Skip to content
GO TO bet365 Sports
Sydney Football Stadium - Sydney FC
  1. Soccer
  2. A-League

Australian Football: A-League coaches under pressure

All soccer coaches find themselves under pressure at some point in their career and there are four in the A-League that are feeling the heat right now.

We are 14 games into the 2022/23 A-League campaign and have a pretty good idea who will be pushing for silverware this season and who will be fighting to avoid the wooden spoon.

Related Australian Football News

Goals galore as City held again

A look at the week ahead

City target return to winning ways

Mariners look to bounce back

Football can change quickly and sometimes it just takes one result to instil some confidence and get a once struggling team flying up the ladder.

At the same time a run of poor results and no sign of improvement can lead the powers that be to wield the axe and sack an under-performing coach.

There has been just one casualty in the A-League so far, Dwight Yorke, who left Macarthur after just 13 games in charge after ripping into his players following a defeat. He is unlikely to be the only exit between now and the end of the season so let’s take a look at the coaches who may be fearing for their jobs right now.

Tony Popovic – Melbourne Victory

Not many would have predicted this at the start of the season as Victory were one of the hot fancies to topple Melbourne City and win the Premiership. Following a shocking 2020/21 campaign that saw Victory pick up the wooden spoon, Popovic was brought in to get the club back at the right end of the ladder.

And he did just that when winning the FFA Cup and finishing in the top three. Victory fell short in their attempt to win the title but were expected to move up another level again this season. However the campaign has been a disaster with just three wins, two draws and eight defeats to show for their efforts.

They are seven points behind the top six with a game in hand and unless there is a big upturn in results between now and the end of the season, Popovic could find himself out of a job. Victory are priced at 11/4 to finish bottom and pick up the wooden spoon.

Steve Corica – Sydney FC

The pressure has been on Corica for some time now and rumours over his future have been ramping up in recent weeks. Sydney find themselves in 8th spot on the ladder with just five wins from 14 games and they have work to do if they are to play finals this season.

They failed to make the six in the 2021/22 campaign but Corica’s record of winning silverware with the club saved him from the axe. The powers that be kept the faith and allowed their coach to overhaul his squad in the hope it would turn things around.

It has not had the desired effect and Corica needs a strong end to the season and a place in the top six to keep him in a job.

They are 8/11 to make the top six. The Sky Blues did pick up a big win over Melbourne Victory at the weekend and Corica will be hoping they can kick on from that. Next up is a clash with second-placed Central Coast Mariners.

Rumours are rife that Dwight Yorke, who represented Sydney FC as a player, could step in and replace Corica if a change is made.

Warren Moon – Brisbane Roar

Roar once again find themselves struggling towards the bottom of the A-League and Moon’s days could be numbered. 

They did show some promise with a goalless draw against Melbourne City but then followed that up with a disastrous 4-0 defeat against fellow strugglers Newcastle Jets at the weekend.

Brisbane have struggled for goals this season and are priced at 5/1 to finish bottom of the ladder. In fairness Moon has not been helped by the fact that marquee signing Charlie Austin decided to walk out on his deal after just a handful of games.

John Aloisi – Western United

Axing Aloisi just months after he guided Western to Grand Final glory would be a bit harsh, but the former Socceroos ace is still under pressure.

It has been a dramatic fall from grace for the green and blacks this season as they sit eleventh on the ladder with just fours wins. They are just two points off the top six and there is still time after showing some signs of improvement. They are priced at 2/1 to make it.

Aloisi looks set to stay in charge for the remainder of the season but that is not to say he is not feeling the heat.

Related Articles

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy