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Stuart Thomas

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Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at https://www.stuartthomas.com.au

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That would have been more than a deflating loss. Shattering in fact. Ninkovic might be able to brighten them up if he turns in a stellar display. They will undoubtedly be flat although men like Wilko, Grant and Brattan are made of some pretty stern stuff. If they do manage the win, it would say a lot about their mental strength, considering the shellacking they took in Japan.

A-League expert tips and predictions Round 20

It proves that I did actually change my tip as I typed. I had to. I am so lost with Roar. I was going against them and thought………..you know what……it is more fun when I tip them and Waz panics all week. 😂 😂 😂 ⚽ ⚽ ⚽

A-League expert tips and predictions Round 19

I’m a Foxtel customer, have been for decades and every time I watch Kayo at a friends house, the buffering does my head in. I have limited experience in it but I’m interested if this is common. After asking about NBN plans in my area and being told by the retailer that it will be nowhere near the speed of my current service, I am concerned about the reliability of streaming. Having said that Optus Sport app does worked perfectly when chromecast to my TV. I can’t imagine what some of the less tech savvy people feel about all this.

When football, Thomas Deng and sports rorts collide

Superb M*A*S*H reference. Great episode.

When football, Thomas Deng and sports rorts collide

And much needed it is. Sadly, also costly. I was informed by the source some time back that there would be a shift from investment in men’s football and more to the women’s side. Was told in confidence, said nothing, yet it appears what has happened is a clear move away from the game altogether. Opens the door for Westfield? Wouldn’t that be something.

When football, Thomas Deng and sports rorts collide

Thanks for writing this John. I believe the centre of gravity variation was the major advantage of the mustang? Could you clarify that? A nice snapshot of the commercial future with contracts up for renewal. Looks like some big changes ahead. Foxtel’s coverage is superb yet the prospect of seeing all the races returning to commercial television is an interesting discussion and debate for many sports right now.

Supercars: Looking at 2020 and the challenges beyond

I’m in the process of applying for membership of the Blacktown City active support group. It has one member and I hope to be the second for this season.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

I socialise with four distinctively German people and they are dear friends with a sense of decorum and class that I really appreciate. They cook a mean wiener schnitzel and kindly enjoy a gluten free beer with me out of social kindness. A lovely country, as we all know, and wonderful people.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Interesting angle but I’d like to think Wanderland is a little more loyal than that.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Sacking a coach extends the tenure of a board each and every time it happens. They will talk of new beginnings, directions and opportunities. Many of the fans will believe it and sadly, at some clubs, the cycle continues. Hopefully the Wanderers get things right now.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Cheers Mid, as a Bulldog myself, it is sad to see Tim really struggling. One of the greats of the club and a decent man to boot.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

By the sounds of things he really loves the country. Wouldn’t surprise to see him pop up on FOX and do something similar to what Muscat did a few months back. I really enjoyed his tactical commentary.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

I keep these stats every year, have already tossed it in to a piece or two and will be doing so again as the season draws to a close.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Agreed Chris.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Be interesting to collate those 50/50’s that really cost them over the last 18 months. There were some appalling decisions.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

I agree. Given the right tools, he may well be able to succeed elsewhere. His manner and experience suggest that quite strongly.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Will his class prevent him from doing that? I’m not sure. He really showed some with his final words.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Thanks Johan, I always ask the fundamental question when a club is struggling. “Why are the Western Sydney Wanderers not playing well? The answer would be a list containing a number of things. Babbel may well have been able to improve his performance as mentor, but sacking him dumps far too much of the blame on one person in my view. Then again, do we know the full story?

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Some good young kids on the cusp. Blended with the ‘right’ foreigners, they could be key in the medium term future.

Has anyone asked Markus Babbel if he's okay?

Rojas is just what Victory need in my view.

Alen Stajcic is reborn with the Mariners - and the Central Coast with him

I’d hate to sack a worker with my basic argument being, “I’ve seen you in action”. Your point then becomes about anyone crossing him losing favour. That is more about nepotism and not the allegations that were falsely levelled at him.

Alen Stajcic is reborn with the Mariners - and the Central Coast with him

Factual deets?

Alen Stajcic is reborn with the Mariners - and the Central Coast with him

His team supported him, there was no concrete evidence provided to substantiate the supposed toxicity and Heather Reid made an unequivocal apology for saying the opposite, without any evidence to validate her claims.

Alen Stajcic is reborn with the Mariners - and the Central Coast with him

Morning Mike,

I have just watched the match this morning. I have no words! Old Man River strikes again.

In terms of VAR, it helped and hindered at different times. Did it ruin the game? No. Was it annoying? Yes. Is Matt Simon planning a WWE career such is his penchant for drama? I hope so.

Was VAR a blessing or a curse in the Mariners' win over Victory?

Appears to be the case. Not quite sure about the logic behind postponing one and not the other but……there you go.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 14