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  1. 27 points
    CaptainJess

    Unhappy New Year

    Well that was utter ****. I’m not even going to start with the on field stuff. However I’d like to set the record straight about some of the off field stuff I saw. I sit about 10 metres to the right of the tunnel behind the away bench so I was pretty much in the middle of what happened. I clearly heard and saw everything that happened as the players walked off. Three or four RBB members came over and stood between several police officers and security guards at the tunnel. They were a little bit intimidating however the worst they yelled was “fire the **** up” and “show some ******* passion”. While I don’t necessarily agree with what they did, to hear they’ve been banned is ridiculous. There was no violence and it was simply loud yelling. There were dozens of other members yelling the exact same things from their seats nearby. Apparently there was also some talk that the police accused them of knocking over children during the incident. This is completely untrue. If someone would like me to write a stat dec in their defence or contact the club with what I saw, I’m happy to do so on their behalf. Hope common sense prevails but I don’t see it happening.
  2. 22 points
    The difference is, Gombau was brought in because of his apparent youth credentials yet he not once went to a NYL training session nor could he name 1 youth player (legend tells he called a youth player by a wrong name once). Whereas its been widely reported that Babbel and the rest of the coaching staff all through the youth setup and academy are working together for a clear vision, especially once the facilities open in a few months. The club never wanted Gombau. He was only signed because no one else was available. Also, whenever we lost, he kept saying stuff like "we played well" whereas Babbel is p155ed big time every time we lose. This shows the difference in their approach. Gombau had Ikon to cover for him and create chances for the likes of Riera to score. Our squad is meh this season. We are struggling big time in the midfield and its an area that must be addressed either in January or the off season. Babbel was signed for 3 years with a clear vision for the club. They will give him time and a recruiting off season to really judge him. There's a difference in selecting your long term coach and giving him time to build a squad than taking whichever coach was available and allowing him to destroy the entire setup from u12s up because he had nfi and simply didn't care. The entire season we constantly heard rumours of discontent, Riera hating on Gombau, Bridge not buying into it and every other player thinking Gombau was useless. Not once this season has Babbel been labelled "under pressure" and not once have you heard of discontent from the players. That is a massive difference and another huge reason why the club isn't getting rid of Babbel. edit: Also, you could argue only the MV is the one where we completely got outplayed. Every other game has been a contest where small margins and individual errors have been our undoing. Its a far cry to what we're seeing at teams like Brisbane and CCM where they just look lost.
  3. 20 points
    Erebus

    A letter from the Chairman

    You'd be surprised the amount of WSW fans are completely unaware of the academy and HQ developments that are about to open and (hopefully) pay dividends to us for the foreseeable future.
  4. 17 points
    Tate Russell has shown more in 30 minutes than Llorente has all season
  5. 16 points
    Erebus

    A letter from the Chairman

    If the club didn't come out with some form of communications after the past game, then people would whinge that the club is ignoring the fans etc. Of course it was a reaction. They aren't deaf to what is happening in fandom.
  6. 16 points
    Carns

    Unhappy New Year

    Covic saying what a lot of us are thinking
  7. 15 points
    You can't have a go at the lads tonight, they gave it everything. Majok was onside for his 1 on 1 with the keeper...linesman should have kept his flag down if unsure and let VAR sort it out. Not confident Majok would have tucked it away mind.... Good game from Tate, looking forward to seeing more of him. ABJ had a good game, Riera still looks like he feels the world is against him... We deserved a point.
  8. 15 points
    lloydy136

    A letter from the Chairman

    If you don't want an impatient, expectant fanbase then don't go around saying things like 'our aim is top 2 every season' and 'we are going to be as big as collingwood or the broncos.' To now send out an email deflecting and talking about the academy when fans are unhappy with 3 straight seasons of rubbish is disingenuous imo. The club made their bed, they set the expectations, now they are having to lie in it.
  9. 15 points
    xposedPatricK

    A letter from the Chairman

    Hi members, this season is a write off. don't expect any good January buys ) Kind Regards, Paul Lederer Chairman Western Sydney Wanderers FC
  10. 15 points
    ZachMercer

    Unhappy New Year

    So rather than dwell in the past, blame individual performances, entertain disgrunted ex-players opinions or delude myself that we deserve to win every game, cup or premiership, I'm gonna put on my big boy pants and support our team no matter the result - because my children need to see resilience and understand that "support" isn't based on short term success. We talk a lot about heart, passion and pride in the shirt, but we allow and even accept some around us to mock, boo and humiliate our players at their lowest whilst wearing our colours. That's hypocritical, and frankly the biggest low I've experienced to date.
  11. 14 points
    tardotz

    A letter from the Chairman

    This letter shows that they are worried about a number of things ....the perception of Babble, the team and the board . The last game was a disaster off and on the field and they had to make a statement......I assume they are concerned about the possibility of any boycotts
  12. 14 points
    jockman

    Unhappy New Year

    Just saw some of the players arriving at stanhope gardens pool. Riera looking very grim...was going to give them a bit of verbal. But didnt want to risk a precinct ban at my local shopping centre 😁
  13. 14 points
    If I'm lucky I'll get hit by a truck on the way home so I won't have to write a match report.
  14. 14 points
    My current working theory is that popa signed some sort of unholy pact with the devil for us to win the champions league but in return we are going to have like 30 years of horrible luck and lurch from one crisis to the next. Thoughts?
  15. 13 points
    StringerBellend

    A letter from the Chairman

    Great we can all think about the world class admin facilities and training grounds while we watch Melbourne Victory bum us 4-0 in a empty and silent stadium at Homebush. We have won 1 derby in 16 (or something) we have last 5-0 at home to our neighbours and so far lost three times to them already this is the third season in a row that is write off. Have a look at the players victory, sydney, Perth and city have signed club talks about ambition but is quite content to try and muddle thru with a sub standard sqaud It’s another it will all be fine when we move to parramatta
  16. 13 points
    Carns

    A letter from the Chairman

    Corporate wank.
  17. 13 points
    GunnerWanderer

    Unhappy New Year

    Can we start including babbels outfit in match reports it’s the only thing that gives me excitement anymore
  18. 13 points
  19. 12 points
    Im glad ABJ took the penalty.
  20. 12 points
    WHACKO

    A letter from the Chairman

    "Mark my words, we have a bold plan for this football club and I look forward to having Josep lead our team this season and beyond." - Paul Lederer, 1 Nov 2017 "Mark my words, my fellow board members and I have ensured that our future is set on a solid foundation of infrastructure and planning." - Paul Lederer, 3 Jan 2019 Sounds familiar.
  21. 12 points
    BoyFromTheWest

    A letter from the Chairman

    I like this letter. Although many give Lederer and Board much crap, he has put a lot of money into all of this - without any expectation of a return as there won't be!. Too me, he seems to love football and wants to put something back into it - an academy that is first class, fighting for a new stadium (Eels have our staff to thank for it!!), a search for a new and different type of coach that wasn't easy nor cheap and the emphasis on putting something back into football in Western Sydney youth - male and female!! All this is more than I would have hoped for in becoming a member a few years ago. Whilst many draw a very, very long bow between new owners and down turn in results, I think that there have been some very significant developments and few other clubs have anything like this. Good letter and good communication. He hurts like the rest of us!
  22. 12 points
    LeeMarvin

    A letter from the Chairman

    Maybe I am a bit gullible, but I do feel a bit better after reading that.
  23. 12 points
    You know things are at rock bottom when we are regretting not having Sotirio available.
  24. 12 points
    The two squads we've had would make Pep Guardiola and Marco Bielsa look ****. However, his recruitment needs to be absolutely 100% spot on for 12 to 15 players next year (the youth should be able to fill in past that). Also, I think the A-League is breaking Babbel's brain. The A-League is a seeing eye puzzle that's driving him insane. Stuff like in-game interviews during a cup game, or half-time interviews, or international tournaments during the season would be considered insane in Europe.
  25. 12 points
    Fancy that, a coach taking off his number 10 after a red card.. Kurz must be a terrible coach
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