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David Shilovsky

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David writes about football for The Roar. He has previously written for North Shore Living and Kick360.

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His three-year contract extension hasn’t even kicked in yet. If they fire him this season Lederer will be on the hook for the entire salary while paying another coach, or coaches, in the meantime.

Wanderers humiliated, dark times on the terraces, is premiership now two-horse race?

It’s good news for the national team. Midfield has been a relative strengh for the Socceroos in recent times but I don’t think anyone in the engine room had a particularly good Asian Cup. Irvine really struggled.

Wanderers humiliated, dark times on the terraces, is premiership now two-horse race?

There’s ups and downs at every club. After many seasons out of the finals, Rudan, both through his man management and recruitment, has Wanderers competitive again. The identity is pride in the club, which was missing for far too long.

Wanderers humiliated, dark times on the terraces, is premiership now two-horse race?

That’s commendable, and as I said Waz’s passion always comes through. The incessant negativity does start to grate though, when it’s the same rhetoric on every article.

Rudan tight-lipped after controversial draw, Roar's revenge, Victory streak ends at 15

Yep. You can’t make a comparison with the top divisions in Europe – a lot of those clubs are just happy to be there, plus there’s many more meaningful games that will affect European qualification etc. The finals series is the greatest equaliser we have that gives fans of the majority of teams hope till late in the season.

Rudan tight-lipped after controversial draw, Roar's revenge, Victory streak ends at 15

Would you honestly describe most of your rants as ‘constructive’? Your passion for the league is clear to see but if you just came back from the ledge on occasion, your contributions would be much more valuable.

Rudan tight-lipped after controversial draw, Roar's revenge, Victory streak ends at 15

Possibly. I don’t think he came up with this theory spontaneously, feels like it’s been building for a while.

Rudan lashes officials as Bulls pip WSW, Gauci's dream move, City struggling

Wouldn’t it be funny if Milos, seeking a backroom role, ends up as Stevie’s assistant in Auckland.

A-League great Ninkovic chokes back tears as he reveals retirement date: 'a player who gave everything every time'

Unsurprisingly Football Australia have upheld Wood’s red card.

Jackson leads Mariners revival, Wood red card ruins Big Blue, Arnie lashes A-League

It’s not close now. At its apex it was approaching that level. The Grand Finals between the two have been huge occasions.

Jackson leads Mariners revival, Wood red card ruins Big Blue, Arnie lashes A-League

Mining and Newcastle didn’t work out too well last time. It’s been so long since the Jets had an owner who invested properly in the club. I think it’s years since they’ve had an owner, period.

Glory snap 15-month winless run, Grim times for APL as redundancies hit

I’d argue he’s talented enough, though he is limited in being a fairly prototypical old school 9. He seems comfortable in the A-League and is already the leading scorer. He’ll hit 200 goals if he stays.
Add some Socceroos caps to the mix, and it’s an impressive career.

Glory snap 15-month winless run, Grim times for APL as redundancies hit

That’s an interesting point about how staying in Australia is perceived. Maclaren’s had a few chances overseas but seems to prefer being the big fish in the small pond that is the A-League.

Glory snap 15-month winless run, Grim times for APL as redundancies hit

Someone made the comment to me that Burgess is still seen as a kid – I was surprised to discover that he’s 29 years old. Very talented guy but if he’s going to make another go of it in a bigger league, the clock is ticking.

Glory snap 15-month winless run, Grim times for APL as redundancies hit

Just a bizarre signing in hindsight. So strange for Corica to poach him then never give him a proper opportunity to succeed.

Unite Round's baby steps, Nix pip Perth in thriller, Wanderers make statement

It was over as a contest after the third Adelaide goal, but the goals kept flying in after that so I think it’s unfair to call it a boring match.

Unite Round's baby steps, Nix pip Perth in thriller, Wanderers make statement

Alcaraz, come on down.

Djoker's warning for 'conservative' tennis amidst rumours of LIV-style tour that top US star says is 'inevitable'

That’s annoying. Apart from the fuzzy resolution I haven’t had any issues after eight rounds.

Kraev and Barbarouses star as Nix go top, hand Bulls first loss

I’m not sure about his mental state, but he is playing an immature game on the pitch. In that sense he does need to grow up.

Bruno bags four, Irankunda can't hide emotions as Reds slip again, Western in crisis

Thanks mate, I did pop in one line about Redders down the bottom but it didn’t seem a big talking point in the context of everything else happening. Personally, I think he got what he deserved under the rules, but you bring up an interesting point.

Bruno bags four, Irankunda can't hide emotions as Reds slip again, Western in crisis

The Cove have really been bringing the atmosphere this season.

Bruno bags four, Irankunda can't hide emotions as Reds slip again, Western in crisis

Well, Townsville never supported Fury like Newcastle have (at times) with the Jets. In a limited sample size, admittedly. Typically cities don’t get second chances with pro teams after just 10 years.

Sydney Derby shows what A-League can be, Foley handed Auckland licence, City in trouble?

Look, you’re not wrong. I think we’re basically on the same page – we already had a high concentration of teams from two states, we increased that concentration, and it’s not gone well.

The Jets, despite their seemingly never-ending financial problems, still have a lot of potential. It’s a sports town that gets behind the team when they’re not flopping around outside the finals.

Sydney Derby shows what A-League can be, Foley handed Auckland licence, City in trouble?

Yes, I do, and we should be optimistic we can get back there. 28k on Saturday was still a good result.

Sydney Derby shows what A-League can be, Foley handed Auckland licence, City in trouble?

I think Football Australia aren’t complete morons – there was merit to both the Macarthur and Western United expansion bids. The execution, obviously, leaves a lot to be desired.

Let’s say we cut those two sides for next season, bringing the equation to six of 12 – an even 50 per cent. Does that sound better? Or do you think one of the four big city teams don’t deserve their spot?

If you’re suggesting we should have a second team in Queensland, I can’t see the merit in that argument.

Sydney Derby shows what A-League can be, Foley handed Auckland licence, City in trouble?

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