The Phoenix have a solid record in the A League, finishing in the top 6 for the last 4 years, and finishing in the top 4 for two of those seasons. Looking forward we want to establish a record of winning the competition, the relevant question is how best to do that.
Spending mega millions on superstars is simply not an option that Welnix would look at – besides there is no A League precedent to prove such a strategy is effective. To lift our chances of victory is the reason we have commenced our Football School of Excellence and we’re looking to expand that initiative over coming years – we see a pipeline of young players coming into the club as one realistic way to boost our playing resource and provide support to our senior players.But also under discussion has been whether we need to adjust our playing style in order to force our way to the top of the League.
Within the ownership group there are suggestions that we would have a better chance of winning the A League by moving to a “total football” approach. Of course such a transition would not be easy nor immediate – it requires a lot of work by coaches and staff.
It’s a given that such a style appeals to the fans, but the issue is whether it’s a feasible route for us reaching the top of the competition.
It’s not a question about changing players or coaches, the question being asked is whether the style that has given us a solid history in the A League, is a style that will enable us to win the competition.
It’s a fun discussion so feel free to contribute.
You can listen to my interview with Tony Veitch on the subject here
The view of former All White Skipper & commentator Danny Hay’s is here
And Ricki Herbert’s perspective is here
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.