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49 million pounds Sterling

July 19, 2015

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In terms of loyalty, Raheem Sterling makes Michael Owen look like Steven Gerrard. Although a significant difference between Michael Owen (who still divides opinion amongst Liverpool fans) and Raheem Sterling is that Owen contributed to Liverpool winning things, including the two goals that won Liverpool the FA Cup in 2001.

Raheem had his moments but nowhere near enough to be dictating matters to a club the size of Liverpool. The way he and his agent manufactured his departure from Anfield was poor, whether it was the unauthorised interview, the quote about not playing for the club for £900 000 a week, to not turning up for pre-season training due to illness.

There was talk that there had been a breakdown in relationships between Raheem and Brendan Rodgers. I wonder if this breakdown happened before or after the Liverpool manager allowed Raheem to go to Jamaica for 2 weeks, mid-season?

Winning trophies was also given as Sterling’s motivation for moving to Man City. It could be argued that if Sterling really wanted to win medals he should have done something in last season’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.

What you’ve done at a club and how you leave, normally dictates how you will be received by those supporters, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes before Liverpool fans will be able to say anything positive about Raheem. I’m going to start the bidding at never.

If you are a Liverpool fan and have something nice to say about Raheem, feel free to let me know via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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Rooney or lineker

June 22, 2015

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After what was described as a positive meeting between the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and the owners, first team coach Mike Marsh was released assistant manager Colin Pascoe was sacked, whilst Rodgers remained. The latter decision must have been difficult for Rodgers who’d worked with Pascoe since their Swansea days and their families were interlinked with Brendan’s daughter going out with Colin’s son. I don’t know if they are still together but if so that will make for awkward family gatherings. Now I’m not saying this happened but when have you sacrificed a friend to save yourself? You can let me know via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

In other news, Sol Campbell wants to be the Mayor of London and why wouldn’t he? I’m sure playing football most of your adult life is the perfect apprenticeship to running one of the world’s major cities. With this in mind, which ex footballer would you like to see running a major city? It also made me wonder how many Spurs fans would vote for Sol as mayor.

Jack Grealish was pictured enjoying himself on his downtime. If it was down to me Jack would have got away with this behaviour because despite being a football fan, I don’t think I’d recognise Jack Grealish if he were upright, nevermind lying flat on his back.

The Jessica Ennis-Hill stand at Sheffield Utd is being re-named the Redbrik Estate Agency. Naturally, we can’t stand in the way of commercial interests, so if Jessica is such a big fan of Sheffield Utd she should change her name to Redbrik Estate Agency Ennis-Hill.

And Finally… With Wayne Rooney and Gary Lineker now level on England goals scored, it begs the question, Rooney or Lineker?

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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Sepp down transformer

June 3, 2015

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I have to admit that I’ve got some sympathy for Sepp Blatter.  I know this isn’t a popular view, certainly not here in England.

Firstly, Sepp hasn’t been found guilty of any wrongdoing.

Secondly, the way Sepp is portrayed in this country, isn’t one that is held universally. Some Federations see FIFA and Sepp as a force for good, due to them funding grassroots football in their countries. I wonder if the new, transformed FIFA will have these nations interests at the core of their manifesto?

One of the main arguments against Sepp is that if wrongdoing has taken place within FIFA, then Sepp as President for the last 17 years is in someway culpable by virtue of being at the head of the organisation. Although I’m sure we’ve seen in the worlds of finance, newspapers and the police, that when adverse things happen, those right at the top don’t always go.

Once people were calling for FIFA’s sponsors to withdraw/threaten to withdraw their support Sepp should have known the writing was on the wall because when multi billion dollar global corporations are being put up as moral guardians, you’re screwed.

Whilst the corruption allegations drew all the headlines during last week’s FIFA delegation, what Sepp and the organisation should have been hammered for is the 1200 workers who’ve died building the stadiums for the Qatar World Cup. Unless we’re a society that prioritises money ahead of human life.

Til next time, be nice to each other.


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Do I not like this

May 24, 2015

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I was interested by the reaction to a claim in a new book, Pitch Black, that as England manager Graham Taylor was told not to pick too many black players by two high-ranking FA members.

The initial response, probably naturally was to defend Graham Taylor, although I don’t think anyone was accusing him of instigating such a conversation, or acting upon it.

It was also pointed out that Graham Taylor was a manager with a record of playing black players for both club and country. In some ways this may support the claim, because if he were a manager who never played black players, a conversation wouldn’t need to be had.

For his part, Graham Taylor doesn’t remember having such a conversation, with any FA members.

Who knows what was said or wasn’t said, is it important? Graham Taylor was manager of England between 1990 -93, that’s over 20 years ago. We’re now in more enlightened times as a society, as football fans and within football administration, but I wonder if everyone would be sitting comfortably if the next England team contained no white players?

Having said all this, maybe someone within the England set up should have imposed a quota on how many Carlton Palmers, Graham was allowed to pick.

Til next time, be nice to each other.


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A Strauss related problem

May 14, 2015

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I think Andrew Strauss and the ECB should be embarrassed that the best excuse they could come up with to effectively end Kevin Pietersen‘s England career, was “trust issues”.

Trust issues are why marriages breakdown, not how you retire a player. If Kevin Pietersen were an athlete and he’d been caught taking performance enhancing drugs, after he’d served his ban he’d be able to resume his career. It would therefore appear Pietersen’s getting treated harsher than a drugs cheat.

What does it say about Andrew Strauss, brought into a managerial position and the first situation he has to manage (Kevin Pietersen), his solution was to manage it by not managing it. Alex Stewart for one, seems to be able to manage Pietersen, so why not Strauss?

What does it say about the standing of the incoming ECB chairman, Colin Graves who from what we are to be believed told Pietersen to find a county team and make runs. He subsequently signed for Surrey and just this week scored 355 Not Out. Does Andrew Strauss’ decision undermine Colin Graves? It also begs the question that if 335 runs were not enough for the selectors, how many runs would Pietersen have had to score before he couldn’t have been ignored, 400? 500? 750? 1000?

I think the oddest thing to come out from this situation is that after talking about a lack of trust, Strauss then went on to offer Pietersen a consultancy role for the One Day team. Bonkers! To go back to the relationship analogy at the top of the blog, it’s like splitting up with someone and then saying, ‘we can still be friends’.

And finally, away from Kevin Pietersen and towards Peter Moores, who lost the England head coach role for the second time, which is impressive in a non impressive way. This made me wonder, has anyone in the real world lost the same job twice? If that’s you, feel free to contact me via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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Are you an ostrich?

May 7, 2015

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During the election campaign (remember that) David Cameron appeared to forget that he supports Aston Villa, seeming to suddenly favour West Ham (watch here). Aswell as being a bit cringe, it did make me wonder, and this is a long shot, if you’ve ever forgotten which football club you support. Let me know via the comments button or @viewfromthetrev

Another leader in the news was Nigel Pearson. I’ve got to admit that I quite like him. I like his intensity allied to that air of menace. I imagine if you ever met him, you wouldn’t know if he was about to kiss you or headbutt you (in reality probably neither).

Which other manager would ask a local journalist if they are ‘an ostrich’ and then follow that up by questioning that journalist’s suppleness to actually stick their head in the sand. Having said that I think “Are you an Ostrich?” would be a good opening question if you were on a first date. I’m not sure if there’d be any further dates but it would break the ice.

After apologising to the journalist, in his next press conference, it looked as if Pearson had sorted the situation. This was until the BBC’s Midlands Sports correspondent Pat Murphy got involved. He seemed to be playing a game of how many questions can I ask before Nigel Pearson’s head explodes (watch here).

To be fair to Pearson, he did everything within his powers not to react and for that he should be praised, and if nothing else it was more compelling a clash than Mayweather v Pacquiao.

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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Would you do this at home?

April 11, 2015

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A campaign by Women In Football, ‘Shame On The Game’ was set up last month to help tackle sexist abuse in football. I watched a report about this on the BBC, where they flagged up sexist abuse the Chelsea doctor, Dr Eva Carneiro received when she entered the field to attend to an injured player. The BBC said the footage was too explicit to broadcast, which instantly made me go and find the clip.

Having watched it, I’m pretty sure the man shouting the abuse didn’t really want to see the doctor’s most intimate of parts but was probably trying to seek the approval of the people around him, even if he was old enough to know better. It did make me wonder how this man (or others who shout such abuse) would react if his own doctor was a woman. Would he walk into her office and start chanting for her to remove her clothes?

You may say people act differently in a crowd but if someone collapsed in the street and people gathered, on the arrival of a female paramedic you wouldn’t expect anyone to be chanting sexist nonsense. If you’re not going to do this in the above examples, then don’t do it at a football game because you think you are protected by the anonymity of a crowd.

Whilst we’re at it, if you were at work and the lift was fairly crowded and a black colleague wanted to get in you probably wouldn’t push him out and then sing songs about how racist you are.

As a football fan, I don’t like it when people try to lump us all in with bad behaviour. I appreciate that the vast majority of football fans don’t behave in this way but there is enough for it to be an issue. It’s therefore no surprise in this climate that footballers are reluctant to come out as gay. If people are being abused because of their gender and skin colour, two things they can’t hide it’s not too shocking that players are reluctant to disclose they are homosexual.

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Bone picking with Simon Mignolet

March 9, 2015

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I have a bone to pick with Simon Mignolet, a small one but nonetheless a bone.

Around Valentine’s day, Simon did an interview putting his return to form down to his fiancée after she pointed out he may have been ‘overthinking things’.

Admittedly it’s quite sweet that despite Liverpool employing a manager, many coaches, a goalkeeping coach and a sports psychologist, he puts his good form down to his missus.

What I don’t like is that he has given the green light to every partner to interfere in our jobs, pointing out areas we can improve. So for that Simon, thanks a lot.

Feel free to let me know when your other half involved themselves in your work and what was the outcome. The more negative the better. You can contact me via the Comments Button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

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Where has the ‘Happy One’ gone?

February 28, 2015

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I think it’s good that Premier League managers have realised they have to contribute to the entertainment of the ‘product’ especially when the TV companies have fought to throw even more money at it.

Firstly, we had Louis Van Gaal handing out sheets of stats to journalists so they could pass them on to Sam Allardyce. I think it’s cute that LVG sees journalists as some kind of personal courier service. I also liked the fact that he referred to Sam Allardyce as Big Sam.

Not to be out done, Big Sam claimed to be the most sophisticated manager left in the Premier League, when any picture of him would clearly show he’s not. It’s the kind of quote that may get repeated back to Sam, when things start to slide at West Ham but good on Big Sam for doing his own PR. It’s the way to get ahead in a crowded job market and he may need such job search strategies come the summer.

Someone who is arguably the master of self promotion is Jose Mourinho. He’d previously stopped talking to the press after the Costa stamp(s) incident(s) but last Sunday went on Goals on Sunday and spoke, almost uninterrupted for 27 mins. That takes some doing. I reckon for Mourinho, it was a bit like after an exam, when you’re giddy and can’t stop chatting because for the previous 2hrs you’ve been prevented from speaking. It’s why diets don’t work, because if you deprive yourself of say cake, all you want to do is eat cake and the next time you do eat cake, you’ll gorge on it.

This episode with Mourinho does make me question his state of mind. As I write this, Chelsea are top of the Premier League, in the final of the Capital One Cup and still in the Champions League, yet Mourinho doesn’t seem happy. When he first came back to Chelsea, he said we could call him the ‘Happy One’. Where has that Mourinho gone? Where is the happy Mourinho?

If you have any ideas, feel free to let me know via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

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My dream man

February 20, 2015

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It’s been all go at QPR recently.

Firstly Harry Redknapp resigned due to his dodgy knees and nothing to do with the lack of transfer activity in the January window.

It looked like everything was all set up for Tim Sherwood to take over at Loftus Road, what with Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey already at the club, both of whom worked with Tim in his short time as manager at Spurs. This was until Tim Sherwood pulled out of negotiations, but this was of no concern for QPR owner Tony Fernandes who had lined up his dream manager. We know this because he tweeted it. Everyone speculated who this dream man could be, with Michael Laudrup appearing to be the most likely. Unfortunately he wasn’t prepared to leave Lekhwiya in Qatar, well not before the season is over.

So in the end QPR gave the job to Chris Ramsey, he may not have been Fernandes’ dream manager but at least he was already around the club.

As for Tim Sherwood, he took the Aston Villa job after Paul Lambert’s sacking. I was a bit gutted by Lambert’s sacking, not because I’m a Villa fan, but because my other half’s sister, is going out with Paul Lambert’s nephew and yet I never utilised this close association to get free tickets for any Villa games. Feel free to let me know of your tenuous links to recently sacked football managers. You can contact me via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

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