Archive for January, 2015

Moving goal posts

January 27, 2015


Hola. Hope you are well.

Yesterday (26th Jan) was this blogs 5th birthday! Like most 5 year olds it’s done nothing remarkable and has largely gone unnoticed by the world.

Anyway, now on to football and Paul Jewell. One minute he was on the touchline as part of Tony Pulis’ West Brom coaching team, the next he’d left the club. There’s been some talk that Jewell was asked to take a pay cut. There can never be a good time to be asked to take a pay cut but a week into a new job must be hard to take. With this in mind, how soon into your job did the goal posts move and you were asked to take a pay cut or asked to do a different role? Let me know via the comments button or via twitter

Talking of West Brom they managed to get a 0-0 draw at Everton, thanks partly to Kevin Mirallas. He decided he’d take a penalty, despite the regular penalty taker Leighton Baines being on the pitch and then put the penalty past the post. He was then subbed at half-time. I think it’s fair to say that if you put yourself in that position, there’s only one thing you can do and that’s score the penalty. In light of Mirallas , when have you taken responsibility and then wished you hadn’t?

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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I’ve never saved a club from relegation

January 17, 2015

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The big news since it broke was Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool for the MLS or is MLS code for Man City as Frank Lampard seems to think.

I’ve never saved a team from relegation, but experts always say you need goals to escape relegation. Yet there’s constant speculation that relegation threatened West Brom will sell their goalscorer Saido Berahino and strengthen other areas of the team. I’m not sure this makes sense. So with this in mind, should WBA cash in on Berahino or keep their goalscorer? Let me know via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Oldham announced they were 80% certain they would sign Ched Evans a day before they announced they wouldn’t be signing Ched Evans. What surprised me, was Oldham seemed surprised by the opposition to them signing the player, did they not notice what happened when Sheffield United allowed him to train with them?

And finallyCardiff City have abandoned tradition (3 years) and changed the colour of their shirts from red to blue. This is obviously a popular decision but knowing how football fans can be contrary, I wonder if there’s any Cardiff fans who will miss the red shirts?

Til next time, stay safe!

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Why would Alan Pardew leave Newcastle?

January 10, 2015

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I’ve heard pundits, journalists, experts asking why Alan Pardew would want to leave Newcastle. Do these people not remember that a couple of months ago a sizeable number of Newcastle fans made it clear that they wanted him gone. If we’re being honest he wasn’t that popular with the Geordies before then either. He was also the Premier League’s lowest paid manager (basic pay) whilst at Newcastle. Having said that, with Mike Ashley as your boss Pardew was lucky he wasn’t on a zero hour contract, just ask the employees at Sports Direct.

Talking of managers, it’s interesting how quickly fortunes change. Last season, Roberto Martinez was seen as a genius, bringing a brand of football to Everton that David Moyes could only dream of. This opinion was renforced  with Moyes struggling at Man Utd. At the time  of writing Martinez can’t buy a win (illegal) and people are questioning his credentials, whilst Moyes’ Real Sociedad just beat Barcelona.

And Finally…. This season there were FA Cup 3rd Round games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I can’t help thinking that if the FA were braver they would put a tie on everyday until the Final itself.

Til next time, stay safe!


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Back home

January 6, 2015

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Almost as an extension to my previous blog post, here are some other recent football stories that I’ve enjoyed, starting with Mario Balotelli.

There can’t be that many black players who have been disciplined for using racist language, so congrats to him on that achievement. For what it’s worth (as a man of colour), ‘Jumps like a black man’ is not racist.

Over at Glasgow Rangers, Ally McCoist  resigned as the manager, only to get a pay rise. Nice work if you can get it, or not in this case.

I was glad to see Emile Heskey back in English football and scoring on his debut for Bolton. It may seem an odd thing to say but he’s one of my favourite players. Feel free to let me know if you like a player that’s not fashionable. You can contact me via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev.

On Boxing day both Liverpool‘s and Everton‘s goalkeepers, Brad Jones and Tim Howard had to go off injured. I reckon that in the history of football, both keepers from the same city haven’t gone off on the same day. Feel free to correct me should you know differently, as I’ve done absolutely no research on this.

And Finally… Chelsea’s Fernado Torres was on a 2 year loan at AC Milan. As he’d only scored 1 goal in 10 Serie A games they didn’t want him so signed him on a permanent  deal. The very same day they loaned him to Atletico Madrid til the end of the 2015/16 season. All a little bit odd. I can think of two players in La Liga who won’t want Torres to rediscover his scoring form and they are Ronaldo and Messi because if Torres starts banging in goals it might undermine their goal scoring achievements.

Til next time, stay safe!

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