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Outgoing Adelaide United Chairman Greg Griffin reveals he didn't want to sell, and flares may be 'in' next season!10 March 2018 | FT Editor
You may need to read this article more than once as it traverses a lot of ground and not necessarily seamlessly, but it is an interview with Greg Griffin, outgoing Chairman of Adelaide United, which tells us:
- Adelaide United consumed almost eight years of Griffin's life - not to mention money.
- He would like to see a second Adelaide team in the A-League, and might even get involved in one, but only if it's run independently.
- West Adelaide and Adelaide City (former NSL clubs) don't have a hope of surviving in the A-League because extraordinarily deep pockets are needed.
- He is disappointed that no-one from the South Australian government wanted to talk about the potential visit of Serie A club, Napoli, suggesting they are from "the wrong side of the Mediterranean".
- The 0-0 draw with Sydney FC earlier this season was one of his proudest moments at the club, along with the FFA Cup win in 2014 and the championship in 2016.
- He wasn't aware that sale talks had been going on for some time between other shareholders in the club - namely Rob Gerrard - and the man who heads the consortium that bought the club, Piet Van Der Pol, and that he didn't want to sell.
Journalist Val Migliaccio also traces the history of Adelaide United under the outgoing Board, characterising them as "a group of men who had no experience in the competitive and sometimes volatile soccer culture" and who loved Aussie Rules more, and rates the good, the bad and the ugly. Actually, Griffin did have experience but that's a story for another day.
Sydney FC are confident of re-signing Milos Ninkovic on a two-year extension and Bobo on a one-year marqee extension, while Newcastle Jets may lose Dimi Petratos to the J.League by the end of the month.
Still with Newcastle Jets, Michael Lynch writes about the 'Ernie effect' wondering whether it can be ridden all the way to this year's A-League title. He speaks with club CEO, Lawrie McKinna.
Western Sydney Wanderers
The good news for everyone is that the RBB will be back in full force on Sunday to support Western Sydney Wanderers in their match v Wellington Phoenix, and the remainder of the season. Good decision from RBB, good outcome for football. Josep Gombau says they want to maintain possession more than last weekend's game - and presumably score more goals than the opposition.
Some nice headlines for the journalist, Dominic Bossi; not quite sure how well it will go down for team harmony - to the extent that there is any in a squad split between those who like Gombau and those who are still pining for Popovic. Raul Lorente slams the "rubbish" display against Perth Glory last weekend and says the team needs to become more compact in defence. He says it was a "catastrophic game, terrible" and the worst performance of the season.
They're back! It seems that FFA has realised that flares are not a bad thing at all if managed correctly, but forced into action to try to re-ignite (excuse the pun) active support, the head of the A-League, Greg O'Rourke, is working to allow newly-developed 'safe smoke' devices into stadiums from next season.
More Graham Arnold today, first starting with an interesting read from Ray Gatt who relates the story of 'lazy Arnie' thinking he got away with doing one push-up when he should have done ten, his transition to coaching and what many know of today as his more recent history. The most unexpected aspect of this piece is who Gatt quotes in the last paragraph. One can't help but get the feeling Gatty was challenged to include a quote from this person in one of his articles ... because it's an otherwise WTF moment!
Gatt also rounds on the social media and other detractors of Arnold, some of whom were childish enough to state yesterday that they would no longer support the Socceroos because Arnold was the coach. Another WTF. Loving your national team isn't an issue of who the coach is, it's an issue of your national team, your country, your sense of place, your sense of ultimate tribalism. As Gatt says, love him or hate him - and frankly, Arnie can be grumpy but he is also quite lovable really in his own special way - give him a fair go. #SocceroosTillWeDie
Former Central Coast Mariners player, now occasional FOX Sports pundit and coach, Daniel McBreen says much the same thing via Carly Adno: that he can't understand the vitriol towards Arnold and that he is the best coach he's ever had.
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