Bleiberg the A-League king of spin

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    Gold Coast coach Miron Bleiberg proved beyond doubt he is the king of spin after turning Sunday’s uninspiring 0-0 draw with Sydney into the catalyst for the cellar dwellers to climb the A-League ladder.

    Sydney FC had not registered a point in three previous visits to Skilled Park so perhaps they could claim a victory of sorts over the last-placed United.

    But to listen to Bleiberg, you could be forgiven for thinking Gold Coast had not only won the game, but played well enough to beat any team in the competition.

    He has convinced the club’s billionaire owner Clive Palmer to write off the first phase of A-League matches and look to make a statement in the final two rounds.

    Bleiberg’s post-game analogy that his players were like tennis players in the Australian Open was a beauty.

    “I told Clive, let’s do our own calculations. Let’s do the second and third round as a separate entity,” said Bleiberg.

    “The black past, forget about it. At the moment, we have one point. That’s how we look at it. We’re mid-table (after one game of the second round).

    “We’re like tennis players now. The Australian Open is coming soon and you know that I like tennis. It doesn’t matter that we’re 5-0 down in the set. We will play point by point.”

    Despite a record of one win and six points from 10 games, Bleiberg believes his team is not that far off the pace.

    “On paper we are cellar dwellers, but in reality we are not far behind the rest of the teams, if at all. It’s cruel,” he said.

    Bleiberg’s next opponent in his tennis match will be Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday night.

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    • December 13th 2011 @ 7:50am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | December 13th 2011 @ 7:50am | ! Report

      No doubt Miron is a character and spin doctor, but what else would you expect him to say? Could you imagine Ian Ferguson describing the position of GCU if he were in charge.?

    • December 13th 2011 @ 9:40am
      j binnie said | December 13th 2011 @ 9:40am | ! Report

      QsAF – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I would much rather read of Miron’s attempts at how he, and Clive, intend solving GCU’s major problem of the last few years, ie “how they intend getting more people to watch their team”. If they don’t do that sooner than later the outcome will be inevitable.No GCU.
      To dissect and analyse his “spin” in this instance is wasted space for anyone who knows anything about the game can tell you there is very little difference in the teams in this league and “position” doesn’t prove anything.
      This article was not the only one over the weekend for Miron was featured over 2 pages (an unheard of coverage in Brisbane press space) and in 10 questions asked by the interviewer the GCU problem of small crowds was only mentioned once,but once again Miron “spun” his way around this subject in a most skilful manner bringing it back to show that despite this never ending curse on the club he was doing a good job and Clive must be happy or he, Miron, would have been gone by now?????.
      In 2 pages,not one mention of his “new” exciting Dutch imports, his young talent who are performing well individually, his loyal team men who “bust a gut” week in,week out, the type of publicity that maybe,just maybe, would increase the crowds at Skilled Park. A badly needed opportunity went a-begging once again. Not good. jb

    • December 13th 2011 @ 10:23am
      Futbanous said | December 13th 2011 @ 10:23am | ! Report

      One wonders carrying on from j binnie how much longer quality players will keep staying or want to come to GCU.
      There can only be so much enthusiasm generated from what is an obvious lack of support from the people of the Gold Coast.
      Overseas players like the Dutch imports will play observe,see theres better(ie appreciation for their effort ) on offer in the A-League.
      For me unless the situation improves(strangely win or lose ,quality football or not it makes little difference) GCU will fold because no player can keep lifting if they feel nobody cares & greener pastures will be sought.
      Did SFC drop their intensity against GCU on Sunday because Lavicka couldnt motivate them as per the Roar, or was it because the players were uninspired by the lack of crowd & therefore atmosphere.
      As I’ve stated before I admire Clive for sticking in there,but if things continue regarding poor crowds the choice will be made for him.

    • December 13th 2011 @ 10:36am
      SAMURAI said | December 13th 2011 @ 10:36am | ! Report

      Always feel bad for Bleiberg and his team when they play at Skilled Park, it must be strange playing every two weeks in an empty stadium. They’re not a bad team as well, some decent players, and if they can nurture the younger players (Brown, Halloran) I hope their results get better.

    • December 13th 2011 @ 10:44am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | December 13th 2011 @ 10:44am | ! Report

      JB—-do you check out the GCU webpage for news items? Did you go to any of the free games GCU put on last season? I don’t think we have seen any other club do as half as much for the community as Clive and Miron have done—not to mention the Brisbane flood victims open gate and all receipts to that cause.

      The author of this article is referring to a post game interview don’t know what else you would have expected to hear? I haven’t heard Ange go on with any community activities in a post match interview either.

      I did not see this article you have mention do you have a link so I can read it: “Miron was featured over 2 pages (an unheard of coverage in Brisbane press space)”

      • December 13th 2011 @ 1:09pm
        jbinnie said | December 13th 2011 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

        QsAF. First of all let me put your mind at ease.I live over 200ks from Skilled Park and am getting past the age for driving that distance to watch a game that I can see on TV.
        You will note I did not criticise the club for any of it’s off field activity but simply pointed out that Miron would be better taking EVERY opportunity to publicise his PLAYERS ,for I have a very deep seated belief that people don’t pay money to watch coaches parading up and down their “area”, but could be attracted if the players were “sold” to them,or their kids, at every opportunity.
        I don’t think at this time GCU have a big problem ON the field despite their lowly position.The league is still wide-open and 2 wins would lift them up the table quite dramatically, but their crowd problem IS a problem and how much better would it have been to hear Miron say “I have some of the best players in the HAL,give me a ring and I’ll arrange for a special rate for next week’s game (or words to that effect)”.
        Now I don’t know who to blame for the article in the Sunday Mail but the spread was very eye-catching and, IMO was a gilt edged opportunity for Miron to “sell” his club,his team,his players, to an obviously doubting public. Instead we got inane questions about Miron’s future(if he got sacked)?, how he got on with CP ?, does he see himself as a future media personality ? and, the most inane of all, “Who picks up the bill when Clive and you go for lunch?”, Riveting stuff ,all aimed at increasing GCU crowds?? I think not. jb (PS answer to your request. Sunday Mail,Dec 11, pages 44&45.)

    • December 13th 2011 @ 2:25pm
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | December 13th 2011 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

      JB—-all of the initiatives that go on with GCU have come from Miron, Mike Mulvey and staff as Miron is the head coach the buck stops with him. behind the scenes he is doing all he can. I can assure you that the youth development etc is very much a concept of Miron’s. I’m pretty sure Clive is not on the coaching staff but occasionally goes to the training ground to see where and how his money is being spent and as it should be, because after all it’s his dough and I don’t blame him for that being new to football. The Roar have had a 5 yr start and a stellar last two years. Really can you tell me how many band wagoners from the GC have jumped on the back of the ROAR. I would expect quite a few that is only human nature and to be expected—they will also fall off when and if the ROAR go on a 36 game losing streak (if that ever happens). But for the moment GCU will be living in the shadow of the ROAR that’s life at present we will hang in there until our fortunes turn and they will.

      Thanks for the item I never read the Sunday Mail but it’s nice to now he made the paper up there and yes maybe it was an oversight and lost opportunity. Nevertheless, I have never read or heard of any initiatives that Ferguson is doing at grass roots either who bought all of his players from GCU that perhaps we should have kept, but the season is not over by a long shot yet and the decision to go with our winning youth team still may pay off. Let’s wait ’til the end of this current campaign before we speak too harshly of the Miron and Clive partnership.

      Just on last Sunday’s game two things happened—2 hrs before kick off the weather turned and there was an electrical storm that looked like it was setting in for the rest of the afternoon. Secondly the Surfside Bus Co. that usually ferries the pundits to the ground had the kick-off times wrong thinking that they were 5:00pm in Qld. when it should have been 4:00pm I was ready to go and was frustrated waiting for the buses that did not arrive until very late. I don’t know how many people gave up and went home because of the weather and the bus stuff up.

      • December 13th 2011 @ 3:07pm
        Qantas supports Australian Football said | December 13th 2011 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

        Just on a point that you raised. I am sure Miron is not so vain to think that the supporters we have, do not turn up to see him parade around the field (I don’t). Please tell me do you live 200 klms North or South of Skilled Park? I only live 8 klms away from the ground and to go to our home games is a real treat—to watch this standard of Australian Club Football has been a real privilege.

        • December 13th 2011 @ 3:31pm
          jbinnie said | December 13th 2011 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

          QsAF That point I raised was not only aimed at Miron ,or his thoughts, but simply cited as a “disease” in the football media that is apparent all over the world and can be seen on any game being televised.The “camera controller” obviously asks for these shots and uses them most indiscriminately during the telecast.
          Let me relate a story to you and you may understand. Many years ago I was asked to go to Mt Cootha and assist on the telecasting of the English cup final. The young man in the studio told me he had not a clue about the game of football and did not know when to insert the ads. True. I said I’d give him a clue, so, whenever there was an injury,a hold up,or the ball had been battered into the crowd I gave him the nod.He played an ad. Weeks later I got told it was the best telecast they had ever done and they had had calls congratulating them.
          That’s what I mean . There is a time and place to show coaches but most certainly NOT when action is going on on the field of play.jb

        • December 13th 2011 @ 3:38pm
          Qantas supports Australian Football said | December 13th 2011 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

          Sorry JB, this sentence should read like this.

          “Just on a point that you raised. I am sure Miron is not so vain to think that the supporters we have, turn up to see him parade around the field (I don’t)”.

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