How Warren Joyce and the club address this latest challenge may define the coach’s tenure
Melbourne City are in a pickle. “Unrest among fans [is] unlike anything we’ve seen in the Melbourne City era,” announced the club’s officially endorsed supporter group on Thursday. Protests are threatened for Sunday evening’s home fixture against Newcastle Jets. “Warren Joyce can sit on a cactus” wrote one disgruntled fan.
Joyce is in the crosshairs for dropping fan favourite Bruno Fornaroli. Anger is amplified by the reasons for Fornaroli’s demotion remaining unclear. Some media reports indicate the Uruguayan’s skinfolds are of concern while stories are also circulating that an aborted preseason transfer to Sydney FC has led to a breakdown in the relationship between player and club. Joyce himself has refused to address the specifics, speaking only in generalisations around standards and consistency in a bid to illustrate the maxim that no player is bigger than the club.