Arnold an oblique strategist?

An interesting take from Jonathan Howcroft on Sydney FC’s continued success:

“The oblique strategies was a set of cards created by Eno and his painter friend Peter Schmidt, and published as a signed limited edition in 1975. On each card is printed an (often quite abstract) instruction, which is invoked when an artist, producer or band has reached some form of creative impasse and requires external disruptive influence to suggest new ideas.”

But you can see where he is going with this oblique theory. Sydney have been so utterly successful this season, sweeping all before them, they are in danger of running out of steam, similar to the 2007 New England Patriots. Can Graeme Arnold continue to motivate the squad and see them through to winning the Grand Final?

Again, the Sky Blues’ success raises questions of how the A-League champion should be decided – first past the post or via the obligatory Australian-standard final series? Which represents our footballing culture best but also translates to mass appeal?

Howcroft’s sly dig at the FFA was particularly enjoyable:

If FFA does open a deck of oblique strategy cards, it would be serendipitous if they pulled out “Towards the insignificant”.

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