Jamieson warns rivals of tougher, extra intense Melbourne Metropolis

However New South Wales’ COVID state of affairs has pressured A-League bosses to shuffle the schedule, and Metropolis now will tackle Brisbane at Redcliffe on Tuesday evening as Kisnorbo – who coached the group on a handful of events final yr when Erick Mombaerts was unavailable – takes cost in his personal proper for the primary time.

Jamieson says the transition from the veteran Frenchman to the pugnacious Australian can be seamless, though there can be variations.

“Patrick was up shut and private with Erick, he was with him from day dot, he is aware of each element and nonetheless retains in touch with him,” Jamieson says.

“It was disappointing to lose Erick after only one season, however comprehensible. Have a look at the larger image, his age, his household are all again in France. However he’s nonetheless in touch with folks with the membership, and his affect is unquestionably there.”


Jamieson believes the elevation of Kisnorbo to the highest job is a “feelgood story” which gives a pathway to all aspiring coaches.

“He was a participant within the A-League, a captain after which labored himself up from the academy teaching group to the W-League group to the reserves and now he is the pinnacle coach of the boys within the A-League. His progress is one thing that may be an instance and encourage us all,” Jamieson says.

The Metropolis skipper says Kisnorbo will change issues on the margins however he’ll search for extra aggression and dedication from his group, particularly in urgent opponents when they don’t seem to be in possession.

“Patrick has his personal attributes. He is passionate and intense, however tactically you possibly can see what he’s doing is an extension of what Erick did,” Jamieson says.

“You possibly can’t tame a lion and I feel you will notice loads of Patrick in us as a group, I feel we are going to enhance with out the ball. The depth he needs us at is horrifying.


“To have the possession you need and the best way you wish to play it’s a must to work laborious off the ball to get it, and that is what we have now been engaged on – however I feel we may also enhance with the ball too.”

Metropolis have retained the majority of the squad that did so properly final season and has added to it with a handful of signings, together with ex-Brisbane midfielder Aiden O’Neill.

Kisnorbo is reluctant to say his squad is best than the one which went so shut final yr, however Jamieson says the competitors for locations is much more intense than previously.

“The very best and largest factor we have now completed is that we have now saved the core of the squad. A whole lot of the groups within the league had loads of upheaval,” he says.

“We’ve added to the squad with some excellent gamers and created depth. We’ve mainly acquired two gamers in each place.”

Jamieson has no regrets about lacking out on what would have been the largest sport of his Metropolis profession final August.

“Leaving the hub after beating Sydney [in a regular season fixture] was tough. I spoke to the gamers and was emotional about it, and had meant to come back again if my son was born on the due date,” he says.

“It was the precise determination. My associate was rushed to hospital on grand closing day and had I not been there for that, with no household [in Victoria] I in all probability wouldn’t have forgiven myself.

“There’s clearly a bit a part of me that believes I might have made a distinction. The boys have been implausible. However I feel by way of on-field I might have helped. That mentioned, we did rather well to get to the place we acquired to even when we fell brief.”

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