Melbourne Victory veteran Kevin Muscat has made it quite clear that he will one day coach his beloved club.

The 37-year old announced yesterday that he will retire from the game following Victory's obligations in the Asian Champions League, which kicks off next month, and revealed that he will commence his coaching apprenticeship with the view of replacing Ernie Merrick in the future.

"One day I want to coach and I want to manage this football club," Muscat said.

"Am I anywhere near it now? No, I'm not. I'm miles off.

"I'm aware I've got to do a thorough apprenticeship.

"When I do put my hand up and want to take a job, I want to make sure I'm prepared to be the best coach I can possibly be."

And Merrick gave a resounding endorsement to Muscat's ambitions.

"Not only has he a coaching personality and technical knowledge, his ability to communicate and get the best out of people is first-class," Merrick said.

"He'll be an outstanding coach and no doubt down the track he'll be the coach of Melbourne Victory."