As an aside (1), have we ever determined whether time slips into the future or the past?
The Wellington Phoenix seem to be stuck in mud while the rest of the A-League keeps on slipping into getting better.
Today the West Sydney Wanderers signed not only Roly Bonevacia, but also occasional Socceroo Josh Risdon and Michael Thwaite. Perth have signed a few this week, and then there’s Newcastle.
As an aside (2), when is the FFA going to drop the Socceroo moniker? It is so hilariously dated
This comes on the back of yesterday’s news that Glen Moss was joining up with Ernie Merrick at the dreadful Newcastle Jets.
Both of these losses were well anticipated a couple of months out from the end of last season (although people thought Moss was moving to Durban) so, in isolation, these are not major revelations.
The Phoenix got to control the message with Moss in rushing out a press release before Newcastle announced their signing. The Wanderers controlled the Bonevacia message. The second point is minor in the wider picture, but it does seem indicative of a front office that is seriously stretched.
Meanwhile, more time slips into the future.
The focus of the Phoenix in May 2017 must be to secure the new coaching set-up, but the nature of the Bonevacia announcement seemed to be a metaphor for a club lagging when competing with other sides in the competition.
While all other A-League clubs are loudly shifting players around the Phoenix have battened down the hatches while their Football Committee decides on a new manager, before being in the position to press play again. Let’s hope Noah Hickey, demonstrably outnumbered by people with little footballing nous on that committee, gets a word in.
It was suggested that process would be sorted out by the end of May, and the successful candidate is going to be seriously busy in making up ground (if and) when he arrives.
The end of May is not far away.
There is another issue that sums it up as well. Remember, they need to find a new video analyst too.