Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.

Soccer

Give John Aloisi more time at Heart, urges Wellington coach Ernie Merrick

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Heart thought to be considering a short-term return to its inaugural coach.

Football

Ernie Merrick has been reinvigorated by move to Phoenix

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch You can, it seems, teach an old dog new tricks.

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Soccer

Battle for finals spots goes down to the wire

Adelaide United's Michael Marrone beats the Phoenix's Matthew Ridenton to the ball during the crucial A-League clash.

Michael Lynch Runaway leaders Brisbane apart, the FFA is entitled to feel rather pleased with itself at the shakeout in the A-League this season.

Next six days will define Victory's season, but Muscat can smile now

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Having seen off a gallant, and rather unlucky, Sydney in the elimination final on Friday night there is little time for the Victory squad to rest on its laurels.

Soccer

A-League round ten preview

Michael Lynch All the ins and outs with previews for round nine of the A-League.

Soccer

Heart's soccer derby loss to Victory puts greater pressure on John Aloisi

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Heart's board has shown patience with John Aloisi - as it should.

Soccer

Heart coach still a believer

Melbourne Heart's Harry Kewell and coach John Aloisi after the teams loss in the Melbourne Derby.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart can't afford a loss to second-last team Wellington Phoenix.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart's winless streak is testing the patience of fans

John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's motto this season is 'Heart believe'. It's a plea that has stretched the patience of supporters almost beyond belief.

Wasteful Melbourne Heart downed by Wellington Phoenix

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

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Soccer

Pressure builds on Heart coach John Aloisi as Wellington Phoenix win again

Heartbreaker: Wellington's Stein Huysegems (right) is congratulated by teammates after his goal against Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

Kevin Muscat: Starting with a clean slate

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch With his move into management, Kevin Muscat is moving on from his image as a dirty player.

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Soccer

Waiting for Glory years

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Perth Glory is not quite an A-League byword for dysfunctionality.

Football

John Aloisi sacked as Melbourne Heart manager, Van 't Schip in the frame as new manager

Michael Lynch As Melbourne Heart's season implodes, the club informed coach John Aloisi on Saturday that it would not be requiring his services any more.

Soccer

Aloisi given the boot as club looks to Van 't Schip

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch John Aloisi has been shown the door by Melbourne Heart after 12 winless games.

Soccer

Unhappy Western Sydney Wanderers as Melbourne Victory sizzle in the heat

Veteran Archie Thompson makes his presence felt, opening the scoring against the Wanderers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat declared he had complete confidence in the depth of his depleted squad ahead of this game against the high flying Western Sydney Wanderers.

Soccer

Muscat stays tight-lipped over Rogic

Michael Lynch One thing seems likely - Mitch Nichols could well have played his last game in navy blue.

Soccer

Get Tom Rogic, sack Mitch Nichols

Adrian Leijer is yellow-carded.

Michael Lynch Victory was abject in Wellington, but there were some mitigating circumstances.

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Soccer

Ex-Victory coach rises from ashes at Phoenix

Michael Lynch At 61, age certainly doesn't appear to be wearying Ernie Merrick.

Soccer

A-League favourite Brisbane Roar grabs yet another late victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Roar has class and skill throughout, and also the indomitable spirit of many champion teams.

Soccer

Revived Heart pumped under van't Schip

Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch Six weeks after John Aloisi left, the picture has changed for the Melbourne Heart.