Sydney FC forced to take a bonding camp and listen to fans motivational speeches

Reigning A-League champs Sydney FC have been forced to undertake an in-season bonding camp in a bid to lift their recent performances.

News out of the dressing room from Sydney FC this week is that the team was forced to take a two day “bonding camp” at Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales after orders from Club CEO Edwin Lugt and Club Vice-Chairman Scott Barlow.

Reports from some players suggest that Head Coach Viteslav Lavicka was not happy about having to yield to Lugt and Barlow’s request.

Lugt and Barlow are claimed to have arranged for four members of ‘The Cove’, Sydney FC’s supporters group, to attend and provide motivational speeches to the players and staff.

It is a strange exercise to have in the days before a massive season-defining game against Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium this Saturday.

Bonding sessions or camps are not uncommon in sporting teams but usually held as part of pr-season and not during the season. It is always a dangerous sign when board and administration get involved in the dressing room and further highlights that all is not well at Sydney FC.

It must be an embarrassing situation for players, some of which were at the top of the A-League world when they took out the 2009/10 title over the Victory in March but now find themselves at the foot of the table after nine weeks of the new season.

The Sky Blues are still winless this campaign and morale must be extremely low, especially after finding themselves in front in each of their past three matches but only having two draws to show for it.

Time will tell if this bonding session will prove fruitful or if it will heap further misery on the struggling club.