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Mike Tuckerman

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I look forward to reading it!

Sam Kerr can say whatever she damn well likes

If that’s what you want to focus on, Redondo, that’s your choice.

The Matildas reminded us why we love the world game

You just mentioned them, Nemesis! You simply couldn’t resist?

The Matildas reminded us why we love the world game

Yeah, I didn’t have a problem with it. She was laughing!

The Matildas reminded us why we love the world game

Fair effort, Ian!

The Matildas reminded us why we love the world game

Great read.

Australia isn't ready for Australian coaches

Putting aside the obvious ructions behind the scenes, I think it’s fair to say Stajcic wasn’t universally admired. The 3-2 loss to Chile in Penrith last November went down like a lead balloon and while I suspect be thought he had time to change things, I wouldn’t say the Matildas looked like world beaters towards the back end of his reign.

Matildas disaster was what we've come to expect from football

And?

Matildas disaster was what we've come to expect from football

I don’t think Stajcic has dodged anything – the problems all started under his stewardship. The question now is whether Ante Milicic can do anything about them.

Matildas disaster was what we've come to expect from football

Well generally when someone is employed to write about something, they’re usually expected to write about something.

Matildas disaster was what we've come to expect from football

It’s not a bugbear, it’s just a simple question that FFA could easily answer (but won’t).

Let’s put it in these terms: will Heather Reid be at the World Cup in France?

The Matildas can help us forget all of football's nonsense

Laura Alleyway is definitely out. She’s been replaced by Karly Roestbakken in the squad.

The Matildas can help us forget all of football's nonsense

Well, people in Huddersfield and Watford and Girona and Leganes obviously care. And that, in a nutshell, is the problem with all this talk of a Euro Super League.

It’s all well and good to blithely declare one club or another as a ‘super’ club worthy of playing in some closed-off, purely for profit league. But their stadiums are (mostly) full of local fans. And attendances at big European clubs aren’t on the increase, they’re generally trending downwards.

So unless Barcelona or Manchester City or whoever else can find a way to ship 50,000 tourists in on a weekly basis, all this televised European football that we watch in far-flung destinations like Australia isn’t going to mean much if it starts being played in front of empty grounds.

And that’s a real possibility in countries like Germany, where fans still feel a strong connection to their local club. (A point that seems completely alien to many Aussie fans, judging by some of these comments).

A European Super League would destroy football as we know it

With all due respect Brian, your attitude smacks of someone watching all the action unfold on TV from afar. Having lived in Germany, I can guarantee that fans there still want to watch Dortmund versus Schalke and Bayern versus Hamburg above all else.

A European Super League would destroy football as we know it

Good to hear mate.

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

…and that the captain of the Titanic was an able seaman with a good sense of direction and a willingness to follow safety procedures.

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

Try refreshing, Lionheart? I’ve got no issues from my end. I’ve got to be honest, in ten years I’ve never had anyone from The Roar act like football isn’t of huge importance to the website.

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

What, a bit like sacking the coach and then having to follow it up with a grovelling apology just over a week out from the team’s biggest tournament in years?

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

Neither is yours.

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

No it doesn’t.

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

FFA have just released an official apology from board member Heather Reid to Alen Stajcic.

They’ve also made a statement re: Stajcic’s sacking as Matildas coach.

https://www.ffa.com.au/news/statement-football-federation-australia-re-alen-stajcic

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

Because I have better things to do with my time than be stonewalled by people who won’t say anything of substance to me.

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

It is on free-to-air. SBS are broadcasting all of Australia’s games.

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

Football Federation Australia are the organisation that sacked the coach of the Matildas without explaining why, so of course they get a mention.

The Matildas: A team all of Australia can get behind

That’s precisely my mantra when I sit down at the keyboard.

It's a myth that the A-League needs positive headlines to thrive