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

John Aloisi sets his heart on learning

Michael Lynch Former Heart coach not surprised club has managed to turn things around under his successor.

Football

Melbourne Heart still pumping: two draws give coach John Aloisi confidence

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch It wouldn't be accurate to say that another battling draw - this time with A-League powerhouse Western Sydney Wanderers - means Melbourne Heart have turned the corner.

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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

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.

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

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.

Football

John Aloisi has time to learn from his coaching nadir

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch John Aloisi's demise as Melbourne Heart coach was as inevitable as it was painful.

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John Aloisi feels the heat after another loss

Tomi Juric, Patrick Gerhardt

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart boss John Aloisi doesn't agree that his team is toothless in front of goal.

Soccer

John Aloisi defends Melbourne Heart's lack of goals

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart boss John Aloisi doesn't agree that his team is toothless in front of goal.

Soccer

John Aloisi under pressure as Heart has another loss to Sydney FC

Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney celebrates after scoring a goal.

Michael Lynch Now it is John Aloisi, Melbourne Heart's under-pressure coach, who is staring down the barrel.

Football

A-League: John Aloisi facing mounting pressure after Melbourne Heart's loss to Sydney FC

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Coach John Aloisi of the Heart  during the round six A-League match between the Melbourne Heart and Sydney FC at AAMI Park on November 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch There was one solitary banner at the northern end of AAMI Park demanding the dismissal of John Aloisi before this game kicked off, although the tightly knit hard core of Melbourne Heart fans in the...

Soccer

Crunch time for Melbourne Heart soccer boss John Aloisi

John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch It's no exaggeration to say that former Socceroos star John Aloisi is battling for his coaching future over the next fortnight.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi faces crunch time to save his job

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi probably has two more matches to pull things out of the fire.

Football

John Aloisi must break the glass and use weapon

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 12:  Harry Kewell of the Heart feels his nose during the round one A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Heart at Etihad Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch These days I often imagine that somewhere in a life-size case in a back office at Melbourne Heart's Latrobe University offices stands Harry Kewell, encased behind the protective glass front.

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Pressure builds on Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi

Heart coach John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch If results don't come, and come quickly, the demand for a fresh face gathers momentum.

Melbourne Heart's beat stays strong with John Aloisi

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch It was not quite back-slaps and smiles as John Aloisi put his troops through their final paces before their crucial game against Adelaide United at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.

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Heart coach John Aloisi calm in face of pressure

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi at training on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Coach says he has not been given any ultimatums or told his job depends on Sunday's result.

Football

'As a club, as a group, we are sticking together': John Aloisi backs Heart

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart boss John Aloisi saluted his side's second half fightback against Adelaide United.

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi hits back at Mark Bosnich

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch A defiant John Aloisi on Saturday night declared "I’m no quitter" and insisted he would not bow to media pressure to resign from his job as head coach of struggling Melbourne Heart.

Melbourne Heart needs surgery but axing John Aloisi is no quick fix

Michael Lynch John Aloisi has been fending off questions about his future for most of the season and they are unlikely to stop now.