The A-League’s latest club, Macarthur FC Bulls, have shown how hard it is to compete in Australia’s number one football competition.
The Bulls’ ability to compete in the 2020-21 A-League season has been called into question.
The Bulls have had financial troubles from day one.
They failed to pay their latest licence fee instalment to the FFA. The club has asked for a discount.
Former owner Lang Walker left after one year with his share purchased by Roy Mammone and Michael Gerace, neither of whom are known in the football industry.
Neither Mammone or Gerace would have the financial clout of Walker.
The club has also had an unsteady back office.
They have lost Archie Fraser, Rabieh Krayem, Neil Favager and Ken Stead, all of whom are experienced people in Australian football.
Frank Farina has also left the club with the Bulls’ Indigenous program, called the Charles Parkins Academy, falling by the way side.
Such a high turnover of personnel even before a ball is kicked creates and unsteady club that would find it hard to attract players.
While the club has recruited some impressive youngsters like Denis Genreau, the rest of their squad has some ageing players like Tommy Oar and Mark Milligan, who are well past their best.
While the A-League needs Macarthur FC to be strong, the club’s infancy has shown how challenging the Australian football market is.