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Newly signed Wollongong defender Luke Wilkshire believes the “timing was right” for a return to one of his junior clubs.
Wilkshire made his debut for Wollongong in last week’s 5-1 loss to Sydney Olympic after only recently finishing with Sydney FC in the A-League.
Despite the short turnaround Wilkshire says moving on from disappointing losses is all part of the journey.
“You have to [move on] that’s football moving from one league to another and facing new challenges and opportunities,” Wilkshire said.
Wilkshire told FNR_Football Nation Radio he is determined to help the club “in any way possible” in their future ambitions both on and off the field.
“It’s not just about these 11 or 12 games in the NPL but it’s about the bigger picture,” Wilkshire said.
Wilkshire believes the “region is crying out for an A-League team” and says the club’s ambitions to be part of the expanded A-League contributed to his decision in signing.
“The club has a lot of history and being back here you can see how much football means to the people,”
Wilkshire has also made 80 appearances for the Socceroos.
The Preview Show airs every Friday from 3PM (AEST) hosted by Athos Sirianos and Nick D’Urbano on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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Newly appointed Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica says he “won’t be making many changes” to the club’s style of play.
Corica was appointed the position yesterday and says while the club will be bringing in “new faces” he hopes to keep a core group of players to maintain the club’s culture.
Sydney FC has been known to recruit players with the “right personality” which the club believes has played an important role in their recent success.
“I know the players, the staff and what the club expects as well as the type of pressure put on Sydney so it’s nothing new to me,” Corica said.
Corica also told FNR_Football Nation Radio the “disappointment” of Sydney’s semi-final exit still surrounds the club and will be used as motivation in the new season.
“We’ve had a lot of time to reflect but the disappointment is still there as we expected to be in the final and to win it,” Corica said.
Corica believes the FFA could potentially look at re-introducing a system which rewards the team which finishes first in the regular season with a “second chance” in the finals series.
“Maybe it’s something the FFA will look at as they want the best teams in the final as well,” Corica said.
Corica also addressed the playing future of captain Alex Brosque who is still undecided about his future at the club.
“He’s still deciding but I’ve got a feeling he’s going to come back for another season,” Corica said.
Football Extra airs every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm (AEST) hosted by Josh Parish on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
LISTEN TO NEWLY APPOINTED pERTH gLORY ceo TONY PIGNATA ON FOOTBALL Q&A
Incoming Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata says a promotion/relegation system “is something that needs to happen” for football in Australia to grow as the A-League continues its plans for expansion.
Speaking to David Davutovic on Football Q&A, Pignata stressed the importance of giving grassroots football clubs a challenge in the pursuit of developing further Australian footballing talent and raising the game’s profile nationally.
“We need to give these [NPL clubs] some opportunity to make the next grade,” he said. “Whether they make the next grade or not, that’s up to them.
“If these clubs can fund themselves, it is going to grow the game, it’s going to produce the players, and I think it’ll work.”
With the bids in for the FFA’s planned two-club expansion of the A-League, Pignata believes “expansion should have been done a few years ago.”
“It’s needed,” he said. “Look at the amount of investors who want to get into the game. They’re spending a lot of money doing these bids at the moment, I just hope that the ones that miss out can still be there and the FFA can still nurture them.”
Pignata also spoke of the importance international marquee singings have played in promoting the A-League. Alessandro del Piero, who he says became “to the A-League what Beckham became to the MLS”, was signed during his tenure as Sydney FC CEO.
As well as drawing massive crowds and sponsorships, increasing membership numbers and attracting overseas TV coverage, Pignata believes the singing of the Italian international was instrumental in attracting other quality players, including 2017 Johnny Warren Medal winner Milos Ninkovic.
“When we signed Milos Ninkovic, he said his favourite player was Alessandro,” he said. “So we gave him [del Piero’s] number 10 jersey and he seems to have done pretty well with that.”
However, with heightened competition for signings from the Chinese Super League and the MLS, Pignata believes “it’s difficult for any A-League club now to sign a player like del Piero.”
Pignata’s appointment at Perth Glory will see him work alongside new head coach Tony Popovic, his former rival at Western Sydney Wanderers. Despite their supposed on-field rivalry, Pignata said the pair have a “very good relationship” and looked forward to working closely alongside him.
“He’s hungry,” he said. “He’s a winner, very much in the mould of [former Sydney FC head coach] Graham Arnold.”
“I think Perth are lucky to have him.”
Football Q&A airs every Wednesday from 5pm (AEST) hosted by David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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Liverpool legend Craig Johnston has proposed the implementation of a “football big bash” to improve skills and increase interest in the sport.
Johnston believes his “digital format of the sport” appeals to a new generation of football fans immersed in the technological age.
Johnston says his format revolves around players getting as many touches as possible and executing their skills at a faster pace.
“We need to make the game more interesting and more exciting,
“It’s a new format for the sport that’s six-a-side, four quarters, rotating subs and sin bins,” Johnston said.
Johnston believes youth development in Australia is “going backwards at an alarming rate” due to not enough “kids playing [football] often enough.”
“A football back in my day was the toy of the day and now you have Playstations…that’s where it’s at,” Johnston said.
Johnston suggests the A-League teams feature in this competition which is “based on the arts, crafts and skills of the game.”
Johnston spoke to FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Louise Taffa at the PFA History Conference this afternoon where he also featured as a guest speaker.
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Sydney Olympic CEO John Boulous says the club has “made [their] intentions clear” should an opportunity arise to sign Socceroo Tim Cahill.
Cahill is currently without a club ahead of the FIFA World Cup and has been linked to boyhood club Sydney Olympic following his stint with Millwall.
Mr Boulous told FNR_Football Nation Radio Cahill continues to “raise the bar” wherever he goes and “could bring a lot to [Sydney Olympic] both on and off the field.”
Cahill started his career at Sydney Olympic in 1995 before a brief move to Sydney United.
Mr Boulous says the club has no doubt Cahill will be making an appearance at his fourth consecutive World Cup.
“I think he’s got is mind firmly set and rightly so on the World Cup and as a former player at the club we wish him all the best for that,” Mr Boulous said.
The Preview Show airs every Friday from 3pm (AEST) hosted by George Donikian, Athos Sirianos and Nick D’Urbano on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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Newly appointed Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata says attracting a player like Alessandro Del Piero to the A-League today is “impossible.”
Mr Pignata believes the financial gap between the A-League and the MLS in particular has made it very difficult to attract marquee players for a lengthy duration.
“When Sydney did the deal with Del Piero it was a very unique deal but the MLS wasn’t at the level it is now,
“It’s huge money and A-League clubs just can’t sustain it,” Mr Pignata said.
Mr Pignata has held the Chief Executive position at the FFV, Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix prior to this appointment.
Along the journey, Mr Pignata says one of the most important lessons learned has been to “bridge relationships.”
“I’m going to go out to our fans in the shed and members just to touch base with them as well as out to the communities to hear what they expect from an A-League club,” Mr Pignata said.
Mr Pignata told FNR_Football Nation Radio he is excited to be immersed in a city with a “massive football history” and looks forward to the challenges ahead.
“We have a new coach, there are about ten players we have to recruit and there’s a lot of hype,"
“We have to make sure June 18 when pre-season starts the focus is to ultimately get into finals and make the Grand Final,” Mr Pignata said.
The Review Show airs every Sunday from 6pm (AEST) hosted by George Donikian, Athos Sirianos and Nick D’Urbano
listen to simon hill share his thoughts on VAR
Fox Sports commentator Simon Hill says the VAR malfunction during the Grand Final “underlines why the VAR is not for our game.”
Hill believes the technology takes “all the spontaneity and joy out of football” and says it is “extraordinary” how the technology experienced a software failure.
“You almost become blasé about it and say ‘oh well there’s another one that we’ll be talking about this week’,
“It’s a human game and an emotional game.” Hill said.
Hill believes the finals series was a “breath of fresh air” due to it providing fans with greater incentives to attend matches.
“It shows fans are still connected to their club, I think players respond when fans are inside the stadium and there’s something on the line,” Hill said.
In relation to the state of the game, Hill believes the congress issue is the “administrative constipation” which is holding the game back off the field.
“We’ve wasted so much time with in-fighting and factionalism that the game has stood still off the pitch,” Hill said.
The Congress working party has until 31 July, 2018 to make their recommendations as to the make up of the congress.
The election for the new FFA board will take place in November, 2018.
Football Q&A airs every Wednesday from 5pm (AEST) with David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio
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Ante Jukic from the Guardian says he could not justify supporting Australia against Croatia when the two nations met in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Jukic, who hosts Mundial Memories on FNR_Football Nation Radio and is of Croatian heritage, says he “supported Croatia” due to due feeling neglected as an NSL fan following the inception of the A-League.
“What the A-League meant conceptually was that people like me were second class citizens,
“The idea of those communities being self-determined was something Australian football and Australian society didn’t stand for.” Jukic said.
Mundial Memories airs every Tuesday from 7pm (AEST) hosted by Joshua Parish, Ante Jukic and Damir Kulas on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
PFA CEO John Didulica believes the FFA is starting to do the “little things right” following a successful A-League finals series.
Mr Didulica says the finals acted as a “reaffirmation” of the passion Australian’s have for football and the game’s improvement.
“When we do get it right and the stars align we have an incredible competition and we should not lose sight of that,” Mr Didulica told FNR_Football Nation Radio.
Mr Didulcia also believes the finals reaffirmed the game heading in the right direction and emphasises the importance of “making sensible decisions that will hold the game in good stead.”
In relation to the VAR Mr Didulica believes the FFA must “think carefully” as to whether the league persists with it long term.
“We’re still learning as a league, we’ve got our P-plates on and have been given a Ferrari to drive,
“There are so many challenges facing the league and we now have to put VAR on top of that.” Mr Didulica said.
Calcio Café airs daily from 7am (AEST) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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Manager of football strategy and special projects at the FFV Gary Cole believes “we have lost sight of the game” this season.
Cole says the quality of football has been “as good as it’s ever been” and believes more emphasis should be placed on the future of the game.
“Rarely have we seen people in leadership discussing the future of the game and how to make it better,
“I think there’s been some great football played – we’ve seen some fantastic players come through.” Cole said.
Cole told FNR_Football Nation Radio too much of a focus has been placed on the game’s “governance” and the issues surrounding it.
Cole admits it is easy to lose sight on the game’s improvement given poor ratings and attendances.
“It’s a bit hard to tell if we measure the quality of football on the park with the people in the stands,” Cole
The Review Show airs every Sunday from 6pm (AEST) hosted by George Donikian, Athos Sirianos and Nick D’Urbano on FNR_Football Nation Radio.