Recent arrivals have been told they must adapt to the philosophy already in place at AAMI Park.
Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou insists the club’s new signings won’t trigger a change in their playing style.
Former Brisbane Roar winger Kosta Barbarouses became the latest addition to the Victory roster for the 2013/14 season on Monday after he returned to the A-League following a two-year stay with Russian club FC Alania Vladikavkaz.
He joins former Roar team-mate Mitch Nichols, another new arrival this summer, at AAMI Park with fans expecting the pair to rekindle their partnership and carry on from where they left off in Queensland, but Postecoglou has other ideas.
The 47-year-old is adamant both Barbarouses and Nichols must adhere to the philosophy he introduced last term, insisting that the club won’t change for two players.
“We sign players to fit into our structure and I’m confident both those players can do that,” he told Goal Australia.
“We’re not going to change the way we play, what we’re trying to do is improve the way we play.”
Barbarouses returns to Australia after struggling to make an impression at Alania, spending the 2012/13 campaign on loan at Greek giants Panathinaikos but failed to score in any of his 11 appearances.