Mus­cat blasts Ange crit­ics Vic­tory coach takes aim at ‘tall poppy’ syn­drome


MEL­BOURNE Vic­tory coach Kevin Mus­cat has slammed Aus­tralia’s tall poppy syn­drome amid the fall­out from Ange Postecoglou’s loom­ing Soc­ceroos coach­ing exit.

Mus­cat was fo­cus­ing on tonight’s A-League Mel­bourne derby at Eti­had Sta­dium, pre­dict­ing James Troisi would cop flak from op­pos­ing fans af­ter his flir­ta­tion with Vic­tory’s arch ri­vals.

Talk in­evitably turned to Postecoglou, who has po­larised opin­ion since News Corp re­vealed that he was set to quit the Soc­ceroos post af­ter next month’s Hon­duras play­offs.

Mus­cat, who served an 18month ap­pren­tice­ship un­der Postecoglou at Vic­tory, lashed out at the mind­set of some while play­ing down his in­ter­est in the role.

“Maybe we get a great deal more en­joy­ment in this coun­try about try­ing to knock some­one down or fail­ure, than we ac­tu­ally do get en­joy­ment from win­ning,’’ Mus­cat said.

“There’s been a lot of hys­te­ria, we’ve also for­got­ten that we won the game 2-1.

“We’ve got a cou­ple more games to get to a World Cup and we’re on track to do that.

“There’s no job to put your hat in the ring for. I’ve got a great job at Vic­tory, which I thor­oughly en­joy and love.’’

Mus­cat con­vinced Troisi to stay when the Soc­ceroo looked set to join ri­vals Mel­bourne City in July.

But Mus­cat ex­pected Troisi, fel­low Soc­ceroos in­clu­sion Mark Mil­li­gan, Be­sart Ber­isha and com­pany to cop heat from the City con­tin­gent with a 40,000-plus crowd.

“I’d be dis­ap­pointed if he didn’t (get jeered). Don’t think he’ll be on his own ei­ther, there’ll be 10 oth­ers cop­ping a fair share of abuse from op­po­si­tion fans,’’ he said.

“Maybe we’re not ex­posed to it reg­u­larly here, but it hap­pens quite fre­quently around the world.’’

Mus­cat praised the con­tin­ued Soc­ceroos con­tri­bu­tion of Tim Cahill, who looks set to come off the bench tonight for City, af­ter his two-goal hero­ics against Syria.

“He was su­perb again for (Aus­tralia). I was hop­ing he’d stay on for the whole 120 min­utes,’’ Mus­cat said.

“You could have al­most writ­ten the story be­fore the game how fre­quently he’s done it, hope­fully he’s spent all his goals this week.”


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