Not sure what other members and supporters were thinking when they heard the news that John van’t Schip was not going to coach Heart into the third season; but for me, I was a little upset. The Schip did what was needed for Heart – in their inaugural season they finished 8th, just missing out on the finals. Then in the second season he brought in some great talent like Fred, and changing the style of the play. We had a fantastic first half of the season, only to be frustrated with injuries in the second half, finishing in 6th spot and losing our first final to Perth 3-0.
From all reports the search for the coach to succeed Schip was a long process, with apparently hundreds of applicants from across the world. The top brass in the Heart culled the list down internally with Aloisi getting the job. It seemed that if Schip had one more year with the Heart that he would have taken them to the next step, so the question is can Aloisi continue the progress of taking Heart toward the ultimate victory? Only time will tell, but the early signs are looking good.
We’ve started with that fantastic win in the Melbourne derby match in front of a massive crowd of just over 42,000. Then with the draw against Phoenix last round, where if not for the red card, we would have most likely come out with the full points. Aloisi is starting to tick the boxes, the football coaching department looks like it has again recruited well for this season, and pre-season seemed to be good, apart from the practice games, eg losing to Perth 5-0. The team looks like a well oiled machine, which is doing just what the coaching staff are asking of it.
With the recent signing of veteran Socceroo player Vince Grella, the machine is now looking like it should be very competitive. Melbourne Heart CEO Scott Munn was reported in The Age saying that one of the reasons that Grella was convinced to play for the Heart was the derby match in round one: “The big crowd, the atmosphere, the fact that we won and the occasion was impressive”. He also went on to say that Vince “had a good relationship with our coach, John Aloisi, who played with him in the Socceroos for a long time.”
Two rounds into the A-League and signs are good for the Heart and the league in general.
To read the article in the Age where Melbourne Heart CEO Scott Munn mentions Vince Grella: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/a-league/grella-in-change-of-heart-20121016-27nq2.html#ixzz29YPWS21n