Foxe heads south as a Heart coach

SYDNEY FC's loss is Melbourne Heart's gain following the appointment of Hayden Foxe to the club's coaching ranks.

Foxe, 35, hung up the boots with Sydney FC last year and was expected to stay with the Sky Blues before Heart's new head coach John Aloisi came calling.

"We were both in the same class in London completing our UEFA coaching badges," Foxe said.

"I knew Ante Milicic was leaving and when Heart's assistant coach's job came up John got in contact with me."

Growing up in Winston Hills, Foxe said he was excited by the emergence of the Western Sydney Wanderers in his home town but had no regrets about leaving for Melbourne.

"It's funny how things work out with Ante coming up to the Wanderers and me going the other way to Melbourne," Foxe said.

"I think we could have possibly swapped houses."

Having played for the Socceroos and in the English Premier League, Foxe said he was keen to use his playing experiences to help Heart's youthful squad.

"I've played under some very good managers in Harry Redknapp and Ron Smith," Foxe said.

"Both of these managers have a great technical understanding of the game and our coaching department at Heart will be looking to play our football in a similar way."

Foxe wasn't the only new coaching appointment at Heart during the A-League off-season.

He's joined at the club by new technical director Ron Smith and goalkeeping coach Joey Didulica.

Smith is a former head football coach at the Australian Institute of Sport, while Australian-born Didulica is a former Croatian international with experience in the Dutch Eredivisie.

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