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Nigel Reo-Coker January 3, 2007

Posted by Left back in : funny , 3 comments

Oh dear. He needs to spend more time trying to be good at football and less time dancing like a twat.

The Obvious

Posted by The Mac in : Football, Premiership, Money , 1 comment so far

Jose Mourinho calls the overly-inflated prices in the English transfer market “crazy money”. Jose, your club is virtually solely responsible for this you thick twat, you can’t go splashing £24m on the likes of Essien, SWP or Drogba and then complain that a club won’t sell its prized centre back to you for less than four or five times their actual value.

Here’s an idea, Jose - why not use one of your youth players or reserves?

Assorted clubs have paid well over the odds for Assignment help certain players over the last few years, Rio Ferdinand, Sylvain Wiltord and James Beattie to name but three, but no single club has artificially inflated the market consistently as much as Chelsea. The likes of Newcastle and Boro have not been afraid to pay money for players over the last few years, with differing results, but are not as reluctant as some to use youth when required - Cattermole and Downing at Boro, Ramage and Edgar at Newcastle for example.

The concept of the transfer window is a bad idea in my opinion, struggling clubs are forced to spend money on players who are mainly short-term solutions; Watford desperately need at least two strikers, but who is going to want to play for them in the Prem for a few months before they inevitably return to the Championship? The laws of supply and demand mean that if they do delve into the market they will be forced to pay over the odds as their need is obvious; the only way (other than a loan) they will get a cheap/reasonably priced player is by going abroad as the prices for English players are exorbitant and unrealistic for everyone bar the super-rich (see above). £18m for Micah Richards? Even the £7m on Gareth Bale is a joke; one good half-season does not make a great player.

I’m not going to offer a solution, mainly as I can’t think of one this early in the morning.

Cheer up West Ham fans January 2, 2007

Posted by Left back in : funny, Chairmen , add a comment

A 6-0 thrashing at Reading, the club’s 14th league defeat of the season, a bunch of players who think they’re far better than they actually are and relegation looming. It couldn’t be much worse, could it?

Well, given the rivalry between West Ham and Spurs fans wouldn’t it be painful for floor mirror Hammers supporters to find out the new chairman was actually a Spurs fan?

Not only that but Eggert Magnusson was, at one time, a member of the Icelandic Tottenham supporters club.

Still, it could be worse. Couldn’t it?

Chelsea fans full of Christmas cheer December 27, 2006

Posted by Left back in : Fans , 1 comment so far

Chelsea fans provide seasonal greetings for Reading’s Stephen Hunt during yesterday’s 2-2 draw.


They look like Orcs from the Lord of the Rings films. Except uglier.

Merry Christmas December 24, 2006

Posted by Left back in : The site , add a comment

To both our readers.

Sue, Sue, Barney Magrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Mourinho. December 19, 2006

Posted by JP in : Football , add a comment

It’s an interesting thought that Everton may sue Mourinho but it would soon end up with every manager in the country either bankrupt or in prison. Will referees be able to sue managers for saying that they made a wrong decision if, as happens most of the time, the ref turns out to have been right. Could players sue pundits who say they dive, or aren’t trying? I’d like to sue Alan Shearer for not trying to be interesting as a pundit, and for diving into cliche after cliche without thought for the insult and injury to my intelligence.

Big-spending Rafa gets his sums wrong

Posted by stopsatgreen in : Football, Premiership, Money , 1 comment so far

We know there is a big difference with Arsenal who can pay millions for Denilson and also spend big on Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby. We monitored Denilson, Walcott and Diaby but we cannot compete with the big money spent on them. We are trying to do the same things on a lot less money, so we have to work twice as hard.

Rafa Benitez says that Liverpool don’t have the finances to compete with Arsenal on youth players.

Liverpool have spent more on transfers in this season and last than Arsenal. Just to use Jordans one example, Sissoko (21) cost more than Denilson (18) and Diaby (20) combined. Diaby cost as much as Gabriel Paletta (20).

The rest of his comments make a lot of sense, but the comparison with Arsenal doesn’t hold water.

If you go moaning to the press about money, you probably want to check your sums first - otherwise you could end up looking stupid.

Old folks home beckons for Beckham? December 18, 2006

Posted by JP in : Football , add a comment

This is the most hilarious thing I’ve read today. The idea that Beckham would go to Bolton and play for presumably somewhat less than £150,000 per week is even more far-fetched than the idea of him going to Spurs, and that was funny enough. I’m not aware of him having set up Beckham-branded football academies in Bolton in preparation for a move there like he has in L.A., but maybe I’m wrong.

Your diver is worse than my diver

Posted by Left back in : Managers, cheats , add a comment

Or do I have it wrong?


Arsenal ban national flags

Posted by Left back in : Stadia, Politics , add a comment

It seems the football world has gone PC mad. Some weeks ago a man flew a Turkish Cypriot flag at Ashburton Grove. A large number of people, Greek Cypriot Arsenal fans in particular, complained to the club.

In the light of that they have now decided to ban all national flags from the ground. This is a real shame. Part of the tradition of groups of Arsenal fans that travel from all over Europe to support their club was to bring a flag from their country. It has always been part of the atmosphere and a sign that Arsenal had fans from all over the world.

Obviously there’s a political issue if someone flies a Turkish Cypriot flag so given that Turkey aside, all foreign governments and the United Nations recognise the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over the whole island of Cyprus, why couldn’t Arsenal simply have banned that particular flag from the ground?

It seems a massive overreaction and opens the floodgates for more PC nonsense to take over the game. There will always be something to offend somebody. Do we just college essay help need to complain now to have it taken away or can’t we cope with anything at all.

As well as that the decision to ban flags has been seriously questioned when Arsenal run advertisements for the state of Israel all over the hoardings each match day and in the programme. See here for more.