Aloisi joins Melbourne Victory as youth coach

Melbourne Victory have appointed former Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart player John Aloisi as a youth development coach.

Aloisi will be working alongside youth head coach Darren Davies with the club's National Youth League and new National Premier League side.

The move sees a return to coaching for the former Socceroo after he was dismissed in January last year by then-Melbourne Heart following a winless start to the 2013-14 campaign.

Since then he has been working as a pundit with Fox Sports.

"I'm delighted to be given this opportunity with Melbourne Victory and I'm looking forward to working with Darren as we prepare for the National Premier League season," Aloisi said in a statement.

"We'll provide the group with the best resources we can for them to develop with access to state-of-the-art facilities, so it's an exciting time to be involved at the club."

Aloisi was a sworn enemy of the Big V as a player and coach, helping the Sky Blues to claim the Premiership from Victory in 2009-10, although injury forced to him to miss the Grand Final penalty shootout win.

He then signed as an inaugural player with Heart, now Melbourne City.

Upon retiring in 2011, he joined the backroom staff at Heart before replacing John van 't Schip as head coach for the 2012-13 season.

“John is a highly respected member of the Australian football community whose experience and pedigree will add real value to our youth football program,” Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat said.

“His appointment is another step towards the development of our own football academy and we’re delighted to welcome him as part of the Melbourne Victory family.

“John will work solely with our kids, educating the 40-45 players aged between 15 and 19 who will form our National Premier League teams.

“Ultimately, we want these kids to be taught ‘the Victory way’ and progress to play senior football for the club.

“With John’s playing and coaching experience, there are few better placed to be able educate our kids on the style and philosophy that Melbourne Victory aspires to.”