John Aloisi is one of Australia’s ‘Golden Generation’. Having played over 500 games for both club and country, he is currently very recognisable as part of the Optus Sport team that covers EPL, UEFA Champions League and currently the UEFA European Championships.
His senior playing career began at Adelaide City under Zoran Matic before he headed to Europe to ply his trade in Belgium with Standard Liege and Antwerp, Italy with Cremonese, England with Portsmouth and Coventry, Spain with Osasuna and Alaves, before heading home to play in the HAL with Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart.
We discuss his early learnings as a player at the AIS under Ron Smith and Steve O’Connor where he learned the principles of the game and positional behaviours that could apply in any system within any team and helped him throughout his career.
We also discuss his work as a pundit or ‘armchair coach’ as we agreed to call it and how this helps him as a coach.
John’s coaching career began at Melbourne Heart with the youth team and then Head Coach of the A League team. A brief period with the youth team at Melbourne Victory before heading up to Brisbane to work with his brother Ross at Brisbane Roar, where they enjoyed finals football each year.
John was incredibly open in talking about taking over as Head Coach at Brisbane Roar, his learnings through the journey as well as determining the right time to leave. This is another terrific coaching conversation.
Please join me in sharing John Aloisi’s Football Coaching Life.