Monday, April 23, 2007


Branko Locked In

Branko Culina has finally been confirmed as Sydney FC's manager. This, for the record, constitutes one of the club board's few good decisions of the past year.

In retrospect, it is a great pity that Soccer NSW (as it then was) lost their stake in the Sydney franchise, with the result that Pierre Littbarski, rather than Culina, ended up getting the gig for the first A-League season.

Neither Littbarski nor Terry Butcher adapted well to Australian football.

I'm somewhat less enthusiastic about the move for Phillip Cocu as a marquee player; although he is a superb footballer who clearly still has much to offer, central midfield is not the area in which Sydney need strengthening at the moment. A striker would be a more congenial choice if Sydney are to opt for a marquee signing, I feel.

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