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The 32-year-old, first won the award in the 2006/07 campaign, and Queensland football legend Wilkins was on hand to present McKay his second. “Matty is the type of player who leads by example, he gives his all in every game and in every training session,” Wilkins said. “His commitment to this club is 100 per cent and any player to win this award needs to show all of this and more. Matt is a deserved winner of this year’s medal.” Teenage teammate Brandon Borrello was recognised for his breakthrough season, awarded the Players’ Player award as voted by his peers, to add to his January nomination for NAB Young Footballer of the Year. Defender and foundation player Kim Carroll won the club’s Westfield W-League Player of the Year. “One of the reasons Kim wins this award because of the level of consistency she performed at throughout the season,” Brisbane Roar W-League Head Coach Belinda Wilson said. “But also, just as importantly, this award is for what she showed off the pitch and at training, the ability to help keep the group together in what was a tough year for us.” Roar W-League captain Clare Polkinghorne, who is currently in Canada for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, won the Players’ Player award as voted by her teammates. Henrique’s eight goals in 16 appearances this season earned him the club’s Golden Boot award, with Tameka Butt taking out the club’s Westfield W-League equivalent with seven goals in the 2014/15 season. The #RoarUltimateXI, celebrating the club’s team of the decade, was also announced. Voted by members and fans, the team features club greats across 10 years of the A-League and included current players McKay, Thomas Broich, Michael Theo, Luke Brattan, Henrique and Shane Stefanutto and former players Ivan Franjic, Matt Smith, Craig Moore, Besart Berisha and Sergio van Dijk. Chuffed to be named in the @brisbaneroar team of the decade! #GoRoar #TOTD #Thanks pic.twitter.com/K8pPwElRVf MattSmith_2 (@MattSmith_2) May 28, 2015 The club’s final award, the Members’ Player of the Year, will be announced at an open training session this Saturday at Ballymore Stadium. Training will begin at 8.30am with the presentation at approximately 9.45am. The club’s Foxtel National Youth League awards will be presented at a separate function next week. FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS Gary Wilkins Medal – Matt McKay Westfield W-League Player of the Year – Kim Carroll Hyundai A-League Players’ Player of the Year – Brandon Borrello Westfield W-League Players’ Player of the Year - Clare Polkinghorne Hyundai A-League Golden Boot - Henrique (8 goals) Westfield W-League Golden Boot – Tameka Butt (7 goals) #RoarUltimateXI TEAM OF THE DECADE Goalkeeper – Michael Theo Defenders – Shane Stefanutto, Craig Moore, Matt Smith, Ivan Franjic Midfielders – Thomas Broich, Luke Brattan, Matt McKay Strikers – Besart Berisha, Henrique, Sergio van Dijk
The Aussie bowling legend will be joining about 84,000 fans at ANZ Stadium when the five-time Premier League champions take on Sydney FC for a Tuesday nighr blockbuster. Warne took over 1300 first-class wickets during a stellar career and, while cricket remains closest to his heart, he's by no means a recent convert to the Chelsea ranks. "In 1989 I was playing club cricket down in Bristol and we caught the train to watch the game and I fell in love with Chelsea straight away,’ he told Chelsea TV in an exclusive interview earlier this month. "It’s not one of those things where I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of late with Chelsea’s success. I’ve been a big supporter since 1989 – 26 years." Warne added: “I’ve always liked John Terry, he’s been fantastic. My son loves (Didier) Drogba, he’s absolutely obsessed with him on his FIFA game and he always says, ‘Dad, come here’ and I have to go and watch him play, which is pretty cool. "(Eden) Hazard’s been fantastic as well and I love (Jose) Mourinho, he’s super cool. It’s not often one of your favourites is the manager but he’s probably mine. “In team sports there are always similarities with the dynamic of the group and you have to get the best out of each individual, and Mourinho does that very well. “I think with team sports it’s about big moments and with Chelsea, whenever those big moments come around they seem to deal with them very well. They have a belief that they can win from any position, which I like. I really enjoy watching Chelsea play.” And while Warne says football in Australia “has become really big in the last few years” – and his son plays the game – there’s no doubt he’ll be barracking for the star-studded visitors. "My loyalties are with Chelsea, absolutely no doubt whatsoever."
Cornthwaite, who plays with Selangor in Malaysia, started Wednesday’s friendly where he took on Kane first hand, with the Spurs striker netting the two decisive goals. The 29-year-old defender said Kane was a "handful" and "had it all" and felt he’d seriously challenge Sydney FC ahead of their glamour friendly at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. “He’s a handful, but I really enjoyed it,” Cornthwaite told FourFourTwo. “(Sydney) know his quality. “For a young striker, he’s very very good. Movement wise, he’s fantastic. First touch, shooting, he’s got it all. “The surprising thing is how big he is. It took me by surprise how big some of them are. They’re actually massive boys, bigger than me.” Cornthwaite was forced off at half-time in the friendly due to illness, but said he was particularly impressed by Tom Carroll, Andros Townsend and Kane, as well as Cristian Eriksen who he swapped shirts with post-game. How good was @chriseriksen8 last night! Top class footballer. Lucky enough to swap shirts with him… https://t.co/GI9p4M9zyA 코 니. Rob Cornthwaite (@robcornthwaite) May 28, 2015 “It was obviously the first time I’ve played against a club side of that calibre, so I really enjoyed it,” he added. “One thing you notice is how smart they are. They know how to find space or they’re making space for someone else. “They seemed like they had another one or two players on the park more than us, they’d always somehow find some space. They’re just really intelligent players.” Cornthwaite was part of the Malaysia XI as a number of national team players from top club JDT being unavailable due to their commitments in the AFC Cup. Malaysia used the friendly as preparation for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against East Timor and Palestine in Kuala Lumpur. The matches led to a six-week break in the domestic league, leading to a widespread fan boycott called “say no to the circus” which drastically reduced crowd numbers. “They boycotted the game and there was only 30,000 fans there when they were expecting 90 or 100,000,” Cornthwaite said. “That was a bit disappointing but as a player you’re still playing against Tottenham, so you’re giving it everything you’ve got.” Malaysia are scheduled to face Liverpool on July 24 and Cornthwaite said there was a chance he may also be involved in that friendly. He added: “As a whole it was a positive experience for me. Being with the team for 10 days and making a lot of contacts and new friends.”
After completing his third season with the club, Sydney born Jamieson has been granted an early release to seek alternate football opportunities. Glory is expected to undergo a huge upheaval in its player roster in the wake of the salary cap scandal, which saw the club fined and dumped out of the finals playoffs. Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and Youssouf Hersi left within the past week. Both Vukovic and Jamieson have been targeted by Western Sydney Wanderers in their home city. Jamieson was a Bolton Wanderers junior and played with Adelaide United and Sydney FC before making the move west. The 2008-09 A-League Young Player of the Year marked his 150th Hyundai A-League match with Glory and also featured in the team’s FFA Cup final loss to Adelaide United. He played a total of 56 A-League games for Glory since arriving in Perth in 2012. Jamieson signed off with a tweet telling fans: "I hope you get the success you deserve!" Glory and I have parted ways. I would like to thank my team mates and support staff that I have had the pleasure of working with over 1/2 Scott Jamieson (@ScottJamieson) May 28, 2015 The last 3 years. To the fans. I have appreciated the support and cant thank you guys enough. I hope you get the success you deserve ! 2/2 Scott Jamieson (@ScottJamieson) May 28, 2015
PICS: SPURS ARRIVE IN SYDNEY Hundreds of fans greeted the side at the airport before coach Mauricio Pochettino and star players Harry Kane and Ryan Mason fronted the media with the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour as their backdrop. Gday and welcome to Sydney, @SpursOfficial! What a welcome that was. #SpursInSydney pic.twitter.com/aAYdZo5zGL Australia Spurs (@OzSpurs) May 28, 2015 After a superb EPL season which saw the club finish fifth, Spurs’ big-name squad will be expected to beat Sydney FC in their end-of-season clash. But they are aware of the improvement of the Hyundai A-League in recent seasons and know they will have to deliver on Saturday if they want to beat Graham Arnold’s side. “When (Alessandro) Del Piero came over here it was a big thing for Australian football and I’ve got a mate Massimo (Luongo) who I played with (in Tottenham’s Academy),” Mason said. “We all know the standard is good. We’re all looking forward to the game and I’m sure it will be a real test. “It’s a long way to come from England but it’s exciting, a good opportunity to come out here and see the country and put a show on for the fans.” Spurs are in Sydney, and I am in heaven. #SpursInSydney pic.twitter.com/RvtCE9nQRn Tommy Silver (@tommysvr) May 28, 2015 Kane has been putting on a show all season, scoring 31 goals in all competitions in a breakout season to confirm himself as a new star on the world stage. He scored both goals in the 2-1 win over a Malaysian XI on Wednesday night and admitted he was shocked by the incredible welcome they received on their arrival this morning. “Coming through the airport there was God knows how many fans and the reception we got was just amazing,” the England international said. “Sometimes when you’re playing in the Premier League in England you don’t realise how much support you have around the world. “The reception we got in Malaysia and what we’re seeing here already, that’s why we’re all excited for the game on Saturday night and we know it will be a great experience for all of us.” Mauricio: It was a fantastic warm welcome from our fans in Australia, it was a great experience. #SpursInSydney pic.twitter.com/QNeAqKGnsX Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 28, 2015 Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold said he grew up watching Spurs legends do their thing and was honoured to have their current-day stars in the town. But even after a long and arduous season, he said, there was no way the Sky Blues would be treating this as just an exhibition game. “It’s our obligation to give a good performance,” Arnold said. “We’re representing Australia and we’re representing the A-League. “We’re professionals and every time I send a team on the field it’s about winning. It will be a competitive match but both sets of players will respect each other and it will be a clean match. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to test our skills against an EPL team and it’s a great opportunity to showcase the A-League worldwide against a top-class Premier League team. “We’ll give it a good shout.” Mauricio got back off the coach to give one young fan a hug an autograph! #THFCs next generation. #SpursInSydney pic.twitter.com/SIzvBAjUdi Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 28, 2015 The entire Spurs squad climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Thursday afternoon and will hold an open training session at ANZ Stadium on Friday. “I’m already getting sweaty palms thinking about it,” Mason said of doing the Bridge climb. Saturday night's clash will be followed three days later by Sydney’s meeting with newly-crowned EPL champions Chelsea.
A-League boss Damien de Bohun said the new kit will be unveiled shortly as Football Federation Australia continues to canvass a raft of changes to the Hunter club. That includes the possibility of returning to the old Newcastle United name, although de Bohun said that wasn’t the first priority. "People need to be remember we're very close to the start of the new season," he told ABC. "So, in avoidance of that, the Newcastle Jets will be the club that competes in the 2015/16 A-League season, and the Westfield FFA Cup before that which is obviously very close. "But, in terms of the strip design, without giving anything away yet, there's a couple of things there that will give people a sense of where we're going, and I think you'll find that we are here to listen." That has led to speculation the gold strip of pre-Nathan Tinkler years will be making a return. Tinkler was stripped of the Jets licence last week and head coach Phil Stubbins sacked soon after, giving FFA plenty to do in the coming months. The governing body has promised to be consultative with Northern New South Wales Football hosting three forums next month. A business leaders forum will be held on June 10 will be followed by a members forum on June 18 and then a fans forum on June 24. NNSWF CEO David Eland said: “Those forums are really important - they're going to give the community at large an opportunity to vent if they like. "We need to hear what's gone wrong, what have been the barriers, what have people been disappointed about? "But very, very quickly we need to move to what are their expectations, what can the club tangibly do to engage better in the future?"
EPL Player of the Year Eden Hazard is heading Down Under while skipper John Terry, Spanish international Diego Costa and goalkeeper Petr Cech are other big names confirmed in the squad. However, Cesc Fabregas will undergo surgery on a broken nose suffered last month before linking up with the Spain squad for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus next month. He is one of a handful of high-profile absentees for the Blues for matches against a Thailand All-Stars outfit and Sydney FC next Tuesday night. Belgian goalkeeper Courtois has been excused as he and partner Marta await the birth of their first child. Willian and Luis Filipe are preparing for the Copa America with Brazil, while midfielders Ramires and Oscar are both injured. From the captains Instagram... http://t.co/frfQd9LNWp pic.twitter.com/IFMGCmyE3Y Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 27, 2015 While the absences of some of Chelsea’s leading players is disappointing, Jose Mourinho is still bringing a squad dripping with exceptional talent. The Blues were presented the Premier League trophy following their final game of the season against Sunderland last weekend and the legendary piece of silverware win be on show when they arrive in Sydney on Sunday. It’s been a big week for Mourinho’s men, which included a massive street parade in west London, the club’s end-of-season awards night before jetting off for Bangkok. They play the Thai All-Stars on Saturday night before arriving in Sydney on Sunday morning, with an open training session at ANZ Stadium on Monday night at 6pm.
Adelaide United CEO Michael Petrillo has attempted to curb the hype surrounding the club's bid to lure Italian striker Luca Toni to Australia, claiming negotiations are still at an early stage. Adelaide chairman Greg Griffin said on Tuesday his team were "serious" about prising soon-to-be free agent Toni away from Hellas Verona, following reports A-League clubs were circling the 38-year-old. Toni - out of contract in June - has defied his age to lead the Serie A goalscoring charts with 21 goals heading into the final round of the season. But Petrillo stressed there is still plenty of work to do if Adelaide are to sign Toni as a marquee, telling FourFourTwo Australia: "It's at a very early stage. We don't want to get too carried away, we're looking at it, it's not something we're pinning our hopes on. "It's a really long shot, but it's something we feel it would be remiss of us not to have a look at it. "There's no doubt we've always been a club that said we’re not in the market for a really high profile marquee type player. "The chances of being able to bring someone of that ilk to Adelaide at the present time is really difficult. Having said that, it would be remiss of us not to look at the opportunity and see what’s presented and if there's any way we could get the deal over the line." Petrillo added: "Any club would want a player of that ilk, especially if they're going to make a positive commercial impact on the club and more importantly a positive impact on our results. "There's a decent Italian community in every capital city and Adelaide is no different, but he goes beyond that having played at Bayern Munich and being very successful. "He's a proven goal scorer. He's scoring a lot of goals still at Serie A, which is one of the top four leagues in the world playing with a club in the bottom half of the table. "He's certainly a quality player. He could make a difference to any team in the A-League."
“The boys look forward to these games, they enjoy them,” Jeggo told reporters on Wednesday when asked about getting up for Friday’s clash at Coopers Stadium. Adelaide United’s players could now be enjoying the sand and sun anywhere in the world, a well-earned break after a long and arduous Hyundai A-League season. But they are clearly relishing the rare chance to play the club dubbed ‘The Yellow Submarines’. “You don’t get a chance to play a team of such a high level often,” Jeggo said. “It’s only a couple of extra weeks and it’s a good chance to test yourself. “If you play well there’s always people watching. For each player, it’s great to play against these players and see how close you can get and how you match up to them. “With the season finished and coming up to the break, it’s a good way to finish off the year and test yourself against such a good side.” The La Liga outfit will arrive in Adelaide on Thursday morning for their first trip Down Under in the club’s history. With a string of internationals throughout their 19-man touring party, Villareal will prove tough opponent for the Reds but Jeggo isn’t one for reading too much into reputations. “There’s no point selling yourself short and telling yourself you’re not going to be able to cope,” this year’s NAB Young Player of the Year said. “We go into the game knowing they are class and it’s going to be hard but we’re capable of matching it with them and that’s what we’re going to try and do. “They’ve just finished their season, we’ve just finished ours, so from that point it’s a level playing field. It’s going to be a challenge but one we’re looking forward to.”
Reds chairman Greg Griffin confirmed this week that the club were looking into a marquee deal with the former World Cup winner who turned 38 on Tuesday. Despite his age, the former Fiorentina, Juventus and Bayern Munich striker’s quality clearly remains, currently sitting atop the Serie A goal scoring charts with 21 strikes for Hellas Verona. Griffin said Adelaide’s play for Toni was “serious”, but Petrillo added that negotiations were still preliminary and a deal was a long shot. “It’s at a very early stage,” Petrillo told FourFourTwo. “We don’t want to get too carried away, we’re looking at it, it’s not something we’re pinning our hopes on. “It’s a really long shot, but it’s something we feel it would be remiss of us not to have a look at it.” The bulk of Adelaide’s squad is contracted for next season meaning they are fairly settled, but Petrillo said they still wanted to add another three players; a central defender to replace Nigel Boogaard, a midfielder and a forward. Toni fits the bill for the latter and Petrillo confirmed the Reds will have one visa spot available, with import Miguel Palanca set to return to Spain. “Any club would want a player of that ilk, especially if they’re going to make a positive commercial impact on the club and more importantly a positive impact on our results,” Petrillo said. “There’s a decent Italian community in every capital city and Adelaide is no different, but he goes beyond that having played at Bayern Munich and being very successful. “He’s a proven goal scorer. He’s scoring a lot of goals still at Serie A, which is one of the top four leagues in the world playing with a club in the bottom half of the table. “He’s certainly a quality player. He could make a difference to any team in the A-League.” The Reds don’t have a history of signing high-profile marquee players. Shengqing Qu, Paul Agostino and Dario Vidosic are previous marquees, while Romario was a guest signing. However, during Alessandro Del Piero’s time in the A-League, his appearances in Adelaide regularly saw improved crowds. In order to accommodate Toni’s signing, Adelaide would need to move current marquee Marcelo Carrusca’s wage under the salary cap. “There’s no doubt we’ve always been a club that said we’re not in the market for a really high profile marquee type player,” Petrillo said. “The chances of being able to bring someone of that ilk to Adelaide at the present time is really difficult. “Having said that, it would be remiss of us not to look at the opportunity and see what’s presented and if there’s any way we could get the deal over the line.”
Speaking to local media on Wednesday, de Bohun said that the club continues to make important strides behind the scenes and set solid foundations for a successful community-focused outfit. But the hot topic for Newcastle fans since the departure of Phil Stubbins is who will coach the Jets next season and beyond. De Bohun said the vacancy has sparked a flurry of interest from locally, nationally and internationally-based coaches. While Twitter has been rampant with speculation over recent days, de Bohun said no one has been offered the post as yet. Sydney United coach and former Sydney FC captain Mark Rudan has been interviewed for the job, whileAustralian U17 team coach Tony Vidmar and former Brisbane Roar tactician Mike Mulvey are also among the hot favourites. “We need to move and have a head coach as soon as we can to prepare the club for the new season,” de Bohun said. “But it will probably be a couple of weeks before we are ready to announce. We’re going through a process. “You hear a lot of names bandied about, but the reality is that we are going through a very careful process. It’s important we move quickly, but it’s more important that we get it right. “What’s great, when you think about the public conversation, is that we’re talking about some really high quality young Australian coaches in the Hyundai A-League, amongst others, and 10 years ago that wasn’t really thought of, so it just goes to show how far the league has come. “All sorts of people have thrown their hands up and there’s no doubt that having a good understanding of this market and this region is important. There are a whole range of really well qualified people who are looking seriously at this great opportunity.” The A-League boss said significant strides had been made since the FFA took over the club’s licence last week from former coal baron Nathan Tinkler. “We’ve made some real progress since we were here last week in relation to the Newcastle Jets Football Club,” de Bohun said. “Obviously it was well publicised that we’ve made a decision around the head coaching role, and the process to find a new coach has commenced. “We’re doing a lot of work with the staff this week to set up a range of the operational issues that are crucial for the new season. “We’re looking at everything from office space, to finances, right through to list management for players. “It’s been another big week, but I just want to make sure that the people of Newcastle know that we have made some significant progress in regards to the club.”
The 26-year-old re-joined the three-time Hyundai A-League Champions in September after spending three seasonsat the club from 2008-10. He returned to the Roar in search of first-team football and made 12 appearances for the club throughout the 2014/15 season. Meanwhile, youngsters Kofi Danning, Ben Litfin and Jesse Daley have all been released, the club confirmed on Wednesday. Midfielder George Lambadaridis'contract with the Roar has alsonot been renewed.The 23-year-old appeared in eight Hyundai A-League matches for the club over three seasons. Brisbane Roar will tackle Spanish outfit Villarreal in a LFP World Club Challengematch at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday June 3.
Coach Marcelino Garcia’s men arrive in Adelaide on Thursday morning before a training session in the evening. TheSpanish outfit tackle Adelaide Unitedon Friday night at Coopers Stadium then travel to Brisbane to take on Brisbane Roar on Wednesday June 3. The Reds matchwillbe a historic night for the A-League outfit and Spanish side with Villarreal hitting Australia shores for the first time in the club’s 92-year history. It will also be the first time a La Ligaside has played at Coopers Stadium. Adelaide skipper, Eugene Galekovic, spoke of the significance of this game. “For the players who play in the Hyundai A-League to play against a La Liga team is massive," Galekovic told United’s website. . You don’t get many types of games like these in your career. “I think any player that goes out on the field is going to give it everything they’ve got and in years to come they will look back and say this is probably one of their career highlights." Villarreal CF Squad:1.Sanchez Martinez (GK),2.Mario,4.T.Pina,6.J.Dos Santos,7.Vietto,9.Giovani,14.M.Trigueros,15.Victor Ruiz,16.M.N.Dorado,17.Cheryshev,18.J.Costa,19.Moi Gomez,21.Bruno,22.Rukavina,23.Gerard,25.J.C Sanchez (GK),26.Sergio Marcos,27.Tano Bonnin,31.Aitor Fdez (GK)
The former Golden Boot had interest from Asia but decided to stick with the harboursiders in their pursuit of silverware. Despite limited opportunities in 2014/15, Smeltz bagged eight goals in 21 appearances – 12 of them off the bench. The news is good for Sydney fans after the club broke with the league's highest goal scorer, Marc Janko. “I’m thrilled and excited to be staying with Sydney for another two seasons and I’m looking forward to seeing this squad build on what has been a successful year,” the Kiwi international said. “It’s well known that I had other offers on the table but my aim is to win trophies and I believe with the squad this club is putting together for next season, I have the best chance of winning something here. “With the Asian Champions League coming up, another FFA Cup run and a fresh crack at the A-League it’s going to be an enthralling season.” Battling injuries before he arrived in Sydney, the 33-year-old has credited the Sky Blues with getting his game back on track and will now be available for Sydney's blockbuster clashes with EPL giants Chelsea and Tottenham. Smeltz added: “I’m pleased to be working with Arnie, the coaching staff and the other players for another two years as well. “It’s going to be a very exciting couple of years and I’m very happy I’ll be a part of it.” Having already re-signed Senegalese Internationals Mickael Tavares and Jacques Faty for next season, and added youngsters Andrew Hoole and Brandon O’Neill to the squad, coach Graham Arnold said he was feeling extremely positive about the future. “Shane is a top quality striker and a first class goal-scorer and I’m delighted he has agreed to stay with the club,” he said. “We are in the process of building something big here at Sydney FC and with the prospects of Asian Champion League football coming here next season, it’s already beginning to feel exciting. “Shane had a difficult 12 months before he came to us but has progressed well over this year and we believe he is now back to his best.” Smeltz is the A-League’s second all-time leading goal-scorer having scored 85 goals in his eight year career. He has played 51 times for his country scoring 23 times. He has won the Johnny Warren Medal for the Hyundai A-League’s best player once and the A-League Golden Boot twice.
Brisbane Roar have begun preparations for next season's A-League campaign with the appointment of former Australia international John Aloisi as their new head coach. Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx had earlier been linked to the post. Aloisi replaces interim head coach Frans Thijssen after he guided the club to sixth place last season, before losing to Adelaide United in the elimination final earlier this month. Thijssen had only been in charge since Mike Mulvey stepped down in November, but the Dutchman has been overlooked for the permanent role, the club instead turning to Aloisi. "I am extremely proud and honoured to join Brisbane Roar," the former Melbourne Heart coach told the club's official website. "The club has defined success in the first 10 years of the A-League and I am determined to ensure the high standards the Roar players, members, sponsors and supporters have come to expect continue under my stewardship." During his career Aloisi played 459 games and scored 127 goals, while he represented Australia on 55 occasions. Aloisi was sacked by Melbourne Heart in December 2013, after the club failed to win their opening 17 matches of the 2013-14 season.
Faty joined the Sky Blues as an injury replacement player in January and made 10 appearances for Sydney FC, scoring a memorable opening goal against the Wellington Phoenix. The former Marseille defender, whose cousin Mickael Tavares re-signed last week – said he was excited by the prospect of remaining a Sky Blue and has set his sights on silverware next season. The 31-year-old was gutted when he was subbed injured in the first half of Sydney’s 3-0 Grand Final loss to Melbourne Victory. “I am very pleased to be remaining a member of Sydney FC for next season,” Faty said. “I have strong ambitions to win titles during my career and I believe I can achieve that with the Sky Blues. “I believe I have unfinished business here after the Grand Final and I want to use that as motivation for next season when we compete in the Asian Champions League and hopefully set more A-League records.” The re-signing was good news for the Sky Blues whose break with marque striker Marc Janko spilled into social media when the Austrian took issue with his treatment. Faty was part of a strong defensive unit, a major reason for his re-signing by coach Graham Arnold. “I’m very pleased to have secured Jacques for another season,” Arnold said. “This is a crucial signing because of his quality and his leadership, I think it was clearly seen when he went off in the Grand Final that the team lacked leadership on the field and that’s what we have now with Jacques’ experience. “He is a great player to have in the group and in the dressing room and brings great professionalism to Sydney FC. “Jacques has proved to be an excellent defender as well and will strengthen our defensive stocks as we venture into Asia and build on our record breaking season.” Sydney FC are next in action against English Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
Phil Stubbins has been sacked as Newcastle Jets coach, Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced on Tuesday. The FFA, who assumed control of the Jets last week after revoking owner Nathan Tinkler's A-League license due to the club being placed into voluntary administration, made the decision after conducting an end-of-season review. Stubbins' support staff have not been retained by the governing body on the back of a disappointing campaign for the Jets, who finished bottom in Australia's 10-team competition. "Phil is a decent football man and we wish him all the best with the next stage of his career," said head of the A-League Damien de Bohun via a statement. "Clearly, the Jets had a difficult season and this was reflected in the position on the A-League table. "But this decision is also driven by the desire in the Newcastle football community for a new beginning with the new club." Stubbins arrived in Newcastle at the start of the 2014-15 season but his reign was blighted by off-field dramas with a number of key players, including Kew Jaliens, David Carney, Joel Griffiths, Billy Celeski and Adrian Madaschi, who were all sacked by the club in January.
The FFA decided to make a fresh start ahead of the 2015/16 season following a review of the Jets’ performance last season. The club finished with the wooden spoon and failed to meet benchmarks in relation to technical, tactical, conditioning and sports science. “Clearly, the Jets had a difficult season and this was reflected in the position on the A-League table,” Hyundai A-League boss, Damien de Bohun said. “But this decision is also driven by the desire in the Newcastle football community for a new beginning with the new club.” Assistant coaches Mark Jones and James Pascoe, and recently appointed goalkeeper coach Jess Vanstrattan, will not go across to the new club at this stage. Just last week Stubbins told FourFourTwo he was committed to building a successful A-League club in Newcastle. He was on the tail end of an overseas scouting trip and positive about the future. “I return this weekend from this trip to Europe that made for an insightful and potentially fruitful visit with some very good targets identified,” he said in a statement. But Stubbins, who alienated senior players and secured just three wins last season, had also lost the support of fans who wanted him out. “His position is untenable,” Squadron president Grant Furner told FourFourTwo. “He hasn’t shown that he has any idea of how to get the club performing on the park despite effectively having two teams over the course of the season. “The results didn’t change when he brought in the players he wanted, so I don’t see the point in giving him the off-season to rebuild the player roster yet again, especially when he has treated so many players so badly in getting rid of them in the middle and then again at the end of the season.” Most damaging for the former Adelaide United assistant coach was his link to the latest destabilising period under Tinkler. He enjoyed the favour of the former coal baron and survived a cull of staff and players. But veteran footballers Zenon Caravella and David Carney were both critical of their treatment under Stubbins. During Tinkler's reign, the club racked up millions of dollars in debts - including unpaid wages to staff and players. FFA said the new head coach would be given the primary role of selecting his coaching staff. “Phil is a decent football man and we wish him all the best with the next stage of his career,” de Bohun said. Last Wednesday, FFA revoked the A-League licence held by Newcastle Jets Football Operations Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Hunter Sports Group (HSG). A new licence was issued to a new FFA-controlled entity, which will represent Northern NSW in the A-League as the Newcastle Jets.
Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffin said the A-League club is "serious" about luring Hellas Verona striker Luca Toni to Australia. Toni has been linked with a move to Australia when his contract expires at the end of June, and Adelaide have emerged as a possible destination for the 37-year-old Italian. Speaking with Australian newspaper the Adelaide Advertiser, Griffin revealed Adelaide have asked Toni's European representatives for more details about what it would take to prise the World Cup winner Down Under. "If we do something we do it seriously," Griffin said of Adelaide's interest in Toni, who would command marquee status in the A-League. "Basically we're looking at this situation with Luca Toni seriously. We're sitting on the whiteboard working out how we can do it. "The first thing we have to see is whether it can be achieved and then you look at how you fund it, to be blunt. "We've got a huge Italian community here and this is also great for other communities to see a fantastic striker." Toni has been in superb form in the Serie A, scoring twice in Verona's 2-2 draw with Parma on Sunday, taking his tally to 21 goals in 37 games this season. He is now the leading scorer in Italy's top flight this term, one ahead of Juventus' Argentina superstar Carlos Tevez, with one round remaining.