EoS - 040518

A-League expansion

  • Could we have a third Sydney team in the A-League even without the expansion 'process'? It would seem so with reports that Wellington Phoenix has signed an agreement with the south-west Sydney consortium to sell 50% of its stake immediately. FFA CEO David Gallop confirms that they have received the proposal and are thought to be seeking a large license fee from the new group, although it's unclear why considering Wellington Phoenix has paid their license fee and is one of the few A-League clubs that has not sought financial assistance from the FFA. “It needs to be considered in the context of the commercial imperatives around the expansion of the league, which are to ensure that there is an investment that benefits not only the new club but the A-League, its current owners and the broader game," said Gallop. It's hard to see why FFA wouldn't want to see this happen. 

A-League

  • It was doing the rumour mills (and even made one newspaper) that Tony Popovic would pop-up at Perth Glory. The club has made "an enormous statement of intent" with signing Western Sydney Wanderers' inaugural coach, and the only Australian coach to win the Asian Champions League, for three seasons. If Popovic's dicsciplinarian approach to the role is giving free regin at the club, this could be a game changer for Perth Glory. We understand Perth Glory's owner, Tony Sage, is paying Popovic big money.
  • Popovic will be tasked with overseeing a culture change at the club, and is interested in "unearthing new talent" from the west. 
  • Also joining Perth Glory as CEO is Tony Pignata, who makes the move across the Nullabor from Melbourne after leaving Sydney FC one year ago because he wanted to spend time with his family in Melbourne. 
  • We were not able to bring you this report yesterday so, for the sake of record, we're including this one regarding the level of interest in bringing Andres Iniesta to the A-League, including from FFA. 

Mile Jedinak

  • Mile Jedinak is not going to get a break before heading into camp for the Socceroos. His club, Aston Villa, is still involved in the play-offs to reach the Premier League. If successful in the two leg play-off against Middlesbrough, Villa will meet either Derby or Fulham for the final spot on 26 May. 

Kofi Danning

  • Remember Kofi Danning? He's currently playing in the ACT NPL with Canberra FC, and is still hopeful of an A-League return. 

Impact of Budget on athletes

  • The Athletes Alliance is concerned that the Federal Government's proposed tax changes will adversely impact athletes - for example, marquee players - as they will no longer be able to direct income from related rights (such as marketing, image rights etc) to a company. They will instead be taxed at their marginal rate. 

Digital rights

  • Also because we were absent yesterday, here is a report on the new Telstra/FFA five-year deal which allows for individual games of the A-League, W-League, FFA Cup and national team matches to which FFA holds the rights, to be live-streamed. Very exciting news.
  • This comes on top of SBS-TV and Twitter signing an agreement to show World Cup highlights in a show hosted by Lucy Zelic.