Posts Tagged ‘steven gerrard’

Jermaine on the big screen

April 1, 2016

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’ve always thought it’s hard to replicate the drama of sport on the big screen but this hasn’t stopped a number of football films supposedly in production.

These include a documentary about Steven Gerrard by Asif Kapadia, whose previous subjects include Amy Winehouse and Ayrton Senna who ******SPOILER ALERT****** are no longer with us. I hope Steven is looking after himself in LA.

There’s also talk of a film being made about Jamie Vardy. He’s obviously had a great season but is this enough to be turned into a film? Apparently so. Having said that, I am looking forward to seeing who will be cast to play the Oriental man he abused in the casino. The way Hollywood works, it’ll probably be a white guy.

And Finally… and this might be the hardest one to believe but it looks like there is going to be a film about Jermaine Pennant. I’m not questioning the film maker’s marketing team but is there really a clamour to see this film?

Til next time, be nice to each other.


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I’ve never saved a club from relegation

January 17, 2015

Hola. Hope you are well.

The big news since it broke was Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool for the MLS or is MLS code for Man City as Frank Lampard seems to think.

I’ve never saved a team from relegation, but experts always say you need goals to escape relegation. Yet there’s constant speculation that relegation threatened West Brom will sell their goalscorer Saido Berahino and strengthen other areas of the team. I’m not sure this makes sense. So with this in mind, should WBA cash in on Berahino or keep their goalscorer? Let me know via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Oldham announced they were 80% certain they would sign Ched Evans a day before they announced they wouldn’t be signing Ched Evans. What surprised me, was Oldham seemed surprised by the opposition to them signing the player, did they not notice what happened when Sheffield United allowed him to train with them?

And finallyCardiff City have abandoned tradition (3 years) and changed the colour of their shirts from red to blue. This is obviously a popular decision but knowing how football fans can be contrary, I wonder if there’s any Cardiff fans who will miss the red shirts?

Til next time, stay safe!

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Never let fact get in the way of a good headline

November 19, 2010

fabio capello

Hola. Hope you are all well.

Let’s start with the Eng/France friendly. Did anyone reading this actually care about this game? I watched the first-half whilst reading ‘Frankie Boyles’ autobiography, My sh!t Life so far’. I didn’t really bother with the second half as it clashed with The Apprentice.

Some parts of the media did seem to take the game seriously, a couple of the tabloids described Fabio Capello as ‘The Prat in the Hat’ even though he was actually wearing a cap. Although every journalist knows you should never let fact get in the way of a good headline. After we had ‘The Wally with the Brolly’ with Steve McClaren, I think England managers need to learn not to attach themselves with any objects that can easily be rhymed with derogatory terms. Let’s hope for his sake that Fabio doesn’t injure his leg before the next England game, requiring him to use a (walking) stick.

My final thought about the game is Steven Gerrard’s injury. Liverpool’s fitness coach Darren Burgess went ballistic after Gerrard suffered a hamstring pull in the 85th min. He blamed Capello for playing Gerrard for so long. I however don’t blame Capello, I blame Steven Gerrard. He should have done what most senior players do before a friendly and that’s pull out with an ‘injury’. Or even if he did turn up and start the game, he could have gone off at half-time with a ‘slight strain’. What he shouldn’t have done under any circumstance in a friendly, is to chase back 20 yards and make a desperate sliding tackle in the 85th minute.

Onto the Panorama programme, that is set to be broadcast four days before the World Cup committee decide who will stage the 2018 World Cup. The programme is thought to show FIFA in a bad light. This is why people think it will ruin our chances of winning the bid. I think the FA and our media should have just kept quiet and we would have got away with it, after all who  watches Panorama?

And Finally… I was interested to learn that Man City’s black Italian striker Mario Balotelli was racially abused during the Italy v Romania game, by his OWN FANS! One banner even read, ‘No to a multi-ethnic national team’. Guess where I’m going next week…. that’s right Italy. Wish me luck!            

Til next time, stay safe!  

They think it’s all over… it is now

July 5, 2010


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!

The times they are a changing

March 17, 2010


the women's institute

the women's institute

Hola. Hope you are well.

Having not posted a comment for over a week it is noticeable how quickly things change in football. It wasn’t that long ago that David Beckham was making headlines for wearing a scarf /spearheading the campaign against the Glazers, depending on which paper you read. The next minute he’s rupturing his achilles and is flying off to Finland. Who knew Finland was the hot bed of achilles surgery?

It wasn’t too long ago that Phil Brown was defending two of his players Barmby and Bullard, for fighting on a bridge. Why on a bridge, I’m not sure, but to make things worse the fight was watched by some members of the WI (that’s Women’s Institute, not the West Indies). It begs the question, shouldn’t these women from the WI, been at home making jam or or posing for naked calendars? Now Phil Brown is on ‘gardening leave’ having been released by Hull. Is it just football people that get put on ‘gardening leave’, have you ever been put on ‘gardening leave’, let me know.

At this stage of the post I would like to do a Tiger Woods, I don’t mean the cocktail waitresses, I mean a public apology. I would like to apologise to any Reading fans reading this (I doubt there are any). My apology goes back to the FA cup match between Reading and Aston Villa. I missed the first half of the match, I think I’d gone for a  jog, when I came back and Reading were 2-0 up. I then sat down and watched the whole of the second half and the game ended 4-2 to Villa. After the match the ‘experts’ in the TV studio claimed Villa’s fight back was due to a rollicking at half-time by Martin O’neill. It wasn’t, it had nothing to do with Martin O’neill, it was all down to me and for that I apologise.

It’s never nice to see anyone lose their job, especially in these precarious times, but should any of the 85 people laid off at Portsmouth, wish to seek new employment, they should try this place.

It’s been a good week for Steven Gerrard and I don’t mean beating Portsmouth, but the fact he got away with a 2 fingered salute towards the ref in the Wigan game and then got away with smashing Michael Brown in the head. To be fair the latter incident was against Michael Brown, who can only be described in a footballing term as a ‘dirty c-unit’, so he probably deserved it.  They should both think themselves lucky, they wouldn’t like to face Gerrard when he’s ‘defending himself’ .

And Finally… Let’s move onto the big issue. On the last post I mentioned I was going to miss ‘Glee’ to watch the Wigan vs Liverpool game ( I shouldn’t have bothered) and I wasn’t sure when I was going to watch the repeat, well you can rest easy. I caught the repeat on Ch4  on Sunday 5:35. The only problem is I missed this Monday’s Glee to watch Lpool vs Portsmouth and I’m out at a radio recording when it’s repeated this Sun. I could watch it on 4OD but our computer is playing up and I can’t watch it in the library just in case I bump into someone I know. These are the dilemmas of a modern football fan.

Til next time, stay safe!