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Mike Tuckerman

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But you only ever get on here to make negative comments, Mahler. You’re addicted to the thing you say you hate.

I'm not sure how much more of the A-League I can take

They should give Paul Nicholls a shot at running the FFA with some of the insight he’s shown these past few weeks.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Semi-finals

I was a sweeper mate. Nothing like specialising in an obsolete position to know your best days are behind you!

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

I think they had every intention of building a stadium in Tarneit. I’m not sure it will happen, now, but I don’t believe the club was started with the intention of hoodwinking anyone.

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

Looks like Melbourne Victory are about to plump for Grant Brebner as their permanent coach after all.

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

I think Warren Moon has done a decent job since taking charge. Needs to sign a few players, though.

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

I can understand the frustration too. And Western United’s attendances this season weren’t great, but you could say the same thing about the 10 other A-League clubs too.

I thought they would have garnered more support in Geelong than they did, but evidently the locals viewed the club as somewhat of a temporary tenant.

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

I don’t think anyone said criticism of Western United wasn’t valid. What I wrote was that fans of clubs like Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, who both play in multi-tenanted stadia, have been quick to point the finger at the newcomers for their failure to nail down a home ground.

I think it’s also worth exploring this characterisation of the South Melbourne and Team 11 bids as “more interesting” than Western United. What made them more interesting? Would they necessarily have got bigger crowds/better players/more engagement than Western United? Why?

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

You could argue that Sydney FC relinquishing players like Burgess and Aaron Calver and Cam Devlin is proof of how well the club is going though. It’s not like they’ve been missed much.

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

There’s about as much chance of the grand final moving to Perth as there is of me making my debut for Socceroos this year.

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

I’ve been surprised to see anyone in the stands, to be honest. Can’t really argue this whole end-of-season set-up hasn’t been designed specifically for TV.

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

Fair calls Stevo and AGO. Does that mean the neutrals want Sydney FC to win on Wednesday?

Are Western United a Cinderella story or the A-League's ugly sibling?

I don’t care about the NRL or AFL. I don’t even care that Formula 1 qualifying or Super Netball routinely out-draws the A-League either. Football’s fan base has moved on from linear TV.

So we’re in agreement that the way younger viewers consume the A-League has changed. And the financial model that underpins the whole competition will have to change with it.

But unless some of the fans who used to watch the A-League in far greater numbers on Fox Sports can be enticed back, almost certainly by an Over-the-Top streaming provider, then the competition is in financial straits. And that’s the part about “being smashed in the ratings” the FFA (who, as you’ve noted, are still in control) and the constituent clubs should be worried about.

Would the A-League be better off if Sydney FC weren't crowned champions?

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