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Heart turn back to van't Schip

By AAP .
29 December 2013 12:06PM EST

MELBOURNE Heart have called on former coach John van't Schip to lead the battling A-League club after calling time on John Aloisi's disappointing reign.

Club chairman Peter Sidwell said van't Schip has been approached to take over on an interim basis and was expected to accept the role within 48 hours.

"Ultimately, success on the park is the major measure of a club and its success and very clearly we're not having that at the moment," Sidwell said.

Van't Schip, who guided Heart to the A-League finals in 2011/12 in his second and most recent season in charge of the club, has been working at the club in a part-time capacity as technical director and mentor for Aloisi.

Sidwell denied it was a destabilising factor - along with the club's ongoing takeover negotiations.

Sidwell, with chief executive Scott Munn, addressed the playing group this morning and said he shouldered responsibility for the team's non-performance.

"We all bear responsibility from top to bottom," Sidwell said.

"I addressed the players earlier today and told them we've all got some blood on our hands."

"None of us can walk away without saying `did we absolutely give (Aloisi) the best of support?'"

While the club was confident of wrapping up a deal to have van't Schip in charge prior to the Central Coast match on Sunday, they intend to take their time over a long-term appointment.

Munn said Saturday was one of the toughest days in the club's history, accepting personal responsibility for the turbulent period.

"I leave here today incredibly upset that a great man has gone from the club and I played a part in that."

"There's no question yesterday was one of the toughest days at the club."

Sidwell still has lofty ambitions to play finals football despite sitting rock bottom and 12 points from sixth place.

"I know that sounds extreme to some people and some of our cynics will laugh at that. Let me tell you we're as determined as ever at this club," he said.

Aloisi's assistant coach and friend Hayden Foxe has also left the club in the wake of Aloisi's termination.

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