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FFA has brainstormed a wish list of marquee players for next season and beyond17 May 2018 | FT Editor
Winning the grand final is, by comparison, the easy bit writes Michael Lynch. It's winning again that is difficult. Only one team has done it: Brisbane Roar in 2011-12 and 2012-13, and “not even the imperious” Sydney FC could do it. So, to give Melbourne Victory a chance, Lynch says Kevin Muscat needs to “rebuild, reboot, revitalist - and re-sign Leroy George”.
This comes after Victory “offloaded” four players on Tuesday, including two who played in the grand final: Stefan Nigro, Matias Sanchez, Mitch Austin and Cameron McGilp.
Steve Corica (pictured with obligatory Sydney Harbour Bridge backdrop) says his first priority as Sydney FC head coach is to re-sign Bobo and Milos Ninkovic.
He says he'll keep things “going in the same direction” but in his style - which is “entertaining and winning” - and with him in charge.
Corica steps outside the usual 'new coach remit' here stating that he hopes one of the two new A-League franchises isn't in Sydney, as it would “dilute the Derby” - and also potentially Sydney FC's membership base.
It will be interesting to see how Corica fares in the role with the club he's not left since returning to live in Australia at the beginning of the A-League in 2005. He is a very different character and personality to Graham Arnold.
Meanwhile, someone at FFA has got out the whiteboard and brainstormed the players they'd like to attract as marquees with $3 million. In addition to Andres Iniesta and Keisuke Honda, they've added Franck Ribery, Fernando Torres, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Canberra bid for the A-League is to be modelled on the German system a minimum of '50 plus one' (ie. 51%) community ownership.
Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa have one game to go to see if they'll be promoted to the Premier League next season, after holding on for a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough at home, to give them an aggregate 1-0 result. They meet Fulham at Wembley on Saturday 26 May to decide the third and final team for promotion. Wolves and Cardiff City have already earned promotion. This story has had a run in the three major mastheads via agencies.
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