John van 't Schip returns to Melbourne Heart

van't Schip with Melbourne Heart in 2011 - Robert Cianflone

The former manager won't loom as large in Melbourne but will play an important role in developing youth at Heart.

John van 't Schip will be returning to Melbourne Heart but this time he won't be on the touchline. The Dutchman returns to the A-League after spending the better part of a year at Mexican giants Guadalajara but will not have a coaching role in his second stint at AAMI Park. According to a report in the Herald Sun, van 't Schip will be in charge of developing a Johan Cryuff academy in association with the club.

Heart CEO Scott Munn confirmed the move, saying:

"[van 't Schip] won't be running sessions for the players or anything like that. It's more to do with making sure we're integrating the youth team in to the seniors and then also providing necessary support on game day for the coaching panel.

"At the end of the year we went through all of the things we had as an organization and did an absolute review, particularly around the football department. There were some key areas we wanted to improve and work on and one was the support around the coaching department - not necessarily just [John Aloisi], but the entire department."

The academy will begin with U11s and U12s before eventually encompassing age groups as young as U7s.

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