Key moments from Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season -John van’t Schip resigned

JOHN PUTS FAMILY FIRST: Following Melbourne City’s New Year’s Eve draw with the Mariners, Dutch boss John van’t Schip resigned his post to travel home to the Netherlands to be with his terminally ill father.


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Coaching shock: Melbourne City John van’t Schip boss resigns

Melbourne City boss John van't Schip has resigned.

Melbourne City have today announced that Head Coach John van’t Schip has resigned with immediate effect.

The 53-year-old will return to his native Holland to contribute to the palliative care of his Father.

Michael Valkanis has been appointed interim first team coach with immediate effect while the Club conducts a search for a permanent replacement for van’t Schip.


Commenting on his decision van’t Schip said: “I have been faced with a choice between my family in Holland and my work here in Australia and there was only one right decision. I did not want my personal circumstances to impact the Club in any way.


“I am part of a strong coaching team that has been carefully nurtured over the last three years and that gives me great confidence that this situation will not adversely affect the Club’s progress.

“I would like to thank everyone at Melbourne City and the City Football Group for their support. The Club’s development since its creation will always be a source of great personal pride to me.”

Reacting to the news. Chairman of Melbourne City FC, and the City Football Group, Khaldoon Al Mubarak said, “John’s reaction to his personal circumstances is testament to the man he is and why he has been such an important contributor to the Club’s development both on and off the field – culminating in guiding our Men’s First team to its maiden trophy. He has our ongoing gratitude and support as his focus rightly turns to his family.”

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Gentleman John van’t Schip leaves legacy for Hyundai A-League .

John van't Schip has resigned as Coach of Melbourne City.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
He was there on day one. And was there when his only Hyundai A-League club finally lifted a trophy a month ago. And he’ll leave a technical legacy for our players and coaches for many years to come.

On Monday in surprise news, the former Dutch international striker and Melbourne City FC coach John van ‘t Schip announced he’d taken a family decision to leave Australia and resign from the City post.

Johannes “John” van ‘t Schip only coached one club in Australia – though they have had two names.


First Melbourne Heart, then later City as the club’s ownership structure changed.

But despite the changes, JVS provided a technical touchstone that has, and will be felt, for many years.

I sat down with van ‘t Schip at the old Hilton Hotel a few months before the club’s very first game as Melbourne Heart in 2010.

He was a gentleman. Thoughtful, classy and polite. And that hasn’t changed.

For such a young league, JVS’s insights and knowledge would be of great benefit to players and coaches. Perhaps too nice for the roughhouse results-driven pro coaching business, but that was his style and he never altered.

Arthur Papas, a young coach back in Heart’s days recalls JVS’s flexible tactical approach during coaching meetings while he looked after Heart’s youth team.

This season, JVS has adapted and brought a new tactical awareness to match a harder edge at City.

He wanted his teams to play football the right way, though.

It was, after all, the way in which he’d approached his own football, schooled in an era of fabulous Dutch strikers which inspired his great technical ability as a star player in Italy and Holland.

But van ‘t Schip was also passionate about youth development.

Six years later – in his second spell at the Australian club after a stint in Mexican club football – I caught up with him at a media day ahead of this season.

There the former Holland national team assistant coach spoke with great enthusiasm about the young Australians he had at the club.

Ruon Tongyik, Daniel Arzani and Denis Genreau to name three. All have made their mark under JVS, with game time and plaudits. And he’s never been afraid to play the kids.

That replicates van ‘t Schip’s own experience as a youngster when the master Johan Cruyff returned to Holland and he was a youngster making his way in the football world.

It’s the circle of football development passed on to the next generation with Australia the beneficiary.

Those City youngsters right now will be van ‘t Schip’s legacy. As will the younger Australian coaches, such as Papas, John Aloisi and currently Michael Valkanis to name but three who have learnt off the Dutchman.

Apparently, during his playing days in Holland they used to call JVS “Handsome Johnny”. I’d call him Gentleman John.

And all associated with the Hyundai A-League wish a genuine gent the best back in Holland as family takes centre stage in his life. Though we hope one day to see him again one day.



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John van’t Schip: Tim Cahill aura similar to Cruyff return at Ajax

Friday, 14 October 2016

Damien Bellemore @DamienBellemore
Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip has compared the aura around his marquee signing Tim Cahill as being similar to what he felt when as a young Ajax player legend Johan Cruyff returned to the Dutch giants.

In the early 1980s, City’s Dutch coach was just starting his senior playing career when the iconic Cruyff, a three-time Ballon d’Or winner and one of the key architects of the Dutch Total Football revolution, returned to the club where he made his name as one of the game’s all-time greats.

Cruyff made a huge impression on a young van’t Schip.

Now, 25 years on, the City boss can see Cahill having the same effect on his playing group.

“Tim I think has always been a special player.

“He’s fantastic with everybody, with the young players, the experienced players,” van’t Schip told FFA TV.


“He’s a real professional, he’s a winner, everybody gets the fight that he brings.

“I can remember from my time that I was playing in Holland with Cruyff.

“I was like 18 and he [Cruyff] came in as a 35-year-old player.

“It was a really great time to be around a player like that.

“I think that’s the same feeling that I can feel now, that I can sense.”

Cruyff is regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, alongside the likes of Pele, George Best and Maradona. Like the rest of the world, van ‘t Schip was a huge admirer of the former Barcelona player and coach, who passed away in March this year.

Meanwhile, on the eve of the season’s first Melbourne Derby, which is set to see Cahill make his Hyundai A-League debut in front of a packed Etihad Stadium, van’t Schip acknowledged there was plenty at stake.

With both sides recruiting strongly during the off-season and expected to be in the reckoning come Finals Series time, the result will be an important marker for the winner.

“For us it’s a derby, it’s a game that of course we want to win,” said van’t Schip

“Win it for yourself, for the players, for the work you put in and of course the fans.

“To have Etihad at almost a sell-out I think tells you enough at how the game’s growing.

“It’s really a big event in Melbourne, now maybe even more because Tim is playing.”

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Aaron Hughes can succeed in Hyundai A-League: John van’t Schip

Melbourne City FC coach John van’t Schip at Friday's press conference.

Melbourne City is set to hand a debut to new EPL signing defender Aaron Hughes against Manchester City on Saturday with coach John van’t Schip convinced he’ll provide the boost needed for an A-League title tilt.

Northern Ireland’s most capped outfield player, formerly of Newcastle United Aston Villa, Fulham, QPR and Brighton, is on a one-year deal and is set to partner captain Patrick Kisnorbo in the heart of City’s defence.

After Rob Wielaart and Kew Jaliens exited City at the end of last season, City were left short of central defensive options.

Hughes trained with his Aussie teammates on the Gold Coast this week and is set to be a key part of van’ t Schip’s plans for Hyundai A-League Season 11.

“He’s a very experienced player with a record amount of games in the English league. He’s a very professional player still playing for Ireland [at national level] and they’ve done well in their group in the European championships qualifiers,” van ‘t Schip told reporters on Friday.

“We lost a little bit of experience last year so we needed to get defenders back into the squad and Aaron is the perfect fit for us.”

And concerns about adapting to Australian conditions were brushed off by the Dutch mentor, who is looking at Hughes to lead the way for a club building an eye-catching squad ahead of Season 11.

“We spoke with Damien Duff who spoke very highly about him and looking at him now in the last few days we’re happy and sure he’ll add quality to the team.”

City play Manchester City on Saturday in a friendly at Robina on the Gold Coast.

Melbourne City’s skipper Patrick Kisnorbo joked he only knew of their EPL opponents from playing video games on FIFA.

Van ‘t Schip added a win was the goal on Saturday in front of an almost sold out stadium.

“You always want to go out and win a game. The level in this league is big but we want to give them a good game. As they want to have a good game as Vincent [Kompany] said.

“It’s good to be playing already opponents who can play. The level is growing here and that’s a good sign.

“But also enjoying the game against players the boys only see on TV.”

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Melbourne City keep look to cement finals spot against Western Sydney Wanderers FC

April 2, 2015 – 9:23PM

Michael Lynch

Senior sports reporter with The Age

John van't Schip

John van’t Schip Photo: Getty Images

Melbourne City cannot afford to let the Perth Glory salary cap investigation cloud their thinking as they push to secure the final play off spot, coach John van’t Schip says.

The Dutchman says his team must just “control the the controllables” and he is reluctant to be drawn into speculation as to how any punishment that may be meted out to the Glory could impact on where his side finishes on the league table at season’s end.

If convicted there has to be a significant chance that the West Australian club will be docked points as a punishment, and that could be to theadvantage of sixth-placed City and defending champions Brisbane Roar, who look like they will miss out on a finals berth.

Van’t Schip, however, is focusing only on the task ahead when his team aim to cement their play-off berth at Brisbane’s expense when they travel to take on last year’s beaten grand finalists Western Sydney Wanderers in Paramatta on Good Friday evening.

“We can’t control those things [the FFA investigation], and its not for us to talk about . We will see and hear about it in the coming weeks, but we have to just make sure that we do our job and make the finals.

“A win [over Wanderers] will not guarantee that, but it will help a lot. But looking at West Sydney it’s not easy. We played them a few weeks ago, led twice and still lost.”

That was the game when City played out the final minutes – when they conceded the crucial third goal that gave the Wanderers a 3-2 victory – with 10 men following Connor Chapman’s sending off after the young centre back had a brain snap and manhandled the referee.

Since then the Wanderers have improved: they won 4-1 in Brisbane against the Roar, a result no one saw coming, and then were unlucky to lose to Perth by the odd goal in five last weekend.

Playing in the knowledge that they can’t make the finals and nor can they be relegated seems to have lifted the pressure from Tony Popovic’s team, and ensures that despite their poor overall record this season they cannot be taken lightly.

“They are playing freely, they are in good form, they are looking dangerous going forward with (Kerem) Bulent and (Romeo) Castelen.

“That’s what we saw against Brisbane, and also against Perth, they deserved more there. They looked very dangerous. And also they have had the same team a few times on the pitch together almost in the same formation. Their line up has been quite similar in the last three games. ”

Aaron Mooy has been City’s most consistent player all season and his efforts were rewarded with a Socceroos call up for the recent matches against Germany and Macedonia. He will be back in time for the Wanderers game, and it is likely he will be thrown in from the start against his former club even though Van’t Schip was happy that his team was able to win last week against Brisbane without his services.

” We will meet him in Sydney, I will have a chat with him, see how he feels. If he feels okay for certain he will have a part in the game. We will discuss whether we start with him when I see him.

“I think the boys proved that the team is strong and stronger (in winning without him last week). Aaron has been very important as he gives us something extra. But without him we had a very important win. Its only a good sign that we can win without him.”

In the win over City two forwards, Josh Kennedy (early in the second half) and James Brown (after half an hour) limped out of action. Their prognosis could not be more different.

Kennedy has trained with the squad all week and, says Van’t Schip, “looks ready to play and start.”

But the unfortunate Brown is now ruled out for the season. The injury-prone forward hurt his ankle in the win over Brisbane, and had an operation on Wednesday.

“He will not be back for this year,” said Van’t Schip before City’s final training session ahead of the Wanderers game on Thursday morning.

A feature of City’s play this campaign is the fact that it has been getting off to quick starts, often scoring early but been unable to hold on to its lead. It did the same against Brisbane, who dominated the second half, and Van’t Schip is anxious for his side not to continue in this vein.

“I think the thing we forgot to do (against Brisbane) was play our own game more. It was down to us that we lost too many balls and gave up possession. It then becomes hard, as you don’t get that moment of rest, or you are not able to control the game when you don’t have possession. We have spoken to the players about this.

City has now won three on the spin and is shedding the reputation it earned earlier this season for flakiness. But with three of its final four matches away from home it will need all of its concentration if it is not to lapse and allow Brisbane to sneak back ahead of it.

“Winning three in a row gives the boys more confidence and especially now going into the last part of the seaosn. But there are still four really tough games ahead of us starting against Western Sydney.

“I don’t think too much about it (playing away from home). We have shown we can win away, at Newcastle, Sydney and in Brisbane. We have had good away wins. If we can play to the best of our quality we can win games away. It only a good sign that we could win against an in form team like Sydney (whom City beat 1-0 at Allianz Stadium a fortnight ago). Winning a difficult game like that should help the team.”


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Hyundai A-League: John van’t Schip running out of time to turn Melbourne City around

March 9, 2015 – 10:31PM

Sebastian Hassett

Football reporter

City slackers: Melbourne City's Erik Paartalu tussles with Anthony Caceres of the Mariners.

City slackers: Melbourne City’s Erik Paartalu tussles with Anthony Caceres of the Mariners. Photo: Getty Images

1. City must shape up or van’t Schip will be out

Enough with the pleasantries about Melbourne City will become – let’s talk about what they are. Manchester City’s feeder club might want to ditch the old Heart colours for away games, for they displayed the same tendencies as the ill-fated club on Sunday against Central Coast. The Abu Dhabi overlords must be shaking their heads at what is happening, having provided John van’t Schip with a squad that should have walked into the top six. They’ll invest again next season but their purchases may not be restricted to more top players. Elite coaching talent is required to match their ambition.

2. Brandon Borrello’s stock is soaring

Brand power:Brisbane teenager Brandon Borrello celebrates his winner against the Wanderers

Brand power:Brisbane teenager Brandon Borrello celebrates his winner against the Wanderers Photo: Getty Images

It took a little while to be convinced about Borrello, a striker who was granted ample opportunities without delivering that much for Brisbane Roar. What had to be kept in mind, however, was that he was young – he’s still only 19 – and was taking his time adjusting to the transition from the youth league to the A-League. That transition will continue but it is nearing completion after the best week of his career. He scored a great winner against Asia’s biggest club, Urawa Red Diamonds midweek, and then backed it up against Western Sydney. He’s the reason last year’s boom boy, Dimi Petratos, can’t get a run.

3. Adelaide’s season has hit the wall

For those who love beautiful football, watching Adelaide United in their pomp is wonderful to see in the A-League. However, any hopes Josep Gombau’s men will make a run for the championship are fading, even if their ladder position remains strong. There’s plenty of time to turn the season around but it’s time to question their mental strength. They seem to run out of ideas late in games – folding in the second half in successive weeks. Trade a little tiki-taka for some toughness, please.

4. Isaka Cernak might have finally found a home

The A-League’s one-man magical mystery tour, Cernak might just have found a home for a bit longer than five minutes. He’s played for six different clubs since 2010 (it would be quicker to list the clubs he hasn’t played for) and each of them has been enticed by the prospect of getting the most from his quick feet. It’s never really worked out for him anywhere but at Central Coast, he may just be proving his worth as a left-winger. With Fabio Ferreira on the right, they may be able to stretch teams with width.

5. AAMI Park atmosphere giving matches a life of their own

Melbourne Victory have always attracted a large following but the move to AAMI Park has created one of the great atmospheres in Australian sport. Yet one of the most pleasing things is that it’s not just Victory who benefit – the away team seems to get a real kick out of playing in what might (lazily) be termed a “European” atmosphere. Both Wellington and Perth lifted specifically for the occasion in the past fortnight, with both matches turbo-charged by the intensity in the stadium. If only Kevin Muscat could get his way with the referees.


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Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip hails team’s grit in Wellington Phoenix bounceback

February 15, 2015

Michael Lynch

Senior sports reporter with The Age

John van't Schip talks to the media after the match between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City.

John van’t Schip talks to the media after the match between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City.Photo: Getty Images

Melbourne City boss John van’t Schip wanted his side to show it had some character when it made one of the toughest road trips in the A-League, across the Tasman to take on an in-form Wellington Phoenix.

City needed to bounce back quickly and show it had reserves of mental strength following its meek surrender to Melbourne Victory in the last of the Melbourne derbies last Saturday, when Victory ran out 3-0 winners.

The Dutchman got what he wanted as the visitors – playing in their old Melbourne Heart strip of red and white stripes – toughed it out and showed plenty of grit and determination to come back with a point following a 0-0 draw against one of the league’s more potent attacks.

The point did not, however, come without a cost. Damien Duff, the former Republic of Ireland international winger, is another name that must be added to the City casualty list after this game.

The sandy-haired wideman limped out of the game early with what was feared to be an Achilles injury at the time. He could not walk without the aid of crutches the day after the game and the club is sweating on the outcome of scans that will be made when they return to Melbourne.

Duff has been one of City’s better players this season and with the signing of tall striker Josh Kennedy his accurate crossing from the flanks was something that van ‘t Schip was looking to use as a tactic in the run into the finals.

“We will have to see how he is, but it doesn’t look good,” van’t Schip said on Sunday before the City party left NZ.

“We have to have scans. We hope that its not as bad as it looks, he’s been very good for us this season.”

Kennedy came into the side to make his starting debut and the coach was pleased with his contribution even though he struggled to get through 90 minutes.

“You can see Josh is not fully match fit. We must get him to that point and you know he has qualities that can be damaging.”

David Williams came in from the start and played his first full game in some time, something that van’t Schip took some comfort from, while goalkeeper Tando Velaphi was another to return from injury and play his part in grinding out the scoreless draw.

“I thought we were good in the first half and in the first 15 minutes of the second but then Wellington Phoenix got on top. But we defended well to hold them out.

“It was very important for us to bounce back after the derby. We needed to show that we had strong character.

“We have a run of games against top teams that are difficult matches and they will decide how we finish the season. This phase of matches means we need players who are mentally strong, who can meet this challenge and get results where we need them. We need players who will be committed and fight for the team.

“It was important in this game to show that they can do it, this is not an easy place to come. Its something we can build on. It was important to show character and strength of mind.”

The draw means City remain in the hunt for a finals berth but are now a point behind sixth placed Brisbane Roar, who have a superior goal difference. The Roar are on a roll and have won their last three games even though they have not played particularly well, so City will be hoping that Victory can do them a favour next weekend when they travel to Suncorp to play the Queenslanders.

City will take on high riding Perth Glory at AAMI Park next Sunday. Holding midfielder Erik Paartalu is expected to return from a two-game absence, but several other injured players are still out of action.


Source : The Canberra Times

Aaron Mooy and Jacob Melling make the Melbourne City difference for John Van’t Schip

February 1, 2015 – 7:53PM

Michael Lynch

Senior sports reporter with The Age

Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City challenges Yojiro Takahagi of the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City challenges Yojiro Takahagi of the Western Sydney Wanderers. Photo: Getty Images

Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip praised the contribution of key midfielder Aaron Mooy who once more was the standout City player in the club’s 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, a triumph that sets them up perfectly for the final derby of the season against Melbourne Victory next weekend.

Mooy has been City’s most effective player all season and the ex-Wanderers man could have counted himself unlucky not to have made the Socceroos squad for the Asian Cup. Van’t Schip said Mooy’s workrate and commitment made him a key component in City’s side as it pushes up the table to try to consolidate a finals spot.

“Aaron has been our most consistent player. Today he was leading the team, setting up the first goal, scoring the second. He’s always playing his game and working hard. I hope he can progress and keep on continuing the way he’s playing and help the team.”

The City boss was also delighted that teenager Jacob Melling continued his progress and could celebrate his first ever A-League goal. The 19-year-old has added a spiky, combative presence in the City midfield and is establishing himself as a first team player.

“Jacob is a player with a lot of energy. He wins a lot of balls back; he loses it too much sometimes, but that’s something he has to improve.”

Wanderers boss Tony Popovic believes the task of integrating several new signings will take time, and that was a key factor in the Sydney side not being able to capitalise on the dream start given them by debutant Yojiro Takahagi, who scored from a free kick five minutes into the game.

“It wasn’t the performance we wanted today. It was always going to be a tough day integrating four new players. You get Brendon Santalab back, who hasn’t played for three months, so that’s five of your first eleven.

“I thought we looked disjointed at times. We started well and looked as though we didn’t make the most of the good ball we had.”


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Melbourne City will give John van’t Schip time says former coach John Aloisi

December 2, 2014 – 6:48PM

John Aloisi is the only person other than John van't Schip to have coached Melbourne City.

John Aloisi is the only person other than John van’t Schip to have coached Melbourne City. Photo: Getty Images

Former coach John Aloisi says Melbourne City’s A-League season will soon be over if the club can’t overhaul their inept defence.

City were belted 5-1 by Wellington Phoenix on Sunday, piling pressure on beleaguered coach John van’t Schip to turn around a string of poor A-League performances.

Van’t Schip’s side are on track to leak the most goals in A-League history and have just one win in eight matches.

It’s a stress familiar to one-time Melbourne Heart boss Aloisi, who led the side before it was bought and rebranded by Manchester City earlier this year.

Like van’t Schip, he came under pressure for a losing streak and was eventually shown the door last December after a 17-game winless run.

But Aloisi said the Dutchman shouldn’t be worried about a sudden sacking at the hands of the club’s new owners.

“I’m sure they understand that in the A-League it doesn’t happen so quick sometimes,” he said.

“The owners will make decisions when they think the time is right.

“(But) I don’t think they’ll make changes suddenly.”

Aloisi said City had to overhaul their defensive structure – statistically the worst defenders in A-League history – if they were to start winning matches.

“I think they’ve been quite poor in that aspect … they have to try to get something organised,” he said.

“It’s the whole defensive structure, not only the back four.”

“It’s eight games, but they don’t want it to keep on going like this.

“Then their season could be over very early.”

City’s form is especially disappointing considering van’t Schip’s hot streak after resuming the coaching role last Christmas.

Six wins in seven games had fans hoping the new season and new investment would avoid another slow A-League start.

It hasn’t eventuated, and instead they’re being slammed by the likes of former Socceroo Mark Bosnich for a “disgraceful” effort in Wellington.

Aloisi still has hopes the club can resurrect their season – beginning on Sunday afternoon with the visit of Brisbane Roar – if they can get some confidence back.

“Once they get their first clean sheet, then their confidence (will come).”



Source : The Canberra Times