Posts Tagged ‘john terry’

Being:Blackburn

September 28, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’m going to start by talking about John Terry (have we not been here before). First things being first I’m not here to call John Terry a racist as I don’t know him and I don’t know his intentions but if you’re a professional footballer and the phrase F*cking black c*** comes out of your mouth during a match, there’s a good chance the FA will investigate.

There’ll be plenty of people who will think he got off lightly with a 4 game ban, especially when you consider you get 3 games for a straight red card plus Luis Suarez got an 8 match ban and his case was complicated by cultural and linguistic issues.

The one thing I’ve learnt over time is that what ever John Terry does he always lands on his feet. That’s why I say, once this all dies down he will somehow emerge as the new England manager. When it happens remember where you read it first.

On to Being:Liverpool, the behind the scenes documentary on channel 5. I watched the first episode last week and couldn’t help thinking it had the feel of a comedy, in the vain of The Office, with Brendan Rodgers as the David Brent figure. I also feel it suffers from Being:Recorded, for example, you see Brendan Rodgers doing a rousing speech before the opening game of the season, knowing they got beat 3-0. He also talks about how Andy Carroll can fit into his system and he would only be allowed to leave the club if the deal was right for the club. I’m not sure loaning out your club’s record signing for £1m can be construed as being the ‘right deal’. I’ll still be tuning in tonight for episode 2.

If anyone at Fox is reading this (that’s a long shot) I think the perfect club for the Being experience would be Blackburn Rovers. Just the other week Steve Kean admitted signing players despite never actually seeing them play. Then this week there were rumours that Steve Kean had been sacked but refused to accept it and turned up to take training the next day. And now, as I’ve been writing this Steve Kean has been sacked/forced to resign. What a club.

Talking of managers I was a little surprised to see Alan Pardew getting a new 8 yr contract. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think this is going to end in tears? Having said that, Alan Pardew has already exceeded my expectations at Newcastle but still, 8 yrs.

Now to Kelvin Mackenzie. I recently emailed the BBC to see if they would still be using his services on their shows, especially after the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel and his role in The Sun’s coverage at the time. They couldn’t say if they would or would not be using him in the future but did direct me to this page, should I want to lodge a complaint. So should anyone else not want to see Kelvin’s face on the BBC, feel free to submit a complaint. In the BBC’s defence, I contacted a few broadcasters and they have been the only one’s to respond.

And Finally… If you believe the papers, Roberto Mancini is annoyed that Mario Balotelli smokes. So in honour of Mario, who are the other smoking footballers/sports people of the past or present. Feel free to contact me via the comments button.

Til next time, stay safe.

Teflon John

July 19, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

I thought I might do something a bit different and just write about one subject. The subject in question being John Terry and more specifically his racial abuse case.

I’ve said it before on this blog, that whether John Terry was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand or not, it wouldn’t make any difference to how I view him. I can’t imagine what he would have to do, before I thought less of him.

As it happens we now know that when he uttered the words, “F***ing black c**t” towards Anton Ferdinand he was merely asking the question, “Did you think I called you a f***ing black c**t?” or he was being sarcastic. Or as the magistrate put it, “It is impossible to be sure what the Chelsea captain said and it may not have been intended as an insult”.

At this point I feel I should say, I will view it as an insult if you use the phrase, “F**king black c**t” towards me, even if you are enquiring as to whether you thought I thought you had called me a, “F**king black c**t”.

I do think it was interesting that in this case, the judge was unable to determine conclusively what John Terry’s intentions were in using this phrase, yet the Independent commission that ruled on the Suarez case were able to do just this, despite the case been made more complicated by language and cultural differences. I know that there were different burdens of proof at work, with the prosecution in the John Terry case having to prove ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ and Suarez judged by ‘the balance of probabilities’. With this in mind it will be interesting to see if the FA will pursue this matter further.

I’ve heard some people say that, John Terry should get the England captaincy back, now that he’s been found not guilty. If this was to happen and I don’t think it will, then in the spirit of fairness Fabio Capello would have to be restored as the manager.

What I didn’t like about the case was that there appeared to be a witch hunt against the Ferdinands. I think what needs to be made clear is that Anton Ferdinand wasn’t on trail. He was the one the words were directed at, not the perpetrator. He wasn’t even the one who reported the incident and it wasn’t him who decided this should go to court, that was down to the CPS. Not that they can be blamed, if someone uses the phrase, “F**king black c**t” on a football pitch it is probably going to be investigated.

As for the whole choc-ice furore, that was a little embarrassing, with some people trying to say that by referring to Ashley Cole as a ‘choc ice’ Rio Ferdinand was being racist and therefore he can’t really complain about what John Terry said. I don’t want to shatter anyone’s illusions but referring someone as ‘choc ice’ and someone as being a ‘f**king black c**t’ is hardly comparing like for like.

One thing I did find out from the case is that Anton and Rio’s dad is called Julian, like me. I might never have known this, if it wasn’t for this case, so if for nothing else I’m glad the case happened.

Til next time, stay safe!

They think it’s all over… it is now

July 5, 2010

columbo

Hola. Hope you are all well. 

Apologies for not posting sooner. I was going to blog before the England/Germany game but I ended up going to London and getting caught up in London ways, including a private members club, a swimming pool and tequila. (read more here

So many things have happened at the World Cup since I last posted, I sincerely hope you’ve not been relying on me to keep you informed. If you have, all you really need to know is that England were knocked out 4-1 by Germany

I’d like to start this post by talking about the news that broke on Friday, that being Fabio Capello will be staying on as England manager despite England’s failings at the World Cup. I’ve heard and read pundits who’ve said that Fabio should have gone, I take a slightly different viewpoint. I not only think that Fabio should have remained as boss, I think he should have asked for a pay rise, maybe putting him on £8m a year. He should have gone into the FA and said, “I underestimated the level of pussies I had to work with, can you sort me out with more money”, or words to this effect. 

Maybe I’m being a little tongue-in-cheek but let’s face it what did people really expect from England at the World Cup? Admittedly it would have been nice if they’d looked as if they’d actually played football before, but we must remember that this bunch of players were the same bunch of players that failed to qualify for the Euros, just 2 years ago. 

There has been some clamour in the media that the way forward is to have an English, England manager. This view has been supported by cheeky chappy cockney manager Harry Redknapp, who also has said that if he was offered the job he would find it hard to turn down. Call me old-fashioned but it does seem like he might have a vested interest in saying this. It’d be like the head of BP saying, “I don’t think oil companies should be responsible for oil spillages, especially ones in the Gulf of Mexico”. 

But unless the mobile phone has properly scrambled my memory hasn’t this group of players (‘the Golden Generation’) worked under an English manager? In fact they’ve worked under all kinds of managers. If you go back to 2000 there was the passionate Englishman, in Kevin Keegan but he was deemed not good enough (by himself) and tactically naive (by everyone else). So in came Sven with his knowledge of European football, but the main criticism of Sven was he’d taken England as far as he could, 3 Quarter Finals. I can’t help wondering if in the near future we will look back on the Sven era as a glorious period in English football, up there with 1966 and 1990. Sven moved on and England were going to get Phil Scolari but he had a change of mind because he felt the British press would be too intrusive. I can’t believe that would have been the case. So then the FA had to choose between Steve McClaren, Alan Curbishley and Sam Allardyce, not what you would describe as rich pickings. In the end Steve McClaren got the nod, but he left after failing to take England to Euro 2008 and was nick-named ‘the wally with the brolly’ by the press. But he’s just won the Dutch league with FC Twente, so maybe just maybe he was as much let down by the players as he let them down. And now we have Fabio Capello, who after this tournament has been lambasted as someone who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Can this really be true of a man who has won 6 Serie A titles, 2 La ligas and a Champions League? (Harry Redknapp has 1 FA Cup to show for his 27yrs of management, if you’re interested).

It seems to me, the one consistent under all these managers is the players. I’m not Columbo but the evidence suggests they are not good enough. I know no one wants to admit to this but you can’t just ignore the evidence, unless you’re Jeremy Clarkson and the subject is Global Warming

Because England’s displays couldn’t just be due to them not being that good, journalists have reported that there had been factions and splits within the camp. It’s been alleged that John Terry resented the fact Steven Gerrard was captain and not him. If this was true, may I suggest it might have proved more productive if  John Terry had concentrated more on defending, then maybe Germany wouldn’t have scored straight from a goal kick. To be fair we will probably never know what went on in South Africa, well not until one of the players brings out an autobiography. I for one can’t wait to read the Steven Warnock story

Anyway, I didn’t want to end on too much of a downer, so I thought I’d look at the problems of another nation that was at the World Cup, because we all know no matter how bad you’re doing you can always take solace in the misery of others. So let’s look to Nigeria, where their President Goodluck Jonathan has banned their national team from playing International football for 2 years so things can be sorted after their poor showing at the World Cup. Can you imagine our government doing this? If they did, something tells David Cameron would leave the task of telling Fabio Capello, to his ‘deputy’ Nick Clegg

Til next time, stay safe!

To boo or not to boo that is the question

March 6, 2010

mike phelan

Hola. Hope you are well.

There’s been plenty of goings on since the past post. There was the whole shaking hands/not shaking hands situation, then there was the Ryan Shawcross tackle. This subject was covered for hours upon hours on both the TV and Radio, it was the most talked about tackle since John Terry’s.

Talking of John Terry there was plenty of discussion as to weather the England fans should boo him at the England vs Egypt. Of course people were going to boo him, not for moral reasons, football fans are not generally that bothered what players get upto off the pitch. People were always going to boo him, cos outside of Chelsea fans, we don’t really like him. I booed him and I didn’t go to the game, I was at home flicking between the match and American Idol. Things got a bit confusing and I ended up booing Randy Jackson. Those that say you shouldn’t boo, said it will bring down the spirit and morale in the camp. I wonder if John Terry was thinking about morale or team spirit when he was boffing Vanessa Perroncel?

In other matters, I’ve heard the phrase, ‘Out of the frying pan and into the fire’ but I’ve never heard of someone going from the frying pan, to the fire, and then to the arga (I couldn’t think of anything better). But Paul Hart who must be a glutton for punishment, has this season gone from managing Portsmouth, and we all know what has happened to them, to QPR where he lasted 5 games and now he has turned up at Crystal Palace, who are currently in administration.

Talking of managers, it has been announced that they will have to fulfil their media duties next season. This will mean that Mr Ferguson will have to speak with the BBC. He hasn’t done so since the BBC did a documentary that had the audacity to claim his son was a bit dodgy. But the reason I’m gutted is that it will mean no more Mike Phelan on Match of the Day. How am I going to live without his words of wisdom every Saturday night? I wonder if he’s on Twitter.

Keeping on the Man Utd theme and Judas, I mean Michael Owen is out for the rest of the season, after sustaining a hamstring injury. Some people have said this has put an end to his chances of going to the World Cup. It’s not his hamstring injury that put an end to his World Cup, but the fact that Fabio Capello had no intention of picking him.

And Finally… I thought I’d let you know what a pussy I have become. I’m going to meet up with some football mates to watch Wigan vs Liverpool on Mon. I was thinking about this and then a thought popped into my head, “When am I going to watch Glee?” I’m going to miss it on E4 and will not be home in time when it goes out on E4+1. It’s now looking like I’ll have to watch it the following Sat on T4. I think you’ll agree you get all the big football stories here.

Til the next post stay safe!

Julian

Bridge troubled over JT

February 26, 2010

  

Mmmmm £1.2m

Hola . I hope you are well. 

This is a historic day, as  Portsmouth become the first Premiership club ever to go into administration.  But seriously how can a Premiership club go into administration, what with all that money sloshing around? That must take some proper mis-management. That’s why I thought it was odd that Peter Storrie the Portsmouth chief executive chose this week to try to defend his £1:2m a year salary.  Firstly. if I was him I would have kept a low profile and secondly I’m no business expert but I reckon I could have taken Portsmouth into administration for a mere  £600 000 a year

Also the John Terry situation has moved on, mainly because Wayne Bridge has come out and said he won’t play in the same England team as John Terry. I understand why Wayne Bridge has done this but it seems like a lose-lose situation for him, he’s not going to the World Cup and John Terry has still boffed the mother of his child. I think purely out of fairness, Toni Terry should take one for the team, where Wayne Bridge is concerned. 

The guy I feel sorry fo in all this is Fabio Capello, it wasn’t long ago that everything seemed to be going to plan for him and the team. A few months on, he has no left back, Rio Ferdinand has back problems, no one seems to know who is the best keeper is, Glen Johnson has been out with a knee problem and Joe Cole hardly plays for Chelsea. Things have got so bad, that some people are calling for Bobby Zamora to be given a chance. 

Talking of Italian managers, Roberto Mancini is coming under pressure at Man City. I don’t think he has to worry just yet, he should wait til he gets the ‘dreaded vote of confidence’ or he sees Craig Bellamy walking towards him with a golf club. 

And Finally…On last week’s blog I questioned why Ashley Cole would need 2 phones, including a pay-as-you-go phone, suggesting it could be for unscrupulous reasons. Well I think I may have done him a disservice, I’ve thought about it and maybe he needed the second phone so he could take advantage of Orange Wednesdays, where you get a  2-4-1 deals on films at the cinema on Wednesdays. Or maybe he needs it to text women pictures of himself in his pants. Who knows??? 

Til Next time, stay safe!

A woman’s work is never done

February 10, 2010

Cheer up Avram

Hola. I hope you all are well.

Let’s start with John Terry, who since my last post has been removed as the England captain. I think Fabio Capello did it because he was tired of being followed by camera crews. They were at the airport at Switzerland after he had his knee op, where he refused to talk about the situation, they were at the airport when he landed in London. Did they think on the flight over he’d have changed his mind and decided to talk. If he wanted to be followed by camera crews, he would have married Jordan/Katie Price.

I do like the fact that the meeting with John Terry took, 12 mins. It seems quite a precise amount of time, which makes me think the FA have started employing someone to time such a scenario. If that had happened to me, the thing that would have annoyed me most about the shortness of the meeting is that I would  have had to get to Wembley, and then get back home again, all for 12mins. And I don’t drive so I would have had to take the tube or bus, which would have added to my annoyance. It’s probably a good job I’m not the England captain.

Talking of personal issues, crossing into the media, it was reported last week that Avram Grant was the Priemiership manager who visited a brothel. To me he doesn’t look the type, not that there is a type but I would have put money on Phil Brown (no disrespect Phil). Avram always seems to me to have that glum look, I don’t even think a woman playing with his penis would lift him out of his general gloom. (For legal reasons I must point out that in no way am I saying anyone has played with avram grant’s penis).

Congrats to Amy Fearne, who became the first woman to ref  a Championship match. She came on for the last 20mins of the Coventry v Nottingham Forest game after the original ref came off with a calf strain (pussy). I’ve heard a bit of sexist nonsense spoken about this (mainly on Talksport) but I think if she is good enough then I have no problem with her overseeing games. My only footnote is that her refereeing duties shouldn’t interfere with her duties as a wife/girlfriend, ie. the cooking, cleaning etc….

And Finally… New West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has come out and said he wants players, admin staff (and probably the tea ladies to take a 25% pay cut. I bet Mido is gutted, that would take his weekly pay packet to £750, if my GCSE Grade B maths is correct.                                    

Til next time, stay safe!

Nature vs Nurture

February 2, 2010

Mido

Hello and welcome to the second post of ‘The viewfromthetrevor’. On the last post I mentioned how I’m the kind of guy who starts a football blog mid-season. I’m also the kind of guy who starts a football blog mid-season and then a day later goes to Madrid, missing a fair bit of football. Talking of which, the only reason I realised Man Utd had got to the Carling Cup Final was because a Utd fan sent round a jokey email about viagra, semis and losing it in the last minute. I’ve noticed that it is only ever Man Utd fans that send me jokey/gloating texts about football, often when it has nothing to do with my team. It makes me think that this kinda behaviour is either learnt by years of watching the likes of Mr Ferguson, Gary Neville and Ronaldo, or is it in them at birth. I think this would make a good programme for Robert Winston to investigate.

Talking of texts, when I was at the airport coming back from Madrid, I got a text from a mate that read “Good old JT. Knob”. I had no idea what he was talking about and thought  maybe John Terry had scored an own goal, and in many ways he had. To be honest, I’m not that fussed about reading about  other people having sex, being a hypercrite I will still read about these scandals. To me John Terry is basically a cockney wideboy, who happens to also have the talent to headballs out of the area and block shot going towards the net. He’s not a role model to me or my children (not that I have children but if I did John Terry wouldn’t be their role model). The John Terry situation as I’m now calling it, is only a story because the woman involved was Wayne Bridge’s former girlfriend/mother of his child, but I imagine there’s alot of swappage that goes on in workplaces and between friends. Whilst you’re reading this your girlf/wife/partner/significant other, is probably boffing your friend or colleague (naturally I’m only joking).

Let’s move on from that image and onto the transfer window closing. It would appear the most sought after player during the window was Crystal Palace’s Victor Moses. He was linked with, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City but in the end went to Wigan for £2.5m. I wonder if he is in anyway disappointed? At least they do better pies in Wigan than Barcelona and it’s little things like this, that life is about. Also on the move was Robbie Keane, who moved to his boyhood club, not Liverpool, his other boyhood club Celtic, on loan. When Robbie left Liverpool after 6 months the press slated Rafa Benitez, but not much has been said about friend of the media Harry Redknapp allowing him to move on after a year. I wonder why this could be, answers on a postcard.

And Finally… Mido (pictured) moved to West Ham on the last day of the window and is reportedly taking wages of  only £1000 a week (I wouldn’t get out of bed for that). His history makes me think by March, West Ham fans will think he’s being overpaid.

                                                                                Til Next time, Stay Safe!