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Pressure mounts on Babbel with Wanderers season in the balance

Western Sydney coach Markus Babbel is facing increased pressure to keep his job after the Wanderers suffered a seventh defeat of the season on Saturday, leaving the club 20 points from top spot.

A 2-0 defeat away to Wellington was compounded by the lacklustre performance of the team that was void of attacking direction, cohesion in possession and concentration in defence. It was a display that’s become all too synonymous with the Wanderers this season and sources close to the Wanderers board suggest Babbel is set to answer some stern questions as the coach responsible.

Markus Babbel shows his frustration during the Wanderers' defeat in Wellington on Saturday.

Markus Babbel shows his frustration during the Wanderers’ defeat in Wellington on Saturday. Credit:Getty

The result continues the Wanderers recent woes, sliding to eighth place on the ladder having lead the league after round three. Babbel has lost six of his past nine games, picking up just five points from a possible 27. Perhaps more concerning is his overall record at the club, winning just 10 of his 40 A-League games and losing 22 times since arriving in 2018.

Throughout that period, the club has invested heavily on the team and their facilities.

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