KEVIN Muscat fractured a few opposing players' bones in his 19-year playing career, the former firebrand defender picking up an extraordinary 123 yellow cards.
One thing he wanted to make clear, however, after his official appointment yesterday as Victory's head coach was that he did not want to wield the axe at the Melbourne club.
"My ego doesn't tell me that I need to fracture what's happened in the last 18 months and rebuild," he said after assuming the position left behind by newly appointed Socceroos mentor Ange Postecoglou.
"There are structures in place at the football club that are unprecedented."
Despite his ultra-aggressive approach in Europe and Australia as a player, Muscat (pictured) said he had wrestled with doubts after taking on the assistant's role at the Victory in 2011 following his retirement the previous season.
"I've been asked a number of times at the football club if I was ready. I can honestly say that I answered no," he said.
"When the question was posed to me this time, I asked myself that question and the answer was yes."