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Jim Magilton to coach Victory

Ex-Northern Ireland international Jim Magilton will coach A-League club Melbourne Victory until the end of the season.

Magilton arrived in Melbourne on Saturday morning, to be greeted by Victory board member Ian McLeod. He has signed a deal with the club ahead of the Victory's clash with Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on Saturday night, and has been officially unveiled as coach at a media conference on Saturday.

Magilton is expected to take over coaching duties early next week, with assistant coach Kevin Muscat to take charge for the Jets match.

Magilton, 42, a decorated Northern Ireland international as a player, spent three years at English Championship club Ipswich Town manager with no hard success. He also spent six months at Championship club Queen's Park Rangers, before leaving after reports of a bust-up with a player.

Most recently he has been an assistant at Irish club Shamrock Rovers, and was shortlisted but missed out on the Northern Ireland manager's job which went to Michael O'Neill this week.

Magilton had a successful playing career at Southampton, Oxford United and Ipswich as a ball-playing midfielder over a 15-year span. He takes over the Victory from Mehmet Durakovic, who was axed on Friday just seven months and 14 matches into his tenure.

It is understood Magilton's deal runs until the end of the current A-League season, before the Victory board make a more permanent decision on their long-term coach.

The Victory sit eighth in the 10-team competition, with losses in their past three matches.


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