Melbourne City surprised a lot of fans and pundits alike when they announced Warren Joyce as their Head Coach for the 2017-18 season. Sure he has an impressive resume, but most would’ve been expecting a bigger name European manager or another Australian to fill the position. But as we approach Round 4 Melbourne City sit atop the A-League ladder with three wins from three games, with just one goal conceded. If they can beat Adelaide this week Joyce won’t only go four from four, but he will make A-League history.
No coach has ever won their first four matches after debuting. Gary van Egmond won his first three matches with the Newcastle Jets in 2006-07 but his fourth match as a Head Coach was a 1-1 draw against Sydney FC.
Ernie Merrick didn’t win a match until Round 5, Graham Arnold only won one of his first four matches, and two-time championship winning and current Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou didn’t win any of his first four matches. Sydney FC’s Vitezslav Lavicka won three of his first four matches in 2009-10 but the third match was a draw.
Not to compare van Egmond or Joyce to the above managers nor to say they’re the best managers in A-League history, but currently it’s van Egmond and Joyce with the most successive victories to begin their A-League careers. The Englishman will sit alone if City can defeat Adelaide United this week.
The Reds have their own coach with an undefeated streak. Marco Kurz is unbeaten in three matches, but the one win and two draws they sit in fifth place, four points behind City.
The match will see Eugene Galekovic, Marcelo Carrusca, and less prominently Iacopo La Rocca play United for the first time since leaving the club last season. There are a bunch of other players lining up against their old side this week, can you name every player to feature for Adelaide and Melbourne City?