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On Saturday night, Western Sydney had their pants pulled down by a classy Melbourne Victory team, copping a 4-0 hammering.
Keisuke Honda said afterwards that the Victory didn’t really play well, the Wanderers were just poor, and added that the Victory need to be more ruthless in front of goal.
As a result, Wanderers fans are demanding answers on management’s reluctance to invest in the squad.
Paul Lederer said at the fan forum that the coach chooses the players he wants to sign and the final decision is with the coach. When Tony Popovic was coach, he said that he had the final say on the signings.
Fans have been critical on the club’s inability to retain players after having a good season. Instead, the club aims to replace these quality players with cheaper options, and they’ve ended up with too many fillers.
The other common criticism has been a reluctance to sign marquee players. The Wanderers have a poor history when signing marquee players, but the likes of Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory have shown the right way to do it.
At the moment, the Wanderers are missing leadership and experience, with poor recruitment contributing towards lack of quality and depth in key positions (injuries hasn’t helped either), and the results and performances are showing as much.
Western Sydney have a top coach, in Markus Babbel, who is not happy with his squad. January may not see new faces arrive, however if Babbel decides to stay beyond this season, he will already have a fair idea of who he should release and who he should sign.
Right now, management need to give answers, otherwise the fans will vote with their wallets.