Shat­tered Aloisi just can’t work out fu­ture

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - By BEN McKAY in Mel­bourne

AT THE low­est ebb of his young coach­ing ca­reer, John Aloisi looked like a man out of an­swers as he ex­plained an­other loss for Mel­bourne Heart.

Solv­ing the Heart’s is­sues might not be Aloisi’s prob­lem for much longer af­ter his side’s de­mor­al­is­ing 1-0 de­feat to se­cond-bot­tom Welling­ton on Fri­day night.

Aloisi is seem­ingly lon­godds to re­main in charge of the Heart by the time their next game comes around against Cen­tral Coast in Gos­ford on Sun­day week.

The Heart are win­less in 17 games since Fe­bru­ary and six points adrift at the bot­tom of the A-League af­ter 12 rounds.

Two more win­less games and the Heart will equal the league record of 19 matches set by the nowde­funct New Zealand Knights in 2005-2006.

Say­ing it was ‘‘def­i­nitely’’ the low­est point in his coach­ing ca­reer, Aloisi couldn’t re­call a worse streak in his 22 years in pro­fes­sional foot­ball.

‘‘As a player I don’t think I went this long without win­ning ei­ther,’’ he said.

Aloisi’s record paints a sorry pic­ture with 39 matches in charge yield­ing just 31 points, no in­ter­state wins and a neg­a­tive goal dif­fer­ence of 22.

He was at a loss to ex­plain his side’s de­flat­ing per­for­mance against the Phoenix.

‘‘I’ve never been in a team that’s cre­ated so many chances and can’t — I don’t want to swear — win games,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t know what else you have to do to win games.’’

For­mer striker Aloisi, who

John Aloisi

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