscat’s long and successful tenure, and leaves Melbourne with a poor W-D-L record; just four wins, three draws and six losses.
That record is despite bringing in a number of high-profile signings prior to the 2019-20 A-League season, including Socceroos Robbie Kruse and Andrew Nabbout, although injuries have been an issue for the side.
With Kurz’s main assistant, Filip Tapalovic, also headed for the exit, it will be left to one of the remaining assistants from the Muscat era, Carlos Salvachua, to take over as interim coach.
Victory’s next fixture is this Friday night, when they make the trip to Adelaide to take on Kurz’s former club.