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The future of football?

September 10, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

I read recently that the Premier League are going to close down Twitter feeds that show Vines of Premier League goals.

I’m not sure if the Premier League and the big businesses with a vested interest in the Premier League think that if people see a 14 sec clip on their phone, they will decide this is the future of football and rip up their season tickets and/or cancel their TV subscriptions.

What is more interesting is that the Premier League are so confident that they’ll be able to close these sites down and yet when members of the public complain about receiving sexist, racist, threatening messages on social networks, it’s been difficult for the authorities to impose legal sanctions. See Stan Collymore.

It may lead a cynical person (not me of course) to suspect that the law is more likely to intervene to protect commercial interests than those of the individual.

Til next time, stay safe!

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Is Wayne on the wane?

June 11, 2014

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Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes had what could be described as a public spat, with Scholes saying Rooney’s past it and Rooney telling Scholes to butt out. With this in mind, all I’m going to ask is Rooney or Scholes? Let me know your thoughts via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev you can give reasons or not.

One minute Louis Tomlinson of One Direction is seen smoking a ‘herbal cig’, the next he’s set to buy Doncaster Rovers, maybe the 2 things are linked. In honour of Louis have you ever invested in a sports team? The smaller the investment the better.

The World Cup starts tomorrow (should you not be aware) for the opening game of the last World Cup I was at the Minack Theatre (an open air theatre) watching Metamorphosis. Feel free to let me know of opening games you’ve missed or if you’ve been to the Minack Theatre.

And Finally… With all the media outlets asking who’s going to win the World Cup, I want to know who won’t win the World Cup?

Til next time, stay safe!

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Jones & Stones

June 1, 2014

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So Gareth Bale is a Champions League winner in his first season with Real Madrid. With that it’s probably safe to say he made the right decision to leave Tottenham. With this in mind when have you made the right decision? Let me know via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Talking of Tottenham, they have a new manager with Mauricio Pochettino leaving Southampton, for a 5 year contract at White Hart Lane. I’ve not heard if the interpreter is part of the move.

I’m a little concerned about Southampton. I feel they need to get a manager in before all their best players have been sold. Luke Shaw has been linked with Man Utd and Liverpool seem interested in Lambert, Lallana and Lovren, which makes me wonder if Liverpool’s scouts had a season ticket at St Mary’s last season.

And Finally… It looks like Phil Jones will be fit enough to go to the World Cup, which is good news for him but not for John Stones, who was set to replace Phil if he hadn’t made it. With this in mind, when have you had to rely on someone elses misfortune to achieve your aim?

Til next time, stay safe!

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Im not a match fixer!

May 29, 2014

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I didn’t know that Scotland were playing Nigeria until the day before the game and that was only because it was being investigated for potential match fixing.

On hearing this news I thought about tweeting, ‘Should you be going to the scotland v nigeria game tomorrow, it ends 2-2’. I only chose the score because it sounds like an exciting game and I didn’t want to show bias to either side in my made up scoreline.

In the end I didn’t tweet it, as I thought it might be one of those joke tweets people put out only to get a knock at the door from the police a few hours later. Instead I went old school and texted it to my friends.

I didn’t think about it until the next day when my friend texted back to say he would be passing my text onto the authorities. With that I checked the score and remarkably it had ended 2-2. Since then I’ve had more texts back from my friends viewing me with some suspicion.

With this in mind, when have you predicted something that has made your friends think you knew more than you did? Contact me via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, stay safe!

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A Yaya Diet

May 22, 2014

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It’s already proved to be a fun close season. For example, two days after the Premier League ended and 2 managers had already been sacked, Pepe Mel and Tim Sherwood.

Sam Allardyce survived the chop at West Ham but had to agree to play attractive football and employ an attacking coach.

Samir Nasri’s missus didn’t take his exclusion from the French World Cup squad well, taking to twitter to have a go at the manager Didier Deschamps and France as a nation. Feel free to let me know when your other-half had a go at your boss, or perhaps you were the one having a go at your partner’s boss. Let me know via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Better than the above story, comes via Nasri’s Man City team-mate Yaya Toure, who between him and his agent didn’t feel the club made a big enough fuss of his 31st birthday (a big birthday in any man’s life). Some might say being paid £220 000 a week would be appreciation enough. If all this is just an attempt to force a transfer, then it has to be the lamest excuse ever. Feel free to let me know your weakest excuse for getting out of something.

With all this going on there’s been some time left for some actual football, with Arsenal winning the FA Cup. In the build up I learnt that Arsene Wenger still eats like a player, that’s why there’s not an ounce of fat on him. Having watched the final, I don’t think Steve Bruce has committed to the same diet.

Til next time, stay safe!

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The world’s gone bananas

May 14, 2014

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Initially Dani Alves eating a banana thrown by a Villarreal fan was treated positively with people congratulating him for his actions and high-profile players around the world pictured eating a banana in support.

Then it was reported that Alves’ action was premeditated and that a marketing company were behind the move. It was presented in a way that suggested getting a marketing company in to highlight racist behaviour was the bad thing not the racist behaviour itself.

Which brings me on to fans who make monkey chants and throw bananas at black players. I assume they do it because on some level they think black people are subhuman and haven’t evolved from apes. Yet monkey chants and banana throwing has gone on since the 1960s so in many ways it’s the racists that have not evolved.

Til next time, stay safe!

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Knee jerk reactions

May 8, 2014

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On Tuesday, the day after the Crystal Palace v Liverpool game, I went into work and said “Rodgers has to go”.

Obviously I was only joking, as whatever happens on Sunday, Liverpool have had a better season than anyone could have expected. However a Liverpool fan in the room, said in all seriousness, “I was just saying that to someone”.

That my friends is how quickly modern football moves.

Feel free to give other examples of knee jerk reactions. You can contact me via the comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, stay safe!

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Is the Happy One still happy?

May 4, 2014

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When Jose Mourinho came back to Chelsea he described himself as the ‘Happy One’ yet he seems anything but happy. Last Sunday, for example, he turned up at Anfield looking like a vagrant and after the match he had a go at Jamie Redknapp and this was after a victory. Plus Jamie Redknapp strikes me as a relatively harmless guy, not someone you’d need or want to have a go at.

After the defeat to Sunderland, Mourinho sarcastically praised Mike Dean and Mike Riley, almost as if he was shifting the blame for the home defeat to a team fighting relegation onto someone else.

In February, he described Arsene Wenger as a ‘specialist in failure’. After a 0-0 draw against West Ham in January he described Sam Allardyce’s team as playing ’19th Century football’. I can see why he would be upset only drawing with West Ham but it’s disrespectful to both West Ham and all the players from the 1800s.

Mourinho’s also had a go at Barcelona calling them “the worst Barcelona of many many years”. This may be true but it’s probably not for him to say. In addition to the above, he’s also had ongoing verbals with Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini.

Even as recent as this week, he’s fallen out with his most talented player, Eden Hazard.

In Mourinho’s defence, he may not be the angriest man at Stamford Bridge, if his assistant Rui Faria’s recent touchline antics are anything to go by. Note to Rui, If Mourinho is holding you back,  you’ve probably over stepped the mark.

Til next time, stay safe!

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Has London made me soft?

April 24, 2014

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New Man Utd managers are like London Buses, you wait ages for one and then 2 come along in short succession.

I’m not a Man Utd fan, nor am I an apologist for David Moyes but by the end of his time at Old Trafford I felt sorry for him. Maybe I’ve gone soft after living in London for the last few years, or perhaps I’ve learnt I don’t like watching a man out of his depth.

Moyes appeared to be living a classic anxiety dream, where nothing he did, changed his situation for the better, not even signing Marouane Fellaini.

Even things out of his control went against him, mainly Everton playing free-flowing football and challenging for a top four finish in his absence.

With Ryan Giggs coming in as an interim manager, there are some football romantics who would like to see him get the job full-time. I would counter this by suggesting that the one thing Man Utd don’t need in the situation they find themselves is a novice manager.

The madness of the Premier League does however mean that Giggs’s first game as a manager vs Norwich puts him up against a manager with a mighty 2 games of experience.

Til next time, stay safe!

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Ball boys and banners

April 8, 2014

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I’m not here to say if the Man Utd fans who organised the plane protest against David Moyes were right or wrong, although if my work wasn’t up to scratch I wouldn’t would my boss to fly a banner above me saying as much.

Apparently the plane cost the fans £850 to hire, which was less than I expected. It’s still a sizeable amount, in fact it’s how much my rent is a month. This got me thinking, maybe I could hire a plane, fly it over the area my landlady lives, with a banner saying ‘I can’t pay this months rent as I’m a little skint’. I’ll let you know how it goes. Feel free to let me know if you’ve ever put a message on one of these planes. You can contact me via the comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev.

Talking of price, it was announced that England’s replica World Cup shirt will cost £90, which does seem a little steep for a shirt we will only see 3, possibly 4 times this summer.

In January 2013, I went to New York for a few days, whilst I was out there Eden Hazard kicked a Swansea ball boy. The next time I left the country was a couple of weeks ago and whilst away Mourinho had a run in with a Crystal Palace ball boy. So for all the ball boys reading this, I’m next out of the country in July so it may be best to avoid anyone associated with Chelsea.

And finally… West Brom sacked Nicolas Anelka for a gesture, so it will be interesting to see how they handle the supposed punch on Berahino by a fellow player.

Til next time, stay safe!

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