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If the coach was actually looking for all those things why didn’t he give Nisbet more game time last season just for starters. The same coach with a bigger squad with more names last season got the wooden spoon.
Why is that? Simple answer he prefers the wrong type of players.
This season the Mariners are down to bare bones,maybe the cheapest squad ever in A-league history and yet they are top of the table. Its a happy coincidence the much harder working Simon is there just because Jordan Murray was bought by some club. I would say other players left because of the reduced money as well rather than any sense being shown.
Of course they could still sabotage it will only take one or two of the coaches preferred lazy type of player to sabotage the current success and maybe he will use this success as leverage to buy lazy players to return to the wooden spoon.
Corica has been very succesful in the past season despite him having some well past it aging players and never letting them go. Instead of cashing his chips he has doubled his bets by keeping the aging players on even further like he does not believe in the aging process. Wilkinson lack of speed and agility was embarassing and clearly responsible for both goals, and what was his turning his back for the second. Tongyiks speed on the other hand is a big asset for the Mariners.
The idea that a 36 year old Bobo will save the day is bizzare. Even futhermore everyone is saying Sydneys problems are only due to losing La Fondre.

“Ray of sunshine” for resurgent Mariners

No biggest myth, the BBL loses a lot of money and it lost even more money when they brought in the new teams instead of the states, the big money maker is international mens cricket, in particular England and India and that pays for everything else. The head of Australian cricket said a figure of 30 million loss for the BBL during the last pay deal.
That was before the current expanded format as well. If they went back to the state teams where they got some of the biggest crowds and Pay TV audiences ever and reduced the number of matches to about 20 it would make a lot of money instead of losing it.

Australia needs first-class cricket during the Big Bash window

Frank Arok performed miracles in an era where Australia were dirt poor and only had access to the semi professional players from the local NSL league. While Australia did have Craig Johnston they were sabotaged from him playing for Australia at the time by the Scottish connections at Liverpool.
No other coach has ever been as dedicated to a cause as Arok, working extremely long hours despite not being Australian himself and being poorly paid, he was very frugal and used his own money to pay for trips for him to scout Australian opponents. The other amazing thing is despite the dirt poor pay Arok rejected many big money offers from overseas.
While Australia were dirt poor in that era Arok was able with Sir Arthur George used the very limited money in the most effective way and they had visiting teams which included many of the great clubs to have the Socceroos training together for large periods of time and made them more professional.
1988 was the pinnacle of the Arok era, playing against some the best teams in the world in the Olympics and of course the success against Argentina.
Ultimately Aroks success also laid the framework for his downfall, on the back of Socceroos success, players then departed for overseas and his team was split, forces behind the scenes started eyeing the Socceroos team as a way of making money with transfers, and with Sir Arthur George going in 1988 and the forces of corruption taking over Arok was then limited by the new administration with training and budget savings on bringing back overseas players. The narrow failure in 1989 would have most probably ended in qualification otherwise.

Vale Frank Arok: A man ahead of his time

The problem in the A-league is owners wasting money when they have it and then running out of it after.
If McKinna was loyal wouldn’t he have stayed with CCM.
Newcastle have overpaid a lot of foreign players and thats why they have been a failure.
Its also why they ran out of money.
I think this saga about the so called poaching is a bit ridiculous when in fact the licence has been taken rendering all contracts void.
The Jets should be thankful to be in the competition and that many other A-league clubs are just as incompetent at spending money as they were in their recent past so they are still in with a shot.

Fan loyalty tested in Newcastle

The ultimate irony is they would have used the Lowy structure to strip the license and give it to a new entity. I dont know what they have planned for the new system, but the Lowy structure differs from the rest of the world , they strip the license and they dont have to pay off any existing debts the previous owner saddled the club with. If they bought the club off the existing owner they also end up with the existing debts , so strip the license and they get the club for free and without any debts. Elsewhere in the world thats where it gets complicated once a club is in financial trouble they have to do deals with the owners and existing creditors and it can lead to clubs ending up like Leeds and Rangers never recovering to their former glory.

Jets owner Martin Lee stripped of club licence

Mariners won the lottery when a foreign team took Jordan Murray.
They have a good physical intensity with their pressing at the moment.
Something that Jordan Murray and other players lacked in.
That can all be easily undone with bad selections.
Nesbit is an absolute essential but he will probably be left out at some point and thats when the Mariners will go downhill.

Is the A-League about to become what we've always wanted it to be?

Bobo will be a liability he was struggling big time physically last time he was here, Corica almost gave 2 points away by leaving Ninkovic on and bringing on do nothing in defence Baumhojohan while he rotated strikers unnecessarily. Youth is Sydneys strong point , age is the weakpoint, Brattan struggled big time covered half the ground of his younger partner and he is not even that old, but going downhill fast in physical output. Corica is a great coach and does a tremendous job with young players, his weakness is he cant see all the dead wood he has and now he has added to the collection.

Bobo back as Sydney FC aim for three-peat

The biggest problem for Sydney Fc is not losing La Fondre but having kept too many aging players.
Wilkinson is the biggest issue, Ninkovic, BaumJohan are too old as well.
La Fondre is also getting on so his output would have fallen.

A-League 20-21 season preview: Sydney FC

The A-league had the biggest opportunity for publicity with Usain Bolt. What was interesting was so many of these same journalists helped sabotage that opportunity, the same way they sabotaged the A-league with daily Lowy bashing articles . Its about publicity and hype these days nothing to do with sporting ability or skill you see boxing reduced to a joke with reality stars, ex rugby league, old washed up guys all getting more money than genuine boxers. The skill level in the media favoured sports has gone done to a lack of genuine participation, football is weird there are a lot more skillful players in this country than ever before but the NPL clubs are just fleecing rich parents and not providing the avenue for talent.

The A-League has a new look, but can it win back some old fans?

weight training affects agility and the ability to change direction, a lot of players who were elusive then put on muscle were certainly no longer able to beat players as wll one on one like they used to. Ciggies well the player who you could rate as the best of all time Brian Bevan was a chain smoker, as well as being quite thin. While he didn’t live to 70 probably due to the chain smoking he was still fast at 40 and playing.
I dont see current rugby league players unable to pass and kick as training that well and long, they might spend hours in the gym and watching themselves in the mirror . and then being indoctrinated by the coaches in holding down and wrestling. The skills are lacking.

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

Definetly the most effective player of all time in his era, and thats due to rugby league’s inability to deal with gang tackling and holding down in the play the ball. If you look at him as a complete package there is no other player to compare. He has top line skills which stand out more in todays game if he were more mobile he would be able to use them better. Stand out players with skills in the past have sometimes been liabilities like Wally Lewis he is at the opposite end, in total tune with his ruthless coach and able to implement his tactics.
Usually the worst player in old rugby league teams was the one who tried to break the rules because penalties kill a team, and they develop a reputation the referees look for them. Where Cameron Smith stands out he treads the border line and does it week in week out and has the refs hypnotised and mesmerised and for years upon years.
In the old days he would not have been as effective because the team and coach would not have been able to use his abilities, in the old days a player who was super fit and did one on one tackling like Raper, Coote and compensate for the rest of the team were more valuable.
A lot of players who would be more effective in that era than him.

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

necessary player and staff purchases? There are too many staff at A-league clubs.
The only way to break even in the A-league is to have low costs and a small staff.
You can spend 15 million a year and fail , even if you come first the amount of extra revenue would be lucky to be a million. So these ideas you can spend money to make money in the A-league are ridiculous.

The Jets cannot become the A-League’s first COVID victim

Newcastle have spent really big on non performing foreigners and now will pay the price, sold off one of their three actual performers for a pittance who would have been paid peanuts and lost the title because of that. They sabotaged themselves they had the money as I pointed out their record with both their two foreigners in their one good year was a big loss in almost every game.
The A-league reality is they didn’t fight to keep the TV deal in order to make the new ownership structure, the owners got what they wanted, and now they can dig into their pockets to pay for the mess they created.
The Lowy structure meant that as soon as a club could not pay its bills the license was taken back and sold to someone else. Now you can have a former owner just hold onto it in the hope of selling it for a large amount in the future.
There is no way the FFA is now in a position to prop up any club, if Newcastle cant pay their bills then good bye.

The Jets cannot become the A-League’s first COVID victim

In terms of the IPL his batting record average strike rate combo would rank as the best
40.69 at 153 strike rate I would rate slightly better than Chris Gayle 41.09 at 150.
In one day internationals only Kohli 59 at 93.25 rates better than his 53 at 101.
So having the best IPL T20 batting record and second best one day cricket batting record.
De Villiers test record at 50 is not bad either.
De Villiers sporting love was more rugby, he would have chosen that over cricket, there is some misinformation about him regards being picked for South Africa in heaps of sports including rugby but that was never the case otherwise he would have gone with rugby. He grew up a top tennis junior in South Africa though his height means he would have struggled to be a top tennis player. I think his round the ground ability would have something to do with tennis as well.

AB de Villiers: A unique genius

8 clubs were needed at the start so the favour would have extended to anyone who had enough money they had no choice. They had three bids at the start for Melbourne, Geoff Lord had the most money, and then the other bid that had some money was by Miribella and his money was brought in to join Victory. The third bid was led by Horvat not Melbourne Knights whose fundraiser was the pink haired paparazzi bloke and I assume they raised nothing. South Melbourne did not bid. The ethnic club that joined the A-league was Hollandia who played as Brisbane Lions in the NSL. The only ethnic club that bid for the A-league got in over Brisbane Strikers.

From golden generation to lost generation: What went wrong with football in Australia?

I would say the reverse anyone with the full money would have gotten the Melbourne team, Victory had millions raised as opposed to anyone else. Hellas had no money at the start of the A=league , they then got given millions for letting their ground have an athletics track, on top of having it rebuilt by the government . Your confusing Hellas making a bid for Heart once they got the government money and new ground, with them having any money before that.

From golden generation to lost generation: What went wrong with football in Australia?

Rugby league doesn’t have the same talent any more to make a huge difference to the Wallabies that they used to have. Cooper Cronk would have been a game changer for the Wallabies, Thurston the same, Billy Slater the same. Cameron Smith not suited but would still be better than 9’s the Wallabies have had. Its one thing to have the most money but when you have no brain to use it to recruit the best and instead recruit some unsuited players like Folau, SBW and Burgess and pay them massive amounts . Rugby league taking SBW back is even worse you could have bought any rugby union player for the 10 million a year offered by Toronto.

Will there ever be another Aussie dual code international?

Sonny Bill Williams has been useless for years yet the media think he is incredible,
he wasted his last good years in rugby union where he wasn’t suited to the game, and never capable of doing anything in a ruck and maul, and now way past it and with rugby no longer interested , rugby league payed him even more.
The amount they would have spent on him having someone else worth that money on the field instead of him would have made the difference.
This applies 50 fold to Toronto the amount they paid SBW if invested in 5 top quality players they would have been challenging instead being near the bottom.

Roosters flew in to Bermuda Triangle against Souths and never re-emerged

Players used to develop themselves usually by playing the backyard or the park and then clubs would claim credit for it. In the case of Craig Johnston he had to train by himself in the car park because he was rejected.
There are two big problems in Australian, the current youth play less outside, have less backyard and park space and have more gadgets and toys to occupy them, then Australias youth development at the NPL level is now geared towards rejecting talent over kids with very rich parents.

From golden generation to lost generation: What went wrong with football in Australia?

Dean Jones was revolutionary in running the first run as hard as possible regardless of whether there was any chance of two in it or not, and that way you forced the fielder to rush and got more misfields , and if they did misfield then Dean Jones was in position to take advantage of the smallest misfield. I dont think anyone has stats on who ran the most all run fours in one day cricket but it wouldn’t suprise me if it was Dean Jones. Jones would run the fourth as fast as the first.

Dean Jones' greatest one-day knock was not for Australia, but against

They had hoped they could grab some of the Foxtel cash from the TV deal for this, now thats gone there is not enough for the A-league and this lot still want a second division.

AAFC releases plans for second division by 2022

I would like to see Sydney change formation, Ninkovic if he is still to be around they would be better served with a front three with Barbarouses and Ivanovic on the wings and Buhagiar or someone else central , and then Ninkovic as an attacking mid. The loss of Brandon Oneill really reduced the effectivness the current formation had. That would have worked with La Fondre there as well. La Fondre was good at being in the box, but he didn’t have the pace to get onto any through balls, and Barbarouses would be the one going wide to set up play. so others would score more goals if La Fondre wasn’t there. Sydney need more bodies in the box quicker than waiting for Grant to make it up from right back.

Sydney FC needs to follow the trend and give youth a go

The A-league started with no TV money not a cent for the clibs, Foxtel was given it for about 500k a season and the FFA took that money. so no Foxtel cant claim any credit for anything they got it dirt cheap . The next 7 years the money was fairly small so its not going to be that different.
The number of clubs will probably reduce.
What really the A-league needs is to go back to Lowy and his structure, you can only have one leader, and the A-league was totally immune from individual club financial problems whereas the MLS isnt.
Money does not go on trees and those with money are the ones who were paying for A-league clubs certainly the one who are costing money are active supporters, a small group who cost some clubs massively in security costs and fines, so the deal should be simple if you dont have the money then goodbye, all these pipe dreams about 2nd division and promotion and relegation clubs in all sorts of areas, its all a fantasy and you need to wake up.

A-League enters death spiral

Rudan has more players from Wellington Phoenix starting line up last year than Talay did, plus a huge budget. He has improved towards the end of the season because he had more balance between youth and older players.

Sydney FC may have claimed the A-League trophy but Western United made the season

Time is the only reason he shouldn’t retire, he is way past it otherwise but in between being the last man into the tackle and the last man to let go all while distracting the ref with his mouth his delaying tactics are his main value.

Cameron Smith isn't on anyone's clock – he makes his own time