Van 't Schip, Heart ready for Man City's knowledge influx

Having secured a deal to stay in the A-League, the Dutch coach is eager to benefit from the resources being poured into football development by the club's new owners
With John van' t Schip's services secured and Manchester City running the show behind the scenes, Melbourne Heart and the A-League in general is set to benefit from unparalleled exposure to best practice in football administration and coaching.

Tying down Van 't Schip to a three-year deal is the next piece of the puzzle for Heart's new owners, who know a good thing when they see one, and have recognised the Dutchman as a prized asset.

Expect plenty changes to the playing squad in the off-season, with the former Ajax coach and Netherlands assistant likely to be already identifying targets.

It won't stop on the field though. City's owners recruited Ferrano Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, men who can take plenty of credit for Barcelona's success under Pep Guardiola, to drive the Manchester's club rise to Europe's elite.

Their business knowledge and football expertise, as well that of other key figures, will filter down to Heart and Major League Soccer sister club New York City FC.

Despite having progressed through Ajax's famed academy and been coached by the best in the form of Johan Cruyff, Van 't Schip knows there is still plenty he can pick up from his new paymasters.  

"With the involvement of the new owners, the City group, the growth in the club is secured for a long time now," he said.

"And in that environment I think we can build on the team, on the club. That was a very important thing for me.

"The more people around with expertise, who work in the top of international football, the better for everybody.

"I'm happy that I can go there and have a look, and see how they work. I've done of course a lot at other higher levels.

"And I'm very interested in how they are working at Manchester City, so that will be very interesting to go there. And I think we can all together make each other stronger."

If the project progresses as expected, Heart's facilities, administration and business model in general will become the envy of the A-League.

It won't be easy for their more established rivals to swallow, but even powerhouse club Melbourne Victory could find themselves learning things from the red and white half of the city. And the subsequent rise in standards can only benefit the A-League as a whole.