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Babbel puts struggling Wanderers on notice

Western Sydney's 5-1 defeat to Newcastle at home have extended their winless run to 10 A-League matches, a club record.

Babbel puts struggling Wanderers on notice

Western Sydney's 5-1 defeat to Newcastle at home have extended their winless run to 10 A-League matches, a club record.

MARKUS BABBEL, head coach of Hoffenheim looks on during the training session of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for the upcoming Bundesliga season at Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion in Sinsheim, Germany.
MARKUS BABBEL, head coach of Hoffenheim looks on during the training session of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for the upcoming Bundesliga season at Dietmar-Hopp-Stadion in Sinsheim, Germany. Picture:Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images

Western Sydney coach Markus Babbel has put his under-performing squad on notice that their jobs are on the line.

The Wanderers' season of woe has seemingly hit rock bottom after being embarrassed 5-1 by Newcastle on their own turf on Friday night.


It continued a club record run of 10 straight matches without a win, and the notoriously straightforward Babbel didn't mince his words against post-match.

"This is a result game. Last season wasn't good. This season is not good. So you think we go with the same team in the next season?" Babbel said.

"I can't believe."

Three of the Wanderers players that featured in the inept display against the Jets come off-contract at the end of the season, including captain Brendan Hamill.

Imports Oriol Riera, Alex Baumjohann and Raul Llorente are also without deals.

Transfer window signings Kwame Yeboah and Mitchell Duke, who scored 19 seconds into his club debut on Friday, have added some starch.

However Babbel is otherwise stuck with an inexperienced squad that have lurched from one disappointing defeat to the next in his first season in charge.

With 10 games remaining the Wanderers are all but out of the finals picture.

While Babbel remains intent on salvaging the season, he admits players are also playing for their futures.

"Maybe here, maybe somewhere, I don't know. But they have to understand this is a business," he said.

"If you do not a good job, maybe someone is coming for your job. Some younger guys they have to learn it, but older guys, they know how it works.

"So it's a chance there now for them to show we are in the right place, or someone else is coming."

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