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I reckon Holbrook and O’Brien are “pretty damn safe”. They are in their first year. Both could come under fire if they only manage to win less than a handful of games.

Of course the favourite has to be McGregor.

Who'd be an NRL coach? Who is in danger in 2020

And when Green was bowling, he was batting at 8 or 9.

Young gun Cameron Green stars for Western Australia with unbeaten ton

In just 14 first class games, he already has three centuries and two five wicket hauls. Let’s not forget, he hasn’t bowled in the last few games. Fairly impressive!

Young gun Cameron Green stars for Western Australia with unbeaten ton

WU can still work provided they finally have their “shovel moment” at some point pretty soon and if they could organise themselves to play their home games at Melbourne Knights home ground.

It definitely was a mistake to bring them in first instead of Macarthur.

Have Macarthur FC simply stalled or are they in serious strife?

According to Austadiums, Campbelltown Stadium re-opened in year 2000 following a $22 million redevelopment. So the stadium is not old for it to have an immediate upgrade. Its still serviceable for a little while yet.

If the Wests Tigers bite the bullet with Leichhardt Oval, and commit themselves to Campbelltown, which they should, then you will see funding for the venue.

Have Macarthur FC simply stalled or are they in serious strife?

In Macarthur’s favour, they have a home venue.

Have Macarthur FC simply stalled or are they in serious strife?

I think Walker is still sponsoring the club. As for Fraser and Krayem, from my naked eye, they always seem to be in and out of jobs.

Have Macarthur FC simply stalled or are they in serious strife?

I am not sure what the future is with regards to hosting rights of the Olympics. At the FIFA world cup, in 2026, three countires will host it. FIFA has finally come to its senses that joint hosting is the way to go rather than rely on one country to bear all of the costs.

South East Queensland Olympics: Get out now before it’s too late

But Tottenham were in the UCL final only a few months earlier. And Spurs weren’t 35 points behind at the time the match was played.

Was Sydney FC’s ACL embarrassment the A-League’s fault or just a bloke named Ange’s?

Some perspectives here. Yokohama did beat second place Tokyo 3-0 with 10 men on the final match day. Now with the Sydney FC result, many thought that the sky blues should’ve done better because they are in season while Yokohama was in pre season. Well the last game that Sydney FC played was back on January 31, nearly three weeks without a game.

And a few months ago in the Champions League, Bayern walloped Tottenham 7-2 away from home. After that result, hardly anyone questioned the standard of the EPL.

No doubt the A League needs strategy and investment, more investment than what Fox Sports provides. But when it comes to Australian football, whenever there is a perceived crisis, people will gather around like moths to a flame ready to unload all their negatively and pretty much ignore some of the perspectives that I mentioned above.

We can blame the administrator’s for the current state of the game, but geez, the so called football ‘fans’ in this country ain’t any better.

Was Sydney FC’s ACL embarrassment the A-League’s fault or just a bloke named Ange’s?

I am not sure if Mitchell can be a long term success at fullback. For that position you need to be more mobile across the field, either with returning kicks or link up play with the halves.

And will his forwards provide him a platform. Sam and George Burgess are gone along with Sutton. Souths do look very light on in the forwards.

And finally, welcome back Scotty. The site has been poorer from your absence. Plus I need another Saints fan on this site to drown our sorrows together lol. Anyway, can’t wait for the season to kick off.

Latrell Mitchell's journey to becoming a great fullback must start tomorrow

Are you taking about the ACL or AFL in China?

Fans and media need to hold football's leaders to account

It’s working out well for Ange. He has gone to a league where it has more resources and is more advanced than the A League. However before people dance on Sydney FC and the A League’s grave, on the last match day of the J League, Yokohama beat second placed Tokyo 3-0. And they finished the game with ten men.

No doubt Sydney FC have a battle on their hands to get out of the group, but there’s also some perspective with regards to Yokohama. No doubt, the J League is a comp the A League should aspire to one day.

Fans and media need to hold football's leaders to account

“Prematurely expanding”? The league needed expansion. You had ten teams playing each over and over again. Unfortunately the A League had to listen to Fox with regards to expansion. Fox wanted teams from Sydney and Melbourne. Imagine if there were teams from Wollongong, Canberra or Tasmania. It would have been different, particularly in Tasmania’s case.

Fans and media need to hold football's leaders to account

Before I comment, I wish Les Murray, Johnny Warren, Damien Lovelock and Mike Cockerill were all still here. That’s some influential firepower missing from the football fraternity. Commentator Paul Williams was also on On The Ball. He too is no longer with us. They will never be replaced. Only Andy P remains from that group.

Anyway, i do remember on that particular program, than Perth Glory CEO Nick Tana said that if Australia moved to Asia, the revenue that Australian football could generate from Asia would be like “telephone numbers”, or words to that effect.

So we have three teams competing in the ACL. All three teams one could imagine are playing infront of big tv audiences in Asia. And yet, I don’t think the A League clubs have taken advantage of the commercial revenue opportunities playing in the ACL. The AFL and Port Adelaide make a big deal playing one AFL game in China.

Why ain’t A League clubs making a big deal playing in the ACL?

Fans and media need to hold football's leaders to account

The All Stars is a pre season exhibition game. Why should the anthem be played before the game anyway? What’s the purpose of it?

Absence of the anthem at All Stars shows leadership by the NRL

One player you forgot to mention in that era was Paul Scholes. He was more superior to Gerrard and Lampard. England might have a good team, but they don’t have a midfielder in the mould of Scholes, Hoddle, Gascoigne or Le Tissier.

What happened to England's golden era?

The problem I have with V’landys is he still Racing NSW CEO. Bringing in a team from Perth would require alot of planning. V’landys doesn’t have the time to put the work with Perth expansion.

Was it wise for the NRL to hire someone as chairman who still has a senior position with another sport?

Small-time thinking won’t achieve big-time goals

Also with Labuschagne coming through, there isn’t the need to rush someone like Pucovski in the side. Wouldn’t mind seeing the first test line up against India unchanged. Eventually there will be changes, but at the moment, why make changes just for the sake of it?

How many more chances should Matthew Wade be given?

You need someone in the SS to score runs heavily to be considered. Thats what Wade did. Unfortunately Australia doesn’t have the batting depth. Pucovski has issues off the field to deal with. And I have doubts if Patterson is a test standard batsman.

We can always analyse the current members of the test side with their form and numbers, but if the alternatives are not doing much in the SS, then leave the side as it is.

How many more chances should Matthew Wade be given?

Having the Nines behind a paywall does hurt. Why bring in an event where it will be shown on pay tv?

Exhuming the NRL Nines: Flogging a dead horse no-one wants

Keep the Nix. Expand and bring in Wollongong. Enough of Sydney and Melbourne teams. But most likely Canberra would be the next cab off the rank.

Who could replace the Phoenix?

The Swans had a head start. They were established in 1982 when South Melbourne moved to Sydney. The Storm began in 1998.

Plus for many decades, the Swans were shown live in their local market, whereas for majority of Storms existence, their games were shown after midnight in Melbourne. Only recently the Storm games are live in Melbourne.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

Stop giving attention to Phil Rothfield. The sooner people ignore him, the sooner he is out of a job.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

So what’s the Stars excuses for previous finals failures?

The Big Bashiest ever conclusion to a Big Bash season?