Heart confirms Hyundai A-League coaching panel

Melbourne Heart FC is delighted confirm the composition of its new coaching panel for the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season.

Melbourne Heart FC is delighted confirm the composition of its new coaching panel for the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season.

Hayden Foxe, Ron Smith and Joey Didulica will join recently appointed Head Coach John Aloisi, General Manager, Football Operations John Didulica and Peter Zois to create a football department that will ensure Heart continues to be guided by a coaching panel shaped at the elite level.

Chief Executive Officer Scott Munn said: “After an incredibly thorough search, we are excited to be able to announce the final line-up of our coaching panel for the upcoming season.

“We feel the updated structure of our football department will equip us to build on our debut finals appearance last season while helping further shape our playing identity and philosophy, which is centred on a commitment to player development and a modern-style of football.

“Importantly, we will also continue to offer our players access to coaches boasting substantial experience at the elite level, with each individual bringing a unique set of qualities to the Club.”

In the coming weeks, the Club will confirm its National Youth League coaching and operations structure in anticipation of its second season in competition.

New Appointments Hayden Foxe: An exciting coaching prospect who has worked with some of the world-s outstanding managers during his time at Ajax, Leeds, Portsmouth and the Socceroos, Foxe will introduce a fresh mindset to the Club as a Hyundai A-League Championship winning defender with an extensive knowledge of the local competition and will work closely with Aloisi on match-days.

Ron Smith: One of the pre-eminent minds in Australian football and former head of the AIS football program, Smith will play an important consulting role in mentoring the club-s coaches and providing high-level support in footballing trends, youth development, and match analysis.

Joey Didulica: A World Cup, Euro and Champions League veteran, the now-retired Didulica enjoyed unique exposure to best-practice coaching methodologies having worked closely with the likes of Louis van Gaal, Dick Advocaat, Joachim Low and John van-t Schip during a decorated career where he won championships with Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and Austria Vienna.