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Aloisi's path to a top coaching role has been swift, but former team-mate Matt Thompson - now a player under the Heart coach - believes he has adapted well

Melbourne Heart midfielder Matt Thompson believes the squad has adapted smoothly to John Aloisi's appointment as head coach.

According to Thompson, Aloisi has adjusted well to the different demands of the lead managerial role at the A-League club since his promotion from the assistant's role in May.

"His first speech was pretty much, 'If you don't want to be here, then there's the door'," Thompson told The Herald Sun on Friday.

"The first ten weeks of training has been absolutely full on because the guys beside you are trying to take your spot - and that's the atmosphere JA wanted to create."

The intense training regime, under Aloisi's directive, has also been led by newly appointed Heart assistant Hayden Foxe.

Foxe, notorious for his hard-nosed play over the years for the Socceroos and various clubs in Europe, is part of a revamped Heart coaching line-up that includes former Moreland Zebras coach Joe Palatsides and Joey Didulica.

While Ron Smith continues his role as technical advisor, Didulica joins as assistant for the senior and youth teams, while Palatsides comes from the Victorian Premier League to provide an assistant's role for the first team.

Heart midfielder Mate Dugandzic told Goal.com the changes on and off the pitch had not affected his side.

"We've brought Joey Didulica on board as well as Hayden Foxe and it is different, obviously having a coach and assistant leave in the off season, but I think the coaches have recruited well, and I think we're doing a very good job," he said.

"It's a little bit different, but everyone's gelling well together, and we've got a great team spirit here."

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