#SydneyFanChat Transcript with Ian Crook


Sydney FC Head Coach Ian Crook spent an hour this afternoon on Twitter answering Members and Fans most favoured questions #SydneyFanChat. Crooky smashed the record set by CEO Tony Pignata (37) two weeks ago, by answering 46 questions!

Sydney FC Head Coach Ian Crook spent an hour this afternoon on Twitter answering Members and Fans most favoured questions #SydneyFanChat. Crooky smashed the record set by CEO Tony Pignata (37) two weeks ago, by answering 46 questions!

This initiative will become a fortnightly engagement for Sky Blue Members and Fans to interact with Sydney FC players, coaches and staff and in two weeks we will be back with a current Sky Blues player!

Here is a transcript of the 46 questions, with Crooky-s answers.

Troy Wynen: Has any move for a new striker/s been made?
#SydneyFanChat Continuing to look through DVDs and moving positively towards bringing in 2 quality attacking players

BG™:? What kind of players are you looking at to fill the remaining spots in the squad?
#SydneyFanChat Looking for players to play either wide or central in the front third

Andrew French: Are invited open training sessions going to happen? Would love to watch some
#SydneyFanChat Yes part of our plan – keep an eye on the Sydney FC Website!

[m.d]: Has the club got any triallists lined up for when the boys return to training later in the month?
#SydneyFanChat I am continuing to look at players playing in local State League Comps & will be inviting players to train.

Nathan Blume: ?What signings are left to make and when are announcements likely. Do we have enough cover at CB?
#SydneyFanChat In the front third, announcement soon. Petkovski, Griffiths, Pascal, Sherlock & Ryall are enough to cover the CB.

[m.d]: ?Are you bringing a similar playing philosophy across this year to last year-s NYL? Gr8 2 watch a lot of the time
#SydneyFanChat Yes very much so, trying to play out from the back.

Andrew French: As you know Petkovski, Mallia, Gligor and Chianese really well through the youth, what is their potential??
#SydneyFanChat They have the potential to be top players but there is hard work ahead for them to reach that potential

Andrew French: Which of the Youngsters has most potential?
#SydneyFanChat All the youngsters have potential, that is why we have signed them (don’t want to single anyone out).

David Lewis: Chippy, Can you please tell us what style/structure of football you will be looking at playing this season?
#SydneyFanChat We are looking to control games through possession and entertain the fans!

Alex Araujo: ? IC has said all the right things in terms of our football philosophy so why keep McFlynn? A-league’s least technical player.
#SydneyFanChat Terry is a valuable member of our Club and offers a lot to the squad.

Nick CPC Zantiras: What are the chances of Sherlock getting more of a run this season?
#SydneyFanChat Everyone despite age or standing will have an equal opportunity to play.

Dane Anthony: What are you looking for in a foreign player?
#SydneyFanChat I am looking for quality and technical ability in foreign players.

Dane Anthony: If you could say only 1 thing to the players before they went on the field, what would it be?
#SydneyFanChat Don’t have any regrets

NOTMironBleiberg: First Question – Do you think it’s time for a new laptop? #oldskool #isthatatypewriter?
#SydneyFanChat Borrowing Media Managers @masokicks laptop. Sorry to say he is still living in the 80s…

Daniel Harapa: Not asking for names but how-s a new striker signing coming along? Names would be good though!
#SydneyFanChat Hopefully will have an answer within the next few days, good try with the names question though.

Enrique: Are the new players coming on board forcing us to change our playing style?
#SydneyFanChat We are not the biggest team, so keeping it on the ground is our objective.

Karie: Who is your equipment manager and are they on Twitter? Curious about their job
#SydneyFanChat Joe Nuitta is our equipment manager and he can’t spell Twitter let alone use it 🙂

pascal bosschaart: Who is the best player you’ve played with?
#SydneyFanChat You in training Pascal. Why are you on Twitter and not in rehab? lol (Glenn Hoddle)

Alex Wain: What do you think were the major flaws in the team last year & how have you address them?
#SydneyFanChat We lacked pace in front of third so that is key to our recruitment!

Ally Haining: ? Crooky you need to sign Will Haining current Captain of Morecambe FC…solid defence natural leader…
#SydneyFanChat You are not related to them by any chance are you?

Jovan Kljaic: Why haven’t you signed David Vrankovic?
#SydneyFanChat I know David well, I was with him in the Youth Team, will continue to monitor his progress

Daniel Wilde: Ian is Daniel Petkovski likely to see any 1st team game time this year? Excited in NYL last year.
#SydneyFanChat As I stated earlier everyone will have equal opportunity to play.

Michael Gullotta: Is Mallia an option to play centre forward similar to Messi’s role and are you looking at a more technically gifted defensive mid?
#SydneyFanChat Mitch Mallia is an option there. Can also play wide

Jason Garrett: What in particular do you look for in a player?
#SydneyFanChat Must have good technical ability and must be comfortable on the ball.

Ashley Pemberton: Are you desperately short of a left back?
#SydneyFanChat No, we have Petkovski, Fabio and Naumoff.

Adrian Markovski: What do you see as the idea position on the ladder at the end of the season, considering the current players & squad you have?
#SydneyFanChat Ideal position on the ladder 1st. We’ll be trying our best to win silverware but realise how difficult it will be

[m.d]: Do you think Hagi Gligor can contribute in any way to the senior team this season? Is he ready, or still a bit raw?
#SydneyFanChat Same as Sherlock and Petkovski, yes he’s raw but very talented and has the ability to contribute #SydneyFanChat

[m.d]: What would you like more, to win the first derby or FTT? 😉
#SydneyFanChat We want to win both!

Alex Wain: What happen to Antonis and his trial overseas? Will he still be a Sky Blue next season? Such talent.
#SydneyFanChat Had his trial and is back with us. Will be staying at Sydney FC this coming season

Alex Wain: Great to hear you want to make @SydneyFC a more attacking team, but would you prefer to win 1-0 or 4-3?
#SydneyFanChat I would prefer 4-3.

Nik Brankovic: Does Sydney FC have Wollongong in the plans this season or next year a lot of fans make the trip to Sydney repay the loyal please
#SydneyFanChat Sorry out of my remit, probably need to speak to higher authorities than myself.

[m.d]: What are you looking forward to most about the Sydney Derby?
#SydneyFanChat I’m looking forward to the atmosphere. A stadium full of competing fans is fantastic 3 points will be nice also

Dale Roots: Do SFC have what it takes to make the top four this season?
#SydneyFanChat That certainly is our aim to make the top four.

[m.d]: What chance is there to get @BosschaartP doing the next?
#SydneyFanChat @bosschaartp would be good but he is too busy with his rehab

Sydney FC Tweets: Who will be your choice to wear @SydneyFC captain’s armband this season and why?
#SydneyFanChat Too early to decide who the captain will be

Mitchell Chivers: Why the hell are you clogging my feed with this dribble
#SydneyFanChat Dribbling is an important part of football

Cameron Langdale: The fans loved Shannon Cole, why was he released?
#SydneyFanChat Was released before I took over.

Jared K: What will be your preferred formation this season?
#SydneyFanChat Preferred system is 1-4-3-3

Alex Wain: If you could have @SydneyFC play a friendly against any current team in the world, who would it be & why?
#SydneyFanChat Caymen Islands national team away. Great beaches and much more… Or Barcelona in Football terms.

Mendy Berger: Why are the games on Saturday? Sunday is way easier? And on Sunday we get better crowds?
#SydneyFanChat The dates of games are out of our control but game day is game day to me

[m.d]: Do you see Norwich staying up in the EPL this year?
#SydneyFanChat Yes. Comfortably!!

Stephen Armstrong: As a fan living Interstate I’m wondering will there be an option for fan meet and greets when the team plays away?
#SydneyFanChat Logistically it will be very difficult but we will look into it

Jamie Kingsman: If u had to pick a starting 11 today who would be in it?
#SydneyFanChat Would be unfair to choose at this stage. I want to see who will impress me in training first then I can choose.

Mendy Berger: Can we have something where the fans meet the players? And kick a ball around a bit?
#SydneyFanChat We will be having a Fan Day before the 2012/13 season begins

Pascal: Why did Sydney release mark bridge he was good for us
#SydneyFanChat Both Mark and @SydneyFC thought he needed a new challenge

[m.d]: Are you looking at A.Griffifths to be playing in CB next to Boss?
#SydneyFanChat Adam is comfortable at centre back or defensive midfield but centre back is his best position