Van 't Schip returns to Melbourne Heart

The first coach of Melbourne's newest team will be back in the fold during the season ahead, after the club moved to secure his services in a senior capacity for 2013-14

Former coach John van 't Schip will return to Melbourne Heart as 'technical manager' for the 2013-14 season.

The Dutchman was recruited as the Heart's inaugural head coach in 2009, leading the team for two seasons in 2010-11 and 2011-12 before leaving to join Mexican club Guadalajara.

Van 't Schip was lured to Guadalajara by Johan Cruyff, who was working for the club as a sports consultant, and followed the Netherlands great out the door of the Liga MX side after just 10 months in Mexico.

Heart have moved to bring Van 't Schip back to Victoria, where he will assist in the creation of an Australian branch of the Cruyff youth academy and provide assistance to his successor John Aloisi and the other senior coaches.

"He won't be running sessions for the players or anything like that," Heart chief executive Scott Munn told the Herald Sun.

"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 organisation 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 JA [Aloisi], but the entire department."

Heart will be able to call on Van 't Schip's services for five months of the season.

Munn also said Heart had rejected a third bid from South Melbourne for the club's A-League licence and do not expect another approach from the Victorian Premier League heavyweight.

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