No manager is in a stronger bargaining position right now than the Saints boss - his decisions are not placed under scrutiny so he looks better than big names...
It really is a wee thing. You know when you start having sex and want to wee? Well that's just like David Moyes' situation with Wilfried Zaha, apparently. Oh Johnny...
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It'll Be Funny When Suarez Stays Put
It is, of course, a fan's prerogative to lose his/her sh*t on occasion. This is what being a football fan is all about. The passion, the love, the myopic tendency to see everything in, my case, Liverpool-tinted tones.
However, that's not going to stop me and pretty much everyone else giggling like school girls when Suarez ends up staying at Liverpool. Because the vitriol aimed at him by Liverpool fans has been ... well ... just ... wow! But now, apparently, he's been misquoted, misunderstood, translated saying only bad things. Somehow all of his pro-Liverpool quotes have been misplaced, waylaid, lost etc. But he really said them, promise. Kisses.
And now all those who were burning their Suarez shirts a few weeks ago will, no doubt, be saying: "Erm, we weren't saying 'die Suarez die' we were saying, erm, 'the Suarez the' in German, because, um, you know, we like German".
Nikolai (sometimes, Suarez, flirting gets you nowhere) V
An Unfulfilled List
Unfulfilled potential? Where do you start? (and I will openly admit this list is slightly Champ Man/Football Manager-influenced)
Franny 'Fox in the box' Jeffers
Almost every English goalkeeper of the last decade
Giovani Dos Santos
Liam Miller ("the new Roy Keane"!)
Kerlon (just had the seal trick, it seems)
The ultimate one for me, in recent times at least, has to be Michael Johnson. He had as much natural ability as Jack Wilshere, and in my eyes could have gone as far as he wanted in the game. The way it's turned out is a real shame. Also I wanted to mention Supat Rungratsamee, who was immense on a number of those management games but I'm not sure if he actually exists in real life...
Disappointment, Thy Name Is Phil Neville
Am I the only one who, upon reading the headline 'Famous ex-player returns to United' then thought :
"It's actually bloody happened!"
Followed swiftly by:
"It's actually bloody happened"
Disappointment, I know your name and it is Phil Neville.
Steve (ex-Timperley Red), Canada
Goals You Didn't Mind Conceding
Good email from Paul M (LFC) on goals you didn't mind your team conceding purely because you admired 'the technique involved'.
In that case, Ronaldinho against Chelsea CL 05/04. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O3otJu2FWE Despite the fact that it was a huge game, one of the most important in Chelsea's history at that time, when it went in there was a sudden hush amongst the fans around me; no insults, no immediate reaction to the fact we'd just let them back into the game. Just pure awe, followed by a sheepish acknowledgment of admiration for what we'd just seen. That we went on to win the game makes the memory even sweeter, and it's still the best goal I've ever seen live.
The opposition goal that I've enjoyed the most however has to be when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink returned to the Bridge and scored for Charlton. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b5u5IWSuPA We'd already been singing his name on and off since kick off, and when that went in you can hear the whole stadium applauding him and singing again. (Luckily we also won that game, otherwise we'd probably have felt quite confused afterwards). Does anyone else have any fond memories of former players scoring against them?
Ollie, CFC (London)
...In response to Paul M LFC, of goals where you just had to doff your cap and say fair play...Obafemi Martins v Spurs at the Lane, I think it was circa 2008...an absolute thunderbolt with his left foot. Think it would actually have killed someone if it hadn't have been stopped by the net.
Also, an absolute screamer from Samuel Umtiti for Lyon against us at the Lane in the Europa League last 32.
Two excellent goals
...I had to respond to Paul M LFC even before I'd read his full mail on goals you haven't minded your team conceding because one sprung right to mind....
With Arsenal 5-0 up at home against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League back in October 2010, Eduardo was introduced off the bench and volleyed in a late consolation to make it 5-1. It was probably the most celebrated goal of the night, with the home and away fans singing his name. The range of factors (former player, near career ending injury, inconsequential goal) meant it was a very acceptable goal for the Gunners to conceded and it is still the only goal I've been genuinely happy my team conceded.
Sure you'll have fellow Gooners throwing this one in too (far more eloquently) but just happy to reminisce. Football can be fantastic can't it
George (thanks for the reminder Paul, you've made my Friday) AFC, Wellington, NZ
But This Man Doesn't Agree
Paul M LFC,There was nothing worth celebrating in that Spurs game. It was not only a complete demolition by a team we (inaccurately) considered rivals, it marked our descent into irrelevance and demonstrably proved that Kenny did not have what it takes either as a tactician or in the transfer market. Plus it was my birthday (so glad I swerved the offer of a ticket among the home fans). We can look at Modric's opener now and happily admit that it was a goal of outstanding natural beauty, but if your immediate reaction to it didn't end with YOU LANK HAIRED WITCH FACED C**T then sorry but you're not a Liverpool supporter
As for enjoying a Chelsea goal, there really is no hope for you.
The ONLY time it is acceptable to enjoy a goal against your team is when it is completely irrelevant to you but directly impedes a rival. And I mean completely irrelevant - I was still p*ssed off when Fulham beat us in a pointless season ender even though a) it didn't really affect us, b) we had a CL final the following week, c) I like Fulham and d) it relegated Warnock.
Jon Gibson LFC (The only goals I enjoy us conceding are consolations that gain me something in FPL)
Surely a better question is why target Baines over Luke Shaw?!
One Of Shedloads Of These
Dear Mike Shapland
Lubos Michel, the ref who awarded Garcia's goal said after the game "I believe Chelsea would have preferred the goal to count rather than face a penalty with just ten men for the rest of the game. If my assistant referee had not signalled a goal, I would have given a penalty and sent off goalkeeper Petr Cech."
Maybe it's time to let it go?
You're All Obsessed
Was I the only one who read the Lovely non football story from the latest Mediawatch and thought 'It's only a matter of time till she cuts off his penis'?