April 13, 2024

Former Wolves, Crystal Palace and Rangers star quits manager’s job.

At the end of 2023, Kevin Muscat will step down from his position as first-team manager of the Japanese Club Yokohoma F. Marinos. The 50-year-old won the Japanese Super Cup and the J1 League during his two and a half-year tenure. However, Vissel Kobe, who has former Chelsea and Manchester United player Juan Mata on their roster, defeated his team to win the championship this season.

Next Wednesday, December 13, Yokohoma’s AFC Champions League encounter against Shandong Taishan will be his final game as manager. His team is tied with Incheon, and a spot in the elimination rounds is up for grabs.

Muscat made a statement that was translated into English and posted on the website of Yokohoma’s club. “First and foremost, what is important is that I express my honor in being given the opportunity to manage such a special club,” the statement read.

And now I would like to announce that I have made the decision that this Wednesday’s game will be my last one as a Marinos family member.

The Premier League tough guy’s next move is unknown. Muscat was supposedly “very interested” in the role when Michael Beale left the Rangers after serving for the Scottish Premiership team. He was defeated by the former Belgian defender Philippe Clement, who briefly played for Coventry City between 1998 and 1999.

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Muscat moved to England in 1996 as a player, leaving South Melbourne to play for Crystal Palace. The defender, who was born in Crawley, played 53 games for the Eagles before joining the Wolves for five years. He participated in 180 games throughout his tenure, which was the most of any team in his career. He returned to Australia, initially with Melbourne Victory and then with Sunshine George Cross, after playing for two years at Millwall and then briefly for Rangers in 2002.

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