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A-League news 2021, Melbourne Victory new manager, Steve Kean, EPL, Grant Brebner sacked, latest

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Former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has been appointed interim coach of struggling Melbourne Victory following the sacking of Grant Brebner.

Kean joined the Victory’s coaching staff in the off-season as an assistant to Brebner.

But the 53-year-old Scotsman will take charge until the end of the season after Brebner was axed in the wake of the last-placed Victory’s disastrous 7-0 weekend loss to Melbourne City at AAMI Park.

“I would like to thank Steve for taking on the role temporarily,” Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro said.

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“Our expectation for the remainder of the season is that the players will play with the determination and commitment that our club is accustomed to.”

Assisting Kean will be Jean-Paul de Marigny, who returned the Victory last month as the club attempted to give further support to the beleaguered Brebner,

However, the Victory’s second humiliating loss to City this season was the final straw, with Brebner relieved of his duties on Saturday night about 90 minutes after the embarrassing derby defeat.

Former Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic seems the leading candidate to coach the Victory next season.

Others linked to the job include current Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay and former Melbourne Heart and Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi.

Kean’s first game in charge will be the Victory’s battle with the Wanderers at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel laments bad luck as Leicester City pip Blues to FA Cup glory

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Chelsea were narrowly beaten by a spirited Leicester City side in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

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VAR drama hands Foxes first ever win, Wembley

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Kasper Schmeichel described leading Leicester to the club’s first ever FA Cup as a dream come true after he played a huge role in beating Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday when a late equaliser was ruled out by VAR.

Youri Tielemans’s stunning strike just after the hour mark separated the sides in front of the largest sports attendance in England since the coronavirus pandemic hit, with 22,000 fans at Wembley.

Schmeichel had to rescue his side late on with brilliant saves from Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount.

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“I’ve dreamt about this since I was child,” said Schmeichel, whose father Peter Schmeichel won three FA Cups with Manchester United.

“We have talked about wanting to win trophies. The performance today, the grit and determination, I’m so proud of everybody, everybody contributed to get to the final. Everyone has played and been sensational.”

Even when Schmeichel was eventually beaten, Chilwell’s late equaliser against his former club was ruled out for off-side after a VAR review.

“Thank you VAR! What an amazing technology,” said Tielemans. “What a moment, I’m really happy. I can’t think of a better goal than this. I’ve scored a few but it was a really nice goal to score in the final of the FA Cup.”

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers dedicated the victory to the club’s chairman Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha.

“It is an amazing feeling. I was not aware before I came into Leicester that they had never won the FA Cup, they had lost in four finals previously,” Rodgers said.

“To be able to give that to the supporters, to Top and his family, it is such a special occasion.

“It was a monumental performance, and what a day for everyone involved with Leicester.” Celebrating his first major trophy in England football after his successful spell at Celtic, Rodgers added: “It’s the FA Cup so it’s truly special. It means so much to us, so proud, but happier for everyone else.

“The success of this team and club is getting to positions like this and competing, the so-called bigger clubs are expected to win.

“But our success is competing and, if we can perform like today, we can go and win.”

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