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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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Now, before I even read this, one of the three had better be West Ham!

The three sides that can win the EPL title

Wow, where did this come from? FANTASTIC!

Is three Popovics a few too many?

Surely that changes the pronunciation? Po or Pop?

Is three Popovics a few too many?

Now that would sell some tickets. Are they gluten free?

Is three Popovics a few too many?

I think Popovic may have more than one plate in his cabinet.

Is three Popovics a few too many?

What Popovic did in the inaugural Wanderers season was astonishing. How many grand finals were there? He has a few plates in his trophy cabinet as well. “Top quality” may mean “He won nothing else” to you, yet I think the brisk turnaround he achieved in Perth shows just how clever and efficient he is as an A-League manager. Never sacked after numerous seasons……..a rarity in the A-League.

Is three Popovics a few too many?

Great thoughts Mid and those that convey some of my concerns over the vested interest in the thoughts of the “golden generation” when it comes to Australian football. Good players are good players, great coaches are great coaches and quality administrators and quality administrators. Let them all play the appropriate role, crossover starts to blur vision. Why the GG should have an influential voice in football structure is beyond me. Great players all, but as we know, not all great players make good coaches or administrators.

Is three Popovics a few too many?

That is a great point Buddy. Would success in Greece really prove to Popovic that he was better than A-League standard? I shall ponder on this. You always make me think.

Is three Popovics a few too many?

I agree, both would be better off earning some stripes in Australian football before venturing to a European lower league.

Is three Popovics a few too many?

There will be many who completely agree with your assessment. Who knows, Popovic may star in the second tier if the club is forced to play there. Yet if the boys do go there with him, the Greek fans may well ask a few uncomfortable questions.

Is three Popovics a few too many?

It is serious IJ. Pleasing to know that I am apparently a part of the Lowy/Gallop axis. If only I was remunerated for it.

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

In fairness, United’s lowest crowd for the season was around 2,900 and their overall average was 5,653. Ps, I am 100% behind a Canberra team.

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

We have seen such tactics and anger from fans on the losing side for ever. That is the game, World Cups, FA Cups, NSL finals and Asian competitions have been marred with the like for ……well……ever. I still think United achieved well for their first year in what is a demanding competition.

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

Wellington did fall away somewhat and never really recaptured the form they had at the start of 2020. Shame, but the COVID cards were dealt.

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

All still a little up in the air and after Macarthur announced their membership fees without potential subscribers even knowing how many games they will see, the ??????’s over the upcoming season and its length remain.

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

Good on you Bev. For an inaugural season, it was extremely successful.

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

Considering the size of the city, three teams in Sydney still has greater numbers upon which to draw than a single team in many cities and/or regions. If Adelaide has a population of around 1.3 million and Sydney near 5 million, I would have thought, after doing the maths, that three teams can be catered for.

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

An embarrassment? I’m not sure what would draw you to that conclusion.

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

Wouldn’t matter if it was short memory or not. The fact is, over the length of the season, United were a classy outfit. Brilliant early and brilliant late, losing personnel somewhere in between. They should be commended for the season.

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

It is in the long run. Let’s hope the pandemic doesn’t delay the development of the stadium too long and United debut there ASAP with a competitive team.

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

Nice positive comments; something too oft missing from A-League analysis. A great debut season and much interest added to the competition. Rudan developing into one of the best in the business.

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

I’ll be thinking of Murdocca.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Grand final

To be fair, six of the current eleven teams have won the championship in 15 years. It isn’t quite like SPL or Serie A just yet.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Grand final

You’ve got it won Stevo. A done deal. The planets have aligned and the time has finally come. PS, I’ve picked Sydney to ensure your win.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Grand final

And all the while, City sitting patiently, waiting to be anointed champions. You must be pumped!

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Elimination finals