Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi has been sacked after a horror run of results. Source: News Limited
Melbourne Heart have sacked coach John Aloisi following the club’s dismal defeat to Wellington Phoenix on Friday, with the announcement set to be made on Sunday.
JOHN Aloisi’s tenure as Melbourne Heart coach is over, after the former Socceroos striker was on Saturday night sacked two years into a three-year deal.
Heart officials were on Saturday locked in meetings and the club confirmed the news on Sunday morning.
“John has been an absolute professional at our club; as an inaugural player, as a coach of our National Youth League side and as Head Coach of our Hyundai A-League team,” Chairman Peter Sidwell said in a statement.
“No one can question his professionalism while at Melbourne Heart FC, nor his significant contribution to this club since its inception. I have spoken with John and he was gracious and understood the club’s decision.
“We have the greatest respect for the commitment he made to Melbourne Heart FC and the dignified manner in which he has carried himself through a difficult period.
“We wish John and his family the best for the future and thank him for his valuable contribution to our Club.”
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Following his dismissal as Melbourne Heart coach, we take a look back at John Aloisi’s horror 2013 at the helm of the embattled club.
Former coach and now technical manager John van’t Schip or Heart’s Spanish assistant Gerard Nus are now favoured to take over from Aloisi.
Heart will now have to sort through a compensation package with Aloisi, 37, who was understood to be earning in excess of $200,000-a-season.
As Heart finally confirmed that sale talks are taking place, it’s unclear what role the consortium in talks with Heart – led by Melbourne Storm chairman Bart Campbell – had in Aloisi’s sacking.
Melbourne Heart is still winless this A-League season, Stein Huysegems’s second-half strike enough to hand Wellington Phoenix its first ever win in Melbourne.
Though Aloisi angrily denounced the idea that he would resign in the wake of Friday night’s 1-0 loss to Wellington, Heart’s board felt obliged to make the change after a disastrous recent record.
Aloisi cancelled training yesterday after Friday night’s defeat left Heart six points behind second-last Phoenix and winless in 17 games – two shy of New Zealand Knights’ A-League record.
Aloisi has lost 24 of his 39 games as A-League coach while recording just eight wins and seven draws.
John Aloisi: Heart didn’t deserve to win against Phoenix2:32
John Aloisi says he is extremely disappointed after Melbourne Heart missed several chances in their loss to Wellington Phoenix.
The Herald Sun on Friday revealed a $12 million sale to the new group was imminent and Heart broke its silence yesterday, confirming talks commenced four months ago and were ongoing.
“Melbourne Heart has been approached by a number of parties over the past 12 months,” the statement said.
“The club has always maintained that the owners would consider transferring ownership if they considered the sale to be in the best long-term interests of the club, which includes players, staff and members.
“Over the last four months the club’s ownership has held discussions with one particular group who has expressed an interest in growing the club.
“Any discussions will ensure the club’s existing structures remain, in order to prevent dislocation to the club’s philosophies or personnel.”
Melbourne Heart v Wellington Phoenix: Match Highlights5:30
It’s an intriguing backdrop to Aloisi’s future.
Sections of Friday’s 6486 AAMI Park crowd chanted “Aloisi out” and “You’re s–t, and we still turn up” at the final whistle.
And around a dozen fans confronted Aloisi in the car park after the game demanding his resignation with eye witnesses claiming the heated exchange lasted almost 10 minutes.
With Harry Kewell back in action only suspended Patrick Kisnorbo and injured marquee Orlando Engelaar were missing from Heart’s best XI against the battling Kiwis.
Melbourne Heart have sacked coach John Aloisi. Source: Getty Images
Van’t Schip, who returned to the club on a part-time basis this season, flew back to Europe after last week’s Melbourne derby but he has had some input in team tactics and selections this season.
Heart’s record makes for horrible reading and its on-field performances continue to be wildly inconsistent, the hallmarks of a coach who had lost his team.
There’s no respite for Heart, which travels to Central Coast Mariners next Sunday followed by a tough trip to Perth Glory.
Aloisi had refused to declare wholesale changes for next week but revealed some frustration with his players.
He did not address the squad after Friday’s loss and, had been planning to review the game at training this week.
Having coached the youth team for just one season Aloisi’s 2012 appointment was a surprise after Heart’s No2, Ante Milicic, was passed over to replace van’t Schip.