Melbourne Heart FC has announced the signing of John van’t Schip as its Head Coach, after re-joined the club as an interim coach in January this year and has agreed a new three year contract through to the end of the 2016-17 season.
Melbourne Heart FC Chief Executive Officer Scott Munn said van’t Schip had demonstrated his suitability for the role by his proven leadership skills and coaching approach which have resurrected the team’s fortunes during the past 11 rounds.
“John has not only secured great results and helped the team build on our philosophy of playing attractive football, but he has illustrated that he has the ability and desire to take the Club forward next season,” Munn said.
Ferran Soriano, Chief Executive Officer of Manchester City FC, the majority owner of Melbourne Heart FC, said: “We are very happy that John van’t Schip will remain Head Coach of Melbourne Heart FC. Playing good football is at the centre of our plans for the future of the Club and John has already demonstrated his ability to help us achieve that ambition.”
Brian Marwood, Managing Director of the City Football Academy, who has worked closely with van’t Schip since the acquisition of the Club in January 2014, also welcomed the appointment.
“John is a very experienced coach,” Marwood said. “He has a clear philosophy of how the game should be played and it is one which dovetails well with what we are seeking to implement at Manchester City.”
Van’t Schip, 50, said he was honoured to have been appointed whilst acknowledging the importance of finishing the 2013-14 season strongly.
“I’m delighted to have been appointed Head Coach,” van’t Schip said. “The Club is well positioned for the future and I am excited to be working with Brian and [Manchester City Director of Football] Txiki Begiristain in the lead-up to 2014-15 season.
“My current focus is to finish this season as strongly as possible, beginning with our next game against Central Coast Mariners this Sunday.”