SO WHERE next for Melbourne Heart?
That is the question that has to be asked after the sacking of John Aloisi.
It was no surprise that the former Socceroo was given the boot after yet another defeat which left the Heart four points adrift at the bottom of the A-League.
What was a surprise was why it took so long.
It was also a shock to see former coach John van't Schip get given the interim job until the end of this season.
What does that show the fans?
To me it suggests the Melbourne Heart board does not really know what it wants to do next.
Chairman Peter Sidwell, who said all the right things about Aloisi, described him as a gentleman.
"It's a difficult decision to terminate what is one of our favourite sons but the board felt it was in the best interests of the club going forward," he said.
"Given ultimately success on the park is the major measure of success, very clearly we're not having that at the moment."
Sidwell also said the whole club had to share in the responsibility for the terrible run of form that led to Aloisi's sacking.
"I've addressed the players earlier on today and I told them we've all got some blood on our hands," he said.
But I think the board has more blood on its hands than anyone else at the Heart.
I am all for giving young managers and coaches a go.
But I just wonder whether handing the reins to Aloisi was the smartest thing to do.
I agree with Sidwell that Aloisi will one day make a great coach. But I don't think he was the right man for a fledgling club still trying to bed roots in the A-League.
Having coached the youth team for just one season Aloisi's 2012 appointment was a surprise after Heart's No2, Ante Milicic, was passed over to replace van't Schip.
The board made that decision and it must shoulder a lot of the responsibility of what has gone on since.
There is no respite for the Heart which travels to the Central Coast on Sunday.
Chances are, though, that knowing the way football goes, the team will get a win out of one of those games.
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