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46 minutes ago, NewConvert said:

I don't think he should survive but I am not sure who you would need to get to build up the socceroos. Part of me thinks that the next coach should concentrate on a solid A-League base with polish & top ups from those that play overseas.

Unfortunately up front we don't have a reliable striker. JMac is doing OK at this level but once he gets the socceroos jersey he is MIA.

The U23s making the Olympics and winning a game showed me the tide has turned. At long last things have stopped getting worse. (These players are basically from the U23 generation that didn’t score a goal in qualification).

A second division (like Arnold used to promote) would help, though realistically through the last two years we’ve done well to keep the A League.

Personally id keep Arnold. Not because I  think he’s the only choice, but because I consider him a good experienced coach and random chopping and changing frustrates me. He knows where the bodies are buried now and can plot a course.

in regards to JMac he wouldn’t touch the ball in games like we’ve just seen, as he’d get zero service, so I personally agree with not playing him. He needs a better midfield and wingers I’m afraid (or worse opposition).

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I don't have a particular problem with Arnold as coach but his style of play is entirely at odds with the strengths of the team at the moment - this is the underlying problem, the entire lack of tactical flexibility has made a tricky situation into a bit of a disastrous one. 

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1 hour ago, KSK_47 said:

Redmayne on for ryan. Fuxk me

Who would have thought that the bloke who looked like he couldn’t save a penalty if his life depended on it when he was with us would be Australia’s World Cup qualification hero.

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How many current and former Heart/City players did we have in the squad this morning?

Atkinson, Behich, Leckie, Maclaren, Mooy, Goodwin, Redmayne, Genreau, Tilio, McGree.

Must be a record of some sort.

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On 31/3/2022 at 3:36 PM, Tommykins said:

I don't have a particular problem with Arnold as coach but his style of play is entirely at odds with the strengths of the team at the moment - this is the underlying problem, the entire lack of tactical flexibility has made a tricky situation into a bit of a disastrous one. 

It's not just his style of play, his whole philosophy and motivation and team building is built around:

backs to the wall

dig deep

nobody expects us to win

we are underdogs.

This worked well at CCM because it was true, it strained credibility somewhat when he kept calling the Smurfs 'underdogs', and, paradoxically, it might work well (because it's true) in our WC group, but it became a self-fulfilling prophecy during qualification, and it's isnt the philosophy we want for our national team.

He's done some good things, like unifying style of play and coaching continuity between U23 and Socceroos, but his time has come and gone now that we've qualified.

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22 hours ago, jw1739 said:

How many current and former Heart/City players did we have in the squad this morning?

Atkinson, Behich, Leckie, Maclaren, Mooy, Goodwin, Redmayne, Genreau, Tilio, McGree.

Must be a record of some sort.

Is the A-League being suspended for the World Cup? Otherwise with Leckie, JMac and Tilio being in the side our forward line is looking rather thin. Add Nabbout as a call up...

And of course we would prefer not to have any injuries.

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@NewConvert Somewhere there's a recent APL statement on next season to say that there will be no mid-week matches, that matches will be scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, that international breaks will be observed, etc. etc.

It doesn't mention the World Cup Finals specifically, but I've just seen a snippet from an article (in toto behind a paywall) that says we are "expected to break for 3 weeks" at that time.

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3 hours ago, NewConvert said:

Is the A-League being suspended for the World Cup? Otherwise with Leckie, JMac and Tilio being in the side our forward line is looking rather thin. Add Nabbout as a call up...

And of course we would prefer not to have any injuries.

...and we'll probably lose Curtis Good as a national squad player

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