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18 July 2024

Magilton takes charge of Melbourne Victory


Former Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers manager Jim Magilton has been appointed head coach of two-time Australian A-League champions Melbourne Victory for the remainder of the season, the club said on Saturday.

Magilton, 42, a former Northern Ireland international, replaces Mehmet Durakovic, who was sacked on Friday just seven months into his tenure after three consecutive losses in a dismal season.

Magilton said he was confident of success in the A-League, where British managers Steve McMahon and Terry Butcher struggled.

"I am passionate, I am meticulous, I am astute and I am very much hands-on," Magilton told reporters.

"I've always been regarded as playing an attractive brand of passing football. That's the way I played.
That's the way I like my teams to play."

The Victory lie eighth in the 10-team A-League, with three wins, six draws and five losses.

In a 700-game playing career, including 52 international caps, Magilton served as captain of every club he played for including Northern Ireland.

Magilton was to take charge after Saturday's home match with the Newcastle Jets, the club said.


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