It has been widely speculated that a third Sydney team will be created if Wellington Phoenix is not granted the license extension they’re looking for. FMF can confirm today that Auckland City FC could become the 10th A-League team, ahead of any new Australia-based franchise.
It is believed that the third best team in the world – and not a third team from Sydney – will be the surprise entry in to the A-League, with discussions on Auckland City’s inclusion dating back to the Club World Cup.
Surprisingly, Auckland City FC have rebutted all advances from the FFA, with an issued statement saying the club prefers to remain in Oceania for the better development of New Zealand football, rather than risk participating in any Asian confederation competition.
Manuel Tribulietx, a relative of Spanish head coach Ramon Tribulietx, told FMF that, “Playing in the Club World Cup is better for the growth and direction of this club than any Mickey Mouse competition FFA could offer us entry into”.
“Quite simply, there isn’t any prize money in the Hyundai A-League, whilst entry in to the Club World Club presents a significant windfall gain, especially given our players are semi-professional. As an added bonus, the club would not have to put up with pressures from FFA when it comes to crowds, memberships, TV audience, and faceoffs.”
FMF spoke with a key FFA strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity. Steven had this to say. “With my father now moving on as chairman of the FFA, this development has given rise to some quick thinking internally to get this sorted out before he hands over to me.. err.. Steven. So despite the pressure from AFC to remove Wellington out of the competition, we’ve decided to claim Wellington, or Auckland City – whoever decides to stay in the league – as ‘Australian’ just like Russell Crowe, and see if it works out better for us than cutting off the region altogether.”