Ernie Merrick makes A-League history

Melbourne City spurned back into life  defeating Newcastle Jets 2-1, recording their first victory since Round 4. Andrew Nabbout gave the Jets a deserved lead after half an hour before goals from Ross McCormack and Manny Muscat of all people earned City the win. While Warren Joyce was managing his ninth A-League match his rival Ernie Merrick was celebrating his 250th. The former Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix boss is the first in A-League history to reach the milestone and with that in mind let’s take a look back at the Scotsman career.

Career accomplishments

  • 151 matches for Melbourne Victory (2005-2011)
  • 90 matches for Wellington Phoenix (2013-2016)
  • Nine matches for Newcastle Jets (2017-)
  • Two A-League championships (2007, 2009)
  • Two A-League premierships (2006-07, 2008-09)
  • A-League Pre-Season Cup (2008)
  • Two time A-League Coach of the Year (2006-07, 2009-10)

Career statistics

  • 105 wins
  • 92 losses
  • 53 draws
  • 389 goals for
  • 344 goals against

Personal records

  • First manager to win two A-League titles with the same team
  • First coach to take charge of three A-League clubs
  • First coach to win 100 league games
  • Oldest A-League coach

Records against other clubs

  • New Zealand Knights P: 6 W: 6 D: 0 L: 0 (100%)
  • Gold Coast United P: 7 W: 4 D: 0 L: 3 (57%)
  • Adelaide United P: 35 W; 19 D: 3 L: 13 (54%)
  • Brisbane Roar P: 28 W: 14 D: 4 L: 10 (50%)
  • North Queensland Fury P: 6 W: 3 D: 2 L: 1 (50%)
  • Central Coast Mariners P: 29 W: 13 D: 7 L: 9 (44%)
  • Western Sydney Wanderers P: 10 W: 4: D: 3 L: 3 (40%)
  • Wellington Phoenix P: 13 W: 5 D: 6 L: 2 (38%)
  • Melbourne Victory P: 11: W: 4 D: 0 L: 7 (36%)
  • Sydney FC P: 33: W: 11 D: 11 L: 11 (33%)
  • Perth Glory P: 29: W: 9 D: 7 L: 13 (33%)
  • Newcastle Jets P: 27 W: 9: D: 6 L: 12 (33%)
  • Melbourne City P: 16 W: 4 D: 4 L: 8 (25%)

There are some interesting figures above, none more fascinating than his winning percentage against Melbourne City which is his lowest in his career. Maybe we should’ve seen the loss coming.

But oh well, pour a Scottish whiskey for Ernie today and celebrate his 250th match. He’s 65 in January so we’re not sure whether he’ll be around for another 250 but let’s enjoy one of the A-League’s greatest coaches while we can. Cheers.

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