With both Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC yet to win in the Asian Champions League this season, Mark Bosnich has weighed in on what must change for Australian teams to perform again in the competition.
Australian sides have struggled significantly in the ACL since Western Sydney Wanderers claimed the title in 2014.
Bosnich declaring that Australia's youth development is in need of a serious review with a particularly young Victory squad on Wednesday night thumped 4-0 by Daegu.
"How do we change it?" Bosnich said on Fox Sports.
"First and foremost there must be a rethink of how we’re producing footballers...time to rip it up and start again."
The former Manchester United keeper then turned his attention to the A-League's salary cap, declaring it's well past the time it was scrapped.
"We’ve had our peaks periods, two teams have been in the (ACL) final, we’ve won the Asian Cup in 2015," he said.
"That now seems like a golden period, at that time we should have dropped the salary cap to continue our progression and to allow teams to invest heavily in not just teams, but in squads to make it easier for them when it comes to this time of the season.
"That needs to go, it should have gone in 2014, we saw what happened to the Wanderers then the following season because of those restrictions. They were punished for their success…that is completely wrong. Football is a game based on meritocracy where that you’re rewarded for your success.
"The only reason we’ve got it is because when we were coming out of the NSL era things had to be set in place to get things off to a good start. That time is gone now.
"Forget other sports, they haven’t got international competitions to worry about."
Victory marquee Keisuke Honda also recently hit out at the salary cap after seeing his side struggle to perform in Asia.
"The league and everyone has to think how to break the salary cap,” Honda told Fox Sports.
“When we played against Asian teams in the ACL, we couldn’t succeed. For supporters who want to see just A-League it’s good, these rules, because always there’s not a very big difference (between teams).
“But for supporters who want to see success in Asia, (the salary cap) has cons as well.”