John Aloisi can vanquish his demons and win it all at Western United

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After years in the footballing wilderness following his disappointing final season at Brisbane Roar, John Aloisi is back near the top of the A-League Men pyramid with Western United.

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Despite a loss in round one of the 2021/22 season to Melbourne Victory, Western United have gone undefeated since then and sit second on the table through five matches. 

Having finished 10th at the end of their second campaign in 2020/21, Aloisi replaced Mark Rudan as head coach at Western United in July 2021. 

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Aloisi started his coaching career with Melbourne Heart (now Melbourne CIty) in 2012 and spent one full season at the club before departing. 

His next stint at a top job came with the Brisbane Roar signing on in mid 2015. 

During his three-year tenure in Brisbane, Aloisi recorded a win percentage of 38% and led the club to two consecutive top-four finishes, as well as two semi-final berths. 

Unfortunately, Aloisi failed to capitalise on his team’s impressive regular season form and never made it over the hump to win a championship as manager. 

After leaving Brisbane in 2018 as their longest-serving manager, Aloisi stepped away from the sidelines and many fans thought this might be the end to Aloisi’s time as a top-level coach. 

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However, he’s back three years later now with Western United and has the A-League Men’s relative new boys looking like an established title contender.

Aloisi has Western United playing with a strong defensive mindset, having conceded only a single goal so far this season, and this is a strong base for a championship run.

He has managed this while juggling player absences forced on through Covid protocols displaying the strength he has brought into the entire United squad, who finished last season with a negative 17 goal difference. 

Although it’s still early in the 2021/22 season, Aloisi has Western United looking like real contenders for this year’s championship. 

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Having already toppled last year’s champions, Melbourne City, the building blocks are in place for Western United to win it all in 2021/22.

So far it has been a triumphant return to the A-League Men for Aloisi, if he can keep Western United playing this well through the regular season and into the finals, his 10 year journey for a first A-League Men championship as a coach will finally be complete.

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Bill Hedley
Bill Hedley
Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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