Ufuk Talay - Phoenix Head Coach

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See that QLD State Premier in last few days has said, she won't reopen state borders (ie no 2 week quarantine travel requirement) with VIC & NSW until there is no longer any Covid community transmission in those 2 states. She estimated that won't be until post Xmas with VIC, though any concrete dates no one really knows. I guess the same will apply to NZ, absolute no chance of travel there until back to zero community transmission in NZ.

However I understand QLD is still open to quarantine free travel with TAS, SA, NT & WA. Think I have that right.

So could the FFA/NLWG try for 3 hubs - one each in Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Each of 4 teams playing, and travelling in and out to the other hubs? At least that way you get a bit of travel, which players would probably actually enjoy, presume crowds would be possible - and then just hope that eventually playing in NSW and VIC becomes an option. The AFL I note are operating their season at the moment as a bit of a travelling Australian roadshow, skipping VIC and NSW.

But whatever setup season 2020/2021 kicks off with, it's very hard to see how Nix can host any home games, and so avoid relocating to Aussie again. I just don't think there will be a political appetite for giving Trans Tasman travel exemptions to sports teams.

More likely that exemptions would be granted for player's immediate families to join them in Australia. That's going to shape up as a very key solution for the FFA/NLWG. Getting travel exemptions for player's families to join them in some sort of larger hub(s). Especially important for retaining visa players like Ball & Davila, or trying to sign new visa guys (going to be tough). 

NRL tried and failed on behalf of the Warrior's player's families. No surprise 4 players got sick of it all after a few months, and returned to NZ. Hopefully those running the A League have more luck.

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Think you may find that some of those Warriors players families didnt want to relocate to Aussie as some got their families before travel restrictions came in. Agree its not going to be easy and think we will have to be based in Oz initially. Biggest concern for A  League is getting anaming rights sponsor and securing a TV deal as if crowds still arnt allowed its going to make it bloody hard.

GET YOUR SHIRTS OFF FOR THE BOYS

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Ufuk ing beauty. He's done an amazing job this year to put together a competitive squad from scratch. Don't underestimate the impact of being in quarantine/isolation in Australia, away from family and friends. Also the loss of home ground advantage has been significant challenge for us. Looking forward to building on this year and hopefully having some home games next season! In Ufuk we trust.

For some light relief that brave traveller Karl Pilkington unintentionally, but succinctly explains why the Nix season has sadly gone mud like since March.

Hint it's got nothing to do with Uffie, but a lot to do with the grub in China.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGTIs9fvkUA

COYN

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Q: Who would be well-placed to rebuild the Nix without some leading internationals, or a big budget, and likely playing out of Australia for the season?

A: An Australian coach who has deep knowledge of developing young players, and now a season under his belt with the Nix.  

UFUK-ING  know it.

Kotahitanga. We are one.

Jeff Vader
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Now Doloras, you can say it’s a disappointing season.

Grumpy old bastard alert

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Jeff Vader wrote:

Now Doloras, you can say it’s a disappointing season.

More accurately you can compare it to those tv shows that were really good but a had a shark ending

Best drummer in the league™
 

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Jeff Vader wrote:

Now Doloras, you can say it’s a disappointing season.

More accurately you can compare it to those tv shows that were really good but a had a shark ending

"Lost" immediately springs to mind. 

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great to see the league position and the way the talent has been coming through 

Wana win something next season. Dammit, this would have been a great stable squad with a great ethic, but I guess there's a lot going on at the moment.

pacy

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Thanks for turning a team expected to finish last with a squad of 7 players, into a force to be reckoned with, entertaining beyond our expectances etc. I really appreciate what you have done. I hope you stay here and finish the job next season by winning it. 

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thanx for the season and some good memories 

A small town in Europe........looking to bounce straight back up....well that aint going to happen

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/a-league/122534992/wellington-phoenix-coach-ufuk-talay-says-team-will-comeback-stronger-next-season

After knocking back interest from Melbourne Victory, Talay confirmed that he will be back at the Phoenix next season to see out the second year of his contract. He is due to return to New Zealand in the coming days, where he will serve his fourth stint in Covid-19 quarantine along with the majority of the squad.

“I’m flying back to Wellington, so I’ll be there for next season.”

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Lonegunmen wrote:

Thanks for turning a team expected to finish last with a squad of 7 players, into a force to be reckoned with, entertaining beyond our expectances etc. I really appreciate what you have done. I hope you stay here and finish the job next season by winning it. 

Hear, hear !!!

I think that Ufuk Talay has done a very good job despite being a vastly inexperienced coach.

Lets remember that this has been his first season in charge of a fully professional side (or in fact any club side).

Apart from a brief spell in 2012 after he finished playing and last season, as an assistant at Sydney FC, Talay had no previous club coaching experience at any level, not even state league. Whereas Mark Rudan had coached successfully in the NSW Premier League for six seasons before taking the Nix job.

Talay had mainly only been involved in youth coaching at the AIS and national age group sides which is a very different thing to senior club coaching. 

Big Pete 65, Christchurch

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a coach who more than exceeded my expectations for the season. I was cautious given the previous prick but he seems as genuine as he comes across in the press. Look forward tos Ewing what he does next season at the nix.

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