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Let’s hope so – he does look good but we have so many talented young players who just don’t seem to be able to take the next step these days. We really need these talented players to grow into very good Socceroo players for the sake of our national team. Maybe they need to follow the path of Mile Jedinak and Brett Emerton who weren’t overnight sensations but became great players. It looks like Ramy might be joined in the A League soon by Daniel Arzani – who looked a potential superstar. Imagine the two of them together loaned out to Newcastle.

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

That’s 2x yesterday’s crowd at The Gabba to watch Australia play India!
It’s interesting – imagine if the Socceroos had 2000 in attendance and played out a 1 – 1 draw with India. Imagine if this came after being called out for cheating and further allegations of cheating being alleged. Imagine if our football crowd was also calling out racist results!
Would the media have something to say about the state of football?

Does anyone care that Macarthur are a decent football team?

As you mentioned in your article- the pandemic. What an awful time to start a new club. Restricted crowds and restricted vocal support as you begin. At the moment football games generally aren’t as good with less vocal support. I was at the Sydney v West Sydney game on Saturday night with 14000 quieter supporters. It just didn’t compare to previous derbies. It was almost as quiet and dull as being at an NRL game. The A League as a whole needs to get through this year and hopefully rebuild from next year with their new structures in place. Macarthur could have a good following in the future and they do represent a sizeable region. They need to play some good football at home and host some bigger games – Sydney FC, The Wanderers, Melbourne Victory, etc. In time, with some bigger games, good marketing and decent football and results they should go fine.

Does anyone care that Macarthur are a decent football team?

You’re wrong – simple as that.
The overseas players who have been brought in are good signings who have played at high levels overseas. The youngsters – many look talented and have a strong future. And there are still our rusted on very good A League players such as Ryan Grant, Luke Brattan, Jamie Maclaren, etc.
When you have over 2 000 000 participants to choose from throughout our country (more than any other sport) then Australian football is the premium sport in our country.
That’s just simple mathematics.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

Sydney have never had a problem with promoting young players – Gersbash, Calver, Antonis – they just have to be good enough and better than other members of the squad to retain their position. Buhajiar showed promise but you’d never have benched Alfie to give him a go but he is now deservedly getting more time than Barbarousis. Cam Nieuenhoff will keep his spot if he keeps playing well not just because he’s young.
Ryan Grant is a classic former young Sydney FC player.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

Plus Aaron Calver and Alex Gersbash and there are a lot more.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

I think Sydney FC are faring quite well in the A League – not too much to criticise. I think if other clubs were performing in a similar way the whole league would be a lot stronger.
Year after year they appear in the finals, their players, coaches and supporters appear happy. They pull in OK crowds. When the pandemic hit they kept paying their staff.
They have produced Ryan Teague (captain of the Olyroos) who they allowed to go overseas to pursue his career, another young midfielder, Cam Pupeuion (not sure of spelling), who they allowed to go overseas to pursue his career, Marco Tilio, who they allowed go to Melbourne City for more regular game time, Cam Niehenhoff, who looks a future Socceroo, Joel King, they’re giving Trent Buhagiar the opportunity to become a top striker ( will he take this opportunity?), Patrick Wood, Luke Ivanovic, Swibel.
Then there’s Cam Devlin, Max Burgess and players such as George Blackwood (stolen by Adelaide), who they couldn’t keep due to squad sizes and age (see Graham Arnold’s analysis of game time for youth and why).
As much as I like watching Adelaide and their youngsters where could Sydney play the Tourre brothers or Yukuly (spelling?)? If Adelaide had kept McGree, Troisi, etc. there’d be less time for your youngsters too.
With Brattan, Caceras, Nincovic, Wilkinson and now Bobo in the squad I am hoping Sydney’s young players will receive the polishing they need from this experience to become better go overseas and play for the Socceroos.
Perhaps your team would be better off playing in a green jersey!

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

I was very worried about the A League last year and because of Covid I still have concerns.
One more positive for the A League (and many may disagree) are the owners we presently have. These are generally clever business people who love football who know how to invest and invest wisely. Why are Paul Lederer, Manchester City, David Tratrenko, etc. continuing to pour money into the teams, youth academies, training facilities, etc. They obviously have a love of football but they must also see something of value – would they continue to invest in a “death spiralling” competition?
Why is Mike Charlesworth continuing to operate the Mariners until a new owner can be found? As said by others why are teams still wanting to come in, how did Macarthur start under these circumstances, how can Western United survive the year and a bit with Covid they’ve had?
The A League has been a very vibrant comp and it can be again.
Football has survived well and will continue to.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

Another huge loss for Australian football. Obviously a great coach – rest in peace.

Vale Frank Arok: A man ahead of his time

I believe you. I just thought it was a marketing exercise only. If things of substance are happening that is good and that is what I want football to do as well.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

BBL would probably rate better anyway but being on Channel 7 and Foxtel + huge marketing and constant ads on tv does help viewership.

Being on Foxtel and for a while SBS, Ten and now ABC with very little marketing and a few ads on the ABC doesn’t help viewership.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

I look forward to visiting Adelaide and I was always planning on seeing an Adelaide game (would have been there now except for border closures) but I now have a new reason to go.
I think I will tie my visit in with a Macarthur game and I will definitely bring some cow bells with me.
Where do you sit Andy?
I’ll try and get the row behind.
Although, perhaps a Wanderer’s game while cheering on Troisi could be more enjoyable.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

I’ve been to both Macarthur games and the bells are fine. They do add something different. I believe that in time their bull pen will increase in terms of numbers and volume. When they are able to chant and sing in number and as the crowds become more regular and passionate the noise of the supporters plus the bells will be very special.
And yes, there’s a lot to celebrate this year. Imagine if we can get a run of games. With increasing fitness and team cohesion as the cooler months arrive – wow.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

I’m glad you and your son are watching because we do need all the supporters we can get!
The A League, as you may know, built to a high a few years ago where we had many supporters at the grounds (probably similar to NRL in NSW – but not at AFL totals in their states – though The Victory do well and good viewership numbers on TV with little marketing).
We can get there again – especially with the present quality.
Positive articles about football! It’s good to read some (thanks Stuart) – most football articles are focusing on anything negative that happens.
We need to also highlight the many good things in our game – skill, inclusion, the interesting players and their lives, young players heading overseas to try their luck in Europe, etc.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

I totally agree – when are we going to see more indigenous Australians playing the game?
I’d love to see FA really help indigenous communities AND develop more players.
I hate the superficial NRL indigenous round where they try and sell a few more jersies- just like they have the women’s round with their pink jersies and then we continue to hear about the domestic violence of players in the media.
FA should do something of substance and if they are – let the community know – it’s that same old marketing issue again.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

But yes, the clubs need to do a better job marketing our game – I totally agree.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

I watch the ABC a bit and they do advertise the A League. They also quite regularly report about A League games on their news reports. Their support (while not large) is a reason why I tune in to watch.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

Without knowing the actual details of why he left I am assuming he was just securing his future and who wouldn’t do that?
The Jets appeared to be a chance of being lost with no new owners to be found – at best they may have been able to limp through this season and then fold with Carl then losing his job and livelihood. How good would his contract helped him.
I am glad to have him in the comp and I am hoping to see The Wanderers play good football again. It’s amazing how many players want to play under this “evil” man.
I am also glad Newcastle’s future has finally been secured and I hope new owners can be found and they are successful too. They certainly played well on Friday night and I hope that form continues.

The A-League needs more coaches like Carl Robinson

It’s the A League and predictions are almost impossible to get right! It’s hard enough to pick the winners of one round let alone the season.
I too thought the Bulls would do well, and I hope they do but they’re not showing much in the final third. They move the ball well but they will need to find the back of the net more to finish in the top 6.
Adelaide are full of energy and are fearless- they look very promising and Juric wants his Socceroos position back so he will score – top 6 for sure.
Sydney, Western United, Melbourne City, Adelaide for top 4 and the rest to fight it out for 5 and 6.
I’m hoping the ownership change at Newcastle can provide them with the stability they need to cause enough upsets in an even comp to be a top 6 challenge.

A-League 2020-21 season predictions

Oops- meant Simon Hill!

Mark Bosnich: Expert or ego?

There were offers but he was looking for a better deal – then, unfortunately Covid came.

Jets owner Martin Lee stripped of club licence

And all spectators under 16 should be FREE.

Jets owner Martin Lee stripped of club licence

As all tickets should be for all clubs. Wouldn’t we all rather have 15000 spectators at $20 each rather than 5000 at $30 each.
The cheapest tickets I could buy to the Macarthur game last Sunday were over $30. Is that another reason why there were less than 5000 people?

Jets owner Martin Lee stripped of club licence

Good
And well done to Paul Lederer, Sydney FC and Western United for supporting Newcastle.
Our comp needs them and hopefully they can be sold soon but what a difficult time for this process to occur. Can Craig Johnson and his Liverpool connections help?
Hopefully they can get through this tough time with their fans and good times will come again. The good thing is they still have Laurie McKinna fighting for them – he appears to have been an absolute rock for the club and is working hard for a great outcome.

Jets owner Martin Lee stripped of club licence

Mark Bosnic is great for Australian football and his analysis of the game and players is good. The shame with Foxtel’s use of Mark is their limited pre game, post game and general shows about football. When he is on a panel with others such as Adam Peacock, Andy Harper, etc and the discussion is being lead by Tara Rushton we have an entertaining and informative show. At the moment Foxtel haven’t got their commentary teams right. Michael Hill was great – especially with Andy Harper. I believe Brenton Speed is good as too is the new commentator – Ben?
But do Foxtel care?
6 months to go and it may be all over – that seems to be their attitude.
Perhaps a new broadcaster will think about this more carefully and hopefully they keep Tara, Adam, Bosnic, Harper and add in Michael Hill, Craig Foster and others and bring back Santo, Sam and Ed.

Mark Bosnich: Expert or ego?