Former Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat has been officially unveiled as head coach of Belgian Pro League club Sint-Truiden.
Muscat initially had to take on a technical analyst role at the Belgian club, as his AFC Pro Licence wasn’t recognised.
But he has now been cleared to take the reins in full, in a landmark achievement for an Australian men’s football coach in Europe. He is the only Australian head coach of a men’s team in Europe.
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“I’m really excited to take on this challenge with a really good football club and really good people,” Muscat told Sint-Truiden’s website.
The former Socceroos defender won two A-League championships, a premiership and an FFA Cup as Victory manager before pulling the pin at the end of the 2018-19 season.
“I was fortunate to build a style of football, a philosophy that has been successful – albeit in another continent, in another country,” Muscat said.
“But it certainly is something that has followed me in trying to win football games and win competitions.
“Albeit it’s very different to obviously being here in Belgium but I had a very successful stint as head coach in Melbourne.”
The Belgian Pro League season was prematurely ended due to the coronavirus pandemic in May, meaning Muscat officially takes control ahead of a new season. Muscat said he was looking forward to the tactical diversity of teams in the competition.
“The game here is very tactical from a perspective you’re playing against many different styles and formations and systems “So that’s a challenge that really entices me and excites me – the thinking side of the game, the tactical side of the game.”
Sint-Truiden finished the truncated season in 12th place out of 16 teams and Muscat was upbeat about improvements next season.
“I firmly believe that the potential of Sint-Truiden and the potential of the team is limitless and lets see where it takes us,” he said.
“My main responsibility is to improve.”