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The perfect storm

January 21, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

Since I started writing these blog posts I’ve written about many controversial incidents (and not all of them involved Luis Suarez or John Terry) but none of them had all the ingredients necessary to cause the perfect storm. This all changed on 28th Dec 2013 when Nicolas Anelka celebrated his goal against West Ham by doing a quenelle gesture.

I’m not going to get into what Nicolas did but instead focus on how it ticked all the boxes to be the mother of all football controversies.

  • Firstly it involved someone who is somewhat an outsider.
  • It involved someone has a beard.
  • It began with something that initially appeared to be insignificant.
  • It involved something that people didn’t know about at the time .
  • It allowed everyone to become experts in a short space of time.
  • It enabled people to be retrospectively offended.
  • It overlapped into cultural issues. eg how is the quenelle viewed in France, as a gesture against the establishment or one that is anti-Semitic.
  • It crossed over into politics, with the French minister for sport describing his actions as “shocking” and “disgusting”.
  • There was a denial, with Anelka saying he was not racist or anti-Semitic.
  • It spilled over into the world of finance, with West Brom’s main sponsor Zoopla announcing they would be ending their association with the club at the end of the season.
  • And finally there was an FA ban, in this case a minimum of 5 matches.

Feel free to let me know if you think something was missing, in regard to making it the complete controversy. You can contact me via the comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, stay safe!



The Loan Reina

August 2, 2013

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Loan deals used to be simple, it was a way to get young players at your club to get some valuable playing time. Time they wouldn’t get at their parent club.

The loan system got muddied over recent times with established players being loaned out and because they are on such a big wage the loaning club paid part of the wages. Which to me is a bit odd, it’s like asking to borrow your mate’s car and then expecting him to put some petrol in the car before you drive it away.

By allowing a senior player to leave for a season, you’re surely bringing down their value, as not only are you saying this player is surplus to requirements but it also means when they return to the club they’re a year closer to the end of their contract, meaning the club is in a weaker bargaining position when it comes to selling that player.

This brings me on to Pepe Reina, who has been loaned out to Napoli for a season. It seems a shame that his 8yr Liverpool career should end this way (I presume he will be sold next summer). He’s been a good servant of the club, he’s always fought for the club and bought into the ethos of the club, as can be seen in his open letter to the club. In addition to this he was/is a good keeper.

It was obvious that once Simon Mignolet was brought to the club, the writing was on the wall for Pepe. He’s one of the biggest earners at Liverpool (2nd biggest earner) so you couldn’t have him on the bench, nor could you justify having a newly signed £9m keeper not playing.

The worse thing about this situation, for me, was when I read this quote from Brendan Rodgers,

‘Pepe and I went out for a meal a couple of months before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were going to do, which was to provide real competition in that area’.

I know Brendan’s thing is being Mr personable but did he have to reveal he goes out eating with the players, especially as we now know he eased that player out of the door. There’s something Last Supper-esque about it. (please note I’m not saying Brendan is Judas, nor am I saying Pepe is Jesus).

Anyway back to Pepe, I’m sure he will enjoy his season playing Champions League football, being re-united with the ‘best manager’ he’s worked with (his words) and the goalkeeping coach he had his most successful years with. Although there will be no more cosy meals with Brendan. It just goes to show, in football as in life you can’t have everything.

Til next time, stay safe!


My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard

July 25, 2013

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I know we are in the friendlies season and some fans are desperate to see their club in action but would you pay £60 for a friendly game, even if the mighty Bournemouth were playing?

In other news I was reading about John Terry’s dad, Ted, and his upcoming trial for a racially aggravated head butt. Ted’s lawyer is John Oliver, which made me wonder if anyone is doing surnames these days.

As well as the head butt, Ted is accused of shouting “black c***, black prick and milkshake” in a later incident. Considering the nature of the first two insults, milkshake seems almost like a compliment. Feel free to let me know if you’ve ever called anyone a milkshake. You can contact me via the comments button. At the time of writing there was no news as to whether Ashley Cole will be called as a witness for Ted.

And Finally… In Nigeria, four teams were suspended on grounds of fixing the result of two matches. One ended 79-0, the other 67-0. I’m not sure why these two scorelines aroused suspicion.

Til next time, stay safe!


Wiggins vs Froome

July 21, 2013

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Despite being a football blog, this post contains  no football. That’s just how I roll.

Congrats to Chris Froome for his victory in the Tour de France.

Isn’t it weird how you wait ages for one British winner and then 2 come along one after the other.

It seems that Sir Bradley Wiggins’ victory last year was greeted with more excitement than Chris Froome’s this. I’ve been contemplating why this might be. Is it because Wiggins was the first British winner, is it because Froome was born in Kenya, is it because Wiggins is a Mod? I put all this information and more into my special computer and the reason Wiggins was a more popular winner comes down to one reason and one reason alone, his distinctive sideburns.

For more detailed analysis of the Tour de France, look elsewhere.

Til next time, stay safe!


Never forget Peter Odemwingie

July 15, 2013

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If I were a footballer and I wanted a move from the club I was at, I would just get my agent to sort it. That’s what they’re therefore after all (and to relieve you of 20% of your earnings) Then I’d praise the fans and the club that I was leaving and to the club I was joining I’d say how excited I am to be part of this great and historical club. It’s a pretty simple formula and best not tampered with.

What I wouldn’t do, is constantly talk about moving from my current employers because what if a transfer didn’t take place? Then I’d have to face the players and fans I’d bad mouthed and to be honest this wouldn’t suit my fragile personality.

Take Luis Suarez for example, I can understand why he might want to leave Liverpool, considering his age and his desire to play champions league football but what I can’t understand is why he feels the need to regularly update the world about how he wants to leave Liverpool. He doesn’t need to do it, all that can be done behind the scenes. Perhaps the next time Luis feels like making his next comment on the subject on Uruguayan radio he might want to think about what happened to Peter Odemwingie.

Til next time, stay safe!


The Great Ashley

July 6, 2013

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At work last week during our lunch break, talk turned to Ashley Cole. During this discussion my mate described Ashley Cole as a great player. This surprised me as my friend isn’t one to offer such fulsome praise willy or indeed nilly.  The other 2 men in the room agreed that Ashley Cole was a great player. The lady in the room carried on reading her book.

Maybe it was my natural prejudice against the man, but I was struggling with the idea of Ashley Cole and great being in the same sentence. Don’t get me wrong I can see he is a quality footballer and has been for a long time and when I started thinking about it I couldn’t think of many left-backs of the recent era that have consistently matched his abilities. Of the left backs that have played whilst Ashley has been playing I could only think of two who I could compare favourably, Philipp Lahm  and Bixente Lizarazu. Roberto Carlos was mentioned but I don’t do defenders that show absolutely no interest in defending.

On my train journey home I was still thinking about whether Ashley Cole is great. Then I started thinking whether my problem wasn’t with Ashley Cole but with his position. Perhaps Ashley Cole is a great left-back but can left-backs be described as great players? Does a great player not have to have more influence on the pitch? I was mulling this over when the name Paulo Maldini popped into my head. There ladies and gentleman is a true great, who also played at left-back even if he did spend the latter half of his long and illustrious career as a centre back.

Feel free to add to the debate via the comments button.

Til next time, stay safe!


Staff vs Pupils

June 27, 2013
Sensible Hair

Sensible Hair

Hola. Hope you are well.

Even though it is the close season, it seems like there is still a lot of football happening. For example, on Sunday I went to the pub with my other-half for a quiet drink, until I got distracted by the ICC champions trophy cricket final, England v India, to the annoyance of the aforementioned other-half. In the interval between the innings, a member of staff turned the TV on to football, England v Iraq in the Under 20s tournament. We didn’t stay and watch the whole match but it ended 2-2 should anyone wish to know.

If you think watching U-20s football is bad, last week I went to watch the Staff vs Pupils match at the school I work at. I say watch as my services as a player weren’t required, although they may have been needed as the pupils won 4-0, not that I’m bitter having been snubbed.

As well as the U-20s tournament and the Staff vs Pupils game, the Confederations Cup is also taking place. I’ve not watched much of it, but I did manage to catch Gus Poyet being told he had been sacked by Brighton, live in the BBC studios, whilst working as a pundit. With this in mind, what odd/unusual place have you received significant news? Feel free to let me know via the comments button.

At the Confederations Cup Mario Balotelli has scored two goals , but the most startling thing about him at this tournament is seeing him with sensible hair (see pic at the top of the page).

Another striker at the tournament is Luis Suarez, who also played at last summer’s Olympics and if Uruguay get to the World Cup next year, it will mean he will have played constant football for the last few years. He’s also a player that never gets injured so if he didn’t amass so many domestic bans he would never get a break.

And Finally… There have been some Rooney to Barcelona rumours in the papers, I’m not sure how much truth is in them but could you really see Rooney getting in the team ahead of Messi and/or Neymar? No, me neither.

Ps. England lost the cricket by 5 runs.

Til next time, stay safe!


Kinnear vs Wonga

June 19, 2013

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There’s been some good stories in the world of football in the last few days.

I’m going to start with Newcastle Utd. Just when you think they are on something resembling an even keel, they do something to uneven that keel but I’m not sure many people thought that thing would be to re-employ Joe Kinnear as their director of football.

Usually the role of director of football is given to a person who remains in the background and has a network of contacts across Europe and beyond, not a sweary bloke who can’t correctly pronounce the names of his own players, Cabaye /Kebab. Maybe just maybe on the way home after a night out Joe Kinnear pops into an eating establishment for a Cabaye.

In the recent history of Newcastle, I wonder if the appointment of Joe Kinnear, is worse than taking the Wonga sponsorship money? Feel free to answer via the comments button.

At Man City, they reckon they may have been a victim of industrial espionage. They believe a fellow Premier League club have managed to get into their transfer target data base (maybe they should change the name of the document). I think the most shocking thing about this story is that with all their resources, Man City are still scouting players. I thought they just write a list of the best 5 players in each position and then pick one. The story did however make me wonder, have you ever spied on someone or an organisation and what were the results?

Over at Millwall some of the fans are upset by the appointment of former West Ham captain Steve Lomas as their new manager. I do hope they’re not going to fight amongst themselves, or do they only do that at Wembley.

And Finally…  Javier Mascherano whilst on International duty got sent off for kicking a medic who was attempting to remove him from the pitch after he picked up an injury. I don’t think there’s anything I can add to that.

Til next time, stay safe!


The Happy One

June 13, 2013
The end of football as we gnome it

The end of football as we gnome it

Hola. Hope you are well.

So Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea. Who could have foreseen that, apart from everyone as it was a massive open secret he was going back to Stamford Bridge. Feel free to let me know what is an open secret amongst your circle of friends. You can contact me via the comments button.

The only real news from his press conference was that, he’s gone from calling himself ‘The Special One’ to calling himself ‘The Happy One’. With all these name changes, Mourinho is in danger of becoming the Prince/Symbol of football management.

I wonder how long the before ‘The Happy One’ will start complaining and poking people in the eye?

In honour of ‘The Happy One’, have you ever given yourself a nickname? Paul Ince needn’t answer this.

And Finally…  for Father’s Day my girlfriend has bought her dad a Man City garden gnome. He did ask for it. I don’t know if he was being ironic or he is having some kind of crisis. I’m old enough to remember a time when clubs didn’t sell replica shirts, now they’re selling garden gnomes. If anything illustrates where exactly modern football currently finds itself, then this may be that thing.

Happy Father’s Day!

Til next time, stay safe!


Poo gate rumbles on

June 8, 2013

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I know the football season is over, even if there were World Cup qualifiers last night, but I’m just going to rattle through some of the stories that I’ve yet to blog about.

Back in March I passed my Level 1 FA coaching certificate and in no way did any of the instructors tell us to do this. I’m sure I would have remembered.

Over at Stoke, it all kicked off when one of his teammates wrapped a bloodied pig’s head in Kenwyne Jones’ clothes. He didn’t take it well (as you might expect) and smashed Glenn Whelan’s car windscreen, believing him to be the culprit. Apparently he wasn’t. It would appear life is more exciting off the pitch than on it at Stoke. But with this in mind, when has prank you’ve been involved in gone wrong? Feel free to contact me via the comments button.

Talking of off field activities, there was ‘the incident’ the AMEX stadium before the play-off game between Brighton and Crystal Palace. So annoyed by what Palace had to encounter in their dressing room, the then Brighton Manager Gus Poyet  (is he still their manager?) did his own internal investigation and wrote a strongly worded email to all his staff in an attempt to get to the bottom of the situation. The email slightly lost it’s impact when he used the word ‘poo’. This did make me wonder if you’ve ever had to write an email which included the word ‘poo’ and if so, under what circumstances?

Over at Anfield, Jamie Carragher played his last game for Liverpool. It was such a big occasion for him that his mum, who normally stays away, went to the match. So in honour of Jamie’s mum, when was the last time your mum came to see you do something?

Liverpool have attempted to fill the gap Carragher has left, by signing Kolo Toure. It could turn out to be a good signing, he is after all experienced and a free transfer, he just needs to remember not to take his wife’s diet pills.

And Finally… Across Stanley Park, Everton have announced the arrival of Roberto Martinez as their new manager. He told Bill Kenwright that he would get Everton into the top 4. In no way am I saying he won’t, but what have you said you’d do in an interview just to get a job?

Til next time stay safe!