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Mike Tuckerman

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Isn’t the A-League community precisely who football is played for? I’m pretty sure Melbourne Victory fans have noticed Ola Toivonen’s absence.

Can a cut-price A-League offer more chances to local youngsters?

The self-evident problem with selling the game to Fox Sports – and we all know I’ve defended them in the past – is what happens when they lose interest? Well, we’ve suddenly found out.

Can a cut-price A-League offer more chances to local youngsters?

I’m glad to be back too!

Can a cut-price A-League offer more chances to local youngsters?

Lots of interesting takes on this one today. I’m not so sure that from a marketing perspective a switch to winter will cure the A-League’s ills, but I certainly feel like there’s a potential to play better football than we see in summer. Am I alone in thinking that?

Is a switch to winter the key to unlocking the A-League's potential?

Forgot the password, did we Middy?

Is a switch to winter the key to unlocking the A-League's potential?

It’s a fair point about other leagues playing outside winter. The most obvious example is the J. League, which typically enjoys a mid-season break over summer but which has always played much of its football in some of the hottest months of the year.

Is a switch to winter the key to unlocking the A-League's potential?

Good read, Nick.

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

It would only feel real if Olympic then left Belmore to play at every single other stadium in Sydney.

In all seriousness, I think the promotion part to the A-League makes sense but as plenty of others have pointed out on here recently, the idea of relegation from the top tier is a little bit more tricky.

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

It certainly feels like Foxtel has decided to turn football into a scapegoat over the past few months. Which is a bit of a surprise, because there are still more than a few rusted-on A-League fans with set-top boxes in their homes, myself included.

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

Haha, I think we’ve all secretly hoped SMFCMike might have blocked us on Twitter one of these days.

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

I think it’s a great decision. I definitely would have backed Warren to get the chance. Fingers crossed it turns out, but I think Roar fans should be quietly confident.

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

Cheers Jack. You’re a tough act to follow.

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

I know what you mean, Stevo. I was actually following Jack’s live blog while watching the Brisbane Roar game last night and noted you were practically the only person responding.

I wonder if people have been anything like me and decided to get away from the computer for a bit over the course of this pandemic? I know when it started I really wanted to dedicate my time to a few other things (although I’m mainly just parked on the lounge watching re-runs of Seinfeld).

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

We do need more football stories. Hopefully the next month conjures a few.

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

Nail on head James. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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

Hi AGO. It’s nice to have the football back. I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed Friday night’s clash.

I think the FFA and A-League have done about as well as could reasonably be expected during a crisis of such magnitude. We can thank our lucky stars there’s any football to watch at all right now.

And if this whole pandemic acts as a bit of a circuit-breaker, and the game comes out of it with a more beneficial broadcast deal and a calendar that better aligns with the rest of the game, then at least there are some silver linings.

These are certainly strange times though. I’m glad we’ve got the football back to distract us.

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

Great interview.

Andrew Durante on why he left the Wellington Phoenix and his future in football

I have a feeling we’re about to be watching a whole lot less live sport over the next couple of weeks.

How will the A-League weather the coronavirus storm?

Buddy, those lower tiers should be packed because they’re tiny compared to the tier above them. I’m just going by what I saw on the TV coverage. The southern end looked virtually empty, and a crowd of 21,000-odd only makes the stadium two-thirds full.

How will the A-League weather the coronavirus storm?

Brisbane Roar battered them, Buddy. They’d have beaten every other team in the league with that performance.

Substance in the A-League: Who has it and who needs it badly?

Let’s be honest… the real reason so many football fans in Australia prefer Optus Sports to Fox Sports is because they’d rather pay $0 a month (or $15 at most) to watch football, instead of $25 and upwards.

And that’s arguably the biggest existential threat to the A-League of all.

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

Firstly, I don’t understand this desire to compare the A-League to English lower leagues all the time. Why not lower leagues in Asia? Why not the Finnish third division?

If all it took to get more fans through the gates was quality football, then attendances would be on the rise, not going down. I’m not even sure that the average fan in Australia knows what quality football looks like.

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

I thought attendances were diabolical across the board this weekend.

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

They’d have got more than 15,000 at AAMI Park, in my opinion. There’s lots of anecdotal evidence to suggest that fans are deliberately staying away from Marvel Stadium.

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?

Good for Georgina. No doubt it was a refreshing change from writing how much of a mess Australian rugby is in every week.

And how did that 2018 World Cup go for Optus Sport again, by the way?

How much trouble is the A-League seriously in?