Van’t Schip ready to resurrect Heart

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Melbourne Heart are going back in time when things might have been a bit sweeter by appointing former coach John Van’t Schip as interim coach until the end of the season.

Van’t Schip returned to Australia yesterday afternoon and commenced his second spell at the Heart on Friday morning, taking the reins of training at Epping Soccer Stadium.

The Dutchman, who was the inaugural coach of Heart when first appointed back in 2009, insists that he had no hesitation in accepting the job, despite the offer coming about in less than ideal circumstances.

“It’s never nice to come into a situation like this, being close to John Aloisi and Hayden Foxe, but we all know how football works,” Van’t Schip said.

“When the club asked me to help them out after I was back in Europe, I had a talk with my wife and decided to do it and help the club as it’s a club that I’m very close to.

“I helped build up [the Club] a few years ago and still all the people inside the Club are very close to me and have been very nice to me so it [wasn’t] difficult to say ‘ok I will come and help out for the remainder of the season’.”

The Dutchman has recognised the task at Melbourne Heart will be challenging, but he reiterated his strong belief in the team.

“I believe in this team, otherwise I would not take the job,” Van’t Schip said.

“They are of course at the bottom but it doesn’t say that it’s the quality of the team.

“For me and the players and the club, it’s important to win games and get results but most importantly to start playing some more free football.

“It’s a mindset and the mindset has to change; in enjoying being on the pitch and expressing yourself as an individual and as a team.

“We’re going out like every club in the A-League to get as many points as possible.

“We know that we’re in a difficult position to reach the play-offs but the main thing is to start playing good football again and if you do that, the results will normally follow.”

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