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  1. 12 points
    StringerBellend

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    We are on our 4th set of Indians it’s the chiefs chief that’s the problem
  2. 11 points
    Erebus

    New Wanderers Head Coach?

    You think by now WSW fans would know that the club does everything behind closed doors and only announces things once they're done. Do people really expect the club to tweet "JT just sent an email to X coach, we'll keep you posted"? We may not always agree with their decisions but to think they make decisions rashly is a bit naive imo.
  3. 10 points
    Wanderingbeersclub

    New Wanderers Head Coach?

    Yes. I expect half hourly updates. Every hour that passes without an update is another hour I must do the job I'm paid to do.
  4. 10 points
    Paul01

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    Loved the section on the print journo
  5. 8 points
    Can we just play Cox as striker, Muller as winger and Grozos as 10? Play players in their correct positions.
  6. 8 points
    Wanderboy

    The Weather Thread.

    Fair dinkum, can this summer really get any worse? 3 firefighters lost their lives this afternoon when their C - 130 fire fighting aircraft crashed in the Snowy Mountains. They were volunteers from the USA. It distresses me immensely that so many lives have been affected this summer. Nearly 30 lives lost, and getting close to near 3000 homes lost across all states. Not to mention the devastation to wildlife - over a billion lives lost just there. The wildlife that survived will probably die anyway due to a lack of food and water. I'm feeling so sad tonight. Lost for words.
  7. 8 points
    Erebus

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    Lols at the ftbl article from "staff writer".... Bossi is/was a SFC/cove member. His bias is not even subtle and is practically a meme nowadays. Not sure why staff writer *cough Bossi cough* thought the need to say it's a false claim.
  8. 8 points
    mack

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    "I need better football again." Sums it all up really.
  9. 7 points
    When you can’t event give 100k of government money to your local yacht club, it’s political correctness gone mad
  10. 7 points
    Carns

    Favourite Monty Python Scenes

    RIP Terry Jones
  11. 7 points
    Smoggy

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    I have edited the article from Markus down to what I feel is the most important part and gets at the heart of all the issues
  12. 7 points
    Davo

    Climate Change & Alternative Energy

    Wind farms killing birds and making people sick? So on top of ignoring the science on climate change we’re ignoring the studies that show fossil fuel power generation kills twenty times the birds per kW produced than wind, and that complaints about wind turbine illness correlate with media coverage rather than turbine location, demonstrating the nocebo effect.
  13. 7 points
    sonar

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    The sad thing is that 45 months, 22 days have passed since our GF loss in 2016 and the standard of football we play has risen only a small amount, if at all. We are now in our 4th season of mediocrity....6th the best the year after the GF and even worse since. The club is not in a good place. This cannot be just on the managers head. . I wonder if the players will ever put their hands up to accept part blame ? There are times when it's the fault of the indians not the chiefs.
  14. 7 points
    Erebus

    New Wanderers Head Coach?

    Bossi obviously read my joke tweet response last week to ATB when I threw out Kossies name for the lulz
  15. 7 points
    StringerBellend

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    It paints a sad picture for Australian football doesn’t it? But we have too many athletes and not enough footballers. Yeboah, Sotirio etc all can run fast and all day, have decent strength but lack the situational awareness
  16. 7 points
    StringerBellend

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    Wish it had worked out, a throughly decent man, who was open and honest (too much so for some)
  17. 7 points
    lloydy136

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    The comment about quality football sums it up for me. I had thought for a while that MB was really struggling to get his message across to the aussie members of the squad - we have all seen duke, kamau, yeboah, jurman play a hell of a lot better at other a-league clubs. I think this was even more the case with the young guys. I remember a game last season when i sat in the side stands quite close to the pitch where I could see some of the interactions between players & bench. It was one of the first games where we went to 3 at the back. Tass was at centre back & tate at wing back and the level of confusion between them was huge, constantly going and then stopping, not sure who to mark, conversations at every dead ball, bench yelling out instructions to them. They clearly had no idea what they were meant to be doing. Of course meier and zeigler not coping with the conditions/physicality hurt as well but 3 good visa players has been enough at times in this comp but I reckon the heart of this issue was MB not being able to get the local players confident to play how he wanted them to play.
  18. 7 points
    VedranRozic

    New Wanderers Head Coach?

    Yeah sure. Arnie gives up coaching a premiership winning club to take the Socceroos to a World Cup - but no wait, stuff that I will go back to the A-League to coach a team in turmoil, with clueless administrators and fans that hold him in such regard that they painted a tifo of him fellating a wanderdog. As for Ange, yeah no worries, just won the J-League, but you know what that couldn’t possibly beat a stint in Parra. I love our club to bits. I even love reading this forum so much I decided to start posting after years lurking. But sheesh people gotta get real...
  19. 6 points
    Paul01

    David Squires Cartoons

    And it had be Babbel David Squires on … the comings, and ultimately goings, of Markus Babbel https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2020/jan/24/david-squires-on-the-comings-and-ultimately-goings-of-markus-babbel?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
  20. 6 points
    hawks2767

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    and WSW is claiming Harrington Park. Put it this way, if Yeboah had a shot at Macarthur's front doors - the ball would land in Harrington Park that's how close it is.
  21. 6 points
    Funny how it's the relative pittance of a 100m program that might finally actually see some ramifications for corruption and not the billions they've wasted or helped big business steal over the last decade.
  22. 6 points
    marron

    Music Thread 4

  23. 6 points
    Taurus

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    We chat regularly. He's chillin
  24. 6 points
    CaptainJess

    Climate Change & Alternative Energy

    Balks and I recently installed solar panels on our house. Cost us $7000, but has reduced our bill from $1000 per quarter to -$350. Our energy company is actually paying us now. We will have these panels paid off in two years and still have 8 years of our warranty to run. At the moment, batteries of any decent capacity are still quite expensive and make it a lot harder to achieve a good ROI on a solar system, but we made sure our inverter is future proofed and can take batteries at some point in the future. When the time comes, we will install a battery or two and upgrade to a completely electric car. I'd be quite happy not spending $70 a week on petrol. Obviously this isn't achievable for everyone, especially renters, but given Australia's climate and the amount of sun we get, it's a no brainer for us. Seeing the results we got, my parents installed a smaller system at their house, and reduced their bills from $1000 to $200.
  25. 6 points
    pseudonym

    New Wanderers Head Coach?

  26. 6 points
    We investigated ourselves and found nothing wrong. It was a perfect sports grant. Honestly, she should step down as minister as a minimum.
  27. 6 points
    Edinburgh

    New Wanderers Head Coach?

    Bossi?
  28. 6 points
    WSWJACK

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    Just wish he unloaded more on VAR and KGJ more that's all, he's just a very diplomatic dude.
  29. 6 points
    Wanderingbeersclub

    New Wanderers Head Coach?

    Who do you think has put more hours into the search for a coach in the last 48hrs? The club or forumites?
  30. 6 points
    Erebus

    R17 - Mariners - Sat 2 Feb 2020

    Away ticket prices slowly crept up over the years so people start to reconsider attending all these extra away games in a season. Add our poor performances on top and it's understandable why numbers are dwindling. Some of the scheduling hasn't helped either for these CCM/jets away games in the past
  31. 6 points
    tardotz

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    I don't believe that when he is saying the level of football he is just referring to the player's skill level. I think he means the the A league as a whole, fixtures, salary cap, referees , VAR etc etc
  32. 6 points
    hughsey

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 2

    Mitch Duke is all class. The way he handled himself on the Fox Football podcast just hours after MB was sacked is very impressive.
  33. 6 points
    Taurus

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    https://www.sport1.de/fussball/2020/01/markus-babbel-spricht-ueber-freistellung-bei-western-sydney-wanderers?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1579603242 Babbel after Aus: "That was call murder" Emotional farewell words - So Babbel failed in Down Under Reinhard Franke 01/21/2020 / 11:05 a.m. Reading time: 9 minutes EXCLUSIVE Munich - Only four wins from 14 games. Markus Babbel was released at the Western Sydney Wanderers on Monday. In the SPORT1 interview, he speaks about the reasons. When Markus Babbel calls back, it is just before midnight in Germany. "Sorry, but I was able to sleep a little longer today," says the 47-year-old and laughs. Despite his leave of absence as coach of the Australian A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers, Babbel is in a good mood. In the first interview after leaving Australia , he talked to SPORT1 about the club's decision, a return to Germany and a job at Bayern . SPORT1: Mr. Babbel, how surprising was the discharge for you? Markus Babbel: That came as no surprise. A big compliment to those responsible for trying so long to get the curve with me. But the results were simply missing. The path was clearly in the right direction. Such a decision is not surprising unless the points are scored. That's football. SPORT1: Sounds like a rational separation ... Babbel: We are all old enough and know how the business works and that's it. At the beginning I explained to the boys how I work, namely cleanly and honestly. The reactions of the people in the club to my leave of absence were absolutely positive, that's no talk. I just noticed that everyone had a lot of fun with me. When I said goodbye, I felt a lot of emotions. I noticed that I left footprints. It wasn't just a business relationship, it was more. And then it's just nice to get such a reaction from everyone. We all get out of this story well and clean. Babbel: "I had to reassure the board" SPORT1: You are an emotional type. Not sad at all? Babbel: I am sad because I enjoyed working with my staff and I really enjoyed working with the boys. We'll all meet again on Saturday, which shows how we tick and what the relationship was like. It will be a nice stroll with everyone at the start. It was a great personal experience. The President found it extremely difficult to inform me of the decision. He couldn't really look me in the eye. I had to calm him down and just said, "John ( CEO John Tsatsimas, d. Ed .), Don't worry . I know how it works." At some point you have to pull the rip cord. Test DAZN for free and experience international football highlights live & on demand | DISPLAY SPORT1: What do you wish your team? Babbel: Maybe my assistant Jean Paul de Marigny, who has now been installed as a trainer, has that little bit of luck that I was missing. The club focuses on the youth and I went along this path. I tried my best to implement it. But you have to know Australian football. There are also difficulties when you look at the other teams. Other clubs like last year's champions Perth Glory or Melbourne Victory don't play with so many talents from the amateurs. But I hope that the path with this philosophy will continue in Sydney. Babbel released in Australia: What remains with you personally? Babbel: I had a great time at the club. What I haven't had in the past few weeks was the fun of our performance on matchday. That will have been the same for Marco ( German coach Marco Kurz , who was fired at Melbourne Victory last week ). It was almost like playing in the open air. There were decisions that cost us the job. There were situations when you asked yourself, 'What does the referee see?' The level of the games is far from being comparable to the Bundesliga. I might have made it another year, but the referees' achievements are marginal. And the football level is poor. Now I can say it without being punished for it. Babbel explains freaking out SPORT1: In your farewell message via Twitter, you thanked the media. In the end, you freaked out at a press conference because the media were too wrong for you. Babbel:I had a good working relationship with the TV journalists. They evaluated and analyzed the whole thing fairly and critically. And with a lot of respect, I have no problem with that either. I know how my job works and it's normal for me to be criticized. Only there was a print journalist who tried to hit the club extremely badly and attacked my assistant coach. That was call murder. That was not possible. Either I have information and it's puncture-proof or not. But if he only gets it from hearsay, I find it difficult to speak seriously to a journalist. And when one of my people approaches me, I defend it. It's like my family. In addition, the journalist was also a member of city rival FC Sydney. He just tried to report polemically. SPORT1: And there was a limit for you ... Babbel: You have to be careful as an Australian journalist. You have a pen, but for many it is like a weapon. Like in Australia, there are not many clubs like in Germany, where a journalist can go to another club. In the A-League it is very limited with eleven clubs. After that there is no more professional football. And if you try to break up such a journalist, then he has huge problems finding a job again. And I tried to make this man understand that this is not possible. 161 Nutzer sprechen darüber SPORT1: Were you surprised by your freaking out? Babbel: I wasn't surprised at myself. If my family, in the case my assistant, with whom I have worked very closely and trustingly, is attacked without facts, I can be completely different. I always try to be very polite, friendly and respectful with people, but if I get no respect back, I freak out. SPORT1: What mistakes did you make? Babbel: I'll throw the first stone if I haven't made any mistakes. I certainly made mistakes, but after a day I ask for your understanding that I am not taking stock of the big picture. Only now I need some time to think about everything. Football is very different. There is the salary cap, there are other ways of getting foreigners, and I was able to help bring this still young club forward. There is still a lot going on. I don't want to do without so much experience. SPORT1: Critics say Markus Babbel has never been consistently successful. How big is the scratch now? Babbel: I am very grateful for this section. I got to know a lot of great people. I was treated with a lot of respect and hopefully I was able to give something back. You can discuss the length of time a trainer stays. It's usually a year. I had been in Sydney for a year and a half, before that in Lucerne for three and a half years. At Hertha BSC they really wanted to extend with me, I didn't want to, and at the beginning of my coaching career at VfB Stuttgart I lacked a license. Only at Hoffenheim it didn't work out. It is too cheap for me if the critics only look at my stations without knowing the background. Babbel does not rule out assistant coaching at Bayern SPORT1: Is the Bundesliga an option for you again? Babbel: The Bundesliga is of course an incentive, especially if you saw it here in Australia. In Germany there are so many great clubs with a great history. But it also has to fit. It's not easy to get in there. Australia has also opened my horizons for other things. SPORT1: Marco Kurz wants to stay in Melbourne for a few months, then back to Munich. What about you? Babbel: We will stay here for the time being until May because I don't feel like the bad weather in Germany at the moment. I don't need that right now. In May we will then come back to Germany, I pitched my tents in Weinheim. It was clear from the start that we would go back to Germany. I need better football again. SPORT1: If you have been head coach for years, you no longer become an assistant coach. Except at Bayern? Babbel: (laughs) Assistant coach at Bayern? I can't answer that right now. It depends on the situation. Who will be head coach from summer and what are the general conditions under him? Of course I would not rule it out.
  34. 6 points
    Davo

    New Wanderers Head Coach?

    My main memory of Kosmina coaching is him sinking lower and lower in to his Bunnings chair as each of our six goals went in against Adelaide in season one. No thanks.
  35. 5 points
    Johnno

    R17 - Mariners - Sat 2 Feb 2020

    I wish the bus would make a pass through parra and pickup/dropoff at parramatta station. I know Marconi is a sponsor but having the bus leave from there, with bugger all public transport, is pointless for most people.
  36. 5 points
    EmMac

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    What's your obsession with the forum member you're calling the riddler? FFS, can we discuss football and some other light topics and enjoy the frickin forum without these personal digs?
  37. 5 points
    AFR today reported she had a colour coded spreadsheet to help her decide where funds should go Colour coded by - and you guessed it - seat status
  38. 5 points
    Jimspade

    Simon Cox

    I just hope COX gets good service in the BOX! Hopefully he isn't premature and times his runs onside. I don't think many goalies will be able to handle the size of our COX, he creates a real presence in the BOX no matter how hard they try, they won't be able to squeeze him out. Even if he just uses his head, im sure he will fill the void. I think we have finally got a good one up front. Nothing like a surprise, nonconsensual COX to pump us up, right through this sticky patch. THey won't be able to mount a defence.... But COX will IYKWIM Ok im done. Penis.. Ok im done i promise
  39. 5 points
    Carns

    Music Thread 4

    Ozzy Osbourne has announced he has Parkinson's with hindsight you could see it early on with his shaking etc. Also hard to believe this song and the Paranoid album will be 50 this year!
  40. 5 points
    mack

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    Alex Meier's wife and son didn't get a visa into the country. WTF. Could post the last part of the interview in the climate change thread.
  41. 5 points
    Smoggy

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    We have really lacked a leader, someone with experience (preferably a big centre back) that leads the line by example and bleeds red and black, a Brosque type at ESFC or a Beauchamp / Topor type combo. We have so badly need that type of leader to get angry and drag the team along, it is what Brosque did for ages at the Smurfs. Brosque (as much as we might have disliked him) was a Wanderers type player I always think, he should have been ours and leading us and what we would give for that type of player. Making Hamill a captain was a joke and as much as I love Duke's enthusiasm he isn't the leader / captain I am looking for either.
  42. 5 points
    sonar

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    We just aren't good enough on the pitch. It might just be me but I would expect a certain level of skill for people who do this for a living. For the majority of times we don't show it on the field. Tbh the skill level of our players is woeful at times. Are we that poor in quality coaching at grassroots level..? ( some of our imports were terrible as well. )
  43. 5 points
    Taurus

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    The Bavarian interpretation is different to the English translated version in a number of areas. We may not have heard the last about the Bossi 'character assassination' article
  44. 5 points
    billybob

    WSW 18/19 & 19/20 Club Thread

    Wow, who would have thought it. 1. Score more goals and concede less 2. Play better 3. Actually have a plan The article definitely hits the issues on the head, but this has been what i have been reading on this forum all season. How these 3 issues get fixed is the big question.
  45. 5 points
    Sithslayer1991

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    Yea Babbel definitely does not like Bossi. The Foxsports podcast with Duke confirms the relationship between Babbel and JP was and still is really good. Must be careful with journo like that because those stories can really unsettle the club.
  46. 5 points
    And she dipped her own snout in the trough Bridget McKenzie approved $36,000 for shooting club that gifted her membership http://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-22/bridget-mckenzie-sports-grants-linked-to-shooting-club/11888402
  47. 5 points
    Smoggy

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    Doesnt rate the football here at all..v poor. Was probably going to leave himself at seasons end anyway and return to Germany. Wanted decent football. Bossi..no surprise there. Babbel is in Sydney until May and so lets hope their paths cross at some point In front of Babbels car he will be hoping
  48. 5 points
    Westiesarebesties

    Markus Babbel Sacked

    Two key things I got from it, A. **** Bossi, B. Babbel seems such a sincere guy still, really wish he had have got some results
  49. 5 points
    Taurus

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 2

    No champ, I have multiple contacts within the club & have done since day 1. I try not to post anything that would damage the club, but, for those who have been watching this channel since mid 2012, they know how to interpret stuff I may post from time to time on here. I don't post stuff on here, no matter how unintelligible, for any reason other than to provide a heads up or to quell unrest within the forumites. It doesn't benefit me in any way, if anything, I cop plenty of grief from club employees from time to time, who do interpret my postings as undermining their work / pending announcements.
  50. 4 points
    marron

    The Weather Thread.

    My phone is far from the best. If you see those darker greyish areas, you can see the forest floor there. No canopy.
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