Heart's vote of confidence in John Van 't Schip
The recent takeover by the Manchester City led consortium has been greeted by a mostly positive reaction from fans of the club.
However, it has meant that players and coaching staff are on notice and ultimately playing for their Heart careers in the remainder of the season.
This situation is exacerbated by the fact that a majority were out of contract at the end of the season at the time of the takeover and many will need to impress.
In a major show of intent John van ‘t Schip secured a further three-year deal from the new management which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016/17 season.
After arriving back at Melbourne Heart to replace John Aloisi in January van Schip has overseen a massive turnaround in form, bringing about some of the most memorable victories in the club’s short history.
While the form reversal can in part be attributed to the return from injury of some key players, it is clear to everyone watching Heart this season that the capacity to win games in now present and tactically the team appears to be more versatile.
A happy dressing room can be either the cause or the effect of a coach achieving good results. John van ‘t Schip has also got the backing of the fan base, with whom he is particularly popular.
The re-appointment of van ‘t Schip seems to be a common sense decision without any real downside.
It will provide continuity with the fans of the club, keeping in mind the likely shake-up. It is also a reward for achieving positive results. An appointment on merit and JVS seems to have deserved it.