Former Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean is set to join Melbourne Victory as understudy to recently appointed coach and fellow Scotsman Grant Brebner.
Kean, who turns 53 on Wednesday, was in charge at Ewood Park for a turbulent 21 months, before being forced out of the top job eight years ago to the day.
He has long sought an A-League opportunity, and was pipped for the Newcastle Jets gig by Ernie Merrick back in 2017.
He’s previously assisted Chris Coleman at Coventry City and also worked under the former Wales boss at Fulham and Real Sociedad.
It’s understood Brebner believes Kean’s top level experience will be invaluable in a collaboration between the rookie coach and a seasoned hand.
More recently Kean was at the helm of Brunei-based DPMM FC in Singapore’s S-League before quitting in 2017.
He was involved with Greek Super League side OFI Crete as their director of recruitment earlier this year.
And he has kept a keen eye open for A-League positions, telling The World Game in May: “100 per cent I’d be keen on Australia.
“I’ve found Australian players very easy to work with and I’ve followed the game there.
“It’s a place I’d really like to work one day.”
Kean had former Socceroos Brett Emerton and Vince Grella under his wing at Ewood Park before departing the club, amid a fan revolt, with Rovers third in the Championship after dropping out of the Premier League on his watch the previous season.
Victory have already lined up the former Luton Town duo of Callum McManaman and Jacob Butterfield, a winger and midfielder respectively, as Brebner looks to the UK to refresh his squad.
It’s understood the Victory are also targeting an English strength and conditioning coach.
Neither Kean nor Brebner responded when contacted for comment.