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SFC Response to Cove questions.
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:36:11 PM »
Dear Cove Members,

I am writing to you to provide a response to the questions posed to myself and the Sydney FC Board. These questions were also addressed during a meeting with the Board and The Cove on Wednesday, February 12 2014 at 7.30pm.

Sydney FC has in place and follows a well defined football philosophy that has been developed by the coaching department and endorsed by senior management. In essence, the philosophy is to deliver a dominating pro-active style of football, based on possession of the ball in the attack, aggressive pressing in defence and speed in transition moments.

Being pro-active means that we will not change our domineering football style. We will initiate and control the tempo of the game through the patient build up and immediate pressure after losing possession.

The head coach is empowered to make all decisions pertaining to player and football staff recruitment. Sydney FC management involvement only relates to contract negotiations, salary cap, financial direction and governance matters. The football department provides regular updates, normally on a monthly basis, to management and the board regarding progress on player recruitment.

In relation to comments made suggesting the sports medicine department is under resourced, the Club would like to reiterate that these statements are false. Sydney FC has one of the most strongly resourced football departments in the league with the staff and resources available to the playing squad at all times. There are specific instances where external practitioners are used and this is when a referral has been made for a specialised treatment such as a chiropractor or podiatrist. The Club has two full time physiotherapists and one massage therapist, along with a sports psychologist, and strength and conditioning coach.

The Club acknowledges that the current inconsistency of on-field performances has been a source of frustration – for all stakeholders.  In saying this, the Club continues to provide its full support to the coach and football department to give us the best chance to finish the season strongly.
Looking ahead, we have in place clear on-field ambitions - our annual goal is to qualify for the Asian Champions League – with our ambitious long term goal to win the Champions League.

Sydney FC has made significant progress this season off field and this can be attributed to a number of factors. The securing of Alessandro Del Piero in season 2012/13 certainly created a foundation for the current success of the Club, and this has been stabilised and nurtured in season 2013/14 through a lot of hard work and specific targeted strategies within each business unit. This approach will continue through to season 2014/15 and will align with the Club’s strategy to continue with the marquee player recruitment. There is no doubt that the signing of Alessandro Del Piero to Sydney FC was not only a major coup for the Club but it also bolstered the profile of the A-League all around the world, particularly in Asia and Europe. The fact that sponsors are signing on for the future – such as Webjet – shows that we have a strong outlook going forward. We will be talking in the future of how we can further add to Alessandro's long term legacy from playing for Sydney FC.

In matters concerning Sydney FC’s communication and social media strategies, the Club can confirm it has a detailed and best practice communication strategy for fan engagement. This is evident through the consistent messaging that is executed through numerous social media channels and direct eDMs to subscribed members and fans. As part of this strategy, our channels remain flexible and are designed to ensure Sydney FC has a strong voice in the conversation.

The Club has been very diligent and structured in terms of communicating current news with the members and fans. This has been carried out through a number of channels as touched on earlier – eDMs, social media, surveys and member forums. The Club acknowledges that it would be mutually beneficial to the Club and The Cove to agree on a structured communication process, possibly quarterly meetings, moving forward. This will allow for both parties to exchange information and for The Cove to provide feedback on any current issues.

The Cove and Sydney FC have always maintained a strong relationship and we need to ensure that we continue to work together for the success of the club.

Look forward to seeing you all at the Derby.

Yours sincerely
 


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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014, 05:48:55 PM »
I would have like to have seen the responses made under the questions and directly addressing them...

740 words for the Sydney FC response. The Cove questions word count being 1000. Yeah...



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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014, 05:50:50 PM »
"SFC BOARD WE WANT ACTION NOT WORDS"

Just incase you missed it. to me these are all useless.

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2014, 05:56:09 PM »

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2014, 06:04:03 PM »
I'm glad they outlined that well defined football philosophy because I certainly didn't know what it was till reading this

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2014, 06:14:50 PM »
Dear Cove Members,


Sydney FC has in place and follows a well defined football philosophy that has been developed by the coaching department and endorsed by senior management.

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 In essence, the philosophy is to deliver a dominating pro-active style of football, based on possession of the ball in the attack, aggressive pressing in defence and speed in transition moments.

Being pro-active means that we will not change our domineering football style. We will initiate and control the tempo of the game through the patient build up and immediate pressure after losing possession.


Holy.Shit.

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2014, 06:21:02 PM »

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2014, 06:21:38 PM »
In essence, the philosophy is to deliver a dominating pro-active style of football, based on possession of the ball in the attack, aggressive pressing in defence and speed in transition moments.
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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2014, 06:30:34 PM »

Tony Pignata
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« Last Edit: February 21, 2014, 07:04:19 PM by Brickowski »

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2014, 06:39:19 PM »
Please don't quote the whole thing for a one-liner.
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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2014, 06:41:08 PM »
I am honestly not sure that this could have been handled worse.

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2014, 06:41:52 PM »
when can i start expecting us to play like Barcelona?
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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2014, 06:46:27 PM »
when can i start expecting us to play like Barcelona?

When their football philosophy is changed to a two sentence statement.

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2014, 06:54:48 PM »
Gutless (releasing this blither at 5.36pm on a Friday arvo), much like the performances of the team.

I'll let others point out how rubbish the content is.
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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2014, 07:02:54 PM »
"SFC BOARD WE WANT ACTION NOT WORDS"

well we certainly didn't get words, so maybe action is on the way!!

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2014, 07:05:07 PM »
Please don't quote the whole thing for a one-liner.

Sorry.

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2014, 07:05:22 PM »
Got to this bit

Sydney FC has in place and follows a well defined football philosophy

and stopped, knowing we were going to be fed the same lip service that we have for a while now. The only philosophy I've seen on the pitch over the last three or so years is a lifeless team bereft of passion and direction. The only philosophy I've consistently seen off the pitch from our club is to go for the big marquee players and struggle to back it up with acceptable performers under the cap who will form (most of) the team's spine. Getting an antiquated coach like Farina is not going to help matters at all. We need coaches with a philosophy that we can adhere to at all levels, instead of just aimlessly hoping for a finals spot.

If the board can't see that we are doing poorly in a poor A-League this season, and subsequently try to vastly improve correct recruitment practices (as well as retention) of appropriate players and coaches, then they need to step down and let someone come in who knows what they're doing.

EDIT: And now I have had the patience to read it all. Our domineering style of football? Does Tony Pignata mean the style of football that led to a 38% possession rate against a poor, toothless Perth outfit? Really?
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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2014, 07:23:53 PM »
This is a joke right?
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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2014, 07:24:10 PM »
Worst of all I feel sorry for those Cove heads who fought tooth and nail to get that meeting and discuss their concerns with the club, and all Tony has done is removed the fly and served us the same plate of soup.

Here's the thing Tone: we know that's the same stinking bowl of turd that you've been feeding us for the last two years.

How stupid do they think we are?
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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2014, 07:38:18 PM »
That letter would win the Gold medal at the self-delusion Olympics

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2014, 07:44:12 PM »
Astounding on so many levels.

I feel for jubal, Conan etc who wasted their time trying to get these clowns to open their eyes.
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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2014, 07:50:09 PM »
This is like expecting a Johnathon Wilson tactical analysis, and ending up with something from Andy Harper.

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2014, 07:55:11 PM »
deary me. Dark times ahead if this is how things are going to go.
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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2014, 07:59:42 PM »
This is like expecting a Johnathon Wilson tactical analysis, and ending up with something from Andy Harper.

Below even Andy Harper's level

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Re: SFC Response to Cove questions.
« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2014, 07:59:57 PM »
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