Posts Tagged ‘epl’

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October 19, 2020

I had a socially distanced meeting with my management team, who informed me no one is interested in my views on Keir Starmer or my parenting stories but they just might be interested in my dumbass questions/comments about football. If that’s you follow me on Twitter @viewfromthetrev
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Who’s done good business?

August 9, 2019

Despite ¬£1.41bn being spent by Premier League clubs this transfer window, it seems like most fans are underwhelmed by their team’s business. With this in mind which PL club do you think has done good business? For me Aston Villa have brought in a fair few players and if Dean Smith can get them to gel they could do ok. (they’ll definitely go down now) Let me know your thoughts via the comments button or @viewfromthetrev Cheers

Sounding Out

June 8, 2017

Tapping up strikes me as quite an ugly word. I much prefer ‘sounding out’. I only mention this in light of Liverpool¬† issuing an apology to Southampton over an alleged illegal approach for Virgil van Dijk.

I imagine this kind of thing happens in most transfers. I equate it to getting your mate to find out if a girl/boy likes you. In the long run it saves time and potential embarrassment of having to chase people who have no interest in you.

Perhaps Southampton were just peeved that in recent seasons Liverpool have repeatedly bought their players. If this is the case then maybe it would be more advantageous for Liverpool to ‘sound out’ Southampton’s chief scout and miss out the middle man.

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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!

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