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  1. Can't fault the club, if Valon gets over the line it's a terrific transfer window. The midfield was clearly the most deficient area of our squad and we've rectified it with three hard-nosed Europeans, all at a really good age and with experience. How we go throughout the season really falls on PK now.
    15 points
  2. We've got the players. The question is whether we have the coach. Nothing more, nothing less.
    8 points
  3. Look I get it that we haven't been great in pre season and that the end of last season was disappointing but I'm genuinely optimistic we will improve this season. Looking at WU specifically it wasn't that long ago that we had never lost to them. They got in a couple great A League level players, a Keeper a CB and a striker and they become the best in the League. The club and the football department are not idiots, although some on here would disagree but for me we have strengthened this year and therefore will be better. And playing off in the granny and winning the League last season we effectively don't need huge improvement to become the best again. Yes we've got issues, GK, Visa players injured (or worse not good) and a coach that seems one dimensional but if you dig into the other 11 teams IMO we are great space. Obviously the first game will be a good indication of where we are at.
    5 points
  4. What he shouted was that powerful men shouldn't be protected from prosecution after sexually abusing minors
    5 points
  5. This guy comes off as such a winner. I know we all hate Besart here but there's no denying he had that hard-edged winning mentality that we as a club lacked in the past for so many years. Valon seems to have the same edge with an even better CV, so consider me excited as fuck for this signing. Just fingers and toes crossed he stays injury-free.
    5 points
  6. I've actually found that incessant emails about my opportunity to buy tickets for all our home A-League matches are very irritating - I already have a full season membership. Further, I doubt that anyone would think of buying a ticket now for a match next April - it isn't the EPL. What I find disappointing so far is that there has been little substance in our pre-season, not only a very small number of matches but also precious little information about why certain players have not taken any meaningful part in it, or for example, when you can expect to receive your membership pack. It rather leaves fans in the dark. If I have a criticism it would be about APL's management of the League - as you say they appear to have conceded ground to the other codes without a fight. However, this may be only a perception - for all I know they pump out information but it isn't picked up by the media. However, the website is absolutely terrible. I have written to the club about it - I thought that each club was going to be able to have it's own design - but no reply. So much for all these "digital partnerships" - the website simply does nothing to engage.
    4 points
  7. He's contracted to Reims for the next two seasons, and on loan to us just for the one. If he fits in and does well it's going to be interesting to see what happens at the end of the loan period.
    4 points
  8. You're just flat out wrong brother, you dont have to forget that. Anyone playing regular minutes under the age of 33 in a major European competition is not going to consider a move to the A League. It's as if you don't take into account that the player has to want to move across the globe to play in our donkey league, the way you personally frame any of these signings or rumours. Either lower your absurd expectations or be forever disappointed. The benefit of having a worldwide scouting network is that we should have a better chance of identifying under-the-radar talent, not that we can miraculously attract quality Euro players at the top of their game. FWIW - nothing guaranteed obviously, but on paper this bloke has a terrific pedigree and ticks a lot of the right boxes. Only disappointment for me is that if he hits we'll only have him for a year.
    4 points
  9. To be fair I think you will struggle to find a pre-season where we have played fewer matches and achieved poorer results. A forward line that can't score, a porous defence and a suspect goalkeeper don't enthuse too many people.
    3 points
  10. Jeez wouldn't be pre-season on the forum without a deluge of doom and gloom, would it?
    3 points
  11. I've seen nothing to contradict my feelings about this season. We are going to be hammered, frequently, and we'll struggle to get anywhere near the finals.
    3 points
  12. Nothing can rustle the jimmies more than a forum vote, and if that vote is connected to the colours we are on a winner, can't wait.
    3 points
  13. Always good to see Melbourne City merch out and about! https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/heckler-wearing-melbourne-city-fc-shirt-arrested-after-shouting-sick-old-man-at-prince-andrew-20220913-p5bhjr.html
    3 points
  14. We can so wind up the filth with this one... Imagine if he scored against them...
    3 points
  15. TTDIM...the magnificent world effort to develop better vaccines against COVID-19.
    3 points
  16. I very much doubt that JMac is complacent. In the interviews that I've seen he's always been very frank and open about his own, and the team's performances. IMO the problem is that PK persists with a line-up that is deficient in players who can create opportunities in tight situations. It's fine to mount the argument that PK has the trophies in the cabinet, but that doesn't address the current situation, which is that we've lost some key players and we're playing nothing like we were two seasons ago. Rafa is that man. But wasn't in the squad at Gosford.
    3 points
  17. Metcalf scores in the Bundesliga.
    3 points
  18. Sounds like nothing has changed in the 2 Aus Cup games and this hit out. Feeling fairly uncomfortable at this stage of the pre-season...
    3 points
  19. This is lacking too much hysteria for mine, please delete.
    2 points
  20. Or aren’t following the club closely and haven’t watch us play by the end of last season and this pre-season? Every season with PK will be one small step back. Only the new recruits can save this team. The forward big three just don’t seem to understand each other at all , after all this time together - so they need to start clicking too. JMAC and Nabbout had the poorest field play season since joining for their high standards (and continued that in pre-season). Other clubs might still be shitter than us and we might still win something but we certainly haven’t build the dominant force we hoped to be, I hoped to be. Nothing toxic, nothing pessimistic just the expectations that come with a top club.
    2 points
  21. I still don’t understand what was wrong with W-League.
    2 points
  22. I guess consistency and traditions are highly valued by our club.
    2 points
  23. Beat you to it in the VDV thread! But seriously, how many "knocks" is that so far? Berenguer and Talbot also out. But again, we should have, via our Academy, the best reserve players in the League. And with PK being such a stubborn inflexible coach these results are very concerning indeed.
    2 points
  24. I see that we are continuing our usual pre-season form. 2-4 loss. We've concede 6 goals to CCM in 2 pre-season games. The third season curse is upon us😥
    2 points
  25. Love it! Gone are the PJs
    2 points
  26. A great pity that we couldn't have had this season's Manchester City jersey with post box red instead of the maroon around the neck. I have it on good authority that red and white will be our away kit from now on.
    2 points
  27. New kit is out and previewed in socials. Red and white looks decent.
    2 points
  28. TTIM... Telehealth. What a fucking con. Getting my wife in to see her GP is harder than getting into Fort Knox.
    2 points
  29. I have heard in the past that the club is not over-generous on the salary front. This plus travel isn't going to make working for the club particularly attractive. In terms of engagement many suggestions have been made over the years as to how City could improve, and none of them are rocket science. I've made a few myself - such as birthday cards for junior members - and I know others have too. But they go nowhere. The club is more interested in announcing it's new FOREX partner or some such, which shows where its mindset is.
    2 points
  30. I know people will say that we are being negative, but this is what fan engagement, or lack thereof, is really about. Back a few years in the Heart days we had a full announced schedule of matches all around Melbourne, including Oakleigh, Frankston, Langwarrin, Springvale, Port Melbourne, Veneto Club, etc., we'd get to chat with the bench, see new signings, triallists, the kids could get autographs, there were merchandise sales, food and refreshments etc., and it had a personal touch to it all.
    2 points
  31. Apart from the result against the Mariners, it pisses me off that the club didn't mention we were playing away to the Mariners until we had actually played then. Why the secrecy in the pre season? Shouldn't there be a full pre season schedule we could know about already?
    2 points
  32. Yeah I've worked myself with managers who don't accept feedback or do but just ignore it. I've left jobs because of it, so not surprising about the high turnover of assistants. Previous GK coach Neil Young implied this in his comments after he left.
    2 points
  33. To be fair one shot hit the bar with the keeper completely beaten, another great save from a header, and another competent one, but yes, not over-inspiring. For me it's the first sequence that highlights our problems; there's a long ball out to the right wing, and then a ball inside, and at that moment there's a huge gaping hole just outside and right in front of the box and not a single City player is running into it so instead there's then a pass out to the left wing. We're not good at all at cutting through a defence with a quick passing movement.
    2 points
  34. I understand the frustration with PK, I share all the forums concerns, but realistically the discussion should be around how can the club make him better rather than how soon can we sack him. He has had two full seasons for two Championships and one Premiership (or is it the other way around), I know the signs are there but no club is gonna be sceptical about a coach with that track record regardless of how good a position his predecessor left the club in. Calling him incompetent is clearly wrong, he would be one of the most successful managers in the league ever already and results should always trump any general feeling that they are undeserved.
    2 points
  35. Bundesliga 2** Nice goal though.
    2 points
  36. There was barely any input from PK in that double winning season, fully inherited squad and strategy. He was a caretaker coach in a weakened league that season and those credits imo are still with Mombaerts for the good football we played. I’m basing my opinion on what followed after that, where tactical incompetence, player and staff fall outs became so obvious that in combination with the ridiculous side line antics and poor press conferences. This teams isn’t playing for this coach either, the signs are there and time is up. But hey surely he can be remembered as the coach who won silverware but it’s the order of the day in football that changes are required to maintain certain high standards. Magic has worn out IMO but let’s see if new recruits can make a difference. We are supposed to be a top club now and progressively taking a small step back every season on the merit that we’ve won something in the past is hard to swallow for me. And yes, I see JVS as a higher pedigree coach (calmer better communicatot) and he will also do well with the current resources, probably the majority of the coaches will.
    2 points
  37. Correct no more visa players unless there is a shock departure, personally cannot see any Australian's joining us at this point, normally those kind of deals are done very early on in the window. Ideally we would have brought in a new GK but i have trust in the new GK coach. But if Berisha is the last deal then are window looks like Calum Talbot (Right Back) Richard Van Der Venne (Attacking Midfielder) Thomas Lam (Centre Back/Defensive Midfielder)\ Valon Berisha (Central Midfielder) if I had to rank that window probably would be a 7.5/10 to get a 8+ we would need a new GK
    2 points
  38. Don't think this one is much of a rumour. This is a done deal amigos, far too much smoke from reputable sources. Exceptional signing on paper.
    2 points
  39. It’s the sense complacency and head in the sand approach from the club, that’s what really kills it for me. I’m certain others might feel disengagement too. This pat on the back article not to long ago, where the club praised themselves on winning 1 of 3 grand finals and there was nothing to improve really eggs on my frustrations at times. We are a top club now and I want to hear how we can be better every season, not how good the club think they are. Those poor preseason performances don’t help either. This team needs a kick under the bum and need a proper coach to kick into gear, a coach the team want to play for.
    2 points
  40. Arnie specialises in "backs to the wall lads, we are the underdogs. dig deep". It was a successful mentality at CCM, ludicrous when he tried it at Sydney FC, but just not the right mentality for the Socceroos. Ange had a clearly articulated style that he tried to implement, Arnold's style of play...what?
    1 point
  41. Looking at the pre-season results it takes me back to the Heart days. It’s only pre-season some might say. Have we actually beaten anyone?
    1 point
  42. On the club Twitter now. Also the match vs. Central Coast is at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday (tomorrow).
    1 point
  43. midfield is definitely not weak CDM : O'Neill, Lam, Gomulka CM: Berisha, Berenguer, Van Der Venne CAM : Van Der Venne, Berenguer, Tilio
    1 point
  44. Yeah exactly! It isn't hard to write one post that outlines who we are playing and where we are playing... Don't like to be negative but the club has been really mediocre this pre season.
    1 point
  45. I'm guessing 'yes' men for Kisnorbo
    1 point
  46. The unstated assumption is that he is willing to accept feedback from those he considers his underlings.
    1 point
  47. It’s gonna be a interesting season
    1 point
  48. Funny enough I met Van Der Venne at the local pool of all places. He said he was going to play in this game. Whether or not PK played him is a whole other story...
    1 point
  49. Falling off is much easier than climbing on to the pedestal in the first place. One of the features of life. Mombaerts won us nothing but is still regarded by some as something of a god because he didn't have a pedestal to fall off. It was always going to be tough for PK after the double and the drubbings of MV - a very hard act to follow. IMO part of the problem wrt opinions on PK is that the club appeared rather self-satisfied with last season, when we really didn't do very well in the ACL and weren't at our best at the end of season generally. HIs team selections, substitutions (or lack of them) and what happened with Pucci and Cola didn't win him any friends either. On the Valon Berisha rumour, it would be interesting to note what the terms of the loan might be - it's reported that he's on a pretty large salary at Reims: https://www.capology.com/player/valon-berisha-34007/profile/
    1 point
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