May 19, 2024

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.

 

It’s unclear what the Premier League hard guy will do next. After Michael Beale departed the Rangers, Muscat was reportedly “very interested” in the position after playing for the Scottish Premiership team. The former Belgian defender Philippe Clement, who played for Coventry City for a short time between 1998 and 1999, defeated him.

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As a player, Muscat left South Melbourne to play for Crystal Palace after moving to England in 1996. Before spending five years with the Wolves, the Crawley-born defender made 53 appearances for the Eagles. During his time there, he played in 180 games, which was the most of any team in his career. After playing for two years at Millwall and then for a brief stint at Rangers in 2002, he returned to Australia, first with Melbourne Victory and subsequently with Sunshine George Cross.

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