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Muscat denies Osieck headed to Victory

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Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat denies he’s looking to appoint sacked Socceroos’ mentor Holger Osieck as his new assistant.

The recent appointment of Victory coach Ange Postecoglou to guide the World Cup-bound national side prompted the Victory to promote assistant coach Muscat to their top job.

With two wins from the first six A-League rounds, Muscat needs a hand.

But he’s not saying if German Osieck is in the running.

“That’s news to me. That’s not something I’ve given any thought to,” Muscat told reporters on Friday.

“I’ve had an opportunity over three weeks to really analyse what I want and how I want to set up a structure and I’ve purposely taken my time in doing that.

“I’m adamant that I want to bring someone else in.

“We’re a body down where the structure was three weeks ago.”

Muscat, whose side host arch rivals Adelaide United on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium, says he won’t be rushed into appointing a new assistant coach.

“I’m getting to the point now where I can give it some serious consideration and make that decision in due course,” he said.

“I’m not going to mention names.

“If the best person possible is from overseas then so be it.”

Adelaide, coming off a 1-1 draw in Perth last week, regain Michael Zullo from international duty. The Victory are boosted by Socceroo Mark Milligan’s inclusion.

Muscat, whose sideline clash as a player in 2006 with then-Adelaide coach John Kosmina is central to the feeling between the two sides, says the rivalry does mean a lot.

“I’ve been here long enough to understand what it does mean to the fans to beat Adelaide,” Muscat said.

Muscat laughed off a question his coaching debut against Adelaide might result in a similar incident to his clash with Kosmina, when the coach grabbed Muscat by the throat.

Would a hot-headed young Adelaide player try to push him off his chair on Saturday night?

“Hopefully not. I’m a little bit more mobile than John was back then so maybe I’ll get out of the way,” Muscat said.