Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Sydney Rovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/sydney-rovers Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:33:13 +1000 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[Second Sydney A-League team back on agenda]]> <p>A second Sydney team for Australia's domestic football competition is back on the agenda according to recent reports.<p>The Daily Telegraph suggests that 'former Perth Glory owner Nick Tana and ex-Soccer Australia Chairman, Remo Nogarotto, are being lined up for a sensational return to the game, as the front men for a new Western Sydney franchise.'<p>Last A-League season there were plans for a club to be constructed in western Sydney but we saw the failed bid of the Western Sydney Rovers which was led by Ian Rowden.<p>Now there are fresh plans to set up a club to share New South Wales' state capital's market currently owned by Sydney FC with Tana believed to be keen to invest significantly.<p>&nbsp;<a href=http://www.facebook.com/tribalfootball target=new>The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join the tribalfootball.com nation on Facebook today: Facebook.com/tribalfootball</a></p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/second-sydney-a-league-team-back-agenda-2568241?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> A second Sydney team for Australia's domestic football competition is back on the agenda according to recent reports.

The Daily Telegraph suggests that 'former Perth Glory owner Nick Tana and ex-Soccer Australia Chairman, Remo Nogarotto, are being lined up for a sensational return to the game, as the front men for a new Western Sydney franchise.'

Last A-League season there were plans for a club to be constructed in western Sydney but we saw the failed bid of the Western Sydney Rovers which was led by Ian Rowden.

Now there are fresh plans to set up a club to share New South Wales' state capital's market currently owned by Sydney FC with Tana believed to be keen to invest significantly.

 The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join the tribalfootball.com nation on Facebook today: Facebook.com/tribalfootball]]> https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/second-sydney-a-league-team-back-agenda-2568241?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/second-sydney-a-league-team-back-agenda-2568241?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:04:58 +1100 <![CDATA[Ex-Socceroos star Okon open to Sydney Rovers job]]> <p>Former Australian national team midfielder Paul Okon admits he would strongly consider the coaching gig with incoming A-League club Sydney Rovers if it came his way.<p>The 38-year old has emerged as a strong candidate to take the reins with the expansion franchise who enter the A-League next season and he says it would be an opportunity he would definitely look at.<p>''I'm from the area, I was born there, I grew up there and if an opportunity comes [to become senior coach], I will definitely look at it,'' Okon told the Herald. ''I'm not one to speculate on jobs but if a position there is open and available, I'd obviously give it a lot of thought.<p>''There's still a lot be done before they're officially unveiled [as a club] but I'm from the area, I was born there, I grew up there and still have great ties across western Sydney.''<p>Okon, who had an extensive playing career with clubs such as Lazio, Fiorentina, Middlesbrough and Leeds United, is of firm belief that a second club in Sydney can succeed if things are done correctly from the beginning.<p>''There's huge opportunities for a second team in Sydney. It's not an easy market and a lot of teams are doing it tough off the field but I think Sydney Rovers have the right people involved,'' he added.<p>''That's important, because you want the right people making decisions. With a new franchise, if you want to be survive, you have to be strong from the start.''</p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-socceroos-star-okon-open-sydney-rovers-job-1065581?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Australian national team midfielder Paul Okon admits he would strongly consider the coaching gig with incoming A-League club Sydney Rovers if it came his way.

The 38-year old has emerged as a strong candidate to take the reins with the expansion franchise who enter the A-League next season and he says it would be an opportunity he would definitely look at.

''I'm from the area, I was born there, I grew up there and if an opportunity comes [to become senior coach], I will definitely look at it,'' Okon told the Herald. ''I'm not one to speculate on jobs but if a position there is open and available, I'd obviously give it a lot of thought.

''There's still a lot be done before they're officially unveiled [as a club] but I'm from the area, I was born there, I grew up there and still have great ties across western Sydney.''

Okon, who had an extensive playing career with clubs such as Lazio, Fiorentina, Middlesbrough and Leeds United, is of firm belief that a second club in Sydney can succeed if things are done correctly from the beginning.

''There's huge opportunities for a second team in Sydney. It's not an easy market and a lot of teams are doing it tough off the field but I think Sydney Rovers have the right people involved,'' he added.

''That's important, because you want the right people making decisions. With a new franchise, if you want to be survive, you have to be strong from the start.'']]> https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-socceroos-star-okon-open-sydney-rovers-job-1065581?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-socceroos-star-okon-open-sydney-rovers-job-1065581?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers Sat, 12 Nov 2011 07:06:13 +1100 <![CDATA[Sydney Rovers consortium not to pursue A-League license]]> <p>Football Federation Australia (FFA) will open discussions with other interested parties after mutually agreeing with the Sydney Rovers consortium not to pursue its bid for a franchise in western Sydney.<p>FFA remains committed to a Hyundai A-League franchise in western Sydney and will now engage with other interested investors.<p>FFA CEO Ben Buckley said he wanted to thank the Sydney Rovers consortium.<p>"I would like to thank Ian Rowden and his team for all of the work that they have done over the past year or so," Buckley said.<p>"We have mutually decided this week to move on so FFA can explore other options with the view to starting a team in Sydney's west as soon as possible.<p>"The Sydney Rovers group has completed a substantial amount of work around dealing with stadia, local government and businesses and they have kindly offered to make that work available to other prospective consortiums."<p>Buckley said FFA was committed to a second Sydney team and believed it was time to give other investors an opportunity.<p>"We are convinced there is enough support out there for a western Sydney franchise and it is an important part of our vision for the Hyundai A-League," he said.</p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-rovers-consortium-not-pursue-a-league-license-1313311?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Football Federation Australia (FFA) will open discussions with other interested parties after mutually agreeing with the Sydney Rovers consortium not to pursue its bid for a franchise in western Sydney.

FFA remains committed to a Hyundai A-League franchise in western Sydney and will now engage with other interested investors.

FFA CEO Ben Buckley said he wanted to thank the Sydney Rovers consortium.

"I would like to thank Ian Rowden and his team for all of the work that they have done over the past year or so," Buckley said.

"We have mutually decided this week to move on so FFA can explore other options with the view to starting a team in Sydney's west as soon as possible.

"The Sydney Rovers group has completed a substantial amount of work around dealing with stadia, local government and businesses and they have kindly offered to make that work available to other prospective consortiums."

Buckley said FFA was committed to a second Sydney team and believed it was time to give other investors an opportunity.

"We are convinced there is enough support out there for a western Sydney franchise and it is an important part of our vision for the Hyundai A-League," he said.]]> https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-rovers-consortium-not-pursue-a-league-license-1313311?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-rovers-consortium-not-pursue-a-league-license-1313311?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:41:47 +1100 <![CDATA[Tasmanian A-League bid to go on]]> <p>Despite calls from various sections of the media to focus on the current teams in the A-League, Tasmania's bid say they will continue their pursuit of a license.<p>Tasmania United FC have kept a light shining on their bid to win the 13th A-League license even though there is uncertainty surrounding at least one current club and the fact that the 12th license, Sydney Rovers FC, is struggling to get off the ground.<p>Regardless of this insecurity, a spokesman for the TUFC says that it is all systems go: "The TUFC believe the successful future of world football here in Tasmania is assured.<p>"This result has increased the determination of the TUFC taskforce to establish, for the enjoyment of all Tasmanians, a Tasmanian based A-League team.<p>"Our consultants, thanks to continuing financial support from state government, are close to completing the business case.<p>"TUFC envisage making a presentation to the A-League early in 2011."</p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/tasmanian-a-league-bid-go-1305131?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Despite calls from various sections of the media to focus on the current teams in the A-League, Tasmania's bid say they will continue their pursuit of a license.

Tasmania United FC have kept a light shining on their bid to win the 13th A-League license even though there is uncertainty surrounding at least one current club and the fact that the 12th license, Sydney Rovers FC, is struggling to get off the ground.

Regardless of this insecurity, a spokesman for the TUFC says that it is all systems go: "The TUFC believe the successful future of world football here in Tasmania is assured.

"This result has increased the determination of the TUFC taskforce to establish, for the enjoyment of all Tasmanians, a Tasmanian based A-League team.

"Our consultants, thanks to continuing financial support from state government, are close to completing the business case.

"TUFC envisage making a presentation to the A-League early in 2011."]]> https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/tasmanian-a-league-bid-go-1305131?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/tasmanian-a-league-bid-go-1305131?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:41:46 +1100 <![CDATA[A-League chief Gorman indicates Sydney Rovers may have to wait]]> <p>A-League chief executive Lyall Gorman has indicated that the addition of a 12th club may be put on hold .<p>Sydney Rovers FC were set to expand the national competition to 12 teams for the 2011/2012 season but with financial difficulties surrounding the current consortium involved with the bid and the present environment of football in Australia, the franchise may have to wait a while.<p>"The review has been 10 weeks in the making following lengthy consultations with all the stakeholders, from broadcasting partners, to sponsors and the PFA (players' union)," Gorman told The Australian.<p>"There's no doubt that a second Sydney license will be discussed, but there's been no timeline set for expansion of the league nor has a firm deadline been set for bringing in that second team.<p>"There will be no false dawns with our proposed expansion of the A-League.<p>"We want to give the new club in western Sydney the best possible birth."</p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/a-league-chief-gorman-indicates-sydney-rovers-may-have-wait-1310441?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> A-League chief executive Lyall Gorman has indicated that the addition of a 12th club may be put on hold .

Sydney Rovers FC were set to expand the national competition to 12 teams for the 2011/2012 season but with financial difficulties surrounding the current consortium involved with the bid and the present environment of football in Australia, the franchise may have to wait a while.

"The review has been 10 weeks in the making following lengthy consultations with all the stakeholders, from broadcasting partners, to sponsors and the PFA (players' union)," Gorman told The Australian.

"There's no doubt that a second Sydney license will be discussed, but there's been no timeline set for expansion of the league nor has a firm deadline been set for bringing in that second team.

"There will be no false dawns with our proposed expansion of the A-League.

"We want to give the new club in western Sydney the best possible birth."]]> https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/a-league-chief-gorman-indicates-sydney-rovers-may-have-wait-1310441?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/a-league-chief-gorman-indicates-sydney-rovers-may-have-wait-1310441?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:41:46 +1100 <![CDATA[Sydney Rovers look over before they even get started]]> <p>The A-League's 12th franchise, Sydney Rovers FC, is set to be officially scrapped before even kicking a ball in anger.<p>Football Federation Australia will shelve plans to bring in a second Sydney team at the board meeting in November because the federation fears they will not be able to come up with the proposed $6million required to start an A-League club.<p>The Rovers, headed by businessman Ian Rowden, have been given a month-long extension to come up with the money but FFA sources have revealed that the consortium has failed to come up with even half the required figure, placing them in a position of severe peril.<p>The fact that the Rovers, who are supposed to enter the league next season, have not approached any players to build their inaugural squad suggests that things may be scrapped before they even get started.</p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-rovers-look-over-they-even-get-started-1202111?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> The A-League's 12th franchise, Sydney Rovers FC, is set to be officially scrapped before even kicking a ball in anger.

Football Federation Australia will shelve plans to bring in a second Sydney team at the board meeting in November because the federation fears they will not be able to come up with the proposed $6million required to start an A-League club.

The Rovers, headed by businessman Ian Rowden, have been given a month-long extension to come up with the money but FFA sources have revealed that the consortium has failed to come up with even half the required figure, placing them in a position of severe peril.

The fact that the Rovers, who are supposed to enter the league next season, have not approached any players to build their inaugural squad suggests that things may be scrapped before they even get started.]]> https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-rovers-look-over-they-even-get-started-1202111?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-rovers-look-over-they-even-get-started-1202111?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:41:44 +1100 <![CDATA[Sydney Rovers to have last-gasp effort for A-League entry]]> <p>Proposed A-League expansion franchise Sydney Rovers will have a last-gasp effort to try and gain entry into the competition.<p>The troubled franchise are in danger of being denied entry into the A-League if they cannot reach the financial guarantee required by Football Federation Australia.<p>The western Sydney outfit were granted the 12th A-League licence last year but be defunct before they even start if FFA deems them to be a financial liability.<p>A spokesman for the Rovers bid team, headed by Ian Rowden, said a meeting will be held this week to determine the future of the incoming club who are yet to reach the $6million required to kick off proceedings.<p>''There will be a meeting with the Rovers group in the next day or so, probably tomorrow, where they will be asked to provide more details on their financial backing and their overall strategy,'' the spokesman said.<p>''The FFA will then ask for that information to be provided before the end of the week. Once that has come we'll be better placed to make a decision.<p>''We recognise that it's been an incredibly difficult time to start up a new club, and especially so in looking for financial backing during the global financial crisis. But we're also more cautious than usual in looking at the security and the backing of the bidders.''</p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-rovers-have-last-gasp-effort-a-league-entry-1174951?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Proposed A-League expansion franchise Sydney Rovers will have a last-gasp effort to try and gain entry into the competition.

The troubled franchise are in danger of being denied entry into the A-League if they cannot reach the financial guarantee required by Football Federation Australia.

The western Sydney outfit were granted the 12th A-League licence last year but be defunct before they even start if FFA deems them to be a financial liability.

A spokesman for the Rovers bid team, headed by Ian Rowden, said a meeting will be held this week to determine the future of the incoming club who are yet to reach the $6million required to kick off proceedings.

''There will be a meeting with the Rovers group in the next day or so, probably tomorrow, where they will be asked to provide more details on their financial backing and their overall strategy,'' the spokesman said.

''The FFA will then ask for that information to be provided before the end of the week. Once that has come we'll be better placed to make a decision.

''We recognise that it's been an incredibly difficult time to start up a new club, and especially so in looking for financial backing during the global financial crisis. But we're also more cautious than usual in looking at the security and the backing of the bidders.'']]> https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-rovers-have-last-gasp-effort-a-league-entry-1174951?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/sydney-rovers-have-last-gasp-effort-a-league-entry-1174951?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:41:43 +1100 <![CDATA[Everton's Cahill set to become stakeholder in Sydney Rovers]]> <p>Everton star Tim Cahill is expected to become a serious stakeholder in the A-League's next expansion club, Sydney Rovers.<p>The Australian international will reportedly come in with critical financial backing for the greater western Sydney outfit who are behind the eight ball in terms of funding.<p>The Rovers' consortium of former players Ian Rowden, Peter Tredinnick and Charlie Yankos met with Cahill during Everton's pre-season tour to discuss the possibility of investing and reports suggest he is now finalising his involvement.<p><p>&nbsp;<a href=category/leagues/english-premiership/everton>Need your Everton news fix? Click here for all Toffees news and transfer rumours.</a> </p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/everton-s-cahill-set-become-stakeholder-sydney-rovers-1035881?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Everton star Tim Cahill is expected to become a serious stakeholder in the A-League's next expansion club, Sydney Rovers.

The Australian international will reportedly come in with critical financial backing for the greater western Sydney outfit who are behind the eight ball in terms of funding.

The Rovers' consortium of former players Ian Rowden, Peter Tredinnick and Charlie Yankos met with Cahill during Everton's pre-season tour to discuss the possibility of investing and reports suggest he is now finalising his involvement.

 Need your Everton news fix? Click here for all Toffees news and transfer rumours. ]]> https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/everton-s-cahill-set-become-stakeholder-sydney-rovers-1035881?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/everton-s-cahill-set-become-stakeholder-sydney-rovers-1035881?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:41:39 +1100 <![CDATA[Everton star Cahill ready to buy into Sydney Rovers]]> <p>Everton star Tim Cahill is ready to buy into new A-League franchise Sydney Rovers.The Daily Star Sunday says Cahill may sink some of his money into a club in his native Australia.<p>Cahill, on &pound;50,000 a week at Goodison, is believed to have been approached to become involved with Sydney Rovers, with sources saying he is ready to become a shareholder<p>&nbsp;<a href=category/leagues/english-premiership/newcastle-united>Need your Newcastle United news fix? Click here for all Toon news and transfer rumours.</a></p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/everton-star-cahill-ready-buy-sydney-rovers-1045981?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Everton star Tim Cahill is ready to buy into new A-League franchise Sydney Rovers.The Daily Star Sunday says Cahill may sink some of his money into a club in his native Australia.

Cahill, on £50,000 a week at Goodison, is believed to have been approached to become involved with Sydney Rovers, with sources saying he is ready to become a shareholder

 Need your Newcastle United news fix? Click here for all Toon news and transfer rumours.]]> https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/everton-star-cahill-ready-buy-sydney-rovers-1045981?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/everton-star-cahill-ready-buy-sydney-rovers-1045981?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers Tue, 08 Nov 2011 04:41:39 +1100 <![CDATA[FFA takes eye off the ball as A-League's honeymoon ends]]> <p>by Ray Gatt for The Australian<p>It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Australian soccer.<p>With the A-League five rounds into its sixth season, a new coach at the helm of the Socceroos and excitement and optimism building as we draw closer to a decision on Australia's bid to host the 2022 World Cup finals, the game in this country should be on a high.<p>Yet it is difficult to escape the feeling the sport is in crisis from Football Federation Australia to the Socceroos to the A-League.<p>The ugly public spat between Socceroo Harry Kewell and commentator and former teammate Robbie Slater, rumours of discontent among the Socceroos, A-League crowds falling at an alarming rate, Newcastle Jets in financial strife, concerns over the viability of Gold Coast United and other clubs and the FFA's disciplinary regulations coming under fire have conspired to put the blowtorch to the belly of the FFA.<p>Even the FFA cannot hide from its own internal problems with reports surfacing it was forced to instigate $5 million in cost-cutting measures recently. The head body appears to be melting like plastic under the intense heat.<p>It begs the question, where's the leadership? Where's chairman Frank Lowy? Where's chief executive Ben Buckley? Hello, is anyone home?<p>Lowy is in Europe for the Socceroos friendlies and The Australian understands Buckley left yesterday for a trip to China and is not likely to be back until Thursday. It seems an incredulous decision on Buckley's part when you consider the dramas going on, especially in the A-League.<p>It is difficult to see the NRL's David Gallop, the AFL's Andrew Demetriou or the ARU's John O'Neill being out of the country in such circumstances.<p>For all the arguments that, coming from a rugby union background, he knew nothing about the game, this would not have happened in O'Neill's days as boss cocky of FFA.<p>His corporate skills were a blessing for the game, but it was his ability to be out there, the face of the game in good and bad times, that made him such an asset.<p>It didn't matter whether O'Neill called a hastily arranged door stop or a full-blown media conference, television, radio and the written press flocked.<p>Clearly he was publicity savvy, an expert in getting the message out to the most important people - the fans and sponsors - either extolling the virtues of the game or putting out the spot fires before they turned nasty.<p>But O'Neill has long gone and, whether by design or by accident, the parameters have changed - and for the worse.<p>It is clear the FFA has taken its eye off the ball over the past 12 months in regards to the game in general. The World Cup finals in South Africa in June-July and the World Cup hosting bid consumed it at the expense of all else.<p>The events of the past fews weeks have done nothing to change that perception as we have lurched from one problem to the next.<p>This week is a case in point.<p>Issues like the A-League's falling attendances - figures are down by every measure, round-by-round average, total attendance and total average. Just 4100 turned up to watch new club Melbourne Heart play North Queensland Fury on Saturday night and Sydney FC drew its worst home crowd ever (7500) against Adelaide United on the same night. Then there is the financial drama at the Jets, who could go under this week. The players, staff and management are two weeks behind in wages and the FFA was forced to cough up $60,000 to ensure yesterday's game against Brisbane Roar went ahead.<p>By the time Buckley returns, he could be attending a funeral - that of the Jets.<p>But they are not the only club in trouble. The FFA already runs Adelaide and Fury and helped prop up Gold Coast last season. You wouldn't want to bet Gold Coast owner Clive Palmer will hang around next season.<p>The 10 clubs lost a combined $25 million last season.<p>Then there is the issue of expansion and the new western Sydney club that will become the A-League's 12th franchise.<p>Despite admitting it did not have the financial backing and insistence from the FFA that it would not financially support the club, Sydney Rovers was, after just several months of existence, given the 12th spot - amazingly leapfrogging four other bids that had each put in as much as 18 months work. But we have not heard a peek from the FFA. In this age of transparency, this is simply not good enough from the FFA.<p>When Lowy rode back in to the game as its shining knight seven or eight years ago, the sport rejoiced. For the first five or six years all involved in the game enjoyed the honeymoon.<p>These days our administrators are acting as if the honeymoon will never end and have become too comfortable, maybe taken things for granted.<p>They could do well to remember the words of Martin Luther King: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."<p>It is time for the FFA to heed those words.</p></p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ffa-takes-eye-ball-a-league-s-honeymoon-ends-1095731?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BSydney%2BRovers'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> by Ray Gatt for The Australian

It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Australian soccer.

With the A-League five rounds into its sixth season, a new coach at the helm of the Socceroos and excitement and optimism building as we draw closer to a decision on Australia's bid to host the 2022 World Cup finals, the game in this country should be on a high.

Yet it is difficult to escape the feeling the sport is in crisis from Football Federation Australia to the Socceroos to the A-League.

The ugly public spat between Socceroo Harry Kewell and commentator and former teammate Robbie Slater, rumours of discontent among the Socceroos, A-League crowds falling at an alarming rate, Newcastle Jets in financial strife, concerns over the viability of Gold Coast United and other clubs and the FFA's disciplinary regulations coming under fire have conspired to put the blowtorch to the belly of the FFA.

Even the FFA cannot hide from its own internal problems with reports surfacing it was forced to instigate $5 million in cost-cutting measures recently. The head body appears to be melting like plastic under the intense heat.

It begs the question, where's the leadership? Where's chairman Frank Lowy? Where's chief executive Ben Buckley? Hello, is anyone home?

Lowy is in Europe for the Socceroos friendlies and The Australian understands Buckley left yesterday for a trip to China and is not likely to be back until Thursday. It seems an incredulous decision on Buckley's part when you consider the dramas going on, especially in the A-League.

It is difficult to see the NRL's David Gallop, the AFL's Andrew Demetriou or the ARU's John O'Neill being out of the country in such circumstances.

For all the arguments that, coming from a rugby union background, he knew nothing about the game, this would not have happened in O'Neill's days as boss cocky of FFA.

His corporate skills were a blessing for the game, but it was his ability to be out there, the face of the game in good and bad times, that made him such an asset.

It didn't matter whether O'Neill called a hastily arranged door stop or a full-blown media conference, television, radio and the written press flocked.

Clearly he was publicity savvy, an expert in getting the message out to the most important people - the fans and sponsors - either extolling the virtues of the game or putting out the spot fires before they turned nasty.

But O'Neill has long gone and, whether by design or by accident, the parameters have changed - and for the worse.

It is clear the FFA has taken its eye off the ball over the past 12 months in regards to the game in general. The World Cup finals in South Africa in June-July and the World Cup hosting bid consumed it at the expense of all else.

The events of the past fews weeks have done nothing to change that perception as we have lurched from one problem to the next.

This week is a case in point.

Issues like the A-League's falling attendances - figures are down by every measure, round-by-round average, total attendance and total average. Just 4100 turned up to watch new club Melbourne Heart play North Queensland Fury on Saturday night and Sydney FC drew its worst home crowd ever (7500) against Adelaide United on the same night. Then there is the financial drama at the Jets, who could go under this week. The players, staff and management are two weeks behind in wages and the FFA was forced to cough up $60,000 to ensure yesterday's game against Brisbane Roar went ahead.

By the time Buckley returns, he could be attending a funeral - that of the Jets.

But they are not the only club in trouble. The FFA already runs Adelaide and Fury and helped prop up Gold Coast last season. You wouldn't want to bet Gold Coast owner Clive Palmer will hang around next season.

The 10 clubs lost a combined $25 million last season.

Then there is the issue of expansion and the new western Sydney club that will become the A-League's 12th franchise.

Despite admitting it did not have the financial backing and insistence from the FFA that it would not financially support the club, Sydney Rovers was, after just several months of existence, given the 12th spot - amazingly leapfrogging four other bids that had each put in as much as 18 months work. But we have not heard a peek from the FFA. In this age of transparency, this is simply not good enough from the FFA.

When Lowy rode back in to the game as its shining knight seven or eight years ago, the sport rejoiced. For the first five or six years all involved in the game enjoyed the honeymoon.

These days our administrators are acting as if the honeymoon will never end and have become too comfortable, maybe taken things for granted.

They could do well to remember the words of Martin Luther King: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

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