Aloisi rises from ashes of Phoenix defeat

John Aloisi.
John Aloisi. MARK DADSWELL

IT WAS not even two years ago when a 1-0 loss to Wellington saw John Aloisi get sacked from his first A-League coaching position at the Melbourne Heart.

That was back in December 2013, and it seems like a lifetime ago, with Aloisi to face the Phoenix for the first time since then as the Brisbane Roar coach - at Westpac Stadium tomorrow.

The former Socceroos hero notched up just eight wins from 39 games at the Heart.

But this season, the 39-year-old has coached his new team to two wins from as many games - against Western Sydney and the Central Coast - with the Roar holding top spot on the ladder.
Since his ill-fated stint at the Heart, Aloisi went on a dream fact-seeking mission at football giants Barcelona.

He also gained experience as development coach at the Melbourne Victory.
So much has happened in less than two years, Aloisi had totally forgotten that last fateful time he coached against Wellington.

"Do you know what? I didn't even realise that," he said.

"That was where I did my apprenticeship, and not only there, but since then I went overseas and visited clubs and coached young boys at Melbourne Victory.

"I'm better for it."

Roar defender Jack Hingert, who helped set up a brilliant goal against the Mariners from the back field last Sunday, is a strong believer in Aloisi's attacking philosophies.

"We always want to play attacking football. We've always been a team that's done that, and John's kept that attitude going," he said.

Aloisi confirmed goalkeeper Michael Theo would not travel to Wellington due to a quad strain he suffered against the Mariners. Jamie Young will be his replacement, with the Roar hopeful Theo will return next week.



CQ child safety investigations go up by 325 cases

CQ child safety investigations go up by 325 cases

Less than 40 per cent of QLD investigations commenced on time.

Class action being explored after Spirit of 1770 sinking

Class action being explored after Spirit of 1770 sinking

John Clayton says the towns should be compensated for lost income.

Bundy man's life spirals out of control after parents' death

Bundy man's life spirals out of control after parents' death

Death Bundy teen's mum, step-dad in crash catalyst for spiral.

Local Partners