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Carl Robinson Appointed Wanderers Manager


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The Western Sydney Wanderers have appointed the Carl Robinson to manage the side into the 2020/21 A-League campaign.

Robinson, a 43 year old Welsh ex-international joins the Wanderers from fellow A-League side the Newcastle Jets, a position he held for just 9 months. The torrid financial situation of his former employer allowed the Wanderers to make a swoop to replace Jean-Paul de Marigny who left the Wanderers following disagreements with management over the direction of the club.

Since the departure of Tony Popovic on his ill-fated Turkish adventure the club have scythed through managers, Hayden Foxe's period as interim manager failed to see him secure the top job, Josep Gombau lasted less than 6 months before a player revolt & poor performances saw him sacked, Markus Babbel looks like a period of relative stability with his 18 month tenure, de Marigny was elevated from assistant to the head role on an interim basis, secured a 1 year contract in July before his exit in order to make way for Robinson who clearly impressed club leadership with his post-lockdown revival of the Newcastle side.

The Welshman has a horrific mess on his hands to sort out a club that has not had a successful season since 2015/16, when Popovic lead the side to a losing Grand Final against Adelaide. Reports suggest the league will begin again in very late December, and a severe cut to the salary cap will make it hard to replace Mitch Duke, and to find new players to strengthen the lineup. The Wanderers have also poached Kenny Miller to act as a first team assistant coach.

While Robinson made an impact on the league by improving the Jets in the final stint of the season, it remains to be seen if he can turn around the fortunes of a side in dire need of leadership and direction.


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It’s a good appointment and not just because they got rid of JP. There is at least some logic in appointing a coach with a record of developing youth talent given the investment made in the academy. The inability to turn youth talent into a bigger stable of A-League starters has been one of our bigger failures in recent years. Also makes sense give the growing likelihood of a transfer system. 
 

I know the way it was done makes us appear a shambles. But sometimes you just gotta be decisive and act. I will, however, concede I may be giving the owners and managers more credit than they deserve (it’s a weird feeling).

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1 hour ago, VedranRozic said:

It’s a good appointment and not just because they got rid of JP. There is at least some logic in appointing a coach with a record of developing youth talent given the investment made in the academy. The inability to turn youth talent into a bigger stable of A-League starters has been one of our bigger failures in recent years. Also makes sense give the growing likelihood of a transfer system. 
 

I know the way it was done makes us appear a shambles. But sometimes you just gotta be decisive and act. I will, however, concede I may be giving the owners and managers more credit than they deserve (it’s a weird feeling).

A shambles would have been keeping JP until halfway through the season then dumping him and missing the finals again 

This is a good move, my only gripe is that they gave JP the job full time in the first place but no use crying over that now 

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Just now, mack said:

Here's an interview from Lawrie McKinna that gives a bit more insight into the situation.

https://www.newcastlejets.com.au/video/presser-lawrie-mckinna-october-2020

McKinna seems to think we've contracted him for 3 years.

that is going to be a huge payout when we fire him in the first 6 months

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25 minutes ago, mack said:

Here's an interview from Lawrie McKinna that gives a bit more insight into the situation.

https://www.newcastlejets.com.au/video/presser-lawrie-mckinna-october-2020

McKinna seems to think we've contracted him for 3 years.

I really liked how he seemed to be just straight up and told it how it was re contracts and such. Have to feel for the guy having to front up when everything is up in the air for Newy.. 

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2 hours ago, mack said:

to replace Jean-Paul de Marigny who left the Wanderers following disagreements with management over the direction of the club.

This is part that worries me - I'd like to know what the disagreements were. I'm not convinced with the club's direction since Popa left us.

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10 minutes ago, alexd said:

This is part that worries me - I'd like to know what the disagreements were. I'm not convinced with the club's direction since Popa left us.

Perhaps it was a polite way of saying that they believed he was not up to the task of getting us into the top 4.

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53 minutes ago, alexd said:

This is part that worries me - I'd like to know what the disagreements were. I'm not convinced with the club's direction since Popa left us.

This disagreement was that JP thought he should be the manager of WSW and WSW didn’t 

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Let’s give the club some credit here, they have made the call to get rid of JP who’s results and style of football was poor and get in a guy who has both overseas experience and knows Australian football, and managed to do it before training starts and new players signed 

this is a good thing 

it’s going to be eetswa 

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Just now, Unlimited said:

Then why give him a permanent contract FFS and then dump him six months later

Who cares it’s done now, the permanent contract didn’t count for much 

Im hearing that the A League is partnering with Uber as part of the new player contract negotiations. All players will be independent contractors and be paid via an app like those Uber eats riders 

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2 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

Who cares it’s done now, the permanent contract didn’t count for much 

Im hearing that the A League is partnering with Uber as part of the new player contract negotiations. All players will be independent contractors and be paid via an app like those Uber eats riders 

As long as the fans get to leave star ratings after each match.

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