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.

Football

Ernie Merrick has been reinvigorated by move to Phoenix

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

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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.

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.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart needs three wins to contest A-League finals

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch A minimum of three wins - and preferably four - from its past five matches is what it will take to give Melbourne Heart much chance of completing its fairytale recovery with a finals berth next month.

Soccer

Muscat dares to dream of ACL progress

Victory coach Kevin Muscat celebrates after the final whistle.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's 1-0 win against a Yokohama F Marinos side that dominated possession but could not find the net provides Kevin Muscat's team with a platform to qualify for the knockout stage of...

Soccer

Tough ask for Melbourne Victory in ACL game against legend of Lippi

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Michael Lynch It is hard to see this game being anything but a backs-to-the-wall ordeal for Victory.

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.

Soccer

Van't Schip leads Heart transformation

Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch John van't Schip's got priors at this sort of thing, galvanising his Melbourne Heart team to performances few expected.

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.

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

Roar the standout after two A-League rounds

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Michael Lynch Two rounds in and only one team — Brisbane Roar — has a 100 per cent record. And every club in the 10-team competition has at least one point.

Victory in great shape, says Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch For this weekend, and perhaps a while longer, Ange Postecoglou will still feel like the coach of Victory.

Soccer

Muscat has right stuff to replace Postecoglou

In sight: Leigh Broxham in Victory's 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat never shirked a challenge during his playing career.

Roar in first loss, but still top of table

Victory fans.

Michael Lynch Mike Mulvey's side has six points, one more than a clutch of clubs.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat to coach Melbourne Victory

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will announce Kevin Muscat as its new head coach on Thursday.

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