Richmond confirms Brebner appointment

Richmond Soccer Club has today confirmed that former Melbourne Victory player Grant Brebner will replace Jean-Marc Imbert as head coach, effective immediately.

Under Imbert, Richmond failed to record a point in any of its opening four matches and following last weekend’s 7-2 loss at home to Northcote City the club decided to head in a new direction.

Brebner is aware getting good results is critical, while also trying to balance Richmond’s long-term development goals.

“Coaching Richmond is a unique opportunity amongst the VPL clubs,” said Brebner, who last featured in the VPL with Moreland Zebras as a player-manager before they were relegated at the end of the 2012 season.

“Together with the work that Micky Petersen is doing, they are committed to a strong football philosophy and to get the right structure that will benefit the club, not just today but in the medium to longer term too.

“My job now is to be part of all this and get some results on the board.”

In a release from the club, the 35-year-old was described as “young, enthusiastic, experienced and capable individual to lead the coaching of the senior squad”.

Club President Wolfgang Smoger was pleased to land Brebner, who will be in charge for Richmond’s game against South Melbourne at Lakeside Stadium next Sunday.

“The club was inundated with offers from coaches wanting to take the reins at Richmond, however Grant was the standout candidate,” Smoger said.

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