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wendybr

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  1. Fell asleep...but watched the game in fast forward before heading off to bed at 4 am. So can't say anything about anything much except... two of the goals were crackers, which hopefully might inspire some confidence in the team... Oh ...and...what a quality young man Awer Mabil is (just watched his post game interview on the News). I hope he is around for a long time to become an inspirational Aussie footballer for the NT, a general household name and beacon of positivity and inspiration for other young Australians like him (and in general).
  2. Keep the updates coming. No Foxtel where I am atm.
  3. It's a shame you aren't interested in sharing your views Matty. A love - hate relationship with politics, which you "steer clear" of revealing to others, sounds like you have strong views. Our Not Politics Thread needs more spice...if ever you felt the inclination to join in. You can't possibly be as strident in your opinions as we've had in the past. It's pretty tame there now ...except for Mack that is. 😂😂
  4. I'm with you Ossified, but for some reason,I couldn't "Like" your post. Would be good to see Matty post over on the Not Politics Thread (lol)- good to have some new input.
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    A letter from the Chairman

    That was pretty coherent - and certainly did express your views well!
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    Unhappy New Year

    Hehehe....I will acknowledge that I do bring my teacher's view of interactions with people into my reactions on a wider scale. Yours is a diplomatic reminder of that - and what you say is fair enough.
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    Unhappy New Year

    I was going to let it go... but... hmmm I'm back in the fray. Sorry. "And you know this how?" Public vilification of his team....which has contributed to a total demoralisation of this team. Maaaybe that works for some people. I cannot understand how, personally, but maybe it does. But to me, a coach/manager needs to forge a relationship/bond with his players. To get the best out of them, it isn't a "him vs us" type relationship. Look at players in successful teams in the A league - the players light up as they talk about the manager. What Andrew Durante said of Rudan after last game comes to mind, and said it all. Some of our players absolutely used to speak that way of Popa - and then, there were the failures. OF COURSE players lighting up about their gratitude to the manager in post game interviews are speaking in the afterglow of a win, and are from teams achieving success. But I've seen Muscat, Arnie and Popa...hardly warm fuzzy individuals (lolol) demonstrate a protectiveness towards the players after a humiliation, at least in public...because it's obvious that to fix things, after a team has been booed off the pitch, rubbing salt into a wound doesn't make a wound any better. Yes stern discipline is part of the formula, and wishy-washy platitudes such as we got from Popa and Gombau wore thin and were cringeworthy. But publicly booting your own players up the backside is just counterproductive. A coach with strong man management skills says things like "we need to work harder," and includes himself as part of the solution, rather than throwing the blame on his players, as MB has repeatedly done. My 2 cents worth anyway.
  8. wendybr

    Unhappy New Year

    Best post of the day here imo...and a good note to end this discussion on!
  9. wendybr

    Unhappy New Year

    We'll have to agree to disagree on that. Smacks of a workman blaming his tools to me....sort of. He's acknowledging his own lack of man management skills...and covering his own arse. Discipline them...drop them...but I'd rather him not making the cracks all around him so obvious. PS This has been his approach from the start...I think? Over a third of the way through the season...which most of us are openly writing off already...what evidence of his success with this approach can you cite Sonar? PPS I don't ever remember us being on opposite sides of a debate before.
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    Unhappy New Year

    Ahh bugger it ...so now I'm steamed up again. Re this... Covic would understand better than anyone else, along with other experienced A League players, what a big part of the problem is. "Covic is sure that Babbel, who has been repeatedly scathing in his criticism of the team, may also be taking a look at himself. “I don’t think any coach after such a start would not look at himself,” he added. “He’s been around the game long enough for that, so I’m sure he’s reflecting and thinking what he can do better. “He’s been pretty vocal in his criticism of the squad ... some players will react positively to that and some may react negatively.  “Maybe the experience so far has been an eye-opener for him. He’s a German coach and is very direct and disciplined and maybe he has to find a balance between what he knows and has done and what the A-League is about and what the players are like over here."  It's straight out of Human Psychology 101 - the self fulfilling prophesy. I don't listen to MB's pressers...they have been too negative. If he thinks his team is ****, they will be. You'd never get Arnie or Muscat vilifying his players in public. And this, to me, is Covic very diplomatically sending Babbel a message... I hope he hears it. Sorry guys...that's me with it all off my chest now.
  11. wendybr

    Unhappy New Year

    Ante absolutely 100% nails it there. And with this…. "Covic is sure that Babbel, who has been repeatedly scathing in his criticism of the team, may also be taking a look at himself. “I don’t think any coach after such a start would not look at himself,” he added. “He’s been around the game long enough for that, so I’m sure he’s reflecting and thinking what he can do better. “He’s been pretty vocal in his criticism of the squad ... some players will react positively to that and some may react negatively.  “Maybe the experience so far has been an eye-opener for him. He’s a German coach and is very direct and disciplined and maybe he has to find a balance between what he knows and has done and what the A-League is about and what the players are like over here." ...well 1000% to that analysis! Well said Ante..and thanks for posting Carns.
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