We are near the midway point -- curse you, uneven rounds and byes -- of the A-League season. It's time for some perspective.
To this point, it appears the competition this season is broken up into three tiers, as reflected by the ladder: Sydney, Melbourne City to Adelaide United, then the rest. It's the A-League, though, so anything can happen between now and the time the Toilet Seat is lifted in triumph.
1. Sydney FC
The ladder does not lie. Sydney have unquestionably been the A-League's...
The under-performing Newcastle Jets have sacked A-League coach Ernie Merrick.
Merrick took Newcastle to a grand final in 2017-18 but this season the Jets have won just two of their 11 matches and are sitting bottom of the table with a goal difference of -14.
"During Ernie's tenure, the club reached its first grand final in more than 10 years and we're grateful for his contribution during his two-and-a-half years in Newcastle," chief executive Lawrie McKinna said.