Behich backs van’t Schip to get City firing

Former Melbourne City defender Aziz Behich has backed John van’t Schip as the man to get the misfiring club back to winning ways.

Behich spent three and a half seasons with City, making more than 80 appearances for the A-League side, and was under van ’t Schip at AAMI Park last season.

The left-back returned to Turkish outfit Bursapor permanently in the off-season after a loan spell at City.

“The season’s not gone to plan, I’m not there but I guess just going by the media and everything and the expectations they’ve had,” Behich told FourFourTwo.

“But I’m sure with the coach they have and the players they’ve brought in they can turn their season around. John’s a great coach and there’s no doubt they’ll turn the season around.”

Melbourne City was spanked 5-1 by Wellington last weekend and has just won one of their eight games this season.

Loan signing David Villa left the club earlier than expected and marquee Robert Koren is still on his way to back to full fitness.

Australian Socceroo Josh Kennedy isn’t expected to arrive until next month.

Behich believes City needs longer to get all of its players on the same page and working together as a unit.

“They’ve brought in a few players so obviously teams can’t gel straight away with new players,” he said.

“It takes a bit of time.”

Behich was given his chance at City as a 19-year old under van’t Schip and feels the Dutchman is the right person at the helm.

"He's a great coach and I think under Johnthey can turn their season around,” he said.