I don’t often write articles from a supporter’s point of view but I feel in this situation it is necessary.
Something changed two Friday Night’s ago, whether you noticed it or not. Melbourne Heart was no longer a franchise, we became a club.
You might think it’s pretty funny; 2-0 down to a team with supposedly the worst defence in the league, our coach with his head on the chopping board, the captain sitting up in the stands injured again (you can’t play golf at night); and we come of age. But it’s true.
Previously we have seen passionate fans express their discontent at the decisions of some people at the club, but never has it rivaled what was on show at AAMI Park on Friday 15 November 2013. Chants of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ and ‘Aloisi Out’ rang through the Yarraside.
We, the fans, have had enough. Somebody has to be made accountable. Change is needed, and I wish someone from the club would listen.
It’s not John Aloisi’s fault we are in the position we are now, as the laughing stock of the league and being talked about as the worst team in the competition’s short history. From the moment it was announced, we ALL knew that it was a mistake naming Aloisi as coach. Who made that decision? The board did.
The other candidate was of course Ante Millicic, and somewhere in Sydney he is laughing. He dodged this rabble of a club and signed as an assistant for currently the best club in the country. This is going to do wonders for his CV and soon he will surely be landing a top gig.
As for John, I feel sorry for him. Eight years ago he was the most liked man in the country and now his job is on the line.
Surely he knows that he is out of his depth, but with a name like John Aloisi you wouldn’t want to damage your pride by resigning. Surely he knew that he wasn’t ready to coach an A-League side after only six months of coaching a youth league side, but with a name like John Aloisi you can suck in a group of investors who know nothing about football into hiring you only one year out of the game.
He was the right man for the job they said. It had everything to do with the marketing of the club they never said, but they probably should have.
Look where you are now Peter Sidwell, dead bottom of the A-League. Wait, is he the chairman?! I thought he was just Mick Malthouse’s manager. Isn’t the chairman of a professional football club supposed to actually support the club by getting his head out in the media and promoting it?
The only significant thing that Sidwell has done well in my eyes is reject the offer from South Melbourne.
I have not heard one peep out of this bloke on any Heart matter since the club was founded, not even sponsorship announcements. There have been rumours for months that he wants out and I’m not surprised. He’s probably jumping back on board with the Victory, just like some of our ‘supporters’. (Sidwell was the chairman of Intralot when they were the major sponsor of the blue Melbourne). Obviously he doesn’t #HeartBelieve.
The lack of communication to the fans in general is horrific. Jonatan Germano has been two weeks away from playing, every match since round one. Harry Kewell had whiplash for three weeks. What have they got to hide? Embarrassment? If so then they are a little late on that front.
The thing that concerns me the most is that we are losing prospective supporters. I’ve read of many Heart fans who are making an effort to get workmates, family members and friends along to games to try and build the club. However, imagine facing that task every week when the performances on the pitch are pitiful.
For the A-League to be a prosperous competition, two Melbourne teams are needed, no matter how much the uneducated Melbourne Victory fans protest. The Melbourne Derby is the premier regular season game and to have it removed from the competition would be to great detriment.
And no, South Melbourne is not the answer either, unless you want to set the competition back 10 years by reintroducing ethnic ties. The National Soccer League is dead and we are better off for it, but this is an argument for another time.
That Friday night proved to me that we are a club. Despite the bad results and bad management, a decent crowd still turned up and, to borrow a line from our supposed number 1 ticket holder, kept their faith in the club. Yes, the club.
That shot of John Aloisi on the sidelines with the ‘Aloisi Out’ banner in the background will go down in club folklore. It was the banner that changed the club.
On Sunday, the Yarraside are holding a silent protest and while it is something I personally don’t support, I can see why certain members would raise the idea.
The fans make the club, without us there would be nothing. We expect better.