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Kurz planning squad overhaul at Melbourne Victory
Recently-installed Melbourne Victory coach Marco Kurz knows success is expected, not hoped for, at the storied A-League club.
But he has asked fans to be patient as the Victory embark on a new era.
Kurz was unveiled to the media at a function at Crown Casino in Melbourne on Wednesday where he spoke of his excitement at securing the plum job after a two-year spell in charge of Adelaide United.
He spoke of his delight at the opportunity to coach a big club and understands that comes with big expectations.
"Football is a results game, for sure, but I think on the other side we need time," Kurz said.
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"When you see our roster currently, it's not too big, which means we have to do good work in the next weeks to sign good players.
"Then I hope everybody will give us the time to improve and grow in the right direction.
"Then I'm sure that we will have the best success that we can."
The 50-year-old Kurz takes over at a time of great change at the Victory after the departure of two-time A-League championship coach Kevin Muscat.
Players of the calibre of Keisuke Honda, Carl Valeri, Kosta Barbarouses, Georg Niedermeier and Jai Ingham have departed, with four visa spots among those that need to be filled.
German Kurz has already begun talks with potential signings, both overseas and local, as he looks to reshape the Victory squad.
"I think we have a clear structure, a clear feel, for what we need," he said.
"It's up to us to discuss this internally about which candidates are the best and which players we can sign."
Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro has promised to provide Kurz every resource possible to support his squad overhaul.
Kurz guided Adelaide to the finals twice, only falling short of a Grand Final appearance last campaign in a heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Perth, and won the FFA Cup in 2018.
If there was a criticism of the Reds' play under Kurz it was that they didn't find the back of the net enough, ranking ninth for goals scored in the 2018-19 A-League season.
While Kurz hasn't changed his football philosophy, he promised the goals will flow more freely at the Victory.
"Adelaide is the past but I think the reason was that we didn't have really a striker," he said.
"But I think it's good to speak about Victory, about the future... I'm sure we'll score enough goals that everyone is happy."