The Second Decade of Melbourne City FC

No club in the last decade of the A-League has gone through as dramatic a transformation as Melbourne City. While the Team of the Decade discussion on the podcast has given rise to retrospection and assessment of the past, the more difficult path may be predicting the future of our club. In the last ten years, we’ve said goodbye to wheelie bins and hello to CFA Melbourne. On the field, we’ve seen the beginnings of an upturn of performances and quality, but what kind of off-field changes might we expect to see before 2030? Here are some of our predictions:

I, for one, welcome our new CFFA overlord

Since CFG bought the A-League licence from Melbourne Heart, we’ve seen a significant increase in their activities relating to the governance of football in Australia. From playing a significant, if not starring, role in the AFPCA and movement towards an independent A-League, to pushing for changes to things like the salary cap and player loans/transfers. Now with the new FFA CEO being announced as James Johnson, ex-CFG Senior Vice President of external affairs, we have another link from our owners to the leadership of football in this country.

New FFA CEO James Johnson

Important decisions regarding the running of football in this country, at least at league level, are being heralded by those in charge of our club, and we can only expect to benefit from it in the long term. Expected changes such as abolishing the salary cap and transfer fees between A-League clubs will allow us to use our financial stability to further our club’s performance and, hopefully, lead to success.

CFA Melbourne v2.0

In the embers of Melbourne Heart’s second season, on May 24, 2012, a fan forum was held at La Trobe University wit