Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.


Alistair Edwards' sons failed to shine at Perth Glory, so storm was always brewing

Michael Lynch There’s hardly a father alive who hasn’t wanted the best for his son, who has not done what he could to help him, or swiftly moved to defend him when he is the subject of unwarranted criticism.


Waiting for Glory years

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Perth Glory is not quite an A-League byword for dysfunctionality.


Sack race safest bet in erratic A-League

Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch The A-League is one of the most highly regulated soccer competitions in the world.


Coaches begin volatile game

John Kosmina

Michael Lynch The salary cap and restrictions on squad sizes and the number of foreign players that can be signed means the A-League is one of the most highly regulated football competitions in the world.


How the A-League teams are shaping up


Michael Lynch Michael Lynch runs the rule over the clubs in 2013-14 and predicts that Victory coach Ange Postecoglou and his Adelaide counterpart Josep Gombau might be facing off in the finale.

Victory go down to Perth in friendly

Adrian Leijer lined up at the heart of defence.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory brings its pre-season campaign against A-League sides to a mixed conclusion, losing 2-1 at home to Perth Glory in a friendly behind closed doors at AAMI Park.


No rush on Grella return

In the groove: Fitness is top priority for new Melbourne Heart midfielder Vince Grella.

Michael Lynch Vince Grella getting the lie of the land at his new club's training base at La Trobe University.

Victory still has plenty to do: Postecoglou

Victory coach Ange Postecoglou has reason to be happy after the game.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou hasn't had the success he has enjoyed in recent years by taking things easy.


Familiar faces in running to lead Phoenix

Ernie Merrick

Michael Lynch A long list of candidates is bidding to replace Ricki Herbert as coach of Wellington Phoenix.


Sack the coach, the favoured tactic for losing clubs


Michael Lynch Sacking the coach is a tradition in world soccer, and A-League club owners don't want to let the side down.


Experienced coaches have edge in finals

Alastair Edwards has turned things around at Perth.

Michael Lynch Among A-League finals qualifiers, Victory and Mariners have coaches with more experience.


Glory not to be taken too lightly

Perth Glory

Michael Lynch Teams usually get a fillip after sacking a manager and appointing a replacement, but often the effect is short-lived.

Foreigners, locals to form a long queue


Michael Lynch Best-placed local candidate for Heart job would be assistant Ante Milicic.

The never ending Glory

More please: Eli Babalj hopes to repeat his goalscoring form at Adelaide in his home town against Perth Glory.

Michael Lynch, Perth Highest A-League finish and first home final suggest good days ahead for Glory.


Door open for Glory's McGarry

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15:  Steven Mcgarry of the Glory celebrates a goall during the round 15 A-League match between the Melbourne Heart and the Perth Glory at AAMI Park on January 15, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Perth Glory will give Scottish forward Steve McGarry until close to kick-off to prove his fitness.

Ferguson survives a hard road for Glory

Ian Ferguson

Michael Lynch Taunted by his club's fans, who doubted he could coax the best from the team, scoffed at by a media unimpressed with its playing style, and seemingly scorned by club owner Tony Sage, it is fair to...


Postecoglou saga takes more twists and turns

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17:  Coach Ange Postecoglou of the Roar watches on during the round 11 A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on December 17, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou remains tight-lipped on speculation he will bid Brisbane Roar goodbye.


Brisbane set to roar again

Brisbane star Besart Berisha tries to argue a point with referee Torki Mohsen during the AFC Asian Champions League match against Ulsan Hyundai during the week.

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar goes into A-League grand final as a hot favourite to make it back-to-back titles.

Final to test the best's mettle

Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar

Michael Lynch Most teams go into grand finals fresh and rested, primed for the ultimate test.

Uproar over Roar victory

Steve Pantelidis of the Glory shows his frustration as he questions referee Jarred Gillett over his decision to award the Roar a penalty.

Michael Lynch, Brisbane Controversy over title-deciding spot kick only one of many embarrassing incidents.