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  1. Good servant of the club and must go with all good wishes from us. Faded a bit in 2022-23, but seemed, I think, to regain some form last season. Rumour has it that he was one of our highest paid, so IMO it was highly likely that he would depart.
    8 points
  2. Ramos is off contract from Sevilla. Petrillo loves an old, injury prone visa CB.
    5 points
  3. I only donate to severance pay of the massively overrated Petrillo and our invisible CEO.
    4 points
  4. Just feels typical of the current state of the club: lazy, uninspired, comfortable with mediocrity.
    4 points
  5. The club has missed out on a significant amount of money but I am content that CCM are getting it because they are at least doing the right thing with the youth development and community engagement unlike Melbourne City (at least the community engagement part).
    4 points
  6. I agree in general terms, but until we have a longer season with proper home-and-away fixtures, they are going to stick around. And in the eyes of Australians they matter. Further, a true champion team will win them. The Cup IMO is definitely important, and is recognised as such by the AFC. If you don't have the intention of winning the competition then you shouldn't be in it, and any time that you don't have the intention of winning it you betray your supporters. After so many years waiting to see Confederation football I just cannot express how bitterly disappointed I was with our two ACL campaigns.
    4 points
  7. Lets be real here, Vidmar had the job the day he was made interim.
    3 points
  8. I don't care who it's through. I don't believe taxpayers should subsidise CFG and the UAE royal family.
    3 points
  9. I’m depressed thinking we are starting the season with Jeggo in the engine room.
    3 points
  10. Don't know how long you've been with us, but when we were Melbourne Heart and Scott Munn (now with Spurs) was our CEO, there was a lot more transparency. There was a lot more support too, direct from the fans, such as our Fan Magazine distributed on match days - I was a regular contributor. Munn use to regularly meet with our Active Supporters - "Yarraside" (what a great group they were too!) to facilitate banners, flags, trumpets, TIFOs and so on. There was another supporter group called "Red and White Unite" but that faded away. After the match, those who wanted to could go up to the Westpac Room and mingle with the players and staff. Pre-seasons were great. We played local XIs and there was merchandise on sale, burgers, drinks etc. I remember chatting to Rutger Worm one day, and then JvS and the Spanish Assistant we had for a season, down at Frankston at another pre-season. We also played local sides and there were triallists on show - places such as Port Melbourne were on the pre-season calendar. Pre-season Open Days out at Bundoora were also great- chatting with Peter Sidwell whilst munching a hot-dog! The club was very prominent around Melbourne too - Street Soccer, we had a Futsal team, and season/kit launches with player riding trams etc. Bruno featured in one such. Tim Cahill was featured on bus shelter ads. one season. The first Derby and the Christmas Derbies in those days were real occasions the red and white of Heart and the blue of Victory - our boys wearing Mario hats and Santa hats etc. etc. AAMI Park rocked on those occasions I can tell you. Some of the smaller grounds in the EPL such as Brentford and Fulham - those Melbourne Derbies outshone them by a mile. Now, that may sound just an old bloke's nostalgia, but the reality is that it was real, and there are still people on here who were part of those days who will confirm what I have written. The reality also is that slow but sure strangulation of the League and our clubs by not only MOPT who run AAMI Park, but also by Football Australia and the League itself (now APL), and in our case the killing of Heart by City Football Group has led to the bland and boring League of today, and the bland and boring club that Melbourne City is today. Contrary to the usual bleatings of football supporters about the other codes, usually first target the AFL, deliberately sabotaging the growth of football, IMO it is football that is slowly killing itself. "We," - and that's football, and that's if we supporters are actually included in the conversation, which at City we are not - are killing ourselves. There will be no transparency at City while it is part of City Football Group.
    3 points
  11. I agree with everything you said but the end. Boyle is a fantastic player to watch hell be great for the league let alone city. All players want the most money they can get but he'll give 100%
    3 points
  12. Give them a million euros on the promise that they'll keep him forever.
    3 points
  13. Why would we officially announce him leaving if we were considering buying him? The club would be crazy if they pay any transfer fee for him! We could find better visa wingers for free no doubt...
    3 points
  14. I suggest you leave this thread and use it. There's no way of deleting old threads I'm afraid, and with the passage of time they become harder to find. The site owner pays no attention to requests to clean up the mess, and there's nothing more that Moderators can do.
    3 points
  15. It will be interesting to see what happens between now and September in terms of the remaining out-of-contract players and any new arrivals. I get the feeling that we are bottom of the CFG pile, above us Troyes and then Mumbai. I have withdrawn from the auto-renewal membership option. I've no doubt that I will rejoin, but I want to see what we've got before coughing up any of my hard-earned. It's not as if there is a shortage of available seats...or that Mansour needs my money.
    3 points
  16. Then you look at it from Pierias' perspective. Why would you sign for Melbourne City and end up like Jordan Hall and Scott Galloway with a coach who seems reluctant to make even meaningful substitutions let alone team selections, and spend most of your time watching from the bench? Young footballers need to play to further their careers. I'm no doubt dumb but I can understand players leaving City because they are just fed up. Caputo had to struggle to get minutes even though JMac was out of sorts match after match. We steal Beach from Central Coast then sign Young for another season. We give Leckie and Nabbout two more seasons plus a one-year extension option when they couldn't get on the pitch and barely scored a goal between them last season.
    2 points
  17. We are their major scouting network...
    2 points
  18. Not to mention the two Pokemon Najjar and his upgrade Najjarine
    2 points
  19. I think most of us would agree with you there. Not the way to run a successful football club if it is indeed the case.
    2 points
  20. So as you’d hope we got through that weak group we were in without a hitch. Next is the third round where there will be three groups of six each and the top 2 of each qualify for the World Cup (which has been expanded). Those that miss out still get another chance. anyway topping our group means we should get a good seed into that round. With 6 “better” teams in Asia right now this means we shouldn’t have to fight for a spot with one of those other 5, something we’ve struggled with in the last few years.
    2 points
  21. https://www.australiacup.com.au/news/australia-cup-2024-preliminary-rounds-state-play Round of 32 draw The Australia Cup Round of 32 draw will take place on Wednesday, 19 June live at 7pm AEST on 10 Play, Australia Cup Facebook and Football Australia YouTube.
    2 points
  22. Nuno released as end of contract.
    2 points
  23. It's really hard to predict because it's happening in the off season for a league clubs and a lot of squad changes are happening. I'm trying to get to a few npl clubs that are near me next week. Just want to see the competition get some traction.
    2 points
  24. That's the A-League season. We'll be involved in the Cup before that, and I want to see us really perform there to convince me we're serious about it.
    2 points
  25. If only we could close a game off...
    2 points
  26. Had a read of this and that's really well presented and shows that there's a fair bit of transparency at Roar with Zac and Kaz now managing the club. Wish we had the same
    2 points
  27. Ah so you are saying don’t play football at all because that’s better for the books.
    2 points
  28. How do you work that out? The amount we had to pay to host a game depends on our stadium arrangements, not the AFC. As I read it the last column is the subsidy a club receives from the AFC for travelling per match they compete in (presumably away matches). So we received $135,000 for our three away games in the Group. Of our six matches we won two and drew three. Prize money $130,000. Total received $265,000. And the whole thing is in US$. You're probably correct that it cost more than that to host three home games. But that's because we didn't/don't have our own home ground. But I can't accept that because we might lose money it isn't worth entering the competitions. It costs us a hell of a lot to lease AAMI for League games too - are you suggesting that we wind the club up?
    2 points
  29. Towards the end of the season he started to get going but no way should we pay 2m Euros.... save that and put it towards wages outside of the cap! Even better sign a decent coach.
    2 points
  30. Nope, unlike a fair few on this forum I rate Paddy.
    2 points
  31. Agree. I'd be starting Caputo, he's a pretty complete number 9 who will score regularly with good service
    2 points
  32. I still think the stitch-up award of the season goes to Sakhi's agent. Secures a release from his French club, his client signs with us for two seasons, Sakhi spins a yarn to us that his wife wants to go back to France or she'll leave him, gets released on compassionate grounds all the while having a contract lined up with a Corsican club rather than in mainland France. That's embroidery on top of the stitch-up. Second prize to Jakolis' agent, and third prize to Natel's. Leader of the current pack must be Jeggo's agent. To paraphrase @kingofhearts, 692,437 scouts and that's what they come up with...
    2 points
  33. Rafa left us because of lack of match time. Another stupid decision by our club.
    2 points
  34. I suspect that it is only a dream, but sometimes dreams come true. I don't think I would care if we didn't win a trophy - just to see those two playing for us would be enough. I don't think there'd be any concern about crowd numbers either....
    2 points
  35. Son and Arslan + 9 planks of wood will get us the plate.
    2 points
  36. I don't think there's too much "democracy" in any club owned by the United Arab Emirates...
    2 points
  37. https://melbournecityfc.com.au/news/join-our-fan-representative-group/ I found this. I have written to the Football Supporters' Association of Australia concerning the lack of transparency on the City FRG, who's on it and what it has done and doing, and how representation may be made to it, asking the FSAA to raise the matter with APL. Don't expect to get anywhere, but might as well give it a shot.
    2 points
  38. Sonny knows us 😁
    2 points
  39. Well yes. I don't think you would sign Boyle or re-sign Leckie or Nabbout to sit on the bench. You have to have a minimum number of youth players on the bench, so ageing players on the bench are just compounding what already is a problem with the squad.
    2 points
  40. Youngsters who I think will get gametime next season are Caputo (I think he might be the staring No 9) , Mazzeo, Politidis, Trewin, Lopane, Schreiber and Necovski. I think we have to remember last season was a transitional season after we lost the likes of Glover, Bos, O'Neill, Tilio (for a bit) I have noticed both city fans and non city fans seem to be saying that city never give opportunity to youth which is BS, we had a strange season and I expect things to get back to normal.
    1 point
  41. I completely agree. And perhaps it's just me, but I don't get the feeling that we take it it seriously enough. Last season was a perfect example. We went behind after just 40 seconds against Oakleigh, and didn't pull level until late in the game. It was an omen for a very disappointing season all round.
    1 point
  42. Paid-up City members may be interested in this. Some weeks ago I was asked via email, and I guess other members were too, whether I would like to submit a question to our FRG for consideration as a topic fir a forthcoming APL FRG group meeting. I asked, admittedly tongue in cheek, a couple of questions about our FRG Membership (i.e. who's on it), how the members were selected or elected, how often it had met, how might members make submission to it, what topics it had discussed, and which if any had so far been tabled with APL. I have received only a standard automatic reply to the effect that my question had been received. Absolutely nothing since. I am currently following this up. I can find out nothing about our FRG to date, except the names of a couple of members via the APL FRG minutes below. The APL FRG and the individual club ones, were to be set up after the 2023 Grand Final in Sydney debacle. I find it disturbing that City, one of whose Directors is also a Director of APL, and therefore presumably approved of the request or requirement issued by APL to its constituent clubs, does not provide to its members any details concerning its Fan Representative Group, which seems to me to be deliberately against the spirit and intent of APL's request. Other clubs, Perth, Central Coast, Sydney, do not appear to have any problem to doing so, as below. https://perthglory.com.au/more/meet-the-frg-glory-10/ https://perthglory.com.au/news/glory-10-frg-latest/ https://ccmosc.com.au/our-fans/fan-representative-group-frg https://sydneyfc.com/news/sydney-fc-fan-representative-group/ https://sydneyfc.com/fan-representative-group-minutes/ Minutes of APL FRG meetings available here: https://aleagues.com.au/more/a-leagues-fan-representative-group-meeting-minutes/ I will endeavour to keep members posted on my progress in posts to this topic.
    1 point
  43. Bloody idiots
    1 point
  44. I remember what Corinthians supporters said when we signed him - "Welcome to your new worst player."
    1 point
  45. i would have liked that too, if we brought in a manager with a proven track record I would have more patience with them but if Vidmar doesn't start firing right away 99% of the fanbase will be asking him to resign.
    1 point
  46. 1 point
  47. We won 3 titles in a row with Mclaren.
    1 point
  48. So we have trewin, leckie and arslan playing in the all star match tonight. Women we have Pollicina, stott and Wilkinson
    1 point
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