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    Gombau Sacked By Wanderers


    mack

    Failing to finish in the finals has proven fatal for Josep Gombau as the Spanish coach was sacked by the Western Sydney Wanderers this morning.

    After just 5 months and 13 days since his first game in charge, having been appointed in the wake of Tony Popovic's shock abandonment of the club a week before the season start, the Wanderers board elected to punt the charismatic Spaniard out of a job that he had been given a 3 year contract for. Gombau's tenure was dogged by pundits both in print & television hounding every move he made, with every substitution met with cries of player feuds and his best unbeaten run of games of 4 games between January 1st and January 13 was not enough to keep the wolves at bay.

    Gombau had to take charge of an ill-disciplined, unfit and woefully under-performing playing squad and his attempt to rebuild the team in his Catalan image was met with indifference, apathy or hostility from many in the the playing group. Hayden Foxe managing a 5 game unbeaten start to season papered over the cracks as he and Popovic before his exit saw a clear reliance on marquee Oriol Riera to save the team from embarrassment against Wellington & Blacktown City in the FFA Cup, while in the A-League the team were incapable of closing out matches strongly to hold onto wins, even against the Central Coast Mariners or teams playing a man down.

    If the earliest results were less than inspiring, the 5-0 annihilation in the second Sydney Derby of the season drove home that the Gombau era would not be smooth sailing to begin with, or even that he would "get the best" out of an attack as penetrative as a tennis ball thrown against a brick wall, and a defence that had more holes in it than swiss cheese. A 4-0 loss not long after to Newcastle saw urgent meetings take place amongst the club officials & staff, and a desire to transition more slowly to Gombau's intended tactics appeared to pay dividends, as the team picked up wins against Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar.

    That was unfortunately the peak of the Wanderers season, with back to back losses against Melbourne Victory & Perth Glory putting the side in danger of missing the finals series. A 3-0 win against Brisbane in the penultimate game of the regular season saw everything to play for against Gombau's former club Adelaide United, and yet they capitulated in a dismal 3-2 defeat, as Riera missed a penalty to bring the game level, and Keanu Baccus was sent off to kill his team's chances of playing in the finals.

    Rumours of squad infighting that rose to multiple fights between team-mates, poor off-field behaviour that saw Chris Herd banished from the side, the exits of Hayden Foxe & Robbie Cornthwaite after a training ground argument along with the whisper campaign in the media all resulted in Gombau losing full control over his team, and despite sections of the Wanderers supporter base wanting the club to see through the Gombau project, those who wanted a fresh direction have seen their hopes realised. The Wanderers board lost their patience with the "project manager", and Gombau was punted on Thursday morning.

    What direction the board go in remains to be seen. Original target Ante Milicic may be looking for a job after Graham Arnold takes over the Australian national team post-world cup, while German manager Dirk Schuster may be available in the next few weeks should his side Darmstadt 98 be relegated from Bundesliga 2.

    Ultimately, this season was a complete waste of time & money, and the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of John Tsatsimas and the ownership group fronted by Paul Lederer. Why on earth would any management team elect to bring in Gombau, a man who it was absolutely crystal clear would need time to implement his own style and bring in players that suited it, and then turn around and sack him 5 months later is inexplicable to me. If they really wanted to keep playing the same plodding, non-attacking style that Popovic had perfected before his exit, they should have told Popovic that it was too late to release him, or then let Foxe takeover until the end of this year.

    Instead, the Board effectively stole the time & money of every single season ticket holder, to watch a club held together on the pitch by Riera & Janjetovic while those in between failed to provide the remotest sense of application and skill unless they were facing the very worst teams in the competition. And for what? The new manager is going to come into a club in crisis, another dozen squad positions to fill, and the sense that having sacked their last manager within 6 months that it could happen again before Christmas.

    Good luck to whoever that is. You're going to need it.

    Edited by mack

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    32 minutes ago, 1988banana said:

    What a club , no coach , no active support , no sponsor and no stadium 

    But the board stay 🤦‍♂️

     

     

    JT🖕OUT

    JT is definitely a problem.

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    8 minutes ago, xxBrandonxx said:

    Watch him go to Sydney and win the league. 

     

    We are still paying penance for that ACL final aren’t we. 

    I know you are joking but there is no way they would touch him after season he just had 

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    1 minute ago, redandblack said:

    JT is definitely a problem.

    Nah he's doing a great job , rebuilding every season , telling you one thing and then doing the complete opposite 😉👍

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    59 minutes ago, matty said:

    Cue a "world wide search" ending in signing Paul Okon

    At least it won't be Arnie

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    57 minutes ago, marron said:

    Suits will come and go.

    Seems like the sooner the better with this one. ;)

    EDIT...Sorry...I see this comment has already been made. :cheeky:

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    8 minutes ago, SomeGuy1977 said:

    At least it won't be Arnie

    thank **** arnie isn't in charge during the WC, a disaster there and he would have been looking for a job come july

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    3 minutes ago, ANZAC said:

    RBB will come and go #fairweather #soft

    Ooooooh 🤯

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    2 hours ago, matty said:

    Cue a "world wide search" ending in signing Paul Okon

    see the people who expect the wanderers to get some kind of world class coach and spend billions on signing him up are seriously deluded

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    2 hours ago, 1988banana said:

    What a club , no coach , no active support , no sponsor and no stadium 

    But the board stay 🤦‍♂️

    JT🖕OUT

    Excellent post.

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    1 minute ago, Seffa said:

    4. gary van egmond

    5. branko culina

    6,. miron bliberg

     

    Yes, exactly.

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    2 hours ago, lloydy136 said:

    Arnie is taking over at socceroos and may want his own guys so hopefully ffa would release milicic now (if that was the stumbling block last time and not $).

    Bring him in and get some stability and pride back in the place.

    ummm .............have you seen our player turnover? we have never had stability and you are acting like every season we have had the same list of players, popa never had falling outs with any player and we never had a dip in results, take off the rose tinted glasses, that said the popa era was more stable than the gombau era but there was never any stability with the wanderers

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    9 minutes ago, pudispencer said:

    If they can't get Popa back, then my wish list is:

    1. Frank Farina

    2. Kenny Lowe

    3. Ian Crook

     

    Ahead of Steve McMahon?

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    11 minutes ago, GoatyMcGoatFace said:

    ummm .............have you seen our player turnover? we have never had stability and you are acting like every season we have had the same list of players, popa never had falling outs with any player and we never had a dip in results, take off the rose tinted glasses, that said the popa era was more stable than the gombau era but there was never any stability with the wanderers

    Popa just refreshed the entire squad every season. :rofl::woah:   That didn't exactly indicate stability.  

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    28 minutes ago, GoatyMcGoatFace said:

    ummm .............have you seen our player turnover? we have never had stability and you are acting like every season we have had the same list of players, popa never had falling outs with any player and we never had a dip in results, take off the rose tinted glasses, that said the popa era was more stable than the gombau era but there was never any stability with the wanderers

    you don't think that hiring milicic would stabilise the club? knows the club, the players and the fans, would hopefully be a long term appointment

    fair enough goat player turnover was there under popa but we didn't stumble from crisis to crisis with no apparent direction like we have over the past 6 months. I just can't agree with anyone who says that they prefer the gumby clown show.

    My post was pro-milicic anyway rather than anything to do with popa - its rarely a good idea to go back.

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    12 minutes ago, lloydy136 said:

    you don't think that hiring milicic would stabilise the club? westie, knows the club, the players and the fans, would hopefully be a long term appointment

    fair enough goat player turnover was there under popa but we didn't stumble from crisis to crisis with no apparent direction like we have over the past 6 months. I just can't agree with anyone who says that they prefer the gumby clown show.

    My post was pro-milicic anyway rather than anything to do with popa - its rarely a good idea to go back.

    i was more referring to you saying bring stability back but you are right with popa we had our fair share of player vs coach moments, pretty much every single moment someone was getting "the treatment" but the entire squad was never against him like it seemed to be with gombau, for me gombau brought in amazing signings and i was excited to see who he would sign for next season but popa was the better coach by far in terms of squad management, matchday prep and virtually everything else so if we could get someone with both those advantages i would be happy with that

    honestly dont want milicic purely because i am wanting a big name coach signing like the one we were meant to sign before gombau, but if we have to go for some local guy milicic will do but i have a feeling he is just popa 2.0

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    44 minutes ago, GoatyMcGoatFace said:

    ummm .............have you seen our player turnover? we have never had stability and you are acting like every season we have had the same list of players, popa never had falling outs with any player and we never had a dip in results, take off the rose tinted glasses, that said the popa era was more stable than the gombau era but there was never any stability with the wanderers

    Good stability between S1 & S2. But that is all.

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    3 minutes ago, HillsPanther said:

    Good stability between S1 & S2. But that is all.

    i would agree with this tbh

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