Posts Tagged ‘brendan rodgers’

Think of the payoff

February 24, 2018

I’m currently reading a book about football managers, Living on the Volcano by Michael Calvin. Each manager has their theories on the game, (philosophy if you’re Brendan Rodgers), ideas gained via their playing career or life lessons from their upbringing but one thing remains consistent, they all get sacked.


Brendan puts faith in Christian

August 4, 2015

Hola. Hope you are well.

Could Christian Benteke be the striker Brendan Rodgers has been searching for, since becoming the Liverpool manager? I only ask as Brendan’s not had the best record when it comes to strikers.

First up was Andy Carroll, who Brendan inherited. Despite Carroll being brought to the club for a sizeable fee, Brendan decided almost straight away that he couldn’t work with Carroll, so loaned him to West ham.

In Carroll’s place, Brendan brought in Fabio Borini, who he said would ‘excite the Liverpool fans’. Brendan was in a good position to assess the qualities of Borini, as he’d worked with him at Chelsea and managed him at Swansea. Liverpool fans are still waiting for the excitement, and time maybe running out.

When Iago Aspas arrived at Liverpool, there was talk he was on the verge of the Spanish national team. By the time he left he had little more than a poorly taken corner to his name.

After Suarez left, Brendan wanted to continue playing with ‘high intensity’ at the top end of the field. Unfortunately, he mustn’t have communicated this well enough to the transfer committee because Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli walked through the door, and for all their qualities, neither are renowned for their high energy. This might explain why Brendan didn’t overly use them last season despite spending £20m on the two internationals.

To be fair to Brendan, Daniel Sturridge has been a good signing, the only problem has been keeping him fit, so for now the focus will be on Benteke. Brendan has no doubts of his new striker’s ability, claiming Benteke’s contribution will make the £32.5m look like a bargain. Only time will tell.

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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I’ve not got a mortgage

May 30, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

It feels like a lot has happened since my last blog post.

Let’s start with the departure of Roberto Mancini from Man City. As soon as the club employed Txiki Begirstain and Ferran Soriano to work above him, it was only a matter of time before they would bring in their own man. The writing was probably on the wall for Mancini when Begirstain was spotted meeting Manuel Pellegrini’s agent. Feel free to let me know when the writing was on the wall for you. You can contact me via the comments button.

Naturally it didn’t help Mancini’s cause getting beat in the FA Cup Final by Wigan. I for one don’t have a mortgage but would have been prepared to put my future mortgage on City beating Wigan. It may be for the best that I don’t have a mortgage.

I did think it was a nice touch by Mancini to take out a full-page advert in the Manchester Evening News to thank the City fans and the City fans replicating this by putting one in the Gazzetta Dello Sport. I won’t be holding my breath waiting for the Chelsea fans to do something similar for Rafa Benitez.

With Mancini leaving City and Fergie retiring I think people may have missed the really big managerial news.

And Finally on this managers special, I was disappointed that with the season now over, Brendan Rodgers didn’t reveal the 3 names in ‘that’ envelope. We may leave this earth never knowing. Thanks for that Brendan!

Til next time, stay safe!