Moyes is lacking 'charismatic authority', Kieran Gibbs is defended, Chelsea's problems are examined and a dreadful chant attacked. It's a glorious mailbox...
Fear is stopping Moyes dismantling Fergie's team, we are told. Plus, one Arsenal fan digs at Gibbs and mails on Martinez, the Group of Death and a Spurs Christmas list...
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Where's The Little Pea?
I am worried. Javier Hernandez seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth. He has not been involved at all in pre-season, he has not been sold, he has not even been mentioned in training or by the manager. He's just gone.
I think Anderson might have eaten him.
I don't know if I can speak for Arsenal fans, but I'm really going to miss Gervinho. His sublime moments of skill coupled with his finishing ability warmed my heart. Plus he has that Rick James thing going on for him, and how could you resist. In this era of beard love, it's always special to find a diamond buried in the rough.
Ok I think I have it all worked out - this is how everyone can end up happy;
Real buy Bale leading to
United buying Ronaldo which allows them so sell Rooney to Chelsea which leaves as surplus to requirements Demba Ba who is bought by LIverpool as a preface to them selling Suarez to Spurs who are cash rich having sold Bale
I'm going to stick my balls out on the line here.. that come the end of the transfer window none of the big stars will have moved. Bale will be at Spurs, Rooney at United, Suarez at Liverpool and Arsene Wenger despite saying that he wants the transfer window shut when the season begins, will do all his business on the last day of the season and all will be equal once again.
There's no point being drawn into the false-excitement role.
Return Of The Ferg
Am I the only one who thinks that Moyes will struggle to the point of where he will be sacked after 6 months whilst adrift in fourth place?
Leading to the almighty Lord Ferguson to return and win the title single handedly without even playing a central midfielder.
No...just me...oh OK...
TJ (Or perhaps Moyes keeping the seat warm for Pep G!)
Wenger: Mr Burns
I've done it. I've cracked Arsene Wenger's grand plan for total domination of the English game. Arsenal are set to make another profit this transfer window and in about 3 years they will have accumulated enough wealth the build another stadium. They will then create Arsenal 2 and give it enough funding to eventually be promoted to the Premier League and push another team out. Meanwhile they will have accumulated enough wealth for Arsenal 3 and so forth. In about 40 years every team in the Premier League will be Arsenal and they will win the league every year for eternity until all professional clubs in the country are Arsenal.
I haven't figured out how they will squash 90 odd stadiums into North London yet but by then Wenger will be a Mr Burns like figure and will rewrite the town planning regulations to suit his plan.
They still won't have won the Champions League though, or the Emirates Cup. Heh!
Cliff Mallinder, AFC (New players please Umpire)
Just to defend David Moyes from your belittling of him, as Mediawatch has pointed out several times in regards this sort of thing, has it not occurred to you that he is answering a question that has been posed to him?
Every interview and press conference I have seen him give so far he has been asked about the difference between managing Everton and managing Manchester United. And as the job is difficult enough as it is, it is probably a good idea for him to answer the media's questions rather than shout them down and make an enemy of them.
I know it's been a quiet summer so far on the football front and you've got to generate those clicks Daily Mail style but how about giving the fella a few months at least before judging how he's doing.
Kev The Clarke, MUFC (Realistically, we'll probably finish 3rd and may or may not win the FA Cup/League Cup. That wouldn't be bad for Moyes' first
Hey, At Least You Weren't Enormously Patronising...
OH BLOODY HELL
If this story in The Daily Star is true, Manchester United will become a f*cking laughing stock.
This site often (very often) accuses the tabloids of sensationalism, but this headline from your own Friday gossip is exactly that. Let me explain. Transfers deals or sagas as F365 likes to call them are negotiations between clubs / players / agents to attempt come to a deal. Usually they are pretty straight forward, a transfer fee is offered, the club accept it and it is then up to the player to agree terms and conditions of employment.
Sometimes however, they are not straight forward and tend to be protracted due to a variety of reasons, not always business related (see Suarex and Rooney). It's not rocket f*cking science.
The reason that I find your headline ridiculous is that United have not yet offered enough to Barcelona to make it worthwhile for them to sell. Believe me, they are not concerned that Cesc says he wants to stay. If United offer enough money for him, then Barcelona will accept the bid and it will then be up to Fabregas to accept or reject the offer. Personally, I think that €40 million will be enough. Now, look at this then from the perspective of Fabregas. Barcelona have just accepted a bid of €40 million. That means that they are willing to sell. Where does that leave him. The club have just made it clear that they will sell for the right price. Does he stay as a fringe player and possibly damage his chances of making the Spanish team or does he go to United where he will be one of the first names on the team sheet.
He may decide to stay, that's his prerogative. Personally, I think that he will go United of they do offer €40 million for him. However, I fail to see how this makes United a laughing stock. It's just business negotiations. It's not as if United don't have a plan B (Fallaini) but he's just not as good as Fabregas.
Just how serious are Liverpool about keeping Luis Suarez? Talking to an Arsenal fan about the situation, you'd probably find them pointing to what Liverpool said about Torres and therefore quietly confident that he'll leave and end up at The Emirates. However, there is the slight problem that Liverpool, to me, genuinely feel that they will hold on to Suarez, especially after John W Henry's interview in which he very clearly states that he's not leaving and that Liverpool will specifically not sell to Arsenal. Yes, this can be dismissed as mere propaganda to alleviate any potential backlash from Liverpool fans but I think it's a bit more thought out than that.
It is painfully obvious to anyone that Liverpool, should they sell Suarez to Arsenal, will effectively surrender 4th place with both Spurs and Arsenal too good to catch without one of the best players in the league. Spurs, by contrast, don't have this problem as they actually have a pretty good team now so selling Bale wouldn't damage their bid for the Champions League if they can spend the money on one or two more players, especially with Willian at Anzhi now available. So Liverpool are left with no option, if they actually want to get in the Champions League, than to keep Suarez. Even selling him to Real Madrid (who, by the way, don't actually seem to be interested, Suarez is the only one talking about Madrid) or another European club wouldn't be a sufficient compromise, as Liverpool simply won't be able to replace him adequately with so few top players available, even disregarding how many would actually want to join Liverpool these days.
Whether Liverpool can keep their nerve or not is another thing but Suarez will, as things stand, have to at least accept that an exit in this window is unlikely with Arsenal the only club interested. In fact, if anyone has found the latest interview from Suarez in the obviously very friendly (and reliable) Spanish paper 'Marca', Suarez states that he's not desperate to leave and wants a friendly resolution to everything. An attempt to start repairing the damage? Maybe, or maybe I'm clutching at straws and I would expect that if Madrid or Bayern, etc. do come in, that this will all change but, for the moment, I'm going to be bold and say that Suarez will stay, if only until January.
...John W. Henry is playing a very dangerous game by refusing to sell Suarez to the one and only club who are interested in buying him, by publicly refusing to sell him to another Premier League club he is running the risk of nobody buying him, this summer or next. Arsenal will move on to whoever their next target is, and what is to stop him being a revelation and then they don't need Suarez?
It's more than obvious with the lack of interest from the supposed European Elite, of which Arsenal apparently don't belong despite being a mainstay of European competition for the last 16 years, that those clubs which are apparently a 'step-up' from Liverpool aren't interested. Arsenal is not a small step up from Liverpool, there is an enormous gulf in class from an upper mid-table side to a team playing in the Champions League year-in, year-out. Arsenal have a better manager, better stadium, he's be playing with better players and he'd be playing in the Champions League, as well as getting a bigger salary. Apart from a rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone at the start of each game I fail to see what advantage there is in staying at Anfield over moving to Arsenal.
Liverpool have signed more mid-table players this summer to add to their mid-table squad, Suarez is a Champions league player, Arsenal are a Champions League club looking to make the step up to title-challengers, don't kid yourselves Liverpool fans, you may want to believe that Arsenal are a rival this season, but I doubt they, or anyone else in the top 5 last season, consider you one. Time to wake up Mr Henry and let the lad join a big club, he's served you well enough to deserve it.
Angry Young Man
Fair play to Tim Colyer, Chelsea fan, London for stating the f***ing obvious that seems to have passed most "fans" by and sadly, particularly, so called Manchester United "fans". Chris MUFC being the epitome of these moronic, self-opinionated, gobshites. Chis reminds me of an ex-Uni colleague of mine. The type of guy that at the age of 20 still had not gotten around to actually kicking a football but realized that this supporting a big team lark was pretty cool and proceeded to immerse himself in the world of analytical statistics and phrases such as "double pivot" until he could have the "bantz" with the rest of the lads in the class and illustrate his football knowledge props to all and sundry. To the chagrin of us hardened football men of course, who had been playing/watching football at one level or another since we'd learnt to walk. This guy was a fake, a blow in, a fraud. Chris MUFC reminds me a lot of this guy. I'm sure many out there also know such types.
Anyway back to Tom and the main point of this email. Spot on Tom lad. The one thing that people seem to be overlooking is a little thing called experience. Or Title Winning Experience. Or Multiple Title Winning Experience. Man Utd have this in spades and come to the crunch around Feb/March and this is what counts in a title run in when the pressure mounts and three points are vital. Liverpool didn't have it in 2009, Arsenal don't have perennially. Man Utd have it though. As do Chelsea to a lesser extent in the form of Terry, Lampard, Cole and Cech. But please write Man Utd off at your peril. It will make it all the sweeter come May if/when the title stays at Old Trafford.
Aidan MUFC (Maybe such a Moniker will help me get printed more often) Upper Austria
Fed up with the usual 'BaleSuarezRooney Monster' and 'Wonger, y u no sing moar plahyers u olddd mhaan' I decided to look at all the transfers done by other prem clubs lower down and cor blimey theres been some cracking deals.
They make me excited and nervous, much like my secret crush on Serena Williams. I don't why she tickles my fancy and I know she would eat me alive. But the build up to the end would probably be the pinnacle of my grey and dreary life so I'd welcome death as its all downhill from there.
Anyway, strange crushes aside, let's have a butchers at what clubs have been wheeling and dealing well lower down the division and give em a rating. This is more about the quality added rather than the cheapness of the fee.
Fulham - Same old really, strengthening under par British players with solid uninspiring foreign talent. However, Maarten Stekelenburg smacks of Van der Sar all over again. Not because I've lazily cobbled together the idea of two Dutch keepers being similar because of where they are from, just that it's an unusual move for a player who could have gone to a bigger club. He won many trophies and been a World Cup runner up. At 5.7million we could see him move for a profit to a bigger club. 6/10
Aston Villa - Very solid business done early with Jores Okore being the stand out signing. Turning down bigger clubs for the promise of first team football at Villa he has huge potential as a very good Premier League Centre back. And for 4.7million expect a profit to be made in the future. Nicklas Helenius scored 16 goals in 33 games last year in the league for Aab and at 1.4 million it's a worthy risk to take. 7/10.
Southampton - Two inspired signings in Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama. Real quality and desperately needed at the back. The Wanyama signing whilst arguably being better than what they've got, he seems a luxury purchase, and I worry for Jack Corks development as hes likely to be the casualty despite awesome form last year. Doesn't matter who Lovren replaces at the back, they were all woeful. Both Champions League experienced too, again I wonder how long they will remain at the Saints. 8/10.
Norwich - Literally every signing is an improvement (apart from Carlo Nash) and they really have gone for it this year. Nathan Redmond, Javier Garrido, Gary Hooper, Martin Olsson, Leroy Fer and the awesomely named standout Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Inspired business that could see Norwich really push for Europe and all for around £18million. 'Lets be having YEWWWWWWWWW' 9/10.
Swansea - Love Love Love what Swansea are doing right now. Brian L's come in, tweaked the formula set by Brenda 'false 9 and a half' Rodgers and added some truly wonderful players to the roster. Its like a football manager game, where they keep improving with intelligent deals and match it with progress on the pitch whilst all wrapped up in a pleasing style of play. Wilfried Bony a perfect foil to Michu, can't wait to see how that blossoms if the Malmo game is anything to go buy. Great move by Jonjo Shelvey, he could really grow as a player with that style of football and first team games. (I tip the swans to finish above Liverpool this year). Jose Canas is Michu mark 2, potentially another bargain, that midfield could be impossible to get the ball back from. Sheer quality added to an already strong squad, that now have the ability to handle a Europa campaign, I wish I could switch allegiances and support them! 10/10.
Special shout out to Tottenham, who I reckon have done the best business this summer. That midfield is like a Man Utd fans wet dream. Dembele, Paulinho and Sandro all dynamic, strong and direct. SCARY!
This year's going to be blaaady awesome!...Now where's me tennis racket?
TJ (Where have the dreamboat mails gone?)
This mail was going to be about David Moyes. It might have been about Luis Suarez. I even considered trying to defend Wenger, that is until I read that Thor is angry with him according to Facebook. But then, I had a thought... Why not try and write about something different?
So I chose Anzhi. For those of you who haven't heard, their mega rich owners recently declared the 'project' a failure. Kind of. They plan to reduce the budget back down to something approaching normality, while they expect to sell off all their stars in the coming weeks, months or whatever. 'Reducing the budget' might be a rapid transition back into mediocrity, or it could be code for abandon ship. Expect to see Chris Samba back at QPR sometime soon.
What really got me thinking is, what would the reaction be like if this happened to, say, Chelsea? They're a fairly well supported club, a big name when it comes to advertising the Premier League, plus players like Torres are unlikely to attract many suitors who can afford to match his pay packet. After selling on all obvious stars, the club begins to slip. Roman pockets what he can and sticks the club on the market. As the value of CFC decreases, loans are taken out to pay players who signed on when they were once paid in prize money. It really could be a disaster, and nobody bar Roman could really do much about it.
So, it will be interesting to see what happens at Anzhi for sure. Ill admit I don't know much about the finances at Chelsea, but I find it hard to believe that they could sustain themselves financially should ownership be thrown into turmoil. On a lighter note, maybe Wenger could sign Lassana Diarra. Again.
Well This Is Weird
When I see pups like Bale And Rooney on the back of my paper it makes me sick. I don't mind seeing Suarez there because we're all equal and he should get as much opportunity as anyone else. One love. I remember when I was a wee lad around gallivanting , I never once asked to leave the hood. Why would I? It was my home and my mammy's love meant more to be than any money I could make over in Barcelona or Madrid. The point is I would never sacrifice mammy's home cooked meals to become a professional footballer, I'd maybe consider it if they had a hawt buffet like at The Emirates, but I still don't think they could top my mam! Love The Whacker Brother Crew 4 life too. Shout out to my boys. Thug life.
I'm somewhat passionate about sports coverage. So you can imagine my jaw hitting the floor when I saw this. In particular check out the example video of the Baseball match.
Just imagine how that could be used in football: Not just for slick coverage, but retrospective refereeing decisions as well.