Archive for January, 2011

How much?

January 21, 2011

howard webb in a man utd top

 Hola. Hope you are well.

I suppose the big football news since my last post was Darren Bent’s move from Sunderland to Aston Villa for an initial fee of £18m, possibly rising to £24m with add-ons. It does strike me as a lot of money to pay for Darren Bent. I know he’s got a good goal scoring record, but I don’t get it. If you had told me Gerard Houllier with all his network of scouts was about to pay £18m (rising to £24m)  for a striker, I think it would have taken me a long time before I would have come up with the name Darren Bent. (no offence Darren if you’re reading this)

Another story, that became a non-story was the fact Avram Grant didn’t get sacked, despite West Ham quite clearly sounding out Martin O’Neill. What surprises me about the whole West Ham debacle isn’t how much interference and undermining the West Ham board do, to their manager, but the fact Martin O’Neill is older than Avram Grant. Avram is 55 and Martin is 58. I would have sworn just by looking at them that Avram is the older. I would suggest whatever Avram is doing away from football is knackering him out.

Other than the Darren Bent transfer, I think the next biggest in terms of profile was Steven Pienaar’s move from Everton to Spurs for £3m. Pienaar did have the choice to go to double winners Chelsea but chose Spurs instead. I have seen it said that this transfer shows that Spurs are in the ascendancy and Chelsea are on the decline. What I don’t understand, is since when has Steven Pienaar been the barometer of where your club is at? It’s not as if Lionel Messi turned down Chelsea to join Spurs. It’s only Steven Pienaar. (no offence Steven if you’re reading this)

Also forking out was Ryan Babel, who was fined for posting a pic on his Twitter page of Howard Webb in a Man Utd shirt. This was obviously a joke pic but the FA decided to fine him a whopping £10 000. That’s more than countries/clubs get fined when their fans racially abuse black players. So I suppose Ryan knows what to do next time.

Jermaine Pennant was also in the news because it was reported that when he was Spain he left his Porsche at a train station car park for 5 months and even forgot he owned the car. People will say, how can you forget about owning such an expensive car like that. I have to admit however, that reading the story did remind me of the helicopter I seem to have mislaid.

And Finally… I was interested to hear that Thomas Cook weren’t offering full refunds for those people who had booked trips to Tunisia (this may have changed), even though Tunisia is currently suffering at the hands of civil unrest. I just hope Jamie and Louise Redknapp are ok, as I know they use that travel firm.

Til next week, stay safe!

Hodgson for England

January 14, 2011


Hola. Hope you are well. As this is my first post of the year I feel I should wish you all a Happy New Year! Despite it being the 14th of Jan, that’s how on the ball I am.

The last blog post featured a lot of talk about managers and I’m going to continue this theme in this post, as a lot of things have happened to managers since my last post.

Firstly Darren Ferguson got sacked by bottom club in the championship, Preston. His dad Mr Ferguson took exception to this decision by taking back 3 players on loan to Preston from Man Utd. In no way would I suggest Mr Ferguson is petty, as he may stop doing interviews with me, but his actions do look a little like,“It’s my ball, so I’m going to take it home”. Stoke also recalled 2 players, so I don’t know if Mr Ferguson also runs Stoke.

Roy Hodgson finally left Liverpool, if you can say that about a man who was only in the job for 6 months. By the end I did feel a bit sorry for him as he looked like a beaten man. Having said that, the job was quite clearly too big for him and he’d also lost the supporters. A poll a couple of weeks before his departure claimed 90% of Liverpool fans wanted him out, which did make me wonder why the other 10% of Liverpool fans questioned were allowed out in public.

My girlfriend said, people shouldn’t be too hard on Hodgson as he was offered the job and therefore had the right to be in it. She compared it to the situation with Wagner in X-Factor (see pic above) in that he was picked to sing in the Live Finals and got through each week, yet came in for a whole heap of stick.(mainly because he couldn’t sing.

The only thing I would say to counter this argument, is that if Wagner had been manager of Liverpool, I’d like to think he wouldn’t have slagged off some of the players, blamed the fans after disappointing results and I would like to think he wouldn’t have paid nearly £10m for the combined talents of Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen.

Another manager under pressure is Carlo Ancelotti after Chelsea’s slump in form. This slump seems to have coincided with Ray Wilkins departure, which has done his reputation no harm, in fact it’s increasing by the second. When Ray was dismissed, I heard one pundit describe Ray’s coaching style as merely Balls, Bibs and Cones (BBC). But now people are talking about Ray as being the missing link Chelsea need between Ancelotti and the players and the one in the dug-out Ancelotti could previously discuss tactics with. Becoming more sought after when doing nothing is a good skill to have, I’ve been looking to obtain it for years. I know Roy is a Chelsea boy through and through and wouldn’t want to see them struggling but I wonder if he’s feeling a little bit of pleasure that this has happened. It’s like when you split up with your partner, although you don’t want them to become a wreck, neither do you want them to go on to bigger and better things. Or maybe that is just me.

And Finally…. I’d like to turn my attention to an incident in the FA cup last weekend, when El Hadji Diouf stood over QPR player Jamie Mackie and told and gestured him to get up, despite Mackie having sustained a double break of the leg. After the game QPR manager Neil Warnock, compared Diouf unfavourably to a sewer rat, which is never a good sign if someone describes you in such a way. Of course it’s not the first time Diouf has been involved in controversy. I think it’s also fair to say he’s quite a unlikeable character. This lead me to think, does anyone actually like El Hadji Diouf. So if you like him, feel free to let me know. You can contact me via the comments button, I expect to be bombarded with comments.

Til next time, stay safe!