Durakovic set for Victory job

Melbourne Victory are expected to announce caretaker Mehmet Durakovic as their coach in the next few days.It has been over three months since two-time premiership winning coach Ernie Merrick was sensationally sacked, with the A-League club embarking on a ‘global search’ for his replacement.

But it would appear their search need not have gone much further than the man appointed as caretaker, with Durakovic now set to be given his chance to oversee the new-look club.

The 45-year-old is well respected within the Australian football community, having represented the Socceroos on 64 occasions.

He oversaw the final five matches of Victory’s unsuccessful 2011 AFC Champions League campaign, with the A-League club winning one and drawing three of those matches.

It is expected that the club will confirm his appointment this week, with current Australian under-17 coach Jan Versleijen telling The World Game website that he was one of a final three interviewed but had missed out.

The 55-year-old Dutchman said he was very interested in the Victory position, but he believed that the club had already decided on their candidate.

The club refused to comment on whether Durakovic had been offered the job, but it expects to announce its new coach sooner rather than later.