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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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Enjoyed reading that. Well said. Great for the league and Newcastle’s win wasn’t too shabby either. Victory the only side without much to cheer for so far. That will upset many supporters!

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

Well said Tigertown. Let’s give the credit when due I say.

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

Imagine being a long suffering fan. Brilliant for them. They truly expected to beat the Wanderers and were furious when they didn’t. A far cry from the defeatism evident just a few years back.

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

I can assure you AA, there are some ripper kids in addition to the ones we have already seen.

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

Could happen but I’m backing Stajcic’s work to hold up a little better than that. Time will tell.

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

I like this. Should the Mariners head down that path with an original it would be a definite candidate for Hottest 100 2021.

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

They would be a dynamic pair up front. He’s still only 34, there is time. Probably working on his first touch back in Jamaica as we speak!

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

Yes, should the Mariners make the finals it would be a cheap easy article to laud Stajcic’s work. I’m calling what I see, a palpable change in culture and on-field success that is the residue of it. No doubt there will be some hurdles and when the Red Devils do sign Kuol the Mariners will miss his presence up top!

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

In fairness I did say that specifically, yet as we all know, rebuilds take some time. My point is that over 29 games in charge, I’ve seen enough to form an opinion that the culture change is tangible and the product on the pitch a result of it.

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

I had a drink with a chap the other day who did nothing but whinge about le Fondre. He said he couldn’t understand why he left. I tried to explain the money going around in the Indian league and he refused to believe me. Have to be 3 to 4 times his Aus salary?

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

Let’s not forget that Stajcic has been at the helm for 29 games now and won almost a third of them. For context, in a 27 game season, his 31% success rate would result in around 8 wins and 24 points, not to mention the addition of any individual points picked up. The Mariners have not tallied more than 22 points in a full A-League season and accumulated tallies of 18,13,20,23 and 13 over the past five seasons. My view is that under his influence the attitude looks better and the culture far improved; hence the piece.

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

I think Mr Corica will be a long term appointment for Sydney but Alen could well pick up some interest from elsewhere around the country once the A-League economics return to near normal levels.

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

He is certainly showing that his methods work very well in the men’s game; something I heard a few people ridiculously doubt.

Alen Stajcic has nurtured a winning culture at the Mariners and silenced his critics

I must admit to not thinking anything inappropriate about it Mike. Others may feel that way but we’ll all move on as usual.

Maybe a global pandemic is just what the A-League needed

You are a good judge mate. Well called. If the Jets win a few he will amass plenty of points.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

Between the two of you there is now a good case to expect something ridiculous. Should it prove a grinding 1-1 draw we will all be disappointed after that excellent build up.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 5

Thought last night might have many rethinking Adelaide. What a poor performance that was.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 5

So he will match his career playing time after just five matches in Newcastle. I guessed six. Thanks for the deets.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

One word of evidence to your point……Troisi.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

A good point really. Very rare for a domestic player to shine in that spot. I referenced that in the piece for that very reason. Without knowing the players, he would easily have passed as an experienced foreigner.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

Don’t forget that Isaias spent some time below that as well. He was a fine player but to me Najjarine looks move powerful through the hips and certainly tougher. Can’t wait to see what he does in future. We’ll both enjoy it, no doubt.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

I’ll go further and say Najjarine might have Isaias covered in a few years time. In my view he is something special.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

He looked like he enjoyed the responsibility and bossed the midfield accordingly. Do you know how many starts he made for City? It seems all we ever saw was the odd flash and the comment about how talented he was.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

It is actually hurting the domestic game more than I had anticipated. The Najjarine example is a perfect one. I wonder if Lachlan Wales might do something similar after departing. A promising player as well.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

Punter, I sat there mouth agape on Sunday. All I could think was just how I’d never really been given the chance to see him in action. My goodness he played well. This might be heading out onto a limb but Najjarine has Socceroo written all over him in my view.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free