Melbourne Heart fires Aloisi as head coach
John Aloisi has been fired halfway through his three-year
contract as Melbourne Heart coach after a winless start to the
2013-14 A-League season.
Aloisi, who scored 27 goals for Australia, including the
decisive penalty in the playoff win over Uruguay to qualify for the
2006 World Cup, became a foundation player at Melbourne’s second
A-League club in 2010-11 after stints in Belgium, Italy, England
Heart chairman Peter Sidwell on Sunday said Aloisi made a
significant contribution to the club and ”we have the greatest
respect for the commitment he made and the dignified manner in
which he has carried himself through a difficult period.”
But, ”Ultimately, success on the park is the major measure of a
club and its success and very clearly we’re not having that at the
Heart, in last place with four points from 12 matches, appointed
John van’t Schip as interim manager ahead of next week’s trip to
Central Coast Mariners.
Van’t Schip, who guided Heart to the A-League finals in 2011-12
when he was in charge, has been working as a part-time technical
director and mentor for Aloisi.