MELBOURNE City coach John van't Schip could be in trouble if he continues to oversee losses, following his team's 5-1 mauling at the hands of Wellington at Westpac Stadium.
Patience would be wearing thin at the club, with its City Football Group owners holding high expectations this season after the signing of new players including former Irish international Damien Duff.
The new owners, new name, new strip and new signings have not produced new results, however, yesterday's embarrassing loss taking the ledger to one win, four losses and three draws for the season.
Nathan Burns did the damage for the Phoenix, scoring the club's first A-League hat-trick despite being asked by referee Jared Gillett to re-take the penalty attempt for his third, following encroachment by his teammates.
After a strong first half-hour from the visitors, a four-goal burst in 16 minutes sealed the result for the Phoenix between the 35th and 51st minutes.
Burns scored the first and third of this run, with Roly Bonevacia and Roy Krishna also getting on the scorers' sheet. David Williams scored a late consolation penalty for City.
Meanwhile, Newcastle held local rival Central Coast to a 1-all draw at Hunter Stadium yesterday.
The Jets' David Carney went on a brilliant run to set up Edson Montano for the first goal of the afternoon, three minutes into the second half.
But the Mariners responded seven minutes later, Richard Vernes scoring off a Michael Neill cross to the near post.
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