BREAKING: John Aloisi gets Heart head coach gig

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    John Aloisi has pipped fellow former Socceroo Ante Milicic to be named head coach of the Melbourne Heart.

    Aloisi will replace John Van’t Schip in the dugout for next season after just one year of coaching experience. The 36-year old was in charge of the Heart’s youth side last season and they finished fourth in the National Youth League.

    Aloisi was duelling with Heart assistant coach Milici for the top job, and now Milicic may depart to join the new Western Sydney A-League club.

    The first Australian to play top flight football in the three best leagues in the world – the Serie A, La Liga and the English Premier League – Aloisi is best known for scoring the winning penalty against Uruguay in the World Cup qualifier in 2005.

    The Adelaide-born coach, who has 55 caps for Australia, had playing stints with Central Coast, Sydney FC and the Heart in the A-League. He retired from playing at the end of the 2010-2011 season and will be the youngest coach in the competition next season.

    Milicic is also a former Socceroo, with six caps for Australia, and played for the Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar in the A-League.

    The 38-year has more coaching experience than Aloisi after two seasons with Sydney United in the NSW Premier League, serving as an assistant coach for the Young Socceroos 2009-2011 and spending two seasons as an assistant to Van’t Schip at the Heart.

    It is believed Aloisi’s marketability and high profile helped him get over the line for the job. The Heart may appoint a senior assistant or experienced older coach to help Aloisi in his new role.

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    • May 8th 2012 @ 11:48am
      Johnno said | May 8th 2012 @ 11:48am | ! Report

      Johnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Johnnyyy Warrrrrrrreeeeeennn . FOZ in 2005 after Aloisi penalty to take soccerroos into the promised land the World cup.

    • May 8th 2012 @ 11:49am
      JUST GAGS said | May 8th 2012 @ 11:49am | ! Report

      Great appointment. Will be successful i have no doubt.

    • May 8th 2012 @ 12:00pm
      Australian Rules said | May 8th 2012 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

      Tough gig for a 36 year old, new to the coaching game…and going up against Ange at the Victory!

      Good luck to John and the Heart.

    • May 8th 2012 @ 12:11pm
      Christo the Daddyo said | May 8th 2012 @ 12:11pm | ! Report


      Looks like the marketing department won that internal argument.

      • May 8th 2012 @ 12:36pm
        Lucan said | May 8th 2012 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

        Ante Milicic needs to walk now. This isn’t a football appointment, if MH were serious about it Aloisi would’ve been culled early on.

        Still, good luck to him. JA is a lovely guy.

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        May 8th 2012 @ 12:45pm
        The Cattery said | May 8th 2012 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

        I have to agree. I’d like to wish Aloisi all the best with his appointment, but it’s crazy that you would appoint someone because they have a good profile, and anyway, is his profile that big in Melbourne to make much of a difference on the marketing side of things? I’m not so sure.

    • May 8th 2012 @ 12:13pm
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | May 8th 2012 @ 12:13pm | ! Report

      Best of luck Johnny you deserve the appointment… Now who for SFC ?

    • May 8th 2012 @ 12:47pm
      tommaso said | May 8th 2012 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

      Congratulations John – articulate, intelligent and vast worldly experience in football – also comes from a great football pedigree family – no doubt will do well in the A league – Good Luck and all the best

      • May 8th 2012 @ 1:57pm
        Christo the Daddyo said | May 8th 2012 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

        Why do you think there is “no doubt” he will do well in the A-League?

        I’m happy to take the opinion of others that he’s a nice guy, but he underperformed as a player while at SFC, and he’s got two-fifths of bugger all coaching experience. Being a nice guy doesn’t rank too highly as a coaching criteria for me.

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