General A-League Discussion Thread


#41

I mean one that runs without P&R for a while.


#42

It also helps that England has a population of almost 55million, squashed into an area 1/8th the size of NSW


#44

Soem solid reimagining of history here by perthnow.com.au in a story about Chris Ikonomidis

He has signed for two more seasons with Glory and not surprisingly has come to the notice of a number of European clubs.
But the 24-year-old, who was brought back to Australia by Glory after three years with Serie A side Lazio, is taking all the fuss in his stride.


#45

They’re just trying to ignore the unicorns like all good, sensible people.


#46

Wasnt sure where to put this but as it pertains in part to how the A-league will shape up for the 2022 season and that years World Cup, I’ll put it here…


#47

Also on channel 7 news tonight basil zempilas congratulated perth glory on announcing goalkeeper andy keogh signing on for another couple of years.


#48

Haha. Mariners wait till 1am to sack mulvey. Classy.


#49

That’s a club who can’t back themselves to keep a secret for eight hours until the next work day.


#50

#51

The Coast deserve better than that. It shouldn’t be either/or.


#52

Add Canberra ASAP but not at the expense of a team. We should be ensuring all teams survive (nux are the only maybe).


#53

A lot of blame is directed at Charlseworth, and rightly so, but there isn’t nearly enough acknowledgement of how much inequality has been introduced with the rule changes since he came in. I really don’t think there could’ve been a worse moment for someone to come in and tighten CCM’s purses.

  • Second marquee
  • $200k loyalty player allowance
  • $50k extra home-grown player allowance
  • $50k mature-aged rookie
  • $150k NYL salaries, which provide the depth for SFC/MV’s top-heavy squads

Maxing out the allowances and signing two Ninko/Riera/Castro marquees gives you a payroll more than double the salary floor. Even if you take out the two best players (2x marquees at a big club, 2 players on ~$700k at a salary-floor club) the difference is $3.5m vs $2.0m.

Is it any wonder that SFC/MV are perma-glued to the top, and CCM/WelPho are knocking death’s door?

It’s easy to talk about only watching to see your team win trophies, particularly as a Sydney fan, but its time to question whether it is realistic to expect Australian football to be able to sustain 12/14/16 teams that can afford to keep up with SFC/MV/(presumably, if they ever get out of this mess) WSW financially.

And if not, then we have to consider whether it is appropriate to have a league that simultaneously allows such disparity and has the championship as its only competitive objective.

Either harden the cap to allow CCM/WelPho/Canberra/et al. to compete, or consider an alternative structure which embraces the inequality and gives teams of different means different competitive objectives and pressures to fight for.


#54

Waring outlining how relaxed the Australian training is to japan


#55

I’ve tried to consider options for this. There are several leagues in Europe which split into bottom and top competitions for the last couple of months. The main issue is that the bottom competition is invariably geared around staying up rather than anything significant about topping the section - unless I’ve missed something.


#56

there are a couple of leagues (Belgium for example) that let the teams in the bottom half who haven’t been relegated play off for europa league spots but that’s not really an option over here.

And if anyone thought that finishing 6th and being able to win the GF was stupid, just imagine finishing 15th and getting into the europa league