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Aloisi confident Heart will do well

FORMER Socceroos striker John Aloisi set the record straight yesterday.

He was sure he wasn't anything like the man he replaced as the Melbourne Heart coach, Dutchman John van't Schip.

"I don't know if I'll be as calm as him - I've got Italian blood," the 36-year-old said jokingly during the press conference confirming his three-year appointment.

Aloisi retired from playing for the Heart at the end of the 2010-2011 A-League season and will be the youngest coach in the competition next season.

He said he was keen to use what he's learned from playing for some of the best managers in the game during his 15-year professional career into play.

A great idea when you consider he's played for the likes of Guus Hiddink, former FC Barcelona and England coach Terry Venables and ex-Mexican national team coach Javier Aguirre.

"I think I can bring a bit from all of them," Aloisi, who was coach of the Heart youth team last season, said. "When I retired, I didn't really expect to be the head coach within a year.

"When this came along I thought it would be a great opportunity … with the players we've got I'm confident we'll do well."

While the 'No Vacancy" sign is now up at the Heart, there are still two coaching vacancies left to be filled in the A-League - Sydney and West Sydney are still in the market.

The rumour-mill has thrown up the names of Ernie Merrick and Tony Popovic for Sydney while Heart assistant coach Ante Milicic could be in the frame for West Sydney.

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