Around this time last year, we had won the A-League. Well, at least we knew we were going to finish top of the ladder.
One year later, we know we’re not going to the finals. Sydney FC’s win over the Central Coast Mariners put them into 4th place, a solid 7 points ahead of us.
Meanwhile, we’re in a tight struggle with the Wellington Phoenix and the Perth Glory to not finish last. Unlike in previous years, when the New Zealand Knights were the obvious wooden spooners from round 8, that horrible fate could fall to any one of the bottom three this year. From first to last, one season to the next.
Just a little embarrassing, no?
So if you were Ernie Merrick right now, what would you do? How do you lift morale? Does your goal become merely to avoid finishing dead last, or do you have more positive aspirations?