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Jack George

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I'm fourteen and I write articles on the Roar. I thoroughly enjoy football conversations on the Roar and love responding to every comment I get on my articles. I am part of The Roar's live blogging team for football. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on my articles or on my twitter, which is @JackGeorge0004.

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The art of the overlapping centre-back

Sheffield United are surpassing expectations this season, with the former relegation favourites currently sitting seventh on the Premier League table. Sheffield United have been in and out of the Championship and League One in the last decade, but the takeover of Chris Wilder as manager has been a turning point. Wilder replaced Nigel Adkins in […]

Wow, thanks a lot, Mike!

The A-League's fan-base could use an attitude adjustment

Usually, when I live blog I don’t really get many responses, but I did find it quite weird last night because I thought that people would be excited for the return of football. It did appear that way as I’m pretty sure the blog got 700-800 views but, as Stevo says there was no real fan engagement.

The A-League's fan-base could use an attitude adjustment

Great to see you on the Roar again, Mike.

The A-League's fan-base could use an attitude adjustment

I agree. Overcommitting is a big problem in the A-League and the likes of Milos Ninkovic know how to exploit that space that they make extremely well.

La pausa and its use in the A-League

Thanks, Stuart. I agree, and footballers not keeping their heads up when receiving a pass is frustrating and something I may look at in the future for the A-League. I never had the experience of watching Le Tissier play live but from stories and YouTube videos, it seemed that he was one of if not the best when it came to pausa.

La pausa and its use in the A-League

I agree. There are two great players there and I really enjoy watching them both on the ball, but they struggle considerably with their decision making. La pausa is interesting because it’s not something that can be measured within statistics, so it’s no wonder that Elvis Kamosba is underperforming his XG and XA. I like the story about the penalty and red card as well!

La pausa and its use in the A-League

I especially think it’s something that the Fox analysts should explore deeper. They rarely go deep into the tactics of the game, and pointing out something like pausa allows viewers to then look out for it, therefore enhancing the experience of watching a game.

La pausa and its use in the A-League

Thanks, Midfielder. I agree. I love watching Sergio Busquets play that mixture of a 6 off the ball and acting like a 10 on it. He football mind is brilliant, and he knows how to draw players in and create space in the midfield.

La pausa and its use in the A-League

Hi Kanggas, sorry for the late response. I’ll have a look at some of those players and try to get in touch. Thanks for the suggestion!

Nigel Boogaard on playing against Manchester United and if he'll stay at Newcastle

Thanks, Chris. That is an interesting point about coaches, as they are the ones who implement it within players. Pep Guardiola possessed pausa as a player and has shown Sergio Busquets how to use it effectively as a coach.

La pausa and its use in the A-League

I completely agree. As I said, I would love people in Australia become more aware of it and utilise it effectively. It is only something I became aware of two weeks ago and I merely am trying to show more people what it is. Hope you enjoyed the article!

La pausa and its use in the A-League

I don’t think he’ll be completely ‘gone’ from football, but for the moment he’s onto bigger and better things. I hope he can still make appearances here and there, though.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

I would love to see more amateur commentators get chances in the A-League.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

True. Another option would be playing archived games throughout the year, and maybe winning the rights to mini matches?

What next for the FFA Cup?

Wherever he is calling matches I will be tuning into.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

I think that he was the one who said that. He’s been at the heart of many iconic commentary lines in football.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

I would love to see Optus Sport have a crack at gaining those rights. They publicise football really well and we may be able to see Simon Hill commentating again!

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

I agree. Fox may be looking at a future where football is not a part of it, and are trying to save money in the meantime. I believe that for the benefit of Australian football, we should not continue our deal with Fox and move to somewhere where we are considered higher on the rankings or have the FFA TV app. Fox is losing money every day, and I think Simon Hill made a good decision to not renew his contract. However, it is a shame at the moment to not have him calling games.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

The FFA TV app would be a very interesting concept, but would people pay $3 per month when the FFA cup isn’t on? I would just pay for the FFA cup games while they’re on and then cancel my subscription until the next FFA Cup.

What next for the FFA Cup?

It would be interesting to see fans call some games, but the problem would be making sure they were right for the position. They would need to use correct language and have a good knowledge of not just football but of when to speak and when to let the game flow. And would people be happy to listen to a rival fan commentate on their team?

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

I completely agree. I like your point about him knowing that you’re there to watch the game and doesn’t talk too much, he lets the game flow. Commentary is an art and in Australia, he is the closest we’ve seen to mastering it.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

I don’t think we should be panicking about them leaving their respective companies. Craig Foster is looking to go into more of a political role that is bigger than football, so he could be leaving due to that, while a comment above states that Simon Hill may be going back to England to spend more time with his parents. Simon also may be waiting for the next step for A-League broadcasting.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

If he wants to stay, I would love to see him as the main commentator in the next broadcasting deal which hopefully wouldn’t be at Fox.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

I completely agree. The best thing about my Monday was knowing the Fox sports podcast would be out later. I thought they collaborated really well and I’d love to see them do something again in the future.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments

Thanks, Rosario. I’m not sure which way round it was. Simon’s contract ends tommorow and he said he was looking to pursue other opportunities. I hope this means that he may have an idea of a new A-league broadcasting and be waiting for the end of Fox’s contract with the A-league.

My favourite Simon Hill commentary moments