Melbourne Victory face long road back to respectability after hitting rock bottom | Emma Kemp

Melbourne Victory face long road back to respectability after hitting rock bottom | Emma Kemp

The Guardian

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Saturday’s 7-0 derby thumping was indicative of a lack of football philosophy, colourless recruitment and a breakdown in discipline at the club

Grant Brebner must have thought he had already encountered his lowest ebb with Melbourne Victory. It was supposed to the 6-0 loss to Melbourne City of six weeks ago that ought to have been the point of no return, the catalyst for either a painstaking crawl back into the realm of respectability or a swift sacking so this foundering vessel of an A-League club could re-set yet again.

As it transpired, Brebner survived, though may now well wish he had not, for that Marvel Stadium mangling was merely a precursor. Firstly, there were a few more middling outings. Then, on the Saturday before last, a rare win. One against a similarly labouring team in Newcastle, to be sure, but a resuscitation of sorts all the same. It was a timely one, too.

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