Matildas | A-League | Mile Jedinak
Is it a mark of respect, a sign of hubris, or an appeal to Euro-snobs that sees Sydney FC ask Melbourne Victory to form a guard of honour?12 April 2018 | FT Editor
Alen Stajcic says the "mongrel" in Australian teams' DNA will help ensure the Matildas see off Japan on late Friday night (Australian time) in their final group game of the Women's Asian Cup. A win will mean Australia avoids China in the next stage.
- Is this the end of the line for Matt McKay and Brisbane Roar? He hopes not, and hopes to play on for another season, but he is yet to receive an offer. The match against Perth Glory on Saturday night could well be his last for Brisbane Roar.
- Stronger, together. Wait, where have we heard that before?! But that's more or less what Alex Brosque says has been the outcome within the Sydney FC camp following the mini-slump and the heavy travelling schedule for the Asian Champions League fixtures. There's nothing in the match for Sydney FC against Melbourne Victory tomorrow night, but Ray Gatt says Sydney FC wants to build momentum heading into the finals. Melbourne Victory need a win to try to secure third spot and the Asian Champions League play-off spot.
- For the first time, the premiership players will receive individual medals - something only previously done for grand final winners - and Sydney FC players will be the first to receive them. Brosque says he thinks all past premiership winners should receive one also.
- Sydney FC ask Melbourne Victory to form a 'guard of honour' to celebrate their premiership as a "mark of respect". Dominic Boss writes that it's common in Europe when teams have won the premiership before the end of the season.
- Do you think Melbourne Victory should form a guard of honour for Sydney FC? Vote in our poll!
- Meanwhile, the task may be huge but Melbourne Victory is focussed on defeating Sydney FC and "stealing" third place (from Melbourne City). They haven't beaten Sydney FC in the past seven meetings, but Rhys Williams says a win is "not out of reach". And winning streaks are made to be broken.
Central Coast Mariners
- Mike Mulvey has been appointed as coach of Central Coast Mariners following the sudden departure of Paul Okon, on a two-year deal. Since departing Brisbane Roar in 2014, 55-year-old Mulvey has been coaching in Asia. Mulvey is a good fit for the Mariners' wish to appoint an 'experienced' coach with A-League experience.
- Tom Smithies reports that Mulvey will head to the Central Coast straight away, and will be there to take-in the F3 Derby, in an attempt to "understand the environment" as quickly as possible. Mulvey says he recognises it is important to "bring the community" with the team and key to that is winning. In words that will be music to long-suffering Central Coast fans, Mulvey says he's not there to be "second best".
- Another report here on the Mulvey appointment which was announced at a members' function last night.
Western Sydney Wanderers
- Vedran Janjetovic has signed a four-year deal with Western Sydney Wanderers which will see him at the club as #1 until the end of the 2021-22 season. He has been the busiest 'keeper in the A-League this season, with 108 saves, and hopes that it will be a quieter time on Sunday in the critical match v Adelaide United.
- Janjetovic says that he fielded some overseas offers, but he liked the idea of playing for the Wanderers when they move back to their 'regular' stadium in 2019-20.
After being an unused substitute in the weekend 3-1 loss to Norwich City, Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak played a full game in Aston Villa's 1-0 win yesterday against Cardiff City, in front of their number one supporter, Prince William (pictured celebrating the goal). The win puts Aston Villa fourth on The Championship ladder with 76 points, within reach of Cardiff City (3rd on 80 points) and Fulham (81 points), and clear of fifth-placed Derby County (68 points).
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