As chants of “Aloisi Out” drowned out the boos by other disgruntled fans at AAMI Park, Melbourne Heart CEO Scott Munn probably felt his stomach churn.
Indeed, he probably looked to exit quickly as his comments before the round could now come back to haunt him.
Slumping to their fourth straight defeat, at the hands of a rejuvenated Sydney FC, Heart cemented their position at the bottom of the league with only two points from a possible 18 to open their season – their worst ever start to a season.
Prior to proceedings last night, Munn insisted the club still sees Aloisi as their long-term coach, with an unchanged expectation to play finals this season.
“We’re not participating for any other reason. There’s a long way to go,” Munn said.
“We have an absolute obligation to give him every opportunity to succeed in his position and we haven’t changed.”
Fortunately for John Aloisi, it would seem, despite the 2-0 loss, he may have two more chances to salvage his career.
Munn also mentioned the next three games – against Sydney, away to Newcastle and at home against Adelaide – were “really important” for the club.
In other words, if things don’t improve under the leadership of Aloisi, the club may be forced to thank him for his services and send him on his merry way.
For the fans of Melbourne Heart, they want nothing more than to be successful, as others continue to question the direction of the club.
In their first fan forum back in May of 2012, Scott Munn highlighted the direction in which he would like the club to head, underlying four key principles which were established in the club’s formative days.
Of the four that were established, number one remains priority, while number four seems hazy to say the least.
1. Elite performance
In the club’s first fan forum, Munn went on to explain that elite performance simply meant “being the best the club could possibly be within the real life realities that were part and parcel of establishing a new club in a city where there was already an established club in such a short time frame.”
Munn was also keen to point out belief was just as important as any of the other principles, particularly with so many doubters telling the club it would never be a success, thanking the Yarraside supporters group and all the other fans who had shown up through thick and thin for providing the inspiration for the club’s progress to date.
Within the past year on The Roar, discussion topics as to the identity of Heart, whether they belong in the A-League, the possibility of another Melbourne club, take over from South Melbourne FC and overall direction of the club have all been bandied about time and time again.
I, like many others, want the Heart to flourish for the betterment of the A-League, but until they can sort out their on-field performances, then people will continue to question their belief in not only the club but the ability of current coach John Aloisi.