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Mike Tuckerman

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I’m not telling anyone to do anything – I’m talking about the difference in attitudes between two cultures.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

Don’t think there was on any naivete on Postecoglou’s part. Not only did he try to set up a tactical system that would allow Australia to compete with teams like Japan, but when he realised he had no support, he manufactured a move to a country that would allow him to play that style of football.

Worth remembering, too, that Japan sacked the coach who pulled off that victory before the World Cup kicked off. At least we have something in common with them!

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

This is precisely the sort of attitude I’m talking about that keeps Oz football from going anywhere. Here we have an opportunity to discuss a part of football culture we don’t know enough about in Australia, and what do we do? Scoff, sneer, demean and debase. Then we imply that results like Japan 2 – Australia 0 or Kashima Antlers 4 – Newcastle Jets 1 are proof that we’re on the right path. Incredible.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

Yes, the Socceroos certainly showed Japan how to play football when the two teams last met in Saitama. A real lesson indeed.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

Fair points. Were you stuck in the sun yesterday?

Everything is going great for Sydney FC - except for the results

I think everyone should just accept my opinion as gospel.

Everything is going great for Sydney FC - except for the results

Journalism, for me, is about holding people to account. So to ignore the most important news story of the week in favour of writing a match preview would be a betrayal of that fundamental tenet.

FFA have lost control of a narrative now threatening to consume them

To be honest Fadida, you can and I just did. And here’s why.

Firstly, Mary Konstantopoulos has a preview of the W-League grand final up today, so it’s not quite accurate to say this website has ignored the game.

Secondly, Alen Stajcic’s press conference was on Monday morning and I write for Mondays and Fridays. So today’s obviously the next day I could write about Stajcic.

Thirdly, new information did come to light last night – drip-fed (or leaked, depending on your preference) by the FFA to an ABC journalist. I linked to it in this column.

Fourthly, everyone from Richard Hinds to Robbie Slater has added their two cents on Stajcic’s sacking within the past 24 hours. The simple reality is that this story is still dominating the news cycle.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, columns about what’s happening on the pitch gain little traction compared to when I write about what’s happening off it. So if you want to see things like W-League previews, perhaps you should engage with them?

FFA have lost control of a narrative now threatening to consume them

He sort of played like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders. Bit strange – he’s a fantastic talent, but maybe being out of the Australian spotlight will suit him up in Suwon.

Brisbane Roar deal Adam Taggart to Asia

Jog on mate.

Australia has proved that Hakeem al-Araibi will not be forgotten

Listen mate, if I wanted to censor your opinions on Australian football I would have done so long ago.

I’m not going to indulge your narcissistic desire to drag me into a debate on this, so I’ll state clearly for the record once more and once only: I didn’t see your comments and even if I did, I have nothing to do with moderation on here.

You’re as entitled to your opinion as the next poster, but you’re on shaky ground when you go basing your assumptions on things that never happened.

Australia has proved that Hakeem al-Araibi will not be forgotten

You can agree or disagree with whatever you want, but I never saw your earlier comments and certainly didn’t ask for them to be removed.

Australia has proved that Hakeem al-Araibi will not be forgotten

Great column.

Generational problem is Babbel's, not Wanderers

I think the only people using the size of the stadium inappropriately are the Western Sydney Wanderers.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Because their fans say they’re loyal but in reality they aren’t?

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Nope, but as I’ve said before Mahler, you are the problem. The only contribution you make on here is to complain about negativity… then never contribute to any other discussion.

I simply write about what people want to read. You’re obviously not interested in contributing to anything positive, so the person death-riding the A-League here is you, not me.

So I guess we’ll see you again in a week or two?

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

I agree wholeheartedly.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

And how good was last night’s game? No one there, no one watching on TV, one team taking the mickey… but the A-League’s going fine.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Surely this is something we can fight, Buddy? I wouldn’t want to cop that if I were you.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

I used to work for the ABC. They’re under-resourced, the various departments don’t talk to each other, and they have contractual agreements with other sports that take precedence. But they certainly don’t hate football and have plenty of staff who follow it closely.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

I didn’t know that people from Perth were called Perthians. You learn something new every day.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Probably the right move for both club and player. I reckon he’ll do well at City.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Fadida, for a bloke who picks through these columns with a fine-tooth comb and often accuses me of cherry-picking information, I wish you’d stop and take some time to comprehend what has been written from time to time as well.

I haven’t said that the A-League will cease to exist in six months, or that there’ll be no football next season.

What I have quite clearly suggested is that the A-League can’t continue the way it is currently going, so the powers-that-be should use the six months between this season and next to sort out some of these glaring issues.

Some of you guys often accuse me of using sensational headlines to draw readers in, but you are just as guilty of basing all of your rebuttals on those headlines instead the actual content of everything that’s been written.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Unfortunately next season’s mistakes have already started. The decision to go with not two but one expansion teams is mind-boggling. But at a minimum what I would like to see is:

– some leadership at board level from FFA Chairman Chris Nikou
– an acknowledgement that A-League scheduling isn’t working
– an acknowledgement that the salary cap in its current guise isn’t helping
– some genuine efforts made to reconnect with fans (instead of the current tactic of simply ignoring them).

Until any of these issues are addressed, the next A-League season will be the same as this one, even allowing for improvements like the new Western Sydney Stadium.

The A-League has six months to save itself from oblivion

Excellent discussion.

Why a lack of trust in the FFA is leading to a lack of growth in football