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.”
Adelaide’s Daniel Adlung fouls Brisbane’s Massimo Maccarone during last night’s A-League game at Suncorp Stadium