Posts Tagged ‘the view from the trevor’

How long do you give him?

July 6, 2019

How long do you give Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager?

a) Less than a season
b) A season
c) More than a season but less than the 3 yr contract
d) Or he will see out his contract.

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Any other neutrals supporting man city?

May 17, 2019

I have a friend who’s a crystal palace fan. He said he’s going to support man city in the FA Cup final. One of his reasons is because Harry the Hornet (the watford mascot) once mimicked Wilfried Zaha diving. It strikes me as an out there reason. It also strikes me that there won’t be many other neutrals who’ll be supporting city, are you one?


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Jermaine on the big screen

April 1, 2016

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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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Why modern managers should suck it up

August 31, 2015

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Every year, about this time, you get the Premier League managers complaining that the transfer window is still open. Apparently, it should close when our season starts, even though Leagues around Europe/the world start at different times.

It’s said that the window can disrupt a squad as the manager may lose a player that he’s started the season with. Despite the complaining, these same managers seem happy enough to buy players for their clubs. It appears they only have a problem with the transfer window, if their star player is linked with a move away.

I’m old enough to remember when transfers went on til around Easter, so maybe these modern managers should just suck it up.

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Brendan puts faith in Christian

August 4, 2015

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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.

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He’ll be the Delph of me

July 30, 2015

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For a couple of days, I praised Fabian Delph for turning down Man City to stay at Aston Villa. After all it was playing regularly for Villa that helped Delph to get into the England team, whereas at City, I couldn’t see him as being anything other than a bit part player.

A few days later Delph had a change of mind and joined Man City, making me look silly (sillier than usual). One of the reasons for the u-turn was a chat with Micah Richards, who apparently described Man City as ‘the best club in the world’. I’m not sure if this is the best way for Micah to gain favour with the supporters of his new club… Aston Villa.

Another transfer I didn’t quite get was Asmir Begovic going from the No1 at Stoke to play second fiddle to Courtois at Chelsea. Even if his time at Stoke was coming to an end, surely he could have gone to a club where he’d get more than a handful of games. Perhaps he knows something I don’t (he wouldn’t be the first).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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