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JA if serious needs to manage an NPL side and gain experience. He clearly wasn’t ready to jump straight into a head coaching role at Heart and that has shown since at Roar.
What we’re seeing with Rudan and now John Anastasiadis being promoted from Bentleigh to West Melbourne assistant role is that opportunities are now there. I think the recycling of old coaches may move away to promoting proven NPL performers, or at least it should.

What in the world happened to the Wanderers, Roar and Mariners?

Exactly what we don’t need, more VAR interference.
Just improve the refs and linesman on the field and accept the outcomes (which occur live).

Mulvey's Mariners tormented by VAR calls

Our loss and Jordan’s 2nd win pretty much cemented then as the winner of our group.
If we finish 2nd it’ll actually work out much better as we’ll miss Japan and have an easier run to get to the semi final.

It's time the Socceroos did their talking on the pitch

I’m totally staying away from the code war between football, league and aussie rules.

But half the problem with this list is that it mixes up between the popularity between the top division/league and that off the code in general. i.e. grassroots, casual participation and also the top league.

Also horse racing at 6, ha! Can we really include a sport which would barely exist if there was no gambling. The entire sport exists in order to have a punt.

What is the top sport in Australia?

Albo on the money; I think changing the interchange rules would have the biggest impact on the game as a spectacle.

Rugby league’s three-point moment

This is terrible!

Boyle to miss Australia's Asian Cup defence

He’s a better all round striker than Bobo, but I doubt he’ll beat the record purely based off having a less dominant team.

Sydney FC's Le Fondre a machine: Corica

I believe part of the negotiation of getting us out of OFC and into the AFC was to allow a NZ team into the A League, as in this was by request from the OFC.

The Phoenix's problem? They're the outsiders

Good considered read, I look forward to your next article on why SMFC never stood a chance and what they need to do to win the FFA’s love

Examining the winning A-League licence bids

You say “Without O’Neill, there is one unanswered question: is Devlin comfortable on the ball like O’Neill when being pressed hard?”
But I would argue that O’Neill isn’t actually that capable on the ball when being pressed. His passing suffers when he is put under pressure.

Don’t get me wrong, I think he does his job well but he isn’t really very strong at distributing to attacking players up field.

What would it mean for Brandon O'Neill to leave Sydney FC?

Unfortunately it’ll never happen, as it is frustrating following 2 quite similar sports.

Is rugby league's window of opportunity in the Pacific beginning to close?

League players have certainly morphed into a single sized model, where most of the players are built like a back rower.
Pity really, maybe if some tweaking is done to interchange rules this may change…

Is rugby league's window of opportunity in the Pacific beginning to close?

Thanks Rebel334, I’ve subscribed to the podcast and will give it a listen.

Is rugby league's window of opportunity in the Pacific beginning to close?

Bring it on, love the ACL.
Do us proud Newcastle, we need all the representation we can get.

There was something going around Twitter a while back saying that the A League will have its current allocation of 2 auto and 1 qualifying spots reduced to only 1 auto and one qualifier in 2020-21.

So it’s really important our teams get out of the group stages.

Sydney FC, Victory await Asian draws

Excellent analysis Evan, while it comes from a negative angle, it also presents some important questions about what Mooy offers to the team.

Is he suited to what we’re trying to do, or should we start giving other players his starting position to see if that works better for us.
Seeing how he lumbers around the field does frustrate me somewhat, his lack of pace removes a vital aspect of an attackers arsenal, so the defence never needs to worry about attempting to beat them on the dribble. Although this last point would apply to most of our team.
How refreshing is it having Boyle and Mabil get time…

Aaron Mooy might not have what the Socceroos need

You make a good point Kangas, until a manager wins trophies with a less wealthy club how much can you really praise them (over others with less money to spend).

While Pep is obviously a very talented and smart manager, and is taking a very good squad and making them great, it would be interesting to see what he could do with an average squad.

Manchester City is the Barcelona of England

Anytime you incorporate Seinfeld into the equation you’re onto a winner.

Six talking points from A-League Round 4

I don’t think Redmayne made a mistake by letting that goal in, but Moss’s mistake early was a bit of a shocker.
Redders efforts when he comes out to punch or catch the ball however are a constant worry.

Six talking points from A-League Round 4

I wasn’t necessarily saying that’s how the consulting job market operates, just saying that’s closer to the mark compared with a normal permanent employee.

The football market is a different beast to normal employment though, factoring in injuries and movement in form warrants the necessity of contracts to protect both club and player.

Nem your suggestion of a multiple is still a transfer fee though, it’s just a controlled one.

Should we reform the football transfer fee system?

I don’t see a problem with transfers fees, and your analogy about an employee moving from Kmart to BigW doesn’t compute as they would be permanent employees.
A better example would be a consultant at company A is on a 2 yr contract, that essentially provides the consultant with security of 2 yrs employment which the company A has to honour. If company B wants that consultant bad enough they can buy out that contract and pay company A a fee, of which the consultant would receive a cut. And in this situation obviously the consultant needs to agree to the move.

Without transfer fees I think the players would be worse off as they would lose the security of longer term contracts.

Should we reform the football transfer fee system?

There’s plenty of critics of Grant on this forum, but I see it as nothing but jealousy of a player that most wish they had on their team.
They complain about him getting away with fouls or not getting carded, but maybe he knows more than you in how hard you can go into a challenge since he’s a professional footballer of 10 years.
He offers plenty in attack and is very willing to go forward. LeFondres goal against City could be directly contributed to the excellent work down the wing from Grant. This is something you’ll get from him in the national team.
As long as he’s smart enough to know when to sit back based on his opposition and their tactics then I’d be more than happy for him to replace Risdon.

Grant's is a wonderful A-League reclamation story

What a ‘job for the boys’ that appointment is!
Good on ya Mal, you’ve really squeezed everything you can from your Qld gig where your immortals won a whole bunch of series.

Mal Meninga joins Gold Coast Titans

Joyce is a very underwhelming manager for City, I can’t see how he is the right man for that squad (or organisation).

Will Melbourne City unlock the forgotten genius of Bruno Fornaroli?

I’m right here with you Kangas, you speak the truth.

The Sydney aftermath: Do we need a VAR fair usage policy?

What’s his twitter handle MF?

Six talking points from A-League Round 2