Phoenix ‘dead cat bounce’ or more sinister?

That must be one financial term that makes Gareth ‘Cat Killer’ Morgan wince.

Or, is there a lot more to this given what is happening in Australian sport given the A-League has been implicated  – Victoria’s Deputy Police Commissioner Ashton saying A-League matches attract huge betting pools from overseas:

“We’re seeing vast increases in the betting pools in Asia on A-League soccer,” Deputy Commissioner Ashton said. He added that one bookmaker alone had taken more than $40 million on one A-League match”.

Let us face it things are damn odd for a team that started the season so well (we’ll call that Phoenix ‘BG’), which has gone onto have the worst goal difference by a country mile (Phoenix ‘AG’).

Since our equivalent to Pelé put the ‘cat among the pigeons’ saying his team was going to play ‘total football’, they managed to concede 7 goals against Sydney despite the lisping one’s tactical brilliance.

In spite of Morgan, the Phoenix miraculously staged a mini-comeback, drawing one game and winning another.  That lifted them from last on the A-League to a massive second to last.

Given they were trounced 5-0 last night in Australia last night that comeback was a dead cat bounce.

Radio LIVESport had a field day on what is going wrong with one host asking Gareth to keep away from Hurricanes training (there must be a Tui billboard in that).

Gareth Morgan’s inspirational leadership is allowing teams to play total football except it is against his team and not by his team.

In the last two away games, the Phoenix has conceded an amazing 12 goals.

Then again, given what Victoria’s Police is looking into, if anyone has heard rumours of betting irregularities then please tell me via the Tip Line.


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  • BJ

    Amateur sport used to bring communities and in turn countries together as a common denominator that transcended religion/politics/social class and gender – for fun,recreation,relaxation and release of stress.

    But, as professionalism crept in it was inevitable that with more and more being paid to players/competitors, the rules and good sportsmanship would suffer at the expense of chasing the money. It is ludicrous, the amounts of money that changes hands and the lengths gone to – drugs, technical equipment, worn out bodies – all to gain an edge – at the expense of what should have stayed recreational activities. It is insane. The world has well and truly gone made.

    • Gazzaw

      You are absolutely correct BJ. Witness the billions ‘invested’ in European soccer, Indian cricket, American football & Americas Cup yachting. It was never going to stay honest, the rich fuckers that own those clubs & teams didn’t make their billions by being moralistic, amateur sporting gentlemen. They made it by being utterly ruthless in a win at all costs environment. They are not about to change their habits.

  • peterwn

    Gareth Morgan and his team reminds me of Hitler and the German army. Hitler would get frustrated with his commanders and take charge himself moving troops around. The British army commanders just loved it – Bletchley Park had relatively little difficulty with the ‘High Command’ cyphers – especially when every message started or ended with ‘Heil Hitler’.

  • Stuart Dumphries

    Only Gareth Morgan could reduce a sports team to such a level of derision that match-fixing is a more preferable answer rather than an interfering lunatic owner.