What’s ahead of Melbourne Heart?

Written by Ash - The Big Heart

Topics: Fan Blogs

It has been a few months now since the sale of Melbourne Heart and the off-season fast approaches when the new owners will shake things up at the club. Manchester City FC, in partnership with the Melbourne Storm consortium, stated in a letter just after purchasing the club that they wouldn’t rush into any immediate changes, but that:

“The first thing we intend to do is listen, learn and better understand every aspect of the Club.”

Over recent weeks however, we have started to see some decisions being made, mainly with John van’t Schip being appointed as head coach for the next 3 years. Not long after that we were told that Williams, Hoffman and Velaphi were awarded new contracts, whereas Mifsud was released from his contract early (no surprise there). In a recent press conference John van’t Schip mentioned that he is already in discussions with the Manchester City group about off-season recruiting possibilities. Does this mean we could see a current Socceroo as the next domestic marquee player? You can read more in Sportal’s latest article “Heart to explore marquee options“. Uncertainty surrounds the future of our other marquee Orlando Engelaar, who despite his massive impact and popularity may return to Europe.

With Harry Kewell closing the door on his illustrious career, Melbourne Heart has opened the doors to its soccer school, where we hope to see fresh Aussie talent come through the ranks of the club - “John Fawkner College opens doors to soccer school, a partnership with A-League club Melbourne Heart

Recently the yearly Melbourne Heart survey went out to all the members, where we were able to have our say about many aspects of the club. We noticed that our new owners let the fans decide on the new logo at their other new club, the New York City FC (you can read more about this from SBNation’s article “New York City FC bring band full circle fan logo choice“). This could mean we see our club keep its colours, if the City group have been keeping up with popular opinion, while the name change might go ahead because opinion seems more divided about that. Nothing has come up in the news that we’re aware of since this article from the Sydney Morning Herald in February “Melbourne Suburban club defies UK juggernaut on name“. Speculation aside, we hope the club releases the results of the member survey and genuinely includes fan feedback in its decision-making processes.

Only a few things are certain in the months ahead - we the fans will definitely have a lot to talk about and Melbourne’s red and white will be the most talked about A-league club as football watchers everywhere weigh up the new owner’s changes.

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