Head Coach stint sparked Brebner’s desire for the role


Grant Brebner says the experience he gained in the last five matches of the 2019/20 Hyundai A-League sparked a desire to apply for the Head Coach role full-time.

Former Victory player Brebner said that when football returned he hadn’t considered applying, but that soon changed after reflecting upon his five games in charge of the team on an interim basis.

On Monday, Brebner was appointed as the permanent Head Coach on a two-year deal. 

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“At the time, that was how I felt because I was head-deep in the process of trying to win games, get this club back on track and trying to build a foundation for next season” Brebner told SEN on Tuesday morning.

“So that [the role] wasn’t at the forefront of my mind, but then during the time [in charge] and working with the players, seeing a different side to it and working with the club, I loved it!

“Towards the end of that process once the games finished I sat back and, in all honesty, I started thinking’ yeah, I want to do this and I think I can do it’.

“I felt like this was a great opportunity to throw my hat in the ring and thankfully, I got it.”

Brebner said he knows the style of play that Victory fans expect – a high-tempo, attacking game that presses opponents high up the pitch – and will aim to recruit players according to that.

“I really need to work hard on recruitment and signing players that can do all that but also players that want to take a bit more responsibility and be leaders.

“When you’re standing in the tunnel before the game, they have a presence, we can intimidate and start pressing our footprint on the game.

“There’s a lot to think about but certainly recruitment is going to be massive for us this year.”