Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Melbourne City https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/melbourne-heart Sun, 18 Aug 2019 19:41:46 +1000 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Ex-Man Utd coach Joyce named Salford development coach]]> <p>Former Manchester United U23 coach Warren Joyce has been named coach of Salford City new development squad.</p><p>Joyce took control of United's second string between 2008 and 2016, before going on to manager Wigan Athletic and Melbourne City's senior sides.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-man-utd-coach-joyce-named-salford-development-coach-4288339?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Manchester United U23 coach Warren Joyce has been named coach of Salford City new development squad.

Joyce took control of United's second string between 2008 and 2016, before going on to manager Wigan Athletic and Melbourne City's senior sides.

The 54-year-old returned to England earlier this year and beat over 150 applicants to the role of Salford's new youth chief.

I'm looking forward to the challenge, it's a different challenge and I'm relishing the opportunity to work here!

Obviously you're starting off afresh, it's a different challenge to start from near enough a blank piece of paper.

The club, the management and the owners have done fantastically well in the last few years to get to where they've got and they don't want to stop here.

Part of it is providing pathways for young players to come through, and local kids to get through to the first team."

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<![CDATA[Pogba favourite Joyce frontrunner for Man Utd U23 vacancy]]> <p>Warren Joyce is the favourite to become Manchester United's new U23 coach.</p><p>The Englishman spent 12 years as a coach at the club and in 2008 was co manager of the reserves alongside current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/pogba-favourite-joyce-frontrunner-for-man-utd-u23-vacancy-4284480?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Warren Joyce is the favourite to become Manchester United's new U23 coach.

The Englishman spent 12 years as a coach at the club and in 2008 was co manager of the reserves alongside current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Joyce parted ways with Melbourne City recently after two years with the Australian club.

United are without a U23 coach since Ricky Sbragia was sacked three weeks ago.

The 54-year-old has a strong relationship with Paul Pogba, who has been linked with an exit in recent weeks.

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<![CDATA[Humphreys-Grant joins Kompany on Man City player released list]]> <p>Manchester City have announced their released players list - which includes Cameron Humphreys-Grant.</p><p>Vincent Kompany was the highest profile departure as Manchester City confirmed their list of released players ahead of next season. </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/humphreys-grant-joins-kompany-on-man-city-player-released-list-4284146?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Manchester City have announced their released players list - which includes Cameron Humphreys-Grant.

Vincent Kompany was the highest profile departure as Manchester City confirmed their list of released players ahead of next season.

The Belgium international already announced he would be leaving the club after last month's FA Cup final to take over as player-manager at Anderlecht.

Pep Guardiola was keen to keep the club captain on for another year but refused to guarantee him regular first-team football as City look to add to their central defensive options this summer.

In total, six out of contract players have been allowed to leave, including Luke Brattan, who has been on loan at Melbourne City for the last three seasons.

Academy prospects Aaron Nemane, Cameron Humphreys-Grant, Charlie Oliver and Tom Dele-Bashiru will also depart.

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<![CDATA[Aston Villa release Ross McCormack]]> <p>Aston Villa have released Ross McCormack after a horror three years at the club.</p><p>Villa paid Fulham 12m for the Scotsman's signature in 2016.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/aston-villa-release-ross-mccormack-4283602?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Aston Villa have released Ross McCormack after a horror three years at the club.

Villa paid Fulham 12m for the Scotsman's signature in 2016.

He went on to make 24 appearances in four seasons, which included loan spells at four different clubs.

McCormack still had 12 months remaining on his contract and was in line for a pay increase after Villa's promotion to the Premier League.

However, the two parties have reached a mutual agreement to terminate the contract.

Villa confirmed McCormack's departure with a statement on Monday, which read: "Aston Villa can confirm Ross McCormack is to leave the club after signing a variation agreement.

"The club would like to wish Ross well for the future."

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<![CDATA[Everton & Socceroos legend Cahill announces retirement]]> <p>Former Everton and Millwall forward Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from football.</p><p> 39-year-old Cahill - who also played in USA, China and Australia - is currently with Indian Super League side Jamshedpur, but his contract expires at the end of the month.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/everton-socceroos-legend-cahill-announces-retirement-4274579?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Everton and Millwall forward Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from football.

39-year-old Cahill - who also played in USA, China and Australia - is currently with Indian Super League side Jamshedpur, but his contract expires at the end of the month.

Asked if he would continue playing when the deal runs out, the Socceroos legend told Optus Sport: "No, I'm an old man now in football years.

"I'd love to keep playing, you know, 39, had a great stint for six months in India.

"But I'm interested in TV, going to start my A Licence, and spending quality time with my family and chilling out for a bit.

"It was amazing to play in four big continents. I had a great career and I'm really thankful.

"I'm someone that massively respects the game and I'll take my time to learn more.

"Coaching is something that's definitely going to be on the horizon."

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<![CDATA[Tottenham loanee Harrison looking at Kane with Melb City loan]]> <p>Tottenham Hotspur striker Shayon Harrison hopes to emulate Harry Kane with his recent loan to Melbourne City.</p><p>Harrison has taken the unorthodox decision to join the A-League club, which resides 16,000km from London.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/tottenham-loanee-harrison-looking-at-kane-after-melb-city-loan-4267924?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tottenham Hotspur striker Shayon Harrison hopes to emulate Harry Kane with his recent loan to Melbourne City.

Harrison has taken the unorthodox decision to join the A-League club, which resides 16,000km from London.

The 21-year-old has made a gutsy decision and is hopeful he can follow the same footsteps as Kane, who perfected his craft on loan at the likes of Leicester City and Norwich before hitting the big time at Spurs.

"Harry's an example of hard work, going out on loan, doing well there and showing that hard work pays off," Harrison told Goal.

"He's a big inspiration for me, especially being a striker. Someone I really look up to and hopefully I can mirror that one day.

"I've trained with him a lot, played with him in a few pre-season games - he's just an amazing player, everything you want in a striker.

"Not only on the pitch but the way he carries himself off it as well. He's an unbelievable professional and someone all the lads at Spurs look up to."

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<![CDATA[Tottenham striker Shayon Harrison on way to Australia]]> <p>Tottenham striker Shayon Harrison is moving on-loan to Australia.</p><p>The 21-year-old Spurs youth product is being sent down under to get more game time, where he will join Melbourne City on-loan.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/tottenham-striker-shayon-harrison-on-way-to-australia-4267401?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tottenham striker Shayon Harrison is moving on-loan to Australia.

The 21-year-old Spurs youth product is being sent down under to get more game time, where he will join Melbourne City on-loan.

Harrison has struggled to break into Mauricio Pochettino's first team, having only appeared once in a League Cup tie against Liverpool in October 2016.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports key to the Melbourne City deal is their coach Warren Joyce.

The former Manchester United academy coach remains highly regarded inside the English game and his presence convinced Spurs about the deal.

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<![CDATA[David Villa to be reunited with Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe]]> <p>Former Barcelona striker David Villa is set to be reunited with Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe.</p><p>They will now link up once more under the tutelage of coach Juanma Lillo, according to Deportes Cuatro.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/david-villa-to-be-reunited-with-andres-iniesta-at-vissel-kobe-4258984?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Barcelona striker David Villa is set to be reunited with Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe.

They will now link up once more under the tutelage of coach Juanma Lillo, according to Deportes Cuatro.

Villa is the Spanish national side's top scorer of all time with 59 goals and has worn the jersey of Sporting, Zaragoza, Valencia, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Melbourne City previously in his career.

Two days ago, he announced that he will not remain with New York City next season but didn't offer any hints as to where he may end up.

He captained New York City, playing 124 games with the side and scoring 80 goals.

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<![CDATA[Man City in advanced talks to buy Chinese club]]> <p>Manchester City are in advanced negotiations to buy a Chinese club.</p><p>An announcement should be made by the end of the year, with the club in question believed to be in Chengdu, says the <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6356109/Manchester-City-closing-deal-add-Chinese-club-portfolio.html">Daily Mail</a><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6356109/Manchester-City-closing-deal-add-Chinese-club-portfolio.html"></a>.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/man-city-in-advanced-talks-to-buy-chinese-club-4255595?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Manchester City are in advanced negotiations to buy a Chinese club.

An announcement should be made by the end of the year, with the club in question believed to be in Chengdu, says the Daily Mail.

City already own Australia's Melbourne City and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay. They part-own New York City FC, La Liga's Girona and Yokohama F Marinos in Japan.

The Premier League champions have been criticised for moving players between clubs under the City Football Group umbrella.

Club sources stress, however, that City are focused on building their brand and "expanding the development of grassroots football" across the world.

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<![CDATA[Exclusive: Clem Morfuni using Swindon board role to fix 'pathetic' Australian pathway]]> <p>Clem Morfuni wants to use his platform as Swindon Town non-executive vice-chairman to fix what he describes as a "pathetic" pathway for Australian kids to play professional football.</p><p>The Sydney native is the founder of Axis Group, a multi-national building services contractor that was involved in the construction of new Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-clem-morfuni-using-swindon-board-role-to-fix-pathetic-australian-pathway-4252836?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BMelbourne%2BCity'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Clem Morfuni wants to use his platform as Swindon Town non-executive vice-chairman to fix what he describes as a "pathetic" pathway for Australian kids to play professional football.

The Sydney native is the founder of Axis Group, a multi-national building services contractor that was involved in the construction of new Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Morfuni has sponsored the League Two club since 2015 and was handed a position on the board by owner Lee Power in July last year.

Australian businesses have begun to make their mark in English football recently, with a consortium reportedly favourites to purchase League One club Charlton Athletic.

Speaking to Tribal Football, Morfuni says he plans to use his own standing at Swindon to provide new opportunities for aspiring footballers in Australia.

"We've employed a talent scout who is coming out to Australia in November," revealed Morfuni.

"So we're looking for kids and we want to develop a pathway for kids in Australia to go to English and European football and the best way to have it is to have someone in that level that can pull a proper pathway for kids because I think the pathway in Australia is pathetic.

"And now that people know that I'm Swindon vice-chairman. And there's a couple of other things that I'm trying to do that I can't really announce yet. But we're trying to get that pathway where we're generating really good kids from Australia who can go and play football."

Morfuni does not state whether the idea would evolve in the form of an academy or direct trials at Swindon, but his argument that Australia needs a different platform for their young footballers is a strong one.

The A-League, which commenced in 2005, is one of the few professional domestic leagues in world football that does not have a relegation system.

The National Premier League (NPL), competitions that are based in each Australian state, and the subsequent state leagues, essentially serve as the equivalent to the English football pyramid for Australian football, with the A-League at its apex.

Over the past two seasons, however, only seven players have been recruited from NPL competitions who were under 23, Australian and had no previous A-League experience.

Despite the league expanding to twelve franchises in 2019/2020, Morfuni argues that A-League clubs have no interest in developing youth.

"No disrespect to the A-League, I've been involved in the A-League. But there is no pathway. They just want to win their competition," Morfuni continued.

"They've got a lot of older players in that league and there is probably 10,000 Australian kids that want to play football and the A-League has 10 teams and none of these young kids have an opportunity to get in.

"Hopefully this works so there might be an opportunity for our national league to get even better.

"It's good for Australia because it gives us an opportunity and I'm over there enough to be heavily involved in it."

Morfuni's plans for young Australian footballers makes up a small fraction of his work at Swindon.

Due to his vast experience in the construction industry, Morfuni has become an instrumental figure in negotiations over a proposed purchase of the club's 122-year-old stadium, the County Ground.

Swindon hopes they can buy the 15,728 capacity stadium off the local council and split the ownership 50-50 with two supporter groups, Trust STFC and STFC Supporters Club.

The stadium purchase has long been a topic of debate in Swindon, but Morfuni believes it will pay off in the long-term as Town aims to climb the rungs of the Football League.

"The football club started in 1879 so there's a lot of passion there. We've been in the Premier League before in 1993/94. We were up there for one season but we've been hovering around League One and League Two in the Football League.

"There's absolutely a lot of passion. It doesn't matter what club you support in English football, there's always passion over there. We're in League Two at the moment and we're trying to get promotion.

"We think we should be a Championship club. There's a big enough catchment, I think if we develop the ground it will be a lot better we'll get better income outside the pitch so we can put more money inside the pitch so that's what we're trying to do.

"Lee Power and I have been talking about it making it and that's our goal. To get them in the Championship minimum."

It wouldn't be the first time Swindon find themselves in the upper echelon of British football. The town might be famous for its railway history, but many nostalgic football fans will remember their ill-fated and solitary Premier League season in 1993/94.

Player-manager Glenn Hoddle departed for Chelsea before the season and the Robins would eventually finish bottom with five wins from 42 games.

Significant investment would be needed for a top-flight return, but given the emergence of other smaller clubs in recent years, such as Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield, Morfuni hasn't given up hope.

"I always say we'd love to be in the top-flight but to be in the top-flight you need a couple of hundred million quid.

"If we can get in the Championship it'll be an accomplishment especially if we can purchase the ground with the supporters groups, it will be a good feat.

"You never know, you might get one freak season where you'll get in the Premier League. You got to think eight years ago, Brighton were in our division. But it's going to take time."

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