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“Not once during their time together as Liverpool team-mates did Western Sydney Wanderers boss Markus Babbel believe Robbie Fowler would one day become a coach.”

source: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/fowler-s-roar-link-surprises-wanderers-boss-babbel

Why employed an unsuccessful coach JA?

Why employ a no experience coach RF?

Six talking points from A-League Round 21

How much space was given to Mitchell Duke to score in the 15th minute?

Where are the Roar’s mid field players at that time? Where is Mckay? He is hard working but just running around trying to cover others? Right before that goal, Henrique opened the arms/hands. Probably, he meant no forwards moved back. A simple tactic was to mark once losing the ball. But no one did.

While Mitchell Duke was left unmarked, no centre back or left back moved up to mark. No attackers tracked back. And Mckay was not there. Should Jade North was still playing he would be one moved out of position to mark Duke. North did a lot before. Even there are other midfield or track back players there.

This first match of this season had not seen Mckay playing. There was a reason as he probably too old and nearing retirement.

Ever since JA took over, the defense had been a problem continuously. As for now, the new coach should consider total overhaul, replacing the 4 defenders and the 2 mid-field players for the next season.

Talking about the new coach, because of the continuous defending problem, Mark Warbuton should be chosen instead of Robbie Fowler. It is because that Mark Warbuton has a defender background while Fowler a forward. JA could not coach defense well as he had a forward background suspiciously.

Maybe, Fowler has better knowledge about Queensland and A-league. But he has not got solid coaching experience as compared with Mark Warbuton.

Roar and Wanderers go blow for blow from long range

This case remains bizarre.

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

In two days, I change my idea again for the second time as I have read more.

According to news.com.au (https://www.news.com.au/sport/football/alen-stajcic-addresses-the-media-after-shock-axing/news-story/12604a0fd200473a2c54587eb2f18e33), “Indeed Mr Stajcic, by his own admission and in the presence of an FFA lawyer and the FFA CEO David Gallop, said that the team environment was ‘dysfunctional’ and was ‘always going to be this way’. In those circumstances, we decided to act in time to put the team’s FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign back on track. It’s the Board’s duty to make these decisions.”

Keywords: FFA lawyer

WoW… Why a meeting for a matter (the result of a survey) had to have the lawyer there?

Yesterday, I did not read that a lawyer was there. It seems that the meeting was a setting up.

I have never been a CEO nor a broad member of a big organization. However, I don’t quite understand why a lawyer had to be ready. Unless, something was imminent.

I think whatever the matter, there should be a number of meetings to try to find a solution. However, a lawyer was already there in the first meeting. This inference is based on Alen Stajcic’s say that he had never heard of any bad comments from Gallop before.

With the review of Alen Stajcic’s sacking going on now, it is likely that Gallop will leave FFA nicely in the foreseeable future. It is because that one of the supporting reasons is that he is the remnant of the old FFA.

Why can’t the FFA come clean?

Yesterday, I started to read and the report got me to focus on gender issues. However, after reading this report, I have new ideas.

Key words/phrases:
—breach of contract
—toxic culture
—unhealthy environment
—dysfunctional Team

Has Alen Stajcic been paid or will be paid in full on termination of contract. By the “breach of contract”, there is a possibility that he is not paid in full. Why?

Every year, there are lots of coaches fired around the world. Firing a coach is not rare. Therefore, the natural thinking is linking the questionnaire as a tool to terminate the contract without full pay. Then, can the conclusion of the questionnaires be used legitimately as a good reason to sack?

To answer the above question, the two key terms “toxic culture” and “unhealthy environment” are to be examined below.

In researching “toxic culture”, a more relevant term “Toxic workplace” was found. By that term, it would simply mean: infighting; manipulation; non-professional conduct; or bullying.

With a toxic workplace, a dysfunctional team is very likely the outcome. That means the team lacks trust; the team members fear conflict; the team is not committed; the team does not focus on the results; and the team members avoid taking accountability.

After considering the above, there is nothing special in this case, just full pay or not full pay.

The more intrigue part in this report is: “Nikou repudiated that claim, saying Stajcic, in that meeting, admitted to a ‘dysfunctional’ team environment that was ‘always going to be this way’”.

With that, it seems that Alen did not want to share any finding in the survey. Was that wise? Would it be better that Alen responded to the boss saying, “I will look into the matter and report back to you later”? Very simple! Hold some meetings with the players. Talk to players pair by pair (not one-on-one as they are female). Have a barbie or morning tea with the players.

FFA hits back at Stajcic's claims

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Alen Stajcic speaks on sacking from Matildas: Says he was terminated without cause, may launch legal action

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Alen Stajcic speaks on sacking from Matildas: Says he was terminated without cause, may launch legal action

Updated 22 Jan 18

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-22/matildas-environment-of-stress-and-fear/10734412

“Stajcic’s position became untenable after the FFA received the first instalment of a report by Our Watch — a group tasked to change cultural behaviour that underpins violence against women.”

Keywords are: cultural behaviour, violence women

“It’s a misconception that the decision in relation to the head coach was solely based on surveys, it was based on a range of reasons and a range of information,” Mr Gallop said.”

“Mr Gallop confirmed work on the Wellbeing Audit began in August 2018, looking specifically at the needs of Matildas players.”

Wellbeing Audit? Never heard of. I ve a lot to learn.

“While not directly addressing the work being done with the FFA, the CEO of Our Watch told ABC Newsradio the organisation’s mandate is to stop violence before it happens.”

Key phrase: stop violence before it happens

Violence would happen? Alen Stajcic would use violence?

“”We work collaboratively … to help other people change the cultures, norms and practices that disrespect or devalue women,” Patty Kinnersly said.””

Change cultures? What cultures?

Devalue women? How? This is a female team. The coach cannot replace a player with a male player. This is not about people in an office, in which males and females working together, when someone alleges a female cannot take an important role (CEO for example).

If a coach is not happy about a particular player’s performance, he is comparing her with the rest of the female players in the team or the opponents, or the players in any other female team. The coach is not comparing a female player with a male player. Then, how come devaluing women? I just don’t understand. Any advice?

Conclusion:

It is not about sexual harassment. It is not about any thing that would make it a criminal case. It is because that no law enforcing parties are involved.

It is just, probably, that the coach had not had been tender and gentle enough to interact and deal with female players like treating a girlfriend.

Discussions:

Women teams should be coached by women?

Alen Stajcic should find a male soccer team to coach?

Further Comments:

This is jokingly interesting.

When this fiasco happened, I was never interested. And I did not follow any news. I always thought of sexual harassment or the coach had a couples of shouting towards some players. However, those are not seemed to be the case.

Alen Stajcic speaks on sacking from Matildas: Says he was terminated without cause, may launch legal action

Ah… Grand Finale is FFA’s match not Glory’s match. By rule, Glory has a home match but still it is FFA to decide in which stadium to play.

No one will stop Perth Glory from winning the premiership

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No one will stop Perth Glory from winning the premiership

Popovich, as usual, adopts a rotation policy. Players are quite different in different matches.

Not sure about he fits the players into different formations or with different players, under the rotation policy, the formation changes to adapt.

Up to R5, he plays 3-4-3 but changed to 5-4-1 in the match vs Phoenix, R6.

Then, in the next round, R7, the formation returned to 3-4-3 but Keogh was a right winger.

After that, the formation returned to 3-4-3 but there were different players.

But in R16, the formation changed to 4-4-2-diamond in the match vs Newcastle Jets.

There is no record about the lining up of R17. However, as for R18, the formation has changed to 3-4-3 again.

Therefore, in general, Popovich likes to play 3-4-3 in this season. So, Darren Davies should know how to take advantage on the weakness of a 3-4-3 formation. Don’t want to go into details and make public as that may inform Brisbane Roar’s opponents.

No one will stop Perth Glory from winning the premiership

If you had to pick the Roar team for next week would you play the eleven that finished this game?

Some of them.

Has Darren Davies got a lot of choices? No!

……………………………………………………White (no choice)…………………………………………………………………………

Nigro (any better choice)…Bowles (any better choice)…Pepper(any better choice)…Powel(any better choice)

……….Bautheac…………………….(xxxxx)…………………….Mckay……………………..Henrique……………………….

……………………………Adam Taggrt…………………………………Wenzel-Halls………………………….

That midfield (xxxxx) is to be filled. But Joe Caletti is not my choice as he has yet performed one great moment. Comparing with Daniel De Silva, he is at least one class lower.

If Ingram is available, where would he go?

DeVere, better not selected as he must have long term injuries.

Kristensen cannot defend well.

The injury list is long: Holman, Mauk, Hingert and O’Toole.

Just don’t understand why Mikkelsen has become a super substitute instead of Henrique as Mikkelsen has scored twice late in the last 3 matches. So, he is on the substitution list.

When I type this list, I think who are available.

They are Tongyik, Lokolingoy, Ingham, D’Agostino, Reardon… However, are those new comers got enough match fitness?

Subs:

Mikkelsen, attacker
Macklin Freke, goal keeper
Tongyik, defender
Lokolingoy, or D’Agostino, attacker
Reardon, defender

After considering the above, the coach has an easy job as he has not got a lot of choices.

Anyhow, the midfield vacancy left out by Lopez is important and critical as that is a very important position to defend Glory’s attack. Would Davies put Ingham there? G’s… that is crazy. That is the position that Davies has to show his talent.

Corica still keen on top spot despite slip

On October 23rd 2018 @ 10:15am, I wrote:

“It is good to see three marquee players are mentioned here.

Del Piero is a real marquee player. He plays good football and famous to a celebrity level.

Honda, I watched him played in the derby last week with attention. I have ideas but it is too early to call.

As for Bolt, he cannot play good football. He is just a commercial product. Probably, some players have learnt a bit from Del Piero but there is nothing worth to learn from Bolt.

For decades, Bolt has just been trained to run fast and straight for 100 m or slightly curved 200 m.

If money is just out of Mariners’ pocket that is fine. Let’s watch he plays with joy.”

Bolt may be a cow on ice, but it looks like he’s here to stay

Now, it is time to tell what my observation was; I suspected he had injuries. It was because that he just jogged in the first few matches of this season.

Then, he could not play.

Some players are just wise to hide hidden injuries.

Keisuke Honda nearly misunderstood for dropping F-Bomb in press conference

Correction:

Mistake again.

Theo (28)

Franjic (22), Smith (27), Susak (26), Stefanutto (30)
Paartatu (23), Mckay (27), Nichols (20)
Barbarouses (19), Solorzano (22), Broich(29)

Average age was = 24.8

Apology

Corica still keen on top spot despite slip

Okay, compare 11 with 11.

The starting team of Brisbane Roar in 2010 to 2011 according to wikipedia is:

Theo (28)

Franjic (22), Smith (27), Susak (26), Stefanutto (30)
Paartatu (23), Mckay (27)
Barbarouses (19), Solorzano (22), Broich(29)

So, the average of the usual starting XI of Brisbane Roar in 2010 to 2011 is = 253/11 = 23

I have just found out. Funny! The average squad age of Brisbane Roar 2010 to 2011 = 23.05 while the average age of the usual lining up of the same season is 23. What a coincidence!

Corica still keen on top spot despite slip

(26+22+26+31+25+36+21+33+16+20+32)/11 = 26.18

That means a 3 years difference of age comparing the invincible squad of Brisbane Roar with last night’s team’s average age.

Corica still keen on top spot despite slip

The invincible squad of Brisbane Roar in 2010 to 2011 had an average of 23.05.

Theo 28
Matt Smith 27
Stefanutto 30
Franjic 22
Paartalu 23
Barbarouses 19
Murdocca 25
Solorzano 22
Henrique 24
Matt Mundy 22
Visconte 19
Matt Mckay 27
Daniel Bowles 18
Mitch Nichols 20
Luke Brattan 19
Chris Bush 17
Andrew Redmayne 21
James Meyer 23
Thomas Broich 29
Milan Susak 26

23.05

Ange Postecoglou adopted a very young squad as he knew about the salary cap. Simply, he got the players to use a high pressing tactic. That meant also fast and energetic. Whenever the ball was lost, the closest player moved up to guard and press. Simple! That wore out many teams and Brisbane Roar used to win in the last 15 minutes.

However, JA wanted the salary cap removed https://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/john-aloisi-calls-for-aleague-salary-cap-to-be-scrapped/news-story/eda9cb62d9dcef95b6e2890d5ab631e9

That was the catalyst of his failure as he had already been alleged of having the liking of recruiting and playing experienced players.

Salary cap favours big and rich clubs. However, it is said to be a restriction to ACL success.
Okay, maybe, rich clubs can hire players just for the ACL competitions. WSW did.

Should the salary cap be scrapped, it is possible that A-league would be like the SPL in which only two teams are competitive.

Whatever, the 2010-11 Brisbane Roar is history and milestone. The average age is just 23.05. With that, it yester night’s winning team very young?

White 28
Nigro 27
Pepper 30
Lopez 22
Taggart 25
Matt Mckay 36
Wenzel-Halls 26
Henrique 33
Powell 17
Caletti 20
Mikkelsen 32

Average = 26.90, around 27.

Mathematics does not lie, only the interpretation may.

There is a 4 (four) years difference. That is to say that yester night’s winning team is not very young. Just some individual players are.

Darren Davies was forced by the unavailability to play young players or not? Difficult to say, buy he has changed the formation a lot to find a better one, 3-4-3 to 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2.

In his 3-4-3, he played two more defenders (Ingham and Nigro) in the left and right flank of midfield. The guess is simple. He wanted to plug the easy leak of goals.

Then, he tried 4-4-2 in which there were 4 attackers. When the midfield flank players moved up, it was like a popular 4-2-4 formation in the 1970s.

Those 4 attackers are Henrique, Adam Taggrt, Wenzel-Halls and Bautheac. In this formation, the two forwards are not fed by long high balls (as usual in the first division of England long time ago).

Four attackers? If win, praised. If lose, criticized. Three goals up but lost 3-4 to Adelaide United. Heartbreaking! The balance of attack and defence remained problematic. However, the same attacking 4-4-2 led Brisbane Roar to a win last night.

Somehow, he has been trying, trying to find a good formation.

No one would believe Brisbane Roar would win last night, excepting the ghosts of Lang Park and God. Of course, Darren Davies was included. That was why he prepared to announce that he is not interested to apply for the Brisbane Roar’s new coaching position in the post-match interview. That is understandable as he anticipated 9 matches without a win. But now, he has won one out of 9, same as JA did in this season.

Can Davies win another 4 to equal Postecoglou’s 5 in the 2009 to 2010 season after taking over a team? If Davies does, it is incredible as that means winning 4 out of 9 matches later.

Corica still keen on top spot despite slip

Get rid of VAR. Soccer means continuous excitement without interruption. Maybe, VAR is to be used in tournaments and finals, not for league matches.

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

On 26 Jan, I had already said that Qatar had been very impressive.

Actually, Korea played even better (on 25 Jan) than Japan last night. However, Korea lost 0-1.

The result last night is as expected but journalists use the word “stun” or “stunning” in various media.

Should people have watched some of the matches that Qatar played in this tournament, they know that Qatar deserve for the win.

This is a remarkable result for the coach, Félix Sánchez Bas because he has made a big turn around. In 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – AFC Third Round, Qatar was last in Group A and got only 7 points. Qatar has got 13 goals and lost just 1 goal in 7 matches in the whole tournament of this 2019 Asian Cup.

Qatar win Asian Cup after stunning upset of Japan

Watched 3 matches yesterday, Brisbane vs WSW, South Korea vs Qatar and UAE vs Aus, of those, the Qatar team was very impressive. After 5 matches, Qatar has got 10 goals and lost 0 goal.

That impressive result made me check on the coach. He is Félix Sánchez Bas. In his history, there is nothing special. He seemed not a professional player either. However, Qatar has hired him for a long 6 years.

The team he has managed:

1996–2006 Barcelona (youth)
2006–2013 Aspire Academy
2013–2015 Qatar U19
2014–2017 Qatar U20
2017 Qatar U23
2017– Qatar

FFA should find a better coach for the Socceroos.

Australia's Asian Cup defence comes to a bitter end

Graham Arnold is the worst Socceroos coach ever.

Australia's Asian Cup defence comes to a bitter end

Correction:

“Brainstrust
Roar Rookie
January 22nd 2019 @ 9:45am

Sainsbury did a good job on a tricky customer, he had the pace to get across and stop him getting the ball most times. If it had been Degenek instead he would have let him have the ball every time and then got beaten straight afterwards.
DeGenek had yet another shocker, he was pressured into some big mistakes later in the game.”

Why Arnold would keep him?

Australia's Asian Cup defence comes to a bitter end

Yes, I remember that.

“Brainstrust
Roar Rookie
January 26th 2019 @ 7:09am

Just Desserts. DeGenek the one man disaster zone eliminated the team as I predicted.
I wouldn;t even have him in an A-league squad, he just is not good at anything.”

Right after Ange Postecoglou’s socceroos failed to win the Thais in Thailand in the 2018 World Cup qualifying match, Graham Arnold put his hand up for the coaching job. He thought it would be easy. However, after 12 years, Graham Arnold remains as bad. Why would FFA give him a second chance?

Australia's Asian Cup defence comes to a bitter end

OIC

What in the world happened to the Wanderers, Roar and Mariners?

There are many reasons in Mulvey’s sacking, including poor results.

One of the other reasons was that Mulvey had a 5-stars journey in Europe in search of a recruit to fill up the vacancy after Berisha’s departure but ended up with a player who played in the junior team for most of the time during Mulvey’s remaining time in BR. He was Mensur Kurtiši.

What in the world happened to the Wanderers, Roar and Mariners?