Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi has rounded out a dramatic week for A-League mentors with his side slumping to their sixth loss this season.
John Aloisi is desperately hoping what doesn’t kill him makes him stronger.
The Heart coach continued what has been a dramatic week for A-League mentors on Sunday after his side slumped to their sixth loss this season, going down 2-1 to Sydney FC.
With Adelaide coach Josep Gombau coming to blows with the media and Perth’s Alistair Edwards putting his job in jeopardy after a change-room feud with his players, it was only fitting Aloisi rounded out the week with more raw emotion.
Aloisi cut a severely dejected figure on Sunday with his side anchored to the bottom of the ladder and still searching for their first win this season.
Heart have not tasted victory in 15 games, their last win coming over the Sky Blues in round 22 last season.
But the under-fire coach is hoping the slump will only serve to strengthen his side.
“It’s not about me. It’s about the club. It’s about the team and when we come out of this we’ll all be better for it because it’s hard to take,” Aloisi said.
“It’s hard to come out of that game there with zero points. It’s killing me inside.
“I’ll keep on fighting, my players will keep fighting.
“This is a tough time but we have to stick together and the whole club is working hard to turn this around.”
Sydney climbed to third spot on the ladder with the win.
But not too long ago people were calling for coach Frank Farina’s head.
So the Sky Blues mentor knows better than most the pressure Aloisi is under.
Farina, who trained Aloisi in his time as Socceroos coach, said he didn’t doubt the Heart boss would get through the current slump.
“I’ve worked with John six years in the national team, he’s a strong person,” Farina said.
“Johnny’s going to fight till the end, I can guarantee you that.
“Of course I feel for him because I was in that situation myself.”
But that was not the only drama this A-League round.
Adelaide posted the upset of the week, trouncing reigning champions Central Coast 4-0 on Saturday night.
After witnessing besieged coach Gombau come to blows with media for the second time in as many weeks, the Reds responded in spectacular style with only their second win this season.
Perth lost 2-0 away to Melbourne Victory, who climbed to fourth on the ladder.
But most of the action came after the match when Edwards and veteran Jacob Burns became embroiled in a bitter feud in the change rooms.
Burns was furious at his coach after being left on the bench during Friday night’s match, with Edwards accused of favouring his two sons Ryan and Cameron over other players.
In other matches, Brisbane maintained their five-point gap at the top of the ladder after a 2-1 victory over Wellington, who remain in ninth spot.
The Wanderers beat Newcastle 1-0 to stay in second spot while the Jets slid to fifth.