‘ Fall guys’ – Straka

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

AN ashen-faced Franz Straka is con­vinced the Fury were set up to fail from day one.

Al­most 48 hours on from Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia’s much-crit­i­cised de­ci­sion to can the A-League club, North Queens­land FC’s ex-coach was a shadow of the en­er­getic fig­ure usu­ally seen in pub­lic.

As he looked out over The Strand yes­ter­day morn­ing, t he Czech ad­mit­ted t his week’s events had given him plenty to think about.

Each time, Straka comes back to the same sen­ti­ment: ‘ ‘ The Fury never had a chance’’.

‘ ‘ This an­nounce­ment in Oc­to­ber ( when the Fury were banned from rene­go­ti­at­ing with play­ers), you have a look at the games, how many did we lose by a goal? How many games were in­volved with wrong de­ci­sions against Fury?’’ Straka said.

‘‘ You have to be care­ful about what you want to say, but I think ev­ery­thing was pre­pared to stop the work here.

‘‘ This year for me and the young play­ers, es­pe­cially, was very hard.

‘‘ Maybe the peo­ple

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