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    Jetstream Interviews - Ernie Merrick and Lawrie McKinna

    The Jets have again been kind enough to allow The Jetstream time for an extended interview with both Ernie Merrick and Lawrie McKinna.

    As we have in the past, we will pose the questions from the fans to both Ernie and Lawrie. Questions will be vetoed by us before being asked.

    Make it clear, as well, who you are asking the question to.

    Questions will close Wednesday 27th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeterpool View Post
    The Jets have again been kind enough to allow The Jetstream time for an extended interview with both Ernie Merrick and Lawrie McKinna.

    As we have in the past, we will pose the questions from the fans to both Ernie and Lawrie. Questions will be vetoed by us before being asked.

    Make it clear, as well, who you are asking the question to.

    Questions will close Wednesday 27th.
    Question to Lawrie: Are we definitely going to sign a Chinese player this season? Are we waiting until Jan's transfer window to sign them?

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    Question to Ernie: When our current way of playing gets found out during the season and teams learn how counter our play style, Will we have other formations/Game plans to turn to. I feel this was a major problem with past managers only having a Plan A and no Plan B or C.
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    Question to Ernie - In Season 2 (2006/07), the Victory were defeated by the Jets 4-0 in the last round (Round 21) and have always seemed to be the Victory's bogey side. Something I have always wondered is what would have happened had the Jets defeated Adelaide in Premliminary final shootout and made it to the Grand Final. History shows your team won 6-0 in that Grand Final.

    Question a) What do you remember about that 4-0 game and b) Were you happier to be playing Adelaide in that season instead of the Jets?
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    Question to the Gypo CEO

    Where the **** are the Jet Shaped Hats??

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    Lawrie:
    Where are our jet shaped hats?
    Where is the statue of Griff?

    Serious question to Lawrie
    Now the Jets have resumed control over the Emerging Jets, will we see a change in the way they select, train and play? It seems that the Mariners spend more time watching / recruiting the local junior NPL than the Jets do and they play in that comp.

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    Are you happy with your depth at main striker?

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    Ernie: Our most successful keeper in recent years had flappy hands. Is our GK coach aware of this technique and is it something the current GK's practice each training session ?

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    LM - who was involved in the process of kit design and approvals for this years playing kits? Will there be any plans for fan consultation, design input, etc for future?

    LM - the emerald and cinnamon colours were ignored by the club again this season. Once upon a time in Jets history, 76% of members voted for these colours to be used in our kit. Why was the colours not used again this season?

    LM - you recently invited the active supporters group NCL to Westfield Kotara, and in that invitation stated that with the signing of Ronald Vargas "that completes our squad". Is our squad completed, or do we still plan on using the spare squad spot + are we still trying to offload Daniel Alessi and replace him also? It seems like we have one, maybe two positions free - are we not using them?

    LM - you stated on Twitter that we will have 2 players outside of the salary cap. Ronald Vargas is one - who is the other?

    LM - will the NCL, now the clubs official supporters group, be held to the same FFA required active support standards that the Squadron were previously held to?

    LM - last season the Jetstream presented awards to people in the club thru votes from fans. One of these awards was Staff Member of the Year, which was awarded to Luke Blundell. That was quite the achievement for a young man who came thru the club ranks starting off as a volunteer. What does the future hold within club for its Staff Member of the Year?

    LM - do you expect David Lowe to be in Ernie's corner as much as he was in Mark Jones' last season?

    LM - is it difficult to balance all the work you have as CEO + help coach our Youth Team? Surely it isn't the ideal scenario. How did we find ourselves in this predicament? Are there plans in place to lighten your workload?

    LM - what do you consider to be your 5 biggest achievements as Jets CEO? If fans were to attempt to assess if you have done a good job or not, what would you say are your best results during your time?

    LM - what are your 3 biggest plans for the clubs future and how will you attempt to achieve them?

    LM - this offseason we farewelled Andrew Hoole, Ben Kennedy & Kristian Brymora - 3 locally grown players. We have not added any local players to our senior roster since. As CEO of the club, does that alarm you? Are local players considered an important part of the club and its future plans, or do the club not mind where the majority of its squad is from?

    LM - ticket prices for interstate games are $25+ per fan. Can you put forward to the FFA a proposal similar to the setup with CCM in that club members get entry, or even subsidized tickets, to away games?

    LM - what are your thoughts on promotion/relegation in Australian football? Would it be good or bad for the game? Would it be good or bad for the Jets? Is being held accountable for coming last the least desirable thing you can imagine for your club?

    EM - Ernie was quoted in an article when it was first announced we would be signing a marquee that there were three players shortlisted and he hoped to get one of them. Was Ronald Vargas one of these originally targeted players? Was Vargas the player who we nearly signed, and flew his bags over, or was that another player?

    EM - how do the Jets facilities in general compare to your previous clubs? Where and how can we improve to make our club as good as or better than other clubs from an off-field perspective - training fields, gyms, resources, etc?

    EM - you have one squad spot still available, and potentially a second if you can move on Daniel Alessi or another player. What would be the ideal positions to fill with these remaining squad spots?

    EM - are you worried that we don't have enough depth in the number 9 striker position? It feels like we have a distinct lack of option outside of Roy O'Donovan.

    EM - in your time you have coached some absolutely wonderful import players - Carlos Hernandez, Fred & Roly Bonevacia instantly come to mind. How does Ronald Vargas compare?

    LM & EM - ignoring all other achievements, what is the minimum requirement of Ladder Position for the club this upcoming season? Is it reasonable for fans to have a minimum expectation of Finals Football? From a coach and CEO perspective, will you consider anything less than 6th place a failure, and how will you react if you don't achieve this?

    LM & EM - did Fabio Grosso dive in 2006?
    OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by pv4 View Post
    LM - who was involved in the process of kit design and approvals for this years playing kits? Will there be any plans for fan consultation, design input, etc for future?

    LM - the emerald and cinnamon colours were ignored by the club again this season. Once upon a time in Jets history, 76% of members voted for these colours to be used in our kit. Why was the colours not used again this season?

    LM - you recently invited the active supporters group NCL to Westfield Kotara, and in that invitation stated that with the signing of Ronald Vargas "that completes our squad". Is our squad completed, or do we still plan on using the spare squad spot + are we still trying to offload Daniel Alessi and replace him also? It seems like we have one, maybe two positions free - are we not using them?

    LM - you stated on Twitter that we will have 2 players outside of the salary cap. Ronald Vargas is one - who is the other?

    LM - will the NCL, now the clubs official supporters group, be held to the same FFA required active support standards that the Squadron were previously held to?

    LM - last season the Jetstream presented awards to people in the club thru votes from fans. One of these awards was Staff Member of the Year, which was awarded to Luke Blundell. That was quite the achievement for a young man who came thru the club ranks starting off as a volunteer. What does the future hold within club for its Staff Member of the Year?

    LM - do you expect David Lowe to be in Ernie's corner as much as he was in Mark Jones' last season?

    LM - is it difficult to balance all the work you have as CEO + help coach our Youth Team? Surely it isn't the ideal scenario. How did we find ourselves in this predicament? Are there plans in place to lighten your workload?

    LM - what do you consider to be your 5 biggest achievements as Jets CEO? If fans were to attempt to assess if you have done a good job or not, what would you say are your best results during your time?

    LM - what are your 3 biggest plans for the clubs future and how will you attempt to achieve them?

    LM - this offseason we farewelled Andrew Hoole, Ben Kennedy & Kristian Brymora - 3 locally grown players. We have not added any local players to our senior roster since. As CEO of the club, does that alarm you? Are local players considered an important part of the club and its future plans, or do the club not mind where the majority of its squad is from?

    LM - ticket prices for interstate games are $25+ per fan. Can you put forward to the FFA a proposal similar to the setup with CCM in that club members get entry, or even subsidized tickets, to away games?

    LM - what are your thoughts on promotion/relegation in Australian football? Would it be good or bad for the game? Would it be good or bad for the Jets? Is being held accountable for coming last the least desirable thing you can imagine for your club?

    EM - Ernie was quoted in an article when it was first announced we would be signing a marquee that there were three players shortlisted and he hoped to get one of them. Was Ronald Vargas one of these originally targeted players? Was Vargas the player who we nearly signed, and flew his bags over, or was that another player?

    EM - how do the Jets facilities in general compare to your previous clubs? Where and how can we improve to make our club as good as or better than other clubs from an off-field perspective - training fields, gyms, resources, etc?

    EM - you have one squad spot still available, and potentially a second if you can move on Daniel Alessi or another player. What would be the ideal positions to fill with these remaining squad spots?

    EM - are you worried that we don't have enough depth in the number 9 striker position? It feels like we have a distinct lack of option outside of Roy O'Donovan.

    EM - in your time you have coached some absolutely wonderful import players - Carlos Hernandez, Fred & Roly Bonevacia instantly come to mind. How does Ronald Vargas compare?

    LM & EM - ignoring all other achievements, what is the minimum requirement of Ladder Position for the club this upcoming season? Is it reasonable for fans to have a minimum expectation of Finals Football? From a coach and CEO perspective, will you consider anything less than 6th place a failure, and how will you react if you don't achieve this?

    LM & EM - did Fabio Grosso dive in 2006?
    All great questions. Hope alot of them are posed to LM and EM

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    Quote Originally Posted by pv4 View Post
    LM - who was involved in the process of kit design and approvals for this years playing kits? Will there be any plans for fan consultation, design input, etc for future?

    LM - the emerald and cinnamon colours were ignored by the club again this season. Once upon a time in Jets history, 76% of members voted for these colours to be used in our kit. Why was the colours not used again this season?

    LM - you recently invited the active supporters group NCL to Westfield Kotara, and in that invitation stated that with the signing of Ronald Vargas "that completes our squad". Is our squad completed, or do we still plan on using the spare squad spot + are we still trying to offload Daniel Alessi and replace him also? It seems like we have one, maybe two positions free - are we not using them?

    LM - you stated on Twitter that we will have 2 players outside of the salary cap. Ronald Vargas is one - who is the other?

    LM - will the NCL, now the clubs official supporters group, be held to the same FFA required active support standards that the Squadron were previously held to?

    LM - last season the Jetstream presented awards to people in the club thru votes from fans. One of these awards was Staff Member of the Year, which was awarded to Luke Blundell. That was quite the achievement for a young man who came thru the club ranks starting off as a volunteer. What does the future hold within club for its Staff Member of the Year?

    LM - do you expect David Lowe to be in Ernie's corner as much as he was in Mark Jones' last season?

    LM - is it difficult to balance all the work you have as CEO + help coach our Youth Team? Surely it isn't the ideal scenario. How did we find ourselves in this predicament? Are there plans in place to lighten your workload?

    LM - what do you consider to be your 5 biggest achievements as Jets CEO? If fans were to attempt to assess if you have done a good job or not, what would you say are your best results during your time?

    LM - what are your 3 biggest plans for the clubs future and how will you attempt to achieve them?

    LM - this offseason we farewelled Andrew Hoole, Ben Kennedy & Kristian Brymora - 3 locally grown players. We have not added any local players to our senior roster since. As CEO of the club, does that alarm you? Are local players considered an important part of the club and its future plans, or do the club not mind where the majority of its squad is from?

    LM - ticket prices for interstate games are $25+ per fan. Can you put forward to the FFA a proposal similar to the setup with CCM in that club members get entry, or even subsidized tickets, to away games?

    LM - what are your thoughts on promotion/relegation in Australian football? Would it be good or bad for the game? Would it be good or bad for the Jets? Is being held accountable for coming last the least desirable thing you can imagine for your club?

    EM - Ernie was quoted in an article when it was first announced we would be signing a marquee that there were three players shortlisted and he hoped to get one of them. Was Ronald Vargas one of these originally targeted players? Was Vargas the player who we nearly signed, and flew his bags over, or was that another player?

    EM - how do the Jets facilities in general compare to your previous clubs? Where and how can we improve to make our club as good as or better than other clubs from an off-field perspective - training fields, gyms, resources, etc?

    EM - you have one squad spot still available, and potentially a second if you can move on Daniel Alessi or another player. What would be the ideal positions to fill with these remaining squad spots?

    EM - are you worried that we don't have enough depth in the number 9 striker position? It feels like we have a distinct lack of option outside of Roy O'Donovan.

    EM - in your time you have coached some absolutely wonderful import players - Carlos Hernandez, Fred & Roly Bonevacia instantly come to mind. How does Ronald Vargas compare?

    LM & EM - ignoring all other achievements, what is the minimum requirement of Ladder Position for the club this upcoming season? Is it reasonable for fans to have a minimum expectation of Finals Football? From a coach and CEO perspective, will you consider anything less than 6th place a failure, and how will you react if you don't achieve this?

    LM & EM - did Fabio Grosso dive in 2006?
    Slow day in the office, mate?

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    Haha look at Mike Monroe over there kicking doors in.

    Those 2 blokes aren't giving you a straight answer on anything.

    Except the last one, the answer is yes and it was def a pen.

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    isnt kanta outside the cap for homegrown?

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    Apologies if this was asked previously, but (for Ernie):

    Why no cinnamon and emerald? Will it be considered soon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pv4 View Post
    LM - who was involved in the process of kit design and approvals for this years playing kits? Will there be any plans for fan consultation, design input, etc for future?

    LM - the emerald and cinnamon colours were ignored by the club again this season. Once upon a time in Jets history, 76% of members voted for these colours to be used in our kit. Why was the colours not used again this season?

    LM - you recently invited the active supporters group NCL to Westfield Kotara, and in that invitation stated that with the signing of Ronald Vargas "that completes our squad". Is our squad completed, or do we still plan on using the spare squad spot + are we still trying to offload Daniel Alessi and replace him also? It seems like we have one, maybe two positions free - are we not using them?

    LM - you stated on Twitter that we will have 2 players outside of the salary cap. Ronald Vargas is one - who is the other?

    LM - will the NCL, now the clubs official supporters group, be held to the same FFA required active support standards that the Squadron were previously held to?

    LM - last season the Jetstream presented awards to people in the club thru votes from fans. One of these awards was Staff Member of the Year, which was awarded to Luke Blundell. That was quite the achievement for a young man who came thru the club ranks starting off as a volunteer. What does the future hold within club for its Staff Member of the Year?

    LM - do you expect David Lowe to be in Ernie's corner as much as he was in Mark Jones' last season?

    LM - is it difficult to balance all the work you have as CEO + help coach our Youth Team? Surely it isn't the ideal scenario. How did we find ourselves in this predicament? Are there plans in place to lighten your workload?

    LM - what do you consider to be your 5 biggest achievements as Jets CEO? If fans were to attempt to assess if you have done a good job or not, what would you say are your best results during your time?

    LM - what are your 3 biggest plans for the clubs future and how will you attempt to achieve them?

    LM - this offseason we farewelled Andrew Hoole, Ben Kennedy & Kristian Brymora - 3 locally grown players. We have not added any local players to our senior roster since. As CEO of the club, does that alarm you? Are local players considered an important part of the club and its future plans, or do the club not mind where the majority of its squad is from?

    LM - ticket prices for interstate games are $25+ per fan. Can you put forward to the FFA a proposal similar to the setup with CCM in that club members get entry, or even subsidized tickets, to away games?

    LM - what are your thoughts on promotion/relegation in Australian football? Would it be good or bad for the game? Would it be good or bad for the Jets? Is being held accountable for coming last the least desirable thing you can imagine for your club?

    EM - Ernie was quoted in an article when it was first announced we would be signing a marquee that there were three players shortlisted and he hoped to get one of them. Was Ronald Vargas one of these originally targeted players? Was Vargas the player who we nearly signed, and flew his bags over, or was that another player?

    EM - how do the Jets facilities in general compare to your previous clubs? Where and how can we improve to make our club as good as or better than other clubs from an off-field perspective - training fields, gyms, resources, etc?

    EM - you have one squad spot still available, and potentially a second if you can move on Daniel Alessi or another player. What would be the ideal positions to fill with these remaining squad spots?

    EM - are you worried that we don't have enough depth in the number 9 striker position? It feels like we have a distinct lack of option outside of Roy O'Donovan.

    EM - in your time you have coached some absolutely wonderful import players - Carlos Hernandez, Fred & Roly Bonevacia instantly come to mind. How does Ronald Vargas compare?

    LM & EM - ignoring all other achievements, what is the minimum requirement of Ladder Position for the club this upcoming season? Is it reasonable for fans to have a minimum expectation of Finals Football? From a coach and CEO perspective, will you consider anything less than 6th place a failure, and how will you react if you don't achieve this?

    LM & EM - did Fabio Grosso dive in 2006?
    interview questions sorted! nice work pv4

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    Ernie: How have you found working with the current staff at the Jets? With the last couple of seasons of dread did you ever consider coming in and cleaning up and starting a new with a whole new set of staff? How much of a loss was Jess Vanstratten? Also it seems there is no performance analyst from last season, does the club have an emphasis on video and data?

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    LM - the club memberships from the 12/13 season onwards were: 11,007, 10,115, 10,003, 9,266, and last season was 8,703. Roughly a 20% decrease over 5 years, with a decrease every single year. At time of writing, the current membership tally for 17/18 is 6284. Do you predict the numbers to be more or less than last season? What are your plans to bring back the 3000+ members who haven't signed up from 5 years ago, plus bring new members in?
    OK

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    LM - With the Chinese Government's restriction on spending on investment in "trophy assets" such as football clubs affecting European football clubs under Chinese Ownership, and the transfer of players into China, what impacts, if any, do you forsee having on Ledman Group's ownership of the Jets?
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    LM: If you considered running for a political office again, would you try to be preselected with a party? Which one? And which jurisdiction? And what do you think about coal's role in Australia's energy future? And should same-sex couples be able to marry? And, lastly, how should Newcastle be preparing for the age of driverless cars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couscous View Post
    LM: If you considered running for a political office again, would you try to be preselected with a party? Which one? And which jurisdiction? And what do you think about coal's role in Australia's energy future? And should same-sex couples be able to marry? And, lastly, how should Newcastle be preparing for the age of driverless cars?
    Have you got dual citizenship?
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    He won't make that mistake at Newcastle since our team is full of number 2's.

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