Assessing the contenders for the Melbourne Heart manager’s job

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    Melbourne Heart’s board have let John Aloisi go, and so far this season we’ve already seen Ange Postecoglou, Graham Arnold, Alistair Edwards and Alosi all leave the A-League, and we’re not even halfway through the season yet.

    But good game to Farina, Merrick and Gombau, who were all early favourites to be the first to go.

    All the best to Aloisi. I think a stint as an assistant overseas would be ideal, as another A-League club may be wary about taking him on.

    On Sunday, the Heart announced John Van ‘t Schip as interim coach – keepin’ it fresh, Heart. It will stabilise them until season’s end and get them playing good football again.

    They’ll be looking for a new coach, you would assume for the next A-League season.

    Let’s run through some contenders (with their previous clubs in brackets): Gianfranco Zola (Watford), Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham), Malky Mackay (Cardiff City), John Kosmina (Adelaide), Ante Milicic (Wanderers) and Holger Osieck (Australia).

    The first three are probably outside 1000/1 odds to be appointed, but the world is becoming increasingly global and it might provide Villas-Boas with the perfect hideout from the English press.

    Zola got a rough time at Watford and now they’re well outside the playoffs.

    I’ve read elsewhere that Aloisi was on about $200k a year – don’t feel so sorry for him now, do you? This is probably incorrect, but also within the ballpark.

    In the Premier League, Roberto De Matteo is reportedly on £150,000 per week as Chelsea have to legally pay out the rest of his contract.

    Villas-Boas is probably on something similar, so I doubt he’ll come to the A-League.

    Mackay had Cardiff playing good football as they won the Championship in a canter. They weren’t in the EPL relegation zone and they aren’t half bad, but he was sacked after months of outward “I hate you” by the owner Vincent Tan – this is the owner who booed his own players after their draw against Sunderland.

    So I think Mackay would want to be as far away from Cardiff as leisurely possible.

    Melbourne is a city with international appeal and many managers may seek the warmer climate, lackadaisical media pressure and overall experience that is coaching in Australia compared to, say, Millwall in the English second division.

    Spanish, German and Dutch coaches are in fashion, so if the Melbourne Heart go overseas you’d expect it to be from one these powerhouses.

    Middlesbrough, my English second division version of MHFC, recently appointed Mourinho’s assistant at Real Madrid. The Heart could take a similar gamble by going for an assistant at a top club.

    Then again, they did just fire an experienced young coach.

    Kosmina is probably the favourite, and he’d be a fairly ‘safe’ choice, with his experience in the league. Derby day would be intense – Muscat and Kosmina throwing chairs at each other, brilliant.

    When Van ‘t Schip first left the manager’s job was between Aloisi and Milicic, who’s now at the Wanderers. Milicic was the assistant to Van ‘t Schip and had more experience than Aloisi.

    Munn also has his phone number. Milicic would be set up in Melbourne and knows the club. It might be a bit early in his development, but it would be a justifiable choice.

    Holger Osieck was rumoured to be sniffing out the Melbourne Victory assistant position – he’d be keen to get back into football and redevelop his reputation.

    Whoever they appoint should walk straight up to Munn and Sidwell and ask for 100 percent control of transfer of players. There are claims that Kewell was thrust upon Aloisi by the board for commercial reasons.

    They should ask for professional facilities, as they currently train at La Trobe Uni, and to be allowed at least the same time as Aloisi was allowed.

    For now, Van ‘t Schip has to do his best to make the finals and keep Heart competitive.

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    • December 30th 2013 @ 10:25am
      fadida said | December 30th 2013 @ 10:25am | ! Report

      McKay no. No Brits please.
      Kosmina?? We know that he’s not up to it x3. Any club recruiting him deserves what they get.
      AVB. Couldn’t afford him
      Zola? Can he coach?
      Osieck? I’d love to see it, just so we can put into context how good or otherwise he is.

      The ideal candidate has experience and a track record of working on a small budget. They should come from outside the British Isles (hoof!). A candidate based on having a name as a player only should be avoided (don’t need to have been a horse to be a jockey)

      • December 30th 2013 @ 11:10am
        Angus said | December 30th 2013 @ 11:10am | ! Report

        Mulvey is British…

        • December 30th 2013 @ 12:02pm
          Wicked Ninja said | December 30th 2013 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

          Mulvey’s lived in Australia for 30 years and his entire coaching career has been in Australia. He’s clearly an Aussie coach.

          • December 30th 2013 @ 12:43pm
            fadida said | December 30th 2013 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

            Thanks Wicked Ninja. My objection isn’t with Brits as long as they have been brought up in a different football culture

            • December 30th 2013 @ 2:46pm
              bribieboy said | December 30th 2013 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

              Fadida, So you are saying our coaches are better than the Brits. If this is true then why do we keep sacking them

              • December 30th 2013 @ 3:53pm
                fadida said | December 30th 2013 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

                Coaches are sacked regardless of nationality. If we are to develop the game here we need to avoid British coaches, the majority of whom are far more interested in “passion” than the technical and tactical side of the game.

                With the exception of Alex Ferguson, who still played a British 442, up and at ’em with wingers (and underperformed in the more challenging UCL) British managers can’t even get jobs at big clubs in their own country 🙂 Moyes had of course got the United job and is floundering.

                Sherwood had taken over at Spurs. First step, get rid of that any foreign stuff and go 442 just like ‘Arry.

                Rodgers, an Irishman at Liverpool is playing a more continental style (compare to dalglish), but otherwise Brits are floundering in the EPL again, though there is plenty of ‘”passion”.

                And yes, I think Postecoglu could “out coach” most English coaches given the same resources (but of course he wasn’t a name player and so won’t get a gig there)

    • December 30th 2013 @ 12:24pm
      brian drian ni said | December 30th 2013 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

      Kosmina has proved repeatedly that he’s not good enough.(as has Farina)

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      December 30th 2013 @ 12:51pm
      Brent Ford said | December 30th 2013 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

      Haha get AVB for a laugh!

    • December 30th 2013 @ 2:20pm
      Holly said | December 30th 2013 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

      Kosmina ? HaHaHaHa

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      December 30th 2013 @ 5:53pm
      Patrick Hargreaves said | December 30th 2013 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

      I don’t think coaches should be judged on their nationalities. Brendan Rogers had Swansea and now Liverpool pllaying football not hoofball and his is Northern Irish. Haha AVB and Zola were more tongue in cheek and Kosmina doesn’t have a bad win %.

      • December 30th 2013 @ 7:49pm
        fadida said | December 30th 2013 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

        I pointed out he was Irish and a very rare exception to hoodball.

        Kosmina may have an ok win percentage but he’s identikit Farina. Uninspiring football personified.

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      December 30th 2013 @ 9:50pm
      HardcorePrawn said | December 30th 2013 @ 9:50pm | ! Report

      I hear that Paolo Di Canio is still at a loose end…

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