Melbourne City head coach John van ‘t Schip has stood down with immediate effect, citing a desire to return to the Netherlands for the care of their seriously ill father.
The club released a brief statement Tuesday in which they thanked van ‘t Schip for his services to the club.
“The reaction of john to his personal circumstances is a testament to the man he is and why he has been an important factor for the Club’s development, both on and off the field – culminating in the orientation of our Men’s First team in his first trophy. He has our continued gratitude and support as its focus rightly turns to his family,” said the president of the club, City Football Group Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
Tim Cahill heads of the City of Melbourne to the FFA Cup final win at Sydney FC
Assistant coach Michael Valkanis has been appointed interim first-team coach, with immediate effect, while the club conducts a search for a permanent replacement for van ‘t Schip.
The Dutch ex-International was the inaugural head coach of the then Melbourne Heart, and spent six seasons at the club, through two terms in office, supervision of 144 A-League games with a win ratio of 36%.
Van ‘t Schip guided Heart/of the City of three final series appearances, winning the club of silver at the beginning of the season with a 1-0 victory over Sydney FC in the FFA Cup final.
Commenting on his decision of John van’t Schip said, “I have been faced with a choice between my family in Holland and my work here in Australia and there was only one right decision.
“I do not want my personal circumstances impact on the Club in any way. I am part of a strong team of coaches that has been carefully nurtured over the past three years and that gives me a lot of confidence that this situation will not adversely affect the Club’s progress.
“I would like to thank everyone in the City of Melbourne and the City Football Group for their support. Club development since its inception will always be a source of great pride for me.”
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On January 2, 2017