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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.

    Jean-Paul de Marigny was today left the Western Sydney Wanderers, just 9 months after he ascended to the head coach role following the sacking of Markus Babbel.

    The Wanderers released a very short statement today on their website: "Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today parted ways with head coach Jean-Paul de Marigny. The club thanks Jean-Paul for his efforts and wishes him success in the future. The club will make an announcement in the coming days on a replacement coach."

    It is unclear at this early stage if the move was a sacking, or if de Marigny left the club of his own accord. 

    Jean-Paul de Marigny's time at the club did result in a small uplift in the clubs performances, and he was able to keep the Wanderers from losing a Sydney derby this season. His final statistics in charge were 5 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses from 12 games, his best results coming in February as he lead the Wanderers to a 1-0 derby win, after smashing Adelaide United 5-2.

    In the post Lockdown period however, the 3-1 loss to Perth and the 5-3 loss to Western United culled the small hopes of playing finals football, and a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory closed out the season.

    The Wanderers have not announced a replacement at this time. Whoever it is will have their work cut out for them, as the club will be dealing with the loss of our best player Mitch Duke, having signed nothing but youth player upgrades at this point in the pre-season and with a massive cut in the salary cap looming.

    Wanderers Chairman, at the time of de Marigny's appointment in July said “with JP at the helm and our squad working hard at our fantastic Centre of Football, we eagerly anticipate the return of the Hyundai A-League and watching our group take the steps required to make our many members and fans proud.”

    Lederer's words ring hollow with the erstwhile head coach leaving just three months after his 'permanent' appointment.

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