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That’s the way to clear up the muddy water – just splash it around a bit more.
Maybe I missed this initially, but he did say today that the decision was made by the Board.

Gallop offers few answers on Stajcic sacking

It’ll be interesting when Galop addresses these players and tells them what’s been going on. Sounds like the senior players are in the dark. It could be a fiery session.

Matildas players to meet following Alen Stajcic sacking

Well played Mariners. While I thought your goal was poorly defended by our Connor O’Toole, I also thought you were the better team and probably deserved more than you got. But you got to put the ball in the net to win.

Mariners set to boost struggling squad with triple transfer

but have to agree, they were terrible v England and France. Although I remember in the past they’ve done this, like prior to Canada WC they played a friendly series v NZ and were woeful.

How can we trust the FFA to do the right thing?

agreed Punter, but remember they took a lot of youngsters to France and England to build depth and rested some players who have year round commitments. They also played a few out of position, as the commentators explained it, to prepare for those critical moments.

How can we trust the FFA to do the right thing?

and Stadiums Queensland

How can we trust the FFA to do the right thing?

Redondo, my reading of the FFA statement indicates more an unacceptable environment rather than an incident or incidents. I also read it as not necessarily directly attributable to the head coach Stajcic, but rather as head coach the FFA says he has to take responsibility.
If it was incident based I’d think it would be quite easy to deal with. That’s certainly my own experience, usually beginning with mediation.

How can we trust the FFA to do the right thing?

You’ve missed a couple of steps Nick. Just because he’s interested doesn’t mean he’ll get the job. Assuming he applies, would he be suitable? He’s been around a long time, but wouldn’t his better days be far behind him? Or is he the man to rebuild our team?

Alen Stajcic: Victim of the modern workplace, or creator of a flawed culture?

Just reading an article by Dominic Bossi, says it was suggested by the PFA as routine, due to the heavy workload of the players (who play pretty much all year without a break). What they expected is vastly different to what they got. Apparently the review will also be done on the other national teams.

Alen Stajcic: Victim of the modern workplace, or creator of a flawed culture?

I glanced at Marco’s article in todays Courier Mail about the Roar in crisis now with RA gone. The article goes back to Craig Moore’s departure and his shot at the Bakries, leaving a strong hint that its all their fault. That just seems crazy to me, as JA had pretty much all he had asked for as far as we know, and it’s not as if the owners organised numbers for players shirts that gave rise to the debacle that saw Craig Moore to the door. But Marco persists.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic sacked, five months before World Cup

Our games v France and England were poor, but that was a development squad for young players, not full Matildas. But interesting Waz, there’s a few players tweeting support for Staj. Team’s got to move on now, like Roar. No time to loiter.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic sacked, five months before World Cup

Recall with the England and France games that it was very much a development squad. Several senior players including Kerr, were left at home to rest and junior platers, like young Amy Sayer, Princess Ibini and Mary Fowler were given starts or time. Of the senior players that travelled, several played out of position to build versatility in the squad for the World Cup. One should not always judge a team on training runs, which those two games were.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic sacked, five months before World Cup

Mel Andreatta is still an assistant coach for Matildas as far as I’m aware, which surely would rule her out, being part of the team that created the ‘unsatisfactory’ environment. What makes it all the more strange is that the other assistant is the father of one of the senior players. Does he have to go too? One would think so, or at least what happens with the assistants (Mel & Gary van Egmond) may give us a few clues as to what this is all about.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic sacked, five months before World Cup

‘Unsatisfactory environment’ is a strange one, given outwardly the team seemed extremely comfortable with their coach, and vice-versa. Betty B thinks it’s a girls issue, we need a woman in charge of the women’s team, and the cats have loosed their claws.
An interesting tweet from former Matilda Joey Peters says ‘… He has reached his ceiling. Play is too predictable and hasn’t evolved. Pushing players and injury plague needing injuries as well…’.
Looks like another own goal to me.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic sacked, five months before World Cup

that’s a rant, and all you’ve said really is that Austria has a thriving league
but hey, nice rant

Another Central Coast loss proves the A-League salary cap must go

can I borrow that one sometimes Kangas?

Active support works best when it actually involves support

Tom, I didn’t disagree with your assessment when it come to the team, which is probably what you meant anyway. I just disagreed with how you got there. Roar has a f’&#*@ lot of work to do, that’s pretty obvious. And Ross Aloisi resigned this morning so we are making headway.

The A-League midseason report card

The Den sounded great on Tuesday night – new chants and more of them. Not as loud but refreshing. Thanks to whoever ran it.

Active support works best when it actually involves support

“This football club needs significant reworking for the future”
I think you mean team, this football team, needs … work. The club is going great, just look at the W and NY leagues, the NPL sides and academy, infrastructure, which collectively with the team you’ve examined, make up the club.
‘Crowd numbers have declined significantly’ they have, but what are you comparing them to? Last Tuesday’s crowd is about the same as the last two A League games played on a Tuesday night, both in Sydney, and are not significantly below the few seasons preceding. I don’t think declines in Roar crowds are significantly different to many other clubs.
I’d stopped thinking of Bowles (age 27) and Ingham (NZ int’l) as youth players some years back, I’m pretty sure they’re both on senior contracts. I think you probably meant Wenzell-Halls, Shannon Brady, Joe Caletti, D’Agostino and maybe Jay Barnett and other emerging Roar Academy players. You got O’Toole right, but overall I have to give your analysis of this club an F. Anyone can see that poor recruitment, especially of the visa players and marquee, has led to a steady decline in recent years. Three or four of these senior players are regularly missing, dropped or otherwise marginal selections (Kristensen, Mikkelsen, Nigro, Mauk, Pepper, Lopez). Add those missing long term (Avram Papadopulous, Holman) and a long term snub (DeVeere), all key players, and you start to get a picture of what is wrong at Roar.
On the field, in front of goal, they seem to have been drilled to shoot from a distance, but whatever (I’m no football analyst), I think the coach situation speaks for itself.
As to the Den, first it’s not part of the club and second, with the rejigged (works-in-progress) Den on Tuesday night was, in my view, the best night’s active support Roar has had in a few years, even with fewer revellers in their section. They were refreshing.
Yes, I’d agree. the team needs a significant re-work for the future. Let’s hope they find the right coach to do it.
PS I don’t mean to be critical of your article Tom, but if you want to be published and taken seriously, you’ll need to do more research than is apparent in this article.

The A-League midseason report card

I think Roar are paying too much, if it’s true that they are paying the max cap. Easy to think they’re underspending, but no, they’re not apparently.

Another Central Coast loss proves the A-League salary cap must go

There is (GC stigma) and also, as SportsfanGC says above, Robina is hardly in a central location. It’s a nice little stadium but built in the wrong place I’m afraid. If they’d built at Burleigh or Mermaid or somewhere a bit more central, maybe they’d have more luck. Besides that, Gold Coast is a very outdoors place, everyone has a lot to do already.

The case for a Moreton Bay A-League bid

But do you think the salary cap is applied? Who monitors it and audits the clubs books? I know we have a minimum and a maximum spend but sometimes it’s hard to believe that all the clubs are within those set limits. And then of course we have marquee payments which throws the whole principle of salary cap out the window.
Even the NRL, which actively audits club payments, regularly (annually) fines three or four clubs for breaking the cap. Can’t believe that it doesn’t happen in the A League and that all our clubs are compliant little bunnies, even given the Glory saga.

Another Central Coast loss proves the A-League salary cap must go

now now MF. You are being spiteful here with snide little comments. That’s unbecoming of any sports fan, and you know that.
I don’t follow Ausy Rules or the AFL other than in a general sense, but I would like to know how much AFL players sell for? How does their worth compare to other sports like cricket and particularly football? I think Aaron Moy is Australia’s most expensive soccer player with a fee of around $20mil, or maybe Matty Ryan (undisclosed fee). Does the AFL have transfer fees? and how much are we talking about?
Given the trailing fee, which I’d love to see in Australia, the potential for football $ growth here is real.

Another Central Coast loss proves the A-League salary cap must go

not at all. Firstly, I don’t think the winter codes compete against each other. They’re pretty set. Second, cricket, and the ODI that night, and the tennis AO, is getting saturation coverage in the media right now. Sports radio talks cricket and tennis 24/7 at the moment, and the papers are full of it. Even in Brisbane, unless you are already a follower you would not have known that last Tuesday’s game was on. So no, it’s not a poor excuse – you can’t watch if you don’t even know it’s on. Even AFL in Brisbane gets ten or twenty times the coverage of the A League, let alone a Tuesday match up against two well established sports.

The case for a Moreton Bay A-League bid

Townsville would be great but it failed before because they lacked serious cash. Community support rallied but they couldn’t guarantee ongoing $ to satisfy FFA.

The case for a Moreton Bay A-League bid