Interim Melbourne Victory coach Steve Kean believes he will be in charge of the struggling A-League powerhouse for a good time, not a long time.
Interim Melbourne Victory coach Steve Kean has already been told he has no chance of inheriting the job full-time as the former EPL manager seeks to revive the flatlining A-League powerhouse.
Kean, who led Blackburn in English soccer's top-flight between 2010 and 2012, has the challenging task of taking over Victory following Saturday night's humiliating 7-0 defeat to cross-town rivals Melbourne City.
The four-time A-League champions are parked at the bottom of the table with just three wins, and 11 points, from 16 matches under sacked coach Grant Brebner.
Despite his coaching pedigree in Europe - stretching back to a stint as an assistant at Fulham between 2003 and 2007 - Kean has already been told he will not be coaching the club next season after being promoted on Monday from his role as assistant to Brebner.
"I have a lot of designs on doing a good job but I don't expect to be here (next season)," Kean said.
"The club has made that quite clear, that they'll be looking for someone outside of the club at the moment.
"I explained that to players because I think they have to know."
Kean has not set a points target for Victory to achieve by season's end but is demanding immediate improvement, and warned careers will be on the line.
"My job is, between now and the end of the season, to get points on the board and work with the staff, players," he said on Tuesday.
"I said that to the players first thing this morning - that they're playing for their futures at the club.
"The players care and they're hurting. But they know now they're playing for their future and they want to stay at this club.
"They have to perform, they have to know every single player and person that pulls on the shirt is playing for their future."
Victory suffered serious embarrassment against City but Kean has implored the club's supporters to get behind the new set-up.
"We need to forget about that game, it's happened and that was a result we never want to see again, but we need to move forward," he said.
"I understand the frustration of the fans; a club this size and this stature, it's understandable for the fans to be hurting.
"The players, the staff and everyone involved is hurting. We hope that that hurt turns into energy and then that energy turns into wins."