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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

With respect, Mid, I’ve seen a lot of McClaren as a Brisbane supporter – he’s only averagely fast.

His limitations were clearly on show in the A League. Not fast enough, not strong enough to cut it at the top level.

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

Change out “football” for “AFL” and this could be a self portrait.

Merry Christmas.

All I want for Christmas is a fully-functioning A-League

I hope you can recover from Nem’s rebuke in time to enjoy Christmas.

You’re bravely hiding the pain, but I know you are suffering.

All I want for Christmas is a fully-functioning A-League

Is your headline a rhetorical question? We already know the answer.
There was no point in reading further.

Will 2018-19 be the year to break the A-League attendance ‘slump’?

Yup. Very hard to see the Nix surviving, but not impossible. Could be embarrassing for FFA to cut them if their crowds top CCM and City, which could well be the case by then.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 9

Read the story about the Nix moving a home game to Campbelltown.

Rudan really has his work cut out to save that club.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 9

How about the Tas Tigers… same likelihood of sighting the football team.

An aesthetic assessment of the A-League's new expansion teams

Let’s just settle on livestock.

An aesthetic assessment of the A-League's new expansion teams

I should have specified that by “ratings” I was including all measurable forms of viewership.

Why have so many people stopped watching the A-League?

I don’t whinge and I don’t moan, punter.

I comment forensically and critically. There’s a big difference.

Why have so many people stopped watching the A-League?

They were unusual circumstances. Both still in their 20s, too.

Why have so many people stopped watching the A-League?

No, Fad, symptomatic of how CFG has chronically disappointed.

Why have so many people stopped watching the A-League?

Good grief, what does it take to get through the message that attendances are neither here nor there? The game is paid for by Fox, and their only interest is in ratings.

Why have so many people stopped watching the A-League?

That should be “streaming is a factor, Don’t overstate it.”

Why have so many people stopped watching the A-League?

The question you never want to address, Fad, is how to reverse the falling crowds and ratings, because its been 5 years now and it is a fact, unarguable, that if it continues at this rate for another 5 years, there will be no A League because there will be no TV deal.

This is what people like myself and Waz and JBinnie are talking about. I don’t have the answer, but I sure can see the problem. Pull 20% off the tv ratings for the next three years and what have you got? The ratings are 32% down from last season. You can hold your head in the sand, certainly. But these kinds of spirals, in business, tend to gain momentum, in the sense that as success drives success, so failure drives failure. Sure ratings is a factor – but don’t overstate it. The next tv deal will be driven by ratings, and currently I would say it’s overvalued by around the value of the latest ratings plunge – 33%. By the time the next deal comes around, it will be down to 50% of the current value, if Fox want it at all.

Mike was being somewhat operatic with “dying before our eyes”, but viewed as a trend, unless it is halted at the very least, there will be no A League in 5 years time.

Why have so many people stopped watching the A-League?

Of course one would need to define “mainstream”, but knowing something about Netflix, I would certainly call them mainstream with a market penetration of 48% of Australians aged 14 and over.

Why have so many people stopped watching the A-League?