Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Delayed Dozen - another update
The messages coming out of College Street, via Mike Cockerill's keyboard, are increasingly confusing. Now there is to be a second Sydney franchise, only a week after it appeared the game was up?
The lack of detail concerning the apparently successful bid is disquieting. Who is the mystery investor? Will the FFA have to thin out its resources yet again to get the new club up and running? (Let's not forget, money was already forthcoming for the Canberra bid.)
And, perhaps most importantly, where will the team be based? I fervently hope (and I think most fans feel the same) that the FFA will see sense and choose either Parramatta Stadium or CUA Stadium in Penrith, but the cold fear remains that they would be tempted by the lure of ANZ...a huge, impressive stadium, but utterly unsuitable as an A-League venue, for reasons I've outlined before.
Elsewhere in Cockerill's piece, there is some "guest player" speculation with regard to Sydney FC; given the ineffectuality of Sydney's midfield in recent games I'm hardly surprised that they are considering such an option, but I wonder whether Cockerill had his tongue partly buried in his cheek when he wrote:
Sydney FC have had great success with two guest players in the past - former Japanese international Kazu Miura and Italian playmaker Benito Carbone.
I say no more.
It's because everyone seems to think that Western Sydney is some sporting goldmine of opportunity that leaves them in delusion to the facts of other more worthy bids.
Exactly. It's not the end-of-the-rainbow panacea for the A-League that Lowy and Buckley seem to think it is.