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A-League Transfers and Rumours

Tevor

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1 twitter rant from an upset fan account.They are a Trainwreck but they will fix that - getting rid of their dud coach will help
They aren't going anywhere
Agree they will not fold, their roster must be so expensive and is full of duds like Giannou and Juric. Both have been massive failures and should have done better with DDS and DeVila feeding them. Noone was played out of his normal position so wasn’t as effective. That’s on Milicic. They need to do a lot work to get the community behind them now, such a waste of two years.
 

LG__

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Old Mate Danny Townsend has said that the APL will assist clubs in paying the wages of marquee players again. I couldn’t be any more against this, we all know what clubs will benefit from it, and thus creates a completely uneven playing field. I’m not one that likes to compare the A League to other competitions, but a supposed “neutral” governing body giving the big clubs a even bigger hand up than they already surely brings the integrity of the league into question if it wasn’t already.
 

Tevor

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Old Mate Danny Townsend has said that the APL will assist clubs in paying the wages of marquee players again. I couldn’t be any more against this, we all know what clubs will benefit from it, and thus creates a completely uneven playing field. I’m not one that likes to compare the A League to other competitions, but a supposed “neutral” governing body giving the big clubs a even bigger hand up than they already surely brings the integrity of the league into question if it wasn’t already.
100% and I don't think it adds to the League much at all. If this is all the APL have as a plan to get more bums on seats it just adds more ammunition that confirms they are clueless. No wonder Peil has a three year option, a smart bloke that has reservations the APL can fix the league as well.
 

turbo

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Like it or not big names do get attention and put bums on seats. From a marketing point of view it's a solid strategy to help turn things around at a time it's very much needed. The obvious problem is it gives the richest clubs in the comp an additional leg up which really sucks because there's no way Zlatan is going to end up in Brisbane, Adelaide, Wellington or Gosford - it'll be Sydney, WSW, City or Victory. The reasoning will make sense again from a marketing perspective - it's easier to get a bigger return in bigger markets - unfortunately it's at odds with everything fair.

My #1 tip for a marquee destination is WSW. They should have marquee slots open, visa slots open and the APL will be very keen to see WSW get back to big crowds and finals.
 

pjennings

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Like it or not big names do get attention and put bums on seats. From a marketing point of view it's a solid strategy to help turn things around at a time it's very much needed. The obvious problem is it gives the richest clubs in the comp an additional leg up which really sucks because there's no way Zlatan is going to end up in Brisbane, Adelaide, Wellington or Gosford - it'll be Sydney, WSW, City or Victory. The reasoning will make sense again from a marketing perspective - it's easier to get a bigger return in bigger markets - unfortunately it's at odds with everything fair.

My #1 tip for a marquee destination is WSW. They should have marquee slots open, visa slots open and the APL will be very keen to see WSW get back to big crowds and finals.
TBH ADP did make a discernible difference to the SFC crowds - that stayed for quite a few seasons. However, unless the marquee is large enough and/or there is a real connection (ADP with the Sydney Italian community) and a long term commitment then it is unlikely to work. Sturridge, Ono, Romario, Heskey, Cahill and Villa all failed to make any long term difference.

So that means you have to have big names for a long term to make any difference. Can't see us being in for anyone high enough profile for anything more than a guest stint.
 

turbo

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TBH ADP did make a discernible difference to the SFC crowds - that stayed for quite a few seasons. However, unless the marquee is large enough and/or there is a real connection (ADP with the Sydney Italian community) and a long term commitment then it is unlikely to work. Sturridge, Ono, Romario, Heskey, Cahill and Villa all failed to make any long term difference.

So that means you have to have big names for a long term to make any difference. Can't see us being in for anyone high enough profile for anything more than a guest stint.
I don’t think marquees are the long term answer but they could help jump start things again by bringing eyes back to the league after a rough couple of years. There’s a bit to be optimistic about:
  • The product on the pitch isn’t bad at all
  • Next season visa players should be easier to get in without quarantine
  • Getting back to a normal schedule & travel (provided super covid 19 plus doesn’t emerge)
  • Sydney going home
  • New owners for a few clubs
  • Paramount supposedly rolling out their improvements
  • I’d expect promotion and community engagement to rise again now things are looking more normal
 

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