The 49-year-old is back at AAMI Park in a newly appointed role
Melbourne Heart have confirmed the return of former coach John van’t Schip in the newly appointed role of Technical Manager.
The former Holland international winger was at the Heart helm during their first two seasons in the A-League and led them to their first final series before quitting in March 2012 to take over the reins at Liga MX side Club Deportivo Guadalajara..
But just over a year after he resigned from his management post Van’t Schip is back at AAMI Park and will be at the forefront of the club’s drive to improve their youth development, as well as playing a pivotal role in the creation of an Australian branch of the Johan Cryuff academy.
And CEO Scott Munn revealed his excitement at welcoming the 49-year-old back to Melbourne, believing he will contribute greatly to the club’s future growth.
“It’s fantastic to have John’s expertise back to support the entire organisation,” Munn to Football Australia.
“Establishing a world class talent pipeline is fundamental to Melbourne Heart’s long term vision and, more broadly, these types of initiatives are vital to Australia’s long-term competitiveness within Asia.”
The Cruyff academy at Barcelona is responsible for developing a clutch of the world’s best players in recent years like Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.