“If you’re not buying into that, then we don’t want you”

“If you’re not buying into that, then we don’t want you”


The message is clear.

If you are a football player looking for an opening but are not prepared to meet high expectations, then do not expect to get a gig at South Melbourne.

Few clubs in Australia are as storied as Hellas, boasting a decorated history littered with trophies and accolades.

Now, as is well known, the NPL Victoria club is making plenty of noise about its credentials to be included in the A-League, a step up which would pit South in Australia’s top flight league for the first time since the NSL’s collapse in 2004.

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So much so that the giant leap of announcing Brazil legend Roberto Carlos would coach the club in the A-League has already been taken.

Lofty ambition means the bar of expectation is set equally as high both on the pitch and behind the scenes. And South’s players feel the weight of that expectation.

With the fanfare and perceived arrogance has come plenty of criticism from the outside. Defender Kristian Konstantinidis told Wednesday’s Daily Football Show players must be able to draw on that audacity.

“That (high expectation) is what comes with a top flight club, your top level clubs with an amount of success,” he said.

“If you’re not buying into that, then we don’t want you. The state of this game at the moment, it needs successful clubs, it needs successful people.

“We’re just trying to do our best for the club and for the game. At the end of the day, we do what we can.

“If you’re not with us, or your against us, that’s fine, but at the end of the day, it’s just motivation.”

Ultimately, Konstantinidis said, he and his teammates are not fazed by discourse from outsiders.

“We don’t buy into it. We just stick to what we know,” the 26-year-old added.

“It comes back to game day. The gaffer always says, ‘look, just concentrate on what we can do and what we know we can do and we’ll beat anyone’.

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“We demand success. We want to be successful and we want to bring good things to the game here in Victoria and in Australia.”

South had their pride dented in NPL Victoria at the weekend, failing to snatch the premiership away from traditional rivals Heidelberg United.

While the Bergers claimed an emphatic 5-3 come from behind win over Bulleen Lions, South slumped to a 3-2 defeat to Kingston City at Lakeside.

They will be back in action at the same venue on Wednesday night, out to clinch a last eight berth for the first time in the FFA Cup.

South are up against Sorrento FC of WA, coached by Jamie Harnwell, who ousted 2016’s Cinderella story Canberra Olympic 1-0.