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    Time To Go Babbel After 2-0 Loss To Nix


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    The tenure of Wanderers coach Markus Babbel must come to an end after another dismal loss, this time to Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand this afternoon.

    The big news from Wellington was the dropping of Wanderers marquee striker Alex Meier. Wellington bought in Jaushua Sotirio as a replacement for the injured David Ball. Both teams used the cool & windy conditions to push up their energy levels after weeks of sapping games in high temperatures on the Australian continent. Wellington were the better in the opening stages, their best chance in the first 15 minutes coming from a long range strike by star midfielder Ulises Davilia blasted onto the base of the post. The Wanderers responded going to the other end, Pirmin Schwegler on his return from suspension getting a lucky deflection that threatened to loop over the keepers head only to go just wide of the goal.

    The early warning from Davilia wasn't heeded by the Wanderers defence and he took full advantage to open the scoring for Wellington. The Nix worked the ball around on the right flank, Sotirio and Gary Hooper combining to open the space for Davilia, the Mexican had the freedom of the pitch to size up the left footed strike, with no midfielders in sight Dylan McGowan attempted to close down the shot but his pathetic attempt to get in the line of the ball did nothing to stop it blazing along the turf into the bottom corner.

    It took until the 37th minute before the Wanderers managed another decent look at goal. It was an audacious long range effort from Mitch Duke, wind assisted it rocketed high and to the right of the Wellington goal. He followed up two minutes later with another shot after cutting onto his right foot, this one fell easily into the arms of Marinovic in the Wellington goal. The game devolved into a scrappy mess heading into the break and neither side could change the 1-0 scoreline before half-time.

    The second half opened the the excitement of Wellington breaking through on goal only for the linesman to rule the player offside after they missed their shot. An hour in Kwame Yeboah had a shout for a penalty turned down after he was pulled down in the box by a Wellington defender, the VAR declined to intervene.

    Liberato Cacace hammered the final nail in the coffin of the match and perhaps the tenure of Wanderers coach Markus Babbel in the 87th minute. A simple passing movement put Cacace on the left flank with the entire Wanderers defence in front of him, and the speedy winger took them all on. The blazed past Tate Russel and left Ziegler for dead, in front of them stood McGowan who capped off one of the worst games for a Wanderers defender since Aritz Borda played for the club, as he stood like a statue and gave Cacace the green light to cut in on his right foot and fire a strike towards the near post that did just enough to beat Matt Jurman's cover defence and Daniel Lopar's right foot did nothing more than lift the ball into the back of the net.

    Wellington's win pushed their unbeaten run to 9 games and sent them into the top 4, while for the Wanderers they remain stuck in 8th place with just 1 win from their last 10 games and only 4 wins for the entire season.

    With no reinforcements apparently incoming during the transfer window, and a home game against 4th place Perth coming up it doesn't seem likely that Markus Babbel can turn around the team. With one failed season under his belt and another in progress, he has had more than enough time to find a solution. Yet he has not. Babbel's 25% win rate (just 10 wins in 40 games) puts him in the category of such failures as Mehmet Durakovic, Rado Vidosic and Paul Okon. It is more than time for a change. Not only for the manager Babbel, but the team ownership including Paul Lederer need to closely examine the ongoing position of Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas, who has lead the club to failure after abysmal failure since 2016. It is not good enough and something must change and change drastically.

    The Wanderers face Perth Glory at the Western Sydney Stadium on Sunday January 19 with kickoff at 6:30PM.

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    I didn't want to watch today's game...and from the sounds of things, I'm glad I made that decision after reading Mack's report...

    Edited by MathyouWSW

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    4 minutes ago, matty said:

    Upper managements job isn't just to release money to the coach. 

    The owners and especially John Tsatsimas set the culture and direction of the whole club. Since they've been in charge, we've gotten progressively worse on the field almost across the board with the exception of this seasons women. Even off the field the club has not exactly been run well (letter to the fans just prior to the Arsenal match a couple of seasons ago). 

    Now we can't do anything about the owners, but John Tsatsimas is employed like anyone else, time for a change at the top. 

    So how do you account for the difference between Wander women and everything about them this season and the A League Team?

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    4 minutes ago, MathyouWSW said:

    I didn't want to watch today's game...and from the sounds of things, I'm glad I made that decision after reading Mack's report...

    He was overly kind to them it was worse 

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    3 minutes ago, BoyFromTheWest said:

    So how do you account for the difference between Wander women and everything about them this season and the A League Team?

    Get your imports right and a coach which a plan. I’m looking forward to go out and watch the W League game tomorrow credit to them they are playing ace footy 

    oh and the have signed a gem in kyra Cooney

    Edited by StringerBellend

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    where has the heart and passion gone? need a clean sweep through the joint starting at the top.

     

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    7 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    I’ll probably calm down later but who deserves to be resigned?

    We just can't keep turning over players ever year. We need some loyalty and whose to say we can get better than what we've got. Especially with the Australian players. If we keep turning over players eventually we won't be able to attract quality players.

    Georgievski, Yeboah and Ziegler are contracted till 20/21 and McGowan till 21/22. Off those four at this stage the only one I would keep would be Georgievski. Unless we can do something with the others then these four will be with us for a start.

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    How do WSW get Meir out on mutual agreement , get him an open fare ticket back to Germany , he will probably be to slow and lazy to catch the friggin plane 

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    Just saw Babbel press conference what a joke....he should do the honourable thing ..accept responsibility and quit.. 

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    46 minutes ago, TheCoomer said:

    Upper management will give Babbel a 1 year extension just you wait and see

    He's got another year to go on his contract. Signed for three this is second year.

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    15 minutes ago, WHACKO said:

    He's got another year to go on his contract. Signed for three this is second year.

    lol really? Well that sucks 

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    14 minutes ago, WHACKO said:

    He's got another year to go on his contract. Signed for three this is second year.

    Time to cut our losses. Babbel was a good gamble to take at the time but it hasn't worked out and I can't see things turning around.

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    Here's a novel idea for Wanderers and other A League  clubs generally, how about signing natural lefties to play left wing and left back.

    There are some out there you know.

     

     

     

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    42 minutes ago, BoyFromTheWest said:

    So how do you account for the difference between Wander women and everything about them this season and the A League Team?

    There is a thousand variables changing all the time. One depertment having moderate success (just a partial season so far) as a one off means little. For example, you could have a brilliant coach that has recruited well and managed to shield their team from poor management/culture. It could be the new recruits that got off on the right foot and haven't been dragged down (yet). Could be both and then anything else. 

    Much more helpful to look at the constants when failure is concerned. 

    We've come 6th, 7th, 8th and currently 9th. This is with three different coaches. John Tsatsimas has been in the driver's seat all along. 

    The women have generally been last or thereabouts and the youth have dipped (although I do consider their results somewhat outside the club culture in general). 

    Let me flip the question, why should Tsatsimas NOT be held responsible? He is the leader. If the Wanderers were any other business (just helps to think of it this way at times) all eyes would be on him. The owners, they may be terrible (?) but they can't be fired. The CEO of the whole thing is in the drivers seat as we run off the road and show no signs of slowing. He is overseasing various 'departments' with the goal (primarily) of outputting success on the field. He has abjectly failed at this. 

    There could be thousands of reasons for the clubs failures but simply put, they are Tsatsimas' responsibility to deal with. He hasn't done so effectively, at all. 

    Time to go. 

     

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    Dismal performance. Plagued by a weak midfield and no solution to a lack of 10. 

    Babbel has no apparent solution or plan, players are poorly positioned on both sides of the ball and this is why they individually look so terrible. 

    We should have been playing a simple  4-4-2 weeks ago with Sullivan at 10, Muller out wide and Meier and Duke up top. At least tighten up the middle of the park and put weapons were they belong. 

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    I have found out why Grozos’ performances haven’t lived up to the hype.

    We have the wrong one in the squad. Peter Grozos is the one we have been talking up and is banging them in for the Y-League team. #nogrozosnoparty

    Edited by THEWANDERERSPOST

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    Their ain’t no shining lights coming from the kids , the only shining light is Sullivan , he showed some skill and fire and the team seemed to lift,for when he come on.

    sadly it it is the outcome of building a tin shed and a couple of pitches And 11 million bucks later we are no where in the youth going great with the girls and a friggin disaster for the one that matters

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    Only watched the first 30 before going to cricket. Thank god.

    Babbel is leading us to the bottom of the table. Surely there is an interim coach who could arrest the decline. Or just go with no coach at all, there seems to be little to gain by having Babbel there. Maybe an inanimate carbon rod would do the trick.

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    I’ll take over....I’ve taken Forest Green to the Championship in 2 seasons , won the FA Cup , against Arsenal, AND the Charity Shield against Man City!  :xnod:

     

     

    HEY!  I couldn’t be any worse than Babbel!  :meep:

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    2 minutes ago, JackDoff said:

    I’ll take over....I’ve taken Forest Green to the Championship in 2 seasons , won the FA Cup , against Arsenal, AND the Charity Shield against Man City!  :xnod:

     

     

    HEY!  I couldn’t be any worse than Babbel!  :meep:

    I'd vote for that. :rofl:

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    6 minutes ago, JackDoff said:

    I’ll take over....I’ve taken Forest Green to the Championship in 2 seasons , won the FA Cup , against Arsenal, AND the Charity Shield against Man City!  :xnod:

     

     

    HEY!  I couldn’t be any worse than Babbel!  :meep:

    yay someone else someone else

     

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    4 minutes ago, JackDoff said:

    I’ll take over....I’ve taken Forest Green to the Championship in 2 seasons , won the FA Cup , against Arsenal, AND the Charity Shield against Man City!  :xnod:

     

     

    HEY!  I couldn’t be any worse than Babbel!  :meep:

    You genuinely couldn’t. Those first three wins were extremely lucky, with a lot of grit against SFC.

    If we chucked you in for the 28 games, you could probably luck into 5-6 wins.

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    Babbel says Meir has hamstring problem (crap) and walked out of the postgame conference after 76 seconds

    he is gone if not sacked he will fall on his sword.

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    3 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

    He was overly kind to them it was worse 

    I honestly thought that first half was some of the worst football I have seen us play since our inception as a club. Second half couldn't get any worse but the damage was done.

     

    Edited by Smoggy

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    56 minutes ago, Keithie said:

    Babbel says Meir has hamstring problem (crap) and walked out of the postgame conference after 76 seconds

    he is gone if not sacked he will fall on his sword.

    Did u have a link for the presser? 

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