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So it would seem, MF. As a former defender myself, I would also suggest that defenders can offer particularly useful insights into crafting the attacking side of the game.

Kevin Muscat and Mark Rudan have put Australia's coaching potential on centre stage

And I see John Aloisi is already back on the box offering his expert views on everything to do with game, despite having been proven to know nothing worth knowing as a coach. Less that zero cred. Just goes to show the Roos old boys club is alive and well at Fox.

Leckie on the spot to fire Aussies to Asian Cup quarters

Surely the McClaren experiment is done and dusted now.

Leckie on the spot to fire Aussies to Asian Cup quarters

In an absolutely dire year for football in this country, FFA just found a way to make it worse.
I despair of the capacity of the code to make any progress in this country.
The new board must make a statement and replace Gallop. There must be a substantive and demonstrable break with the past, and that line must be drawn as soon as possible.

How can we trust the FFA to do the right thing?

I firmly believe that the change that must happen now for the game to move on is for Gallop to go.

He is now indelibly associated with years of declining performance across all his beloved metrics, and he has no credibility in the football world.

It certainly obvious why he was so unloved by the NRL.

How can we trust the FFA to do the right thing?

K, the hard thing is how to change the situation.
* Expansion too late and far too little is part of the problem – partly but not adequately addressed.
*FFA control of the A League part of the problem – partly but not adequately addressed
* clubs playing out of wildly inappropriate stadiums with no control over events or scheduling – not dealt with at all
* salary cap preventing any kind of football excellence – not dealt with at all
* a ridiculously unbalanced fixture list – not dealt with at all
* too many fixtures with unsuitable times to suit tv, and with no thought to spectators or players, or the standard of football – not dealt with at all
* climate change – yep, we need to talk about this. Summers are getting hotter and less football friendly and will become more so – not even being discussed
* competition perceived as fourth rate at best – salary cap still there so not being dealt with at all. I wish I could say the competition is better than this, but this season I’m afraid it isn’t.
* ratings mean that there will be no tv deal when this one expires – a bigger comp, independent A League, the end of the salary cap could change this. Happening but much, much too slowly. There will be glaciers that disappear before all this happens, if it does. And the competition may very well go with them, because no tv money means no A League.
* attendances are going into free fall as we move into the second half of the season. We are in for another season below the last, no matter what the deniers like Fadida say.
I love the game. I’ve played, watched and coached it all my life. But the A League is in deep, deep trouble. It cannot continue without TV money, and hardly anyone is watching, and those still watching are leaving, if the stats are accurate, at an alarming rate.
If Foxtel does renew, which I doubt on current figures, then commercial logic suggests an offer no more than half the value of the current deal.
Which leaves only one hope, quite literally one hope – that Optus packages the A League with the EPL. But the problem here is that Optus aren’t a broadcaster. They buy the EPL already packaged. They can’t do that with the A League, so how does that work?

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic sacked, five months before World Cup

I can only say that they must have had very strong grounds to take this action.
Elite football in this country is such a mess right now. Has there ever been a less engaging A League season? Completely devoid of anything approaching a compelling narrative. I’m pinning my hopes on next season, but right now, I don’t think many people understand that the A League’s TV money is about to leave the room.
We need Arnie and the Roos to give the Asian Cup a red hot go to salvage something positive.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic sacked, five months before World Cup

And what does it say about you that you consistently make these kind of abusive posts? Do you wake up every day so unhappy and angry at the world that you need to engage in this kind of behaviour at your selected targets? By the way, I’ve just lodged a report about this post and your serial offending. You lower the tone of every thread in which you appear with this kind of post and, frankly, I think something needs to be done about it.

Whatever happened to supporting your team no matter what?

Why does the Den need to lift its game? Why does the Den – collectively or as individuals – owe the club anything?

Whatever happened to supporting your team no matter what?

Really, Mike – “you are the problem”?
It’s a football club just over a decade old, not a religion. And if you are suggesting that we somehow should somehow graft on European football tribalism – not possible anyway, given that it is grounded variously in regionality, ethnicity and religion, amongst other factors, and has take hundreds of years to develop – then those are old world archaisms that I, for one, am grateful to do without.
Here’s some friendly advice, to borrow a phrase (have we segued somehow into The Sopranos?) – don’t apply values belonging to very different cultural contexts to Australian clubs that have only been in existence barely more than a decade. They simply do not apply.
I suggest, in fact, that the entitlement belongs to the clubs, like Brisbane under Aloisi, who serve up garbage and expect people to keep on turning up, expensively.

Whatever happened to supporting your team no matter what?

Good grief, Rick, I really do suggest you hold back on the Back-of-a- Wheatbix pack analysis of Japanese culture and, by corollary, their football.

Socceroos defeat Palestine 3-0, Sainsbury suspended

This is definitely the best team Arnold can put on the park at the moment, though I would prefer Giannou to McClaren any day of the week.

Syria will be interesting – a much sterner test, with pressure to capture at least a point.

Socceroos defeat Palestine 3-0, Sainsbury suspended

He wrote “no names” not “tin pot confederation”. You are deliberately misquoting to distort the argument. His points are perfectly valid. I don’t understand why you have to allow personal red mist to colour your contributions so often.

It's time the Socceroos did their talking on the pitch

Arnold is indeed displaying a worrying tendency to discharge tired platitudes. And yes, Mike, agree that expectations need to be tempered – but my word this is dull Roos team desperately lacking in genuine quality.

It's time the Socceroos did their talking on the pitch

Agree with the other posters. Daylight between Fornaroli and Keogh. The swap is only possible because of the unusual circumstances.

My money is on it going ahead. Suits both parties.

Keogh for Fornaroli, are you serious?

Are you suggesting that we should be happy with the performance against Jordan?

If you are, perhaps you can send me the address of your lobotomist.

Sometimes watching the Socceroos is like licking an ashtray

Agree on WSW. An extraordinary achievement.

Sometimes watching the Socceroos is like licking an ashtray

AG, I used the work “ordinary”, not “bad” – very different terms in meaning.

I would argue that a good coach creates a team where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Simeone has done it for years at Atletico.

Sometimes watching the Socceroos is like licking an ashtray

Good piece, Stuart. You speak eloquently for me and many others.

Sometimes watching the Socceroos is like licking an ashtray

I doubt that many wanted Australia and Arnold to fail. The problem is that we are used to the Roos letting us down. They bore, they underperform, they make excuses, they go public about feeling hard done by (by the public, by refs – you name it).

I have been watching the Australian team since the 74 world cup, when I was a kid. For the first time, I’m on the verge of not watching any more. If the Roos lose to Palestine, that’s it for me until we have a new coach whose prepared to make tough calls (for example, dropping Rogic).

There are only so many times that you can be let down before you walk away. That goes for any relationship.

This is a really ordinary group of players – I accept that. But as a collective they should be doing so much better than this.

Sometimes watching the Socceroos is like licking an ashtray

Not like this, no.

Stuart has nothing to apologise for.

A depressing performance from a poorly selected team, poorly coached.

Sometimes watching the Socceroos is like licking an ashtray

And that is perhaps the most incisive comment on this game… so true.

Socceroos lose Asian Cup opener 1-0 to Jordan in harrowingly familiar fashion

Both of you need to define exactly what “cut it” means to have any basis for a rational argument.

At the elite level, historical experience suggests the answer is in the negative. No Australian coach has achieved group phase qualification at a World Cup. No Australian has coached in the EPL, Bundesliga, Serie A, or the Italian top tier. Nor has, in fact, any Australian coached with success at any notable level in any European league. Popa crashed and burned in Turkey; Ange P had a brief spell in the Greek second division.

Arnie's second coming is off to the worst possible start

The above is a good example of someone posting purely to be contentious.

I wasn’t talking about Jordanian football. Where their number 9 plays, or the fact that defender who plays locally scored the goal has no relevance whatsoever.

Arnie's second coming is off to the worst possible start

I can think of no more damning indictment of the state of football in Australia right now than the fact that the best we can muster for our go to striker is McClaren, a player without either the technique, pace or strength to compete at elite level, a player who warms the bench for a club in one of the weakest leagues in Europe.

Arnie's second coming is off to the worst possible start