The Roar
The Roar

Football is Life

Roar Rookie

Joined August 2018

0

Views

0

Published

440

Comments

Published

Comments

Football is Life hasn't published any posts yet

Mate for what period of time have you followed United?
If you take a look at history, what’s happening now has happened before.
I’ve followed United since the early 70s. I was just a lad then but my father and my grandfather schooled me in the cycle of football. You may not remember the days of Jimmy Nicholl and Steve Coppell, so let’s go to the mid to late eighties. A fella by the name of Ferguson was recruited as manager. At that time Utdvhad had gone down to what was 2nd Division. EPL was 1st Division. The new manager brought in fellas like McClair, Hughes, Strachan etc to compliment Robson, Whiteside and younger guys like Lee Sharp. Eventually he recruited a lad by the name of Giggs as a teen-ager. He was the first of the class of 92. The rest is history. What you are seeing is the Utd way being repeated. Solskjaer is a United man and he’s building. He’s not like Pep “Purchase everyone”Guardiola. That method only results in turmoil due to big egos and not enough pitch time for everyone.
OGS is being considered. He’s fostering youth, purchasing players that not only fit on the pitch, but off it and mentally.
On the United app OGS talks about a United man being humble before all, being loyal to the team and the club, being honest,hard working and totally valuing the club they play for.
Don’t think that really fits at Maine Rd. Thing is if you use insight, read between the lines, There will be another class of 92 OGS is building it as we speak. Problem is that modern football fans have no patience. Fergie showed patience and look what he achieved.
At the moment though, Pogba’s absence is showing how valuable he is and we need another Pogba.

What United need to regain their glory

Now you know what a Jets fan is going through

How do Melbourne Victory save themselves from ruin?

Firstly, if you are in possession of any football knowledge whatsoever, you would acknowledge that everything goes in cycles. Just like Man Utd. , there are peaks and troughs, winning teams and rebuilds.
Trouble is that Australian football fans need to learn how to be football fans. In Europe, in Sth America, all over the world every fan understands the aforementioned cycle. Yes they whinge and whine about it, and again, that’s part of being a football fan, but they never ever give up on or abandon their team.
The points made in this article are excellent. So what do they have to do?
1. The club’s management has to come out and fully acknowledge that they are at the bottom of the cycle. Acknowledge they will rebuild and that club management understand what is required.
2. It’s strikes me that of all the clubs, and I might be wrong, but it’s Victory who have the least concrete academy set up. I know this is a red flag, but Adelaide, City, even Newcastle have a more established set up. (The Speers Point football centre is quite a set up thanks to local government) To be beholden to purely purchased players is dangerous, but credit to Victory for producing kids like Jake Brimmer. He was an astute acquisition and you can see he has spent time at Anfield. I’m also impressed with Butterfield, he just needs better players around him as does Kruse.
3. Communication – i am a strong believer in comms, and by keeping the fans fully up to date it shows respect for the fans, and establishes a sense of ownership and inclusion – one club. Let the fans know what the strategy is to get out of this. As painful as it might be, it would earn the supporters respect if club management faced the members and listened to what they have to say.
4. Victory is a bit like Man Utd. At Old Trafford, Ferguson ruled with an iron fist. The players knew who was Boss. I am sure you can see the parallels with Muscat. They need a manager who understands the club and it’s culture but brings that presence the Muscat had. Nothing against Brebner, but he just does’nt have the same aura.
5. A strong reassessment of the playing roster needs to be undertaken. I don’t see Gestede, firing like Muscat, Simon, Goodwin and Derbyshire. And in acquiring players, look for players who have the attitude, mindset, who fit the culture as well as bring the footballing ability with it.

How do Melbourne Victory save themselves from ruin?

Evening All
My opinion is as follows. Corics is the Guardiola of Australia. Buy as many players as you can, buy the premiership if necessary.
I have been involved with football since 1977 in a number of capacities and I have seen numerous characters that Corica.emulates.
They consider themselves championship coaches until the truth comes out. The players make the coach look good. But nothing lasts for ever.
In Corica’s case his mouth makes him look crass, unintelligent and a dummy spitting sore loser. Im sorry to be so honest but over rated, gobby and disrespectful to his opposition. He had better enjoy it now because his days are numbered. You’ve been found out Stevie….suck it up!!!

Corica fumes as Bulls beat ten-man Sydney

Tiger you are absolutely correct. Step 1. Ditch the the contracted refs arrangement. There are some fnef fine NPL refs. Give them the education and give them their shot. Ref prom relegation. That will keep them on their toes

Football fans must give VAR time

What a bllody rip off! As a Newcastle supporter, VAR or not, it can still “break down” at the right time to allow an offside goal that decides a Grand Final, I believe it’s like owning a Porsche. Awesome bit of kit but if the driver is rubbish what’s the point of having it?

Football fans must give VAR time

Dead right Buddy
Sydney have been a good side you have to admit that if you have even the slightest modicum of football intelligence. What this competition does not need is year after year of Sydney dominance. Not good for tv viewers not good for attendance.
As for the commentary team, my old boy and I call them the Sydney Cheer Squad. I have to wonder if they are paid up shirt wearing members. The comment that really got riled up ” Ninkovic the greatest player to play in the A-League”. And where does that leave Shinji Ono, Del Piero, Dwight York, the Spaniards from Adelaide’s premiership team and a long list of bloody good footballers. One Eyed commentary is cheap, crass and unintelligent. Give me Adam P, Zappers and Archie any time.

Football fans must give VAR time

I agree that we have to give time, but we also have to get some decent refs as well. What is it with Kurt Ams? The guy is a walking controversy. There’s controversy when he eats his cornflakes.
On the other hand the gobby little individual that is Corica uses VAR to try and cover the fact that the Smurfs were completely and utterly out played last night. Let’s be honest there are times that VAR has been invaluable, and there are times like in the Newcastle GF where it was conveniently not working when Victory scored a clearly offside goal. Which brings us back to the quality of officials. Are we in a vicious cycle?

Football fans must give VAR time

Afternoon All,
I know most of the regulars here will be saying “here he goes again”, but what we need to do is to unite the tribes.
The beauty of the old NSL clubs is that they have not only good footballers, but they have cultural community cash and bucket loads of it. Wollongong, Marconi, South Melbourne, Brisbane Olympic, Brisbane Strikers etc. If we unit the tribes, watch the crowds go up, because the cultural communities will support their clubs.
Yes, I would say that it must come with a caveat that the old racial/cultural divides must be kept out of the game, otherwise there will be hefty recourse, but the quality of teams like the Smurfs, City, even the Jets, will only facilitate bring good NPL players to another level of quality again, thus deepening our talent pool.
Finally, the broadcast deal will hold more weight as well. With the cultural communities tuning in, the tv audience will be significantly larger. And if the National Felonies and Midemeanours comp is in as much trouble as it appears, they have hundreds of millions of dollars of debit, they even spent the players superannuation, then there is going to be a significant broadcast gap if it doesn’t survive.

How the FFA can expand successfully

Chris I might be wrong but I heard that the economic/trade war between China and US was hitting the Jets owner pretty hard.

What happens if there's no more A-League?

Well done that man

What happens if there's no more A-League?

Actually include Newy in that with all the miners that came to the Hunter Valley

Is Jean-Paul de Marigny the man to restore some pride in Western Sydney?

What is it about hard coaches? Ferguson, Stuart Pearce, Paul Muscat and naturally his second in charge for many years, De Marigny. I believe that JPD has that ability to establish a “them vs Us” mentality. Back in the day at Marconi, that’s exactly what the mentality was. A similar mentality pervades Western Sydney by default.

Not having met the man, or worked with him, you would have to think that JPD would go to bat for his lads, but at the same time, if they didnt trump up on the pitch, by geez they’d know about it.

Having played football for a lot years, there are two types of coaches in this world. Those that try to be leaders and issue the sermon from the mount ie. they coach, they instruct, but they dont really connect with their lads. And then there are those who are born to be leaders. They dont see themselves greater, more important, elevated from their lads. They take the time to understand how Billy the right back ticks, they take the time to work out what motivates Johnny the stricker, they have a geninue interest and connection with their lads both on and off the pitch. And when needed, they have the ability to remind the lads of who’s calling the shots.
For Wanderers to thrive, they have to have that “Us v Them” mentality. If you are not from Emu Plains, St Marys, Leumeah or Campbelltown, then you are not a member of the club.

All I know is that tonight’s game is going to be a cracker. A hard working Liverpool lad leading some pretty hard lads from the lower leagues of the UK up against the Western Sydney mentality with a tough leadere and a team that is now eating and breathing that “Us v Them” mindset and a healthy dose of Aussie talent thrown in and you have a very interesting football match.

Is Jean-Paul de Marigny the man to restore some pride in Western Sydney?

When you combine these lads with the likes of Mooy, Boyle,Mabil,Taggart, and co, I am like a kid on Christmas Eve when thinking about the next lot of WC qualifiers

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Agreement from me. Mac have the foresight to establish an indigenous football academy. Imagine someof the talent they are going to unearth

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

I would agree with that and a roof would enhance the atmosphere by keeping the sound in to a degree. Guess it’s good that Adelaide is reasonably influenced by the desert and doesn’t get too much rain. Or I might be wrong

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

I agree but the only reason the inferiority complex exists is because we don’t stand up to the backyard sports. We need some polar opposites to Gallop. Someone who can unite the massive numbers football has through true leadership.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Andy take solace and have faith in the fact that Adelaide are producing more talent than just about every other club in the league. What you guys have got going on down there is going to be something along on the future. You have solid attendance figures, you have a boutique stadium. It’s all happening and it’s only going to get better.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Thanks Stuart, there’s still some of us left. I work with a scouser and it’s been an enjoyable week sending him emails asking “what was the score in the Liverpool game”? How did Liverpool go last weekend? What’s wrong with Liverpool?

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Well said that man. Struth, there’s so much excitement in La Liga because I know Real Madrid and Barcelona will fight it out, in what, a 20 team competition. What about Bundesliga, well in their case, let’s see if Bayern Munich can beat every other team in the league. EPL, well the good thing there is that Brendan Rogers has upset the apple cart by getting Leicester in mix and totally upsetting the conventional big 6. I guess there is a little drama in the EPL because Man City failed to implement and ethics program. I guess the Serie A is not too bad with a few points between most teams. I honestly believe that if some sort of derivative of our system was applied to Europe it would really enhance the football. Just shows how much Eurosnobs know, they cannot see good football and it’s right under their noses.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

the good thing about Archie is you are getting a footballer to footballer pespective. I have a limitless respect for Tara, she’s a professional operator and she knows and loves her football, but it’s the same when you see Bozza and Fowler interact, it’s that footballer to footballer interaction.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Stuart,
This is a great article. I believe that this was coming for the A-League. There is steady growth in quality, in players, in parity and results. You may not see it with a superficial look but if you take the time to have a closer look, and know what you are looking for it’s there.
What’s not to like about the league at them moment! Hyphen’s goal for Newy last weekend against Perth will get played time and time again. The speed and quality of technical play in the Brisbane v City match is definitely evidence to the aforementioned growth, there were shades of Yokohama v Sydney in that game at times with the passing. At the moment you can literally say that any team can win. Yes, I am a Jets supporter, and the boys are starting to fire, but they have not played bad football all season. But what about the consistency and quality of Perth, the Smurfs are the Smurfs of course, but by gee for their first year, Western have brought us some beautiful football. Senor Diamanti is just a privilege to watch. Even Wellington are growing consistently. Young Devlin, Piscopo and Devila, coupled with Steve Taylor and Gary Hooper have delivered some solid, respectable and high quality football. I have so much respect for Adelaide, but they love a good rollercoaster ride. They can play the socks off anyone on their day I reckon.
I dont know about you, but I am in football heaven at the moment and what excites me most is the next gen kids. Piscopo, D’Agostino, D’Arrigo, McGree, the Toure lads, Thurgate, and the list goes on. To the whingers I say this, ‘get your head out of the sand, use your football brain and take an analytical look at the current state of football, the remaining rounds and the finals are going to be something special. Soak it up football fans, soak it up!~!!

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Stuart
Great article. It astounds me when a Eurosnob Liverpool fan that I work with has the audacity to bag the A-league. Liverpool are over the line and there is still two almost three months to go. On the other hand we have a tightly fought race to the finals producing goals like Topor-Stanley’s and Nabbout’s. The speed of the passing and the tactical are wrestle in the City v Bris game was extraordinary. We have a brilliant league that is on a trajectory. I cannot wait for the rest of the season.

A-League parity causes havoc in a frantic run to the finals

Just watch a replay of Ange’s Yokohama v Sydney Griffo. The speed, the movement, the accuracy, the discipline. One viewing and if that doesn’t appeal nothing will. It was beautiful to watch. You could see the Sydney lads saying where did he go. I reckon the chances of Ange not ending end up in Europe, are about the same as me being the next signing for the Jets at 50 years of age.

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

Mike this is a fantastic piece. My wife and I have travelled through Japan on our way to visit her family in Europe and we have grown to love the place to the point that she suggested we go to a game.. I guess the best approach is to take being in Asian football holistically and learn to love it all. Watching the Smurfs get sliced and diced by Marino’s the other night, what’s not to like about Japanese football

Why we should all pick a J.League team to support this season

close