Nus boosts Heart's coaching ranks

EXCLUSIVE: Melbourne Heart FC has appointed Gerard Nus as an assistant coach at the club for the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League season.

Nus, who most previously worked at Brighton and Hove Albion in the English Championship, joins Heart as a co-assistant alongside Hayden Foxe.

Heart coach John Aloisi was delighted with the capture of Nus, claiming an extra pair of eyes around the club will be a massive boost.

“It all came about at the end of last season,” Aloisi told “We sat down and spoke about what we thought we need to improve on and go forward with, and one of them was to get another set of eyes.”

“A coach that can help me and help Hayden and help the players during the week.

“Gerard’s name come about and when I was over in London with Hayden we sat down with him and saw his CV, spoke to him about football and spoke about the way we want to play.

“We think he can bring us a lot and also help us during the year, and he’s got a good experience not only working with some older players but also with the youth players so he’ll be a big help to us.”

Gerard has experience working in a number of countries around the globe, including alongside compatriot Rafael Benitez at Liverpool FC as a part of the reserve coaching staff.

Last season he was working under Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet at Brighton as the Head of Academy Coaching before leaving via mutual consent in January of 2013.

Along with Nus, Heart also has former coach John van’t Schip on the coaching staff this season, something that Aloisi believes will be a great help to not only himself but also the players.

“It’s great because he comes to watch training and he’ll sit in the stand and after the training session I’ll ask him questions about certain things I’ve been looking at,” said Aloisi.

“We chew the fat about football all the time and it’s great to have someone with the experience that he’s got.

“He’s like a mentor to me. It’s also good for the club and sometimes he might have a chat with an individual player every now and then to just see how life is.

“He’s another familiar face around the club and everyone likes him. I’m lucky that he’s on board with us.”

Ron Smith is no longer at the club however due to his inability to move from Canberra after joining last season as a technical advisor.

“It was difficult because Ron couldn’t be with us,” said Aloisi. “So we decided we wanted someone who could be here day in day out.”