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  1. I think there is some truth to this. Popa is very controlling and rigid with players conforming to their jobs equaling success. Babbell allows players more freedom within hard working/high work rate framework. He puts them in a place to compete and they have to fight to be successful.
  2. After the Leeds game, I think another midfielder for marquee wouldn't be so bad. Reckon Duke and Yeboah have enough goals in them, its playing out and controlling possession that seemed to be an ongoing issues (I know not much can really be drawn from an early friendly). Such a move might also mitigate against the ease with which good (not great) midfielders can be marked and fouled out of a game in the A league when there aren't multiple channels or options to play forward to.
  3. Is that the result of jumping on the corporate couch and doing his knee?
  4. A marquee striker or the like has to be priority. Aside from us, no team has had real success without one. Unfortunately, having one has been when we've lacked success. But that has to change.
  5. Western Sydney cops would bang him just to get their rocks off.
  6. Let's hope he helps makes Sydney red and black!
  7. We'd have to consider him, surely. Just for the confidence he inspires when he leads well.
  8. Do we think it's more than 2 mill? Or that much for more than 1 year? Hard to pass judgement unless we can narrow the speculation. Anyone know how much Honda was purported to cost the Vics?
  9. Agree with both of you. Gallop is instrumental in this. His NRL and newscorp connections were always going to make it so.
  10. Sorry in advance for a long post... I think we had some power as a fanbase when the boycott happened. Since that moment, however, I'm not sure if all the agreed measures have been enacted. What did we do about that? Sometimes a lesson in negotiations with the powerful is to consider; how do we enforce an agreement when our leverage (in that case the boycott) is no longer available? In terms of the FFA, they could be smart and leverage their access to the media and make a statement in defense of their fans, pointing to the low per-head -capita of evictions when compared to other codes and the excessive costs born by fans of mandated heavy police presence (surely the ratio of cops to fans at A league matches outstrips the other codes). They could then outline a plan, and pressurise the relevant police ministers bypassing the cops entirely. The cops have too much power here. They tell event organizers how many cops will be needed (most of whom are paid extra shift/overtime rates.) Then we pay for it. The public order units cost more, the mobile prison costs more, the cavalry costs more etc. If they don't evict people and escalate stuff they have no statistical justification for their requirements. However there is no check and balance to make sure they aren't rorting the situation. At the moment they have the political cover of the sokkah hooligan narrative. This is an opportunity for FFA to push back a bit. But I doubt they have the will or capacity.
  11. For all the nonsense that Australia has a larrikin culture that like to stick it to the man, the reality is we are a subservient over regulated bunch. We kick up little fuss and as a general rule accept massive state overreach as a matter of course. Both sides of the political spectrum have their own ways of cultivating an acceptant ideology. When the story broke and was a lead on many online outlets, I was optimistic, but the narrative has been established by the powers that be, it's now about defending against character assassination. Truly disgraceful.
  12. What all the speculation suggests is that MB is looking for a pacey and powerful attacking 3rd. No doubt it is a way to succeed in this league. It will still rest on a solid defense which we are yet to hear any speculation on.
  13. He scores goals, here. Who else does and is on the market?
  14. I don't DG is a weak signing. He's a known quantity, solid player and should start most weeks. As has been said it's the visa players that will make or break our next campaign. They don't have to be 'big signings' just effective week in week out. Some good technique, a positive mentality, and injury free. If our spine is built with these kinds of players we will be in with a shout.
  15. I think as a rule we've been harsh on him. He scored more goals than any of our pervious target man strikers. He's the player we needed when Pio was in the squad. Had we been a winning side during his stay we'd have more fondness for him I'm sure.
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