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  1. Club owners discussing a shortened 11 game season next year between Jan and April so we don't clash with NRL and AFL who are likely to extend their seasons. This pisses me off so much
  2. Both SFC and City have said they'll cover player wages till end of May
  3. All the Australians can and club has applied for it
  4. Ah yeh you're right, so all players should be eligible then. I assume our imports would have the appropriate visa as well to be eligible?
  5. Wanderers have stood down all players and staff. Anyone with a contract under a year won't be eligible for the jobkeeper allowance which is quite a few of the sqaud
  6. Our performances bar the Brisbane game have been pretty decent. Can only imagine how first half of season would have gone if we were playing this.
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    Macarthur bound?
  8. Exclusive: Pirmin Schwegler open to Western Sydney Wanderers stay Pirmin Schwegler has delayed talks over his future at Western Sydney Wanderers, but admits he is loving his time at Bankwest Stadium. The former Switzerland international has performed admirably in defensive midfield for the Wanderers this season, starting all but one of nineteen A-League matches. Talks will inevitably arise soon over Schwegler's future, with his contract due to expire in June. After celebrating his 33rd birthday this week, Schwegler has revealed that while talks have been initiated, he wants to remain completely focused on helping Western Sydney finish in the top-six. "Yeah we speak about that. They offer me something," he told Tribal Football in an exclusive interview. "But I said before this year I want to really enjoy this year and then see after the season. We are actually in an important time and we can reach the play-offs still, so my focus is on that. "And then I will make a decision after the season." He added: "I didn't expect a lot because it was completely new for me. I didn't know a lot about this competition and this league but am absolutely enjoying it. "Of course, it's a bit different to Europe, but I'm very excited still. And I like to play for the Wanderers especially because you feel this passion in the club, and our fans are the best in the league. It's nice to play at home." It has been a turbulent debut campaign for Schwegler, who signed with the club as a free agent from Hanover in July 2019. A player with over 250 appearances in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim and Hannover, as well as 14 caps for Switzerland, Schwegler was considered a major offseason coup for Markus Babbel. However, things changed dramatically after the club's horror start to the 2019/20 season. Alexander Meier, a player Schwegler helped recruit, left the Wanderers by mutual consent in January. Three days later, after a loss to Perth Glory, Babbel was sacked as manager. Schwegler, while disappointed, understood there needed to be a change following just four wins from the opening fourteen league games. "Unfortunately it's part of the game. We know to perform week by week and unfortunately it was not what the club or some people expected. "Of course it's sad for them, but I have the same experience in Germany. This is unfortunately part of the business and I always look forward. We have done well after the change on the pitch and JP (Jean-Paul de Marigny) does a great job, and hopefully we can reach the play-offs." Western Sydney were quick to promote Babbel's assistant Jean-Paul de Marigny to the top job, and the former Marconi Stallions star has turned results around. Before Friday's loss to Brisbane, the Wanderers went unbeaten in four games, including a 1-0 victory over local rivals Sydney FC at Jubilee Stadium. Marigny has been coaching in Australian football since 2003, experience which Schwegler believes is benefitting the team. "The structure and the thing about football is the same as with Markus. "But I think and see and feel that JP knows especially Australian football and he can bring a lot to the boys. [Against Sydney] we did well and this must be always [the way]." Watching Schwegler this season, it is obvious he enjoys the grittier and unheralded aspects of football, highlighted by the eight yellow cards he has received, but more importantly, a seemingly innate penchant for leadership. Such strong personalities can often develop from turbulent childhoods, and Schwegler is no different. At 16-months-old he was diagnosed with leukaemia and given only a 10 per cent chance of surviving, defying the odds thanks to bouts of chemotherapy that continued into his school years, with football his main conduit for escape. Schwegler has since established his own Childhood Cancer Foundation at the same hospital that saved his life, but it is not only outside football where Schwegler looks to help the next generation. "I try to teach [the young players] a lot. To show them how they have to work to come to a good level and I have to say they listen. It's nice to see their eyes big when I speak about European football, so I can see they have dreams. "They do a lot. I had this success in Europe, so I want to show how it can be and help them first." Playing finals football is completely foreign for the Bundesliga veteran - a fact he acknowledges with a laugh - and with a win over Melbourne City at AAMI Park this weekend, the Wanderers' will seriously boost their play-off credentials. "I would say it's all about our mentality. The league is so competitive and very tight. "You can't win every game but you can't lose each game. So it's all about the mentality and the team spirit, this will decide if we make the play-offs or not."
  9. Another Bossi alert https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/we-will-do-our-best-to-keep-duke-jurman-at-wanderers-de-marginy-20200312-p549ec.html Jean-Paul de Marigny says Western Sydney Wanderers will put up a fight to keep Australian internationals Mitchell Duke and Matt Jurman for next season, but concedes the club will struggle to compete with offers from foreign suitors. As revealed by the Herald on Wednesday, the duo are edging towards an exit at the end of the season when their contracts expire, with sources close to the players suggesting Duke and Jurman are looking to move overseas for more lucrative deals that could boost their chances of staying in the national team. The Wanderers are keen to keep both players but are yet to offer either a contract for next season. Club sources suggest they are in regular dialogue with the players and their agents. Interim coach de Marigny said the club would do everything in its power to keep the duo next season. De Marigny said the uncertainty around their future wasn't distracting the players as they prepared for Saturday's match against Melbourne City. "That's a normal procedure ... we are always in regular communication with the players, that's a normal thing in football business," de Marigny said. "As far as I am concerned, they are here now, doing everything they can to help this football club and we will continue to communicate with them in terms of that." Duke and Jurman have played a key role in the Wanderers' resurgence with captain Duke leading their attack in recent months, scoring seven goals since the start of 2020 to sit fifth in the league's scoring charts. The 29-year-old is catching the attention of overseas clubs and the Wanderers may have to offer him a marquee deal to keep him for at least another year. "Mitch has been brilliant, he has been excellent, his in great form and he represents us very well. We will do the best we can to keep him here," de Marigny said. "What you see with Mitch is what he is, he is pretty clear with the way that he conducts himself, he is a top pro, he keeps things positive, the mood all the time and he is always asking more of himself and more from others." The Wanderers travel to Melbourne on Friday to face City at AAMI Park. The venue was intensively cleaned after a spectator at a rugby game last week tested positive for coronavirus. The lower tier is set to be given the all clear before Saturday's match. The Wanderers have been in regular contact with Football Federation Australia and other government agencies about procedures around playing, training and travelling during the coronavirus but have no concerns around playing at AAMI Park. "That's something all the people in power will give us all the information we need to know," de Marigny said. "I am no expert on that, I just go with the information I get but nothing at the moment. From my point of view there is no information at the moment."
  10. Why does winning derbies destroy the rest of our season
  11. Playing 3 at the back is pointless if our wingbacks aren't going to do anything. Losing both Kamau and Georgievski for the same game is hurting us. Switch to a back 4 and let's get some midfield control
  12. O'Doherty still has another season
  13. I kind of read it that way because I think you would announce visa players at the very least to start driving memberships and interest. Sounds like they're trying to be respectful to the other A-League clubs for now. My main concern is we haven't announced Schwegler/Duke re-signings yet.
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