DERBY rivals Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers clash tonight as the clubs’ top men go head to head from 9pm on 2MM’s Soccer Stoppage Time.
In a coup for the Greek community radio station, Sky Blues CEO Tony Pignata and Wanderers football manager John Tsatsimas will take the hot seat in a no holds barred interview before fielding calls from football fans.
Co-host Phillip “Chubba” Fourlas says the big question for Pignata will be how the foundation club responds to the success of the new boys who stormed the A-League in their first year, picking up the Premiers Plate.
Meanwhile Wanderers will be quizzed on their strategy to avoid the pitfalls of the second season syndrome. Fourlas says the show hopes to get the inside run on player movements and membership plans for the clubs’ 2013/14 campaigns.
Fourlas, along with co-hosts Nick Kambounis and Jim Augerinos – and regular Monday night guest, player agent Tony Rallis - expect to ruffle a few feathers in the hour-long face off.
“Wanderers have been a major hit in the west and they seem to have embraced the community a lot better than Sydney FC,” Fourlas told au.fourfourtwo.com.
“So what have Sydney FC done wrong or how can they improve in that way? And we’re going to ask John how Wanderers can maintain what they’ve achieved in the first season.
“Wanderers obviously had a phenomenal season, so what is their membership drive for the new season, what are they trying to achieve, what are their new targets, what’s happening with Parramatta Stadium?
“We also want to get some sort of idea of the players they’re looking at at the moment. (Assistant coach) Ante Milicic is overseas and so is (coach) Tony Popovic but are there any players locally they’re looking at as well?”
Fourlas, who was heavily involved in the National Soccer League with Sydney Olympic and once hosted the program Soccer Express, said the Wanderers had been enthusiastically embraced by the Greek community.
“When Sydney FC started there was all that stigma where they didn’t want anything to do with the National Soccer League fans and the old kind of fans whereas West Sydney have done it in a different way – they’ve welcomed everyone,” he added.
“It’s something I want to bring up with Tony (Pignata) as well.”
The show, launched three months ago on the back of the Wanderers success, has strong ties to the expansion club but Fourlas insists the focus is on the entire A-League.
Having already snared interviews with Brisbane Roar’s Mike Mulvey and title-winning coach Graham Arnold, the program has lined up Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou for the hot seat in a couple of weeks.
To catch the Sydney on air derby tonight tune into 1665 AM Sydney or listen online here listen online here. The line opens for calls from 9.30pm on (02) 9564 6400.