Is Aloisi Close to Heart Failure?

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John Aloisi’s tenure as Melbourne Heart could be coming under extreme scrutiny as his side suffered another loss and stay rooted to the bottom of the table.

The 1-0 home defeat against Western Sydney Wanderers means that Melbourne Heart are winless in 10 matches and without a goal in five hours of football.

After the match against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night John Aloisi insisted his side is not feeling any pressure even though they are injury plagued.

“Hitting the crossbar twice I wouldn’t say (was) toothless, and I wouldn’t say getting balls cleared off the line was toothless.”

“When you’re creating that many chances against Western Sydney who are the most organised side in the league, then you’re doing something right and we’ll get better.”

“The goals will come. We’re five games in and 22 to go, there’s plenty of points to be won.”

Melbourne Heart had the better of the play but couldn’t convert any of its chances as they have done on numerous occasions this season.

Aloisi, 37, has not undergone the best start to his managerial career and it has been nothing but a bumpy ride.

Last season Aloisi only managed to lead his Melbourne Heart side to a ninth place finish narrowly missing out on the wooden spoon.

After a poor finish last season, the Melbourne Heart hierachy maintained faith in their man John Aloisi to achieve success with the red half of Melbourne.

Unfortunately, John Aloisi this season has not started the way he may have wished for, and as a consequence he could be laid out on the chopping block if his side doesn’t improve against fellow strugglers Sydney FC on Friday night at AAMI Park.

The pressure will definitely be piling up on Aloisi as their horrible away record in the past 18 months hasn’t helped his cause. Sydney FC remain the only team Heart have beaten outside of Victoria since December 2011.

Many critics thought Melbourne Heart in the off season may have turned from title pretenders to possibly title contenders as they became the most active team in the transfer window announcing a total of 10 signings.

John Aloisi did a major cleanout from last season’s playing squad and opted to go with a new look squad in a bid to push for a finals berth and most importantly salvage his managerial position.

The biggest signings were undoubtedly Socceroo icon Harry Kewell and former Dutch International Orlando Engelaar who both made their way to Heart with the promise of  providing much towards the Heart cause.

“If we keep on improving as a team and creating chances with the players that we’ve got in there like Michael (Mifsud) the goals will come,” Aloisi said.

“We know it’s not a great start but there is plenty of points out there to be won.”

“We just have to keep working and believing and the players do believe in what we are doing.”

”They (the players) are distraught in there because they know that they should’ve got more out of this game.”

“Robbie Wielaert that’s had a lot of experience around Holland for a number of years, he can’t believe that we didn’t get more out of the game tonight, last week and against the Mariners.”

“But keep believing, keep working, keep improving, and we will win games.”

In what could be his do or die match John Aloisi’s next task is against fellow strugglers Sydney FC at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Sydney FC themselves are coming off a good week as they pulled off a surprising 3-2 win against arch rivals Melbourne Victory.

Kristian Stojanov

Kristian is the youngest member of the Football Central team. He is currently studying Media and Communications at Deakin University and currently plays in the lower Victorian state leagues. Coming from a passionate football family, Kristian hopes to live up to his expectations by one day pursuing a career in football journalism.

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