Kisnorbo responds to sack reports; coach lays out Roo’s next step: KEEPUP Beyond the A-Leagues

Socceroo Riley McGree starred as Middlesbrough continued their EFL Championship resurgence.

From France’s Ligue 2, the Dutch Eredivisie and the Scottish Premiership to Spain’s Liga F. KEEPUP has you covered on all the Aussie-related news outside the A-Leagues.

Kisnorbo’s uncertain future

Troyes are reportedly set to make a decision on Patrick Kisnorbo’s future on Tuesday as the embattled Ligue 2 club continue to struggle.

After they were relegated from France’s top flight last season, Troyes have only won one of their opening nine matches to hover just outside the relegation zone on goal difference in the second tier.

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Their spiralling form, which dates back to last season when former Melbourne City boss Kisnorbo took over in November, has cast serious doubt over his position.

According to L’Equipe, City Football Group (CFG) are set to make a decision on the under-fire Australian’s future on Tuesday.

Troyes were beaten 1-0 by Saint-Etienne over the weekend, but even if they had emerged triumphant, L’Est Eclair claims the Isuzu UTE A-League Championship-winning coach’s future has already been decided.

Since taking charge, the former Socceroo has only claimed two wins from 33 games, losing 20.

After the weekend’s loss, Kisnorbo was asked about his future in north-central France amid a seven-game winless run which saw fans display a “Kisnorbo Out” banner during the match.

“The most important thing for me is the players,” he told reporters. “My role is to protect them. Concerning me, contact the people concerned.”

Troyes’ general manager Mattijs Mander was also asked to discuss Kisnorbo’s future but he replied: “Not today”.

Hearts’ goal for fan favourite

Cam Devlin recently signed a contract extension at Hearts and the Scottish Premiership club have already mapped out their plans for the Socceroos midfielder.

Devlin is tied down to Hearts until 2025 after the Edinburgh outfit took up the option in the Australia international’s contract following his arrival in 2021-22. They are also reportedly keen to negotiate a deal beyond that.

In the meantime, Hearts head coach Steven Naismith insists the fan favourite – playing alongside fellow Aussies Kye Rowles, Nathaniel Atkinson and Calem Nieuwenhof – still has huge potential to show.

“He’s someone who came here with potential and he’s improved,” Naismith said. “He’s now a regular in his national team set-up. He’s an infectious character who is desperate to learn.

“All these things are good. He’s not somebody who thinks he knows it all, he wants to pick your brain and get better.

“For us it’s about making sure he keeps his consistency levels up. And for him it’s about starting to make inroads on that starting XI for his national team. Those are his next goals.

“I think there is still huge potential in him. The natural attributes of enthusiasm, hard work and energy, he has those in abundance.

“But in terms of reading the game and being more disciplined, he still has a bit to go. That’s probably the easiest bit to pick up. I believe there’s still a long way Cammy can go to improve.”

Hearts are fourth in Scotland’s top flight, nine points adrift of leaders Celtic but level on points with embattled Scottish giants Rangers.

Socceroos captain keeps another clean sheet

Another week and another clean sheet for Australian star Maty Ryan.

Ryan produced a shutout as high-flying AZ Alkmaar preserved their unbeaten start to the Eredivisie season with a 4-0 rout of Fortuna Sittard.

There was no way past the Socceroos captain and AZ, who stayed within two points of league-leading PSV.

Ryan has already kept four clean sheets in the opening seven matches of the season, with AZ only conceding three goals in that period while scoring 20.

Only PSV goalkeeper Walter Benitez (five) has managed more clean sheets in the Eredivisie this term.

Ryan’s AZ host Legia Warsaw in the UEFA Europa Conference League on Friday (AEDT) before visiting Dutch giants Ajax in the Eredivisie on Sunday.

A first start for a Matildas star

It was a memorable day out for Hayley Raso, who made her first start for Spanish giants Real Madrid in Liga F.

The Matildas star swapped Manchester City in the Women’s Super League for Real Madrid in Spain’s top flight over the off-season.

On Monday (AEDT), she was named in the starting XI for the first time and played 60 minutes as Las Blancas made it two wins from two games with a 2-1 victory at Granadilla Tenerife.

Real Madrid kept pace with bitter rivals and defending champions Barcelona.

Fellow Matildas star Mary Fowler also enjoyed a significant outing for Manchester City in the WSL.

She started her first game for City, having arriving in 2022-23, as the club kicked off their campaign with a 2-0 win away to Mackenzie Arnold’s West Ham, despite the Matildas goalkeeper saving a penalty.

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Courtney Nevin started for Leicester City and supplied an assist as the Foxes defeated Bristol City 4-2, Kyra Cooney-Cross made her Arsenal debut but the Gunners lost 1-0 to Liverpool in front of a record crowd, while a Sam Kerr-less Chelsea topped Tottenham 2-1.

Carpenter’s Lyon stay perfect

Defending champions Lyon claimed bragging rights over rivals Paris Saint-Germain with a 1-0 win in Division 1 Feminine.

Ellie Carpenter was in the thick of the action as Lyon stayed perfect through two rounds by leaving Paris with maximum points.

Former Western Sydney Wanderers star and current Matildas defender Clare Hunt was absent for PSG.

Lyon are level with Sarah Hunter’s Paris FC atop the summit in France.

In Sweden, Clare Polkinghorne, Katrina Gorry and Charli Grant all started and played 90 minutes as Vittsjo GIK defeated Linkoping 2-1 to move within one win of the Damallsvenskan’s top three.

Over in the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), Emily van Egmond’s San Diego Wave were too good for Portland Thorns 2-0 as they climbed to the top of the table with two rounds remaining.

Joe Montemurro’s Juventus, meanwhile, routed Sampdoria 4-1 to preserve their 100% record after two matches in Serie A Women.

Cklamovski’s Tokyo in nine-year first

Peter Cklamovski’s FC Tokyo celebrated a big win over Gamba Osaka in the J1 League.

Tokyo cruised to a 3-0 victory – their largest triumph against Gamba since 2014.

Cklamovski’s side are now 10th in the standings with five rounds remaining, level on points with giants Kawasaki Frontale.

Kevin Muscat’s Yokohama F.Marinos, meanwhile, lost ground in the title race.

Defending champions F.Marinos went down 2-0 at home to Vissel Kobe in a top-of-the-table battle that moved the visitors four points clear heading in the final five rounds.

Muscat, who has emerged as a favourite to fill the managerial void at Rangers in Scotland, is refusing to surrender.

“We are not giving up anything. They are currently at the top of the J1 League. Then there’s the ACL (AFC Champions League), and the semi-finals of the Levain Cup,” he said.

“I think the situation we’re in is really exciting… We need to look at various aspects such as injuries. It’s not easy, but we have to do our best for the rest of the season.”

In Japan’s second tier, Socceroos forward Mitch Duke scored but league-leading Machida Zelvia lost 3-2 to Iwaki FC.