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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Is Moyes' Fanboy Stuff A Cunning Plan?
Let's be perfectly frank, no-one really thought that David Moyes would get the United job. Not even David Moyes, in his heart of hearts, ever thought he would get that phone call. Everyone thought his name was being 'considered' so that the PR machine could at least say 'we looked domestically' before appointing Jose. Be honest, you all thought that was how it would be played out. Kind of the reverse of the Fabregas/Fellaini situation.
Imagine Dave's shock then, to be thrust into the limelight that accompanies United. At Everton, his transfer dealings were scrutinised at the end of season, if at all, comparative to where they finished. At United, transfer deals are analysed before they even happen. The man has had a few ropey results on a pre-season tour = Moyes out. If anyone can tell me who Everton played last year (or even this year!) in a pre-season friendly, bar Everton fans and the all knowledgeable bods at F365, I would be surprised. United is simply a different level, and considering who had the job before him, Moyes either has balls of steel, or he has blindly wandered into a no-win scenario.
Which brings me to my point (yes, finally!) - everyone expects Moyes to fail. So why sit there and give the press/Liverpool fans any more ammunition? He isn't Fergie, journalists do not soil themselves when he walks in the room, and his record is glaring as to his lack of trophies. So why should he talk himself up? So that everyone can gloat when (apparently inevitably) we have to board our canoe down Faeces Creek sans steering device? The real world equivalent, it would be like whoever replaces Rupert Murdoch at News Corp saying that their plan is for world domination within the first month of getting the job. Great if it happens, but you run the risk of looking like a bit of a muppet if it all goes pear shaped!
It seems to me that David Moyes is managing expectations. Everyone and his nan knew we weren't getting Fabregas, doesn't hurt to try though. There was some guff in yesterday's mailbox about United battling Arsenal for fourth, and I'm sure Moyes would be happy for fans and journalists to think like that, as when he comes home with the title in May, he looks like a genius.
Clever PR Dave. Very clever.
Conrad Wiacek (I'll take a trophy, any trophy, this year) MUFC
Can Man Utd fans please get over the idea that Cesc Fabregas is a fringe player at Barcelona, he has played over 96 times for them in two seasons, scoring 29 goals and making a further 32. For a midfielder, in the greatest midfield in the world, that is a lot! Also, with the ageing Xavi et al, why would they want to sell to Man Utd? Also Paul McGrath, 40 million Euros would be enough? Where do you get this blasé attitude? For one of the best creative midfielders of his generation. If Bale, a man who has won bugger all in comparison to Fabregas, to be worth over 100 million Euros, I can imagine why Barcelona would want more from your club.
John Matrix, AFC
I have the solution to this Suarez nonsense. Champions League he says, career development he says. Hows about he comes to Celtic on loan, plays in the Champions League, collects a f*ckbucket of medals then heads back to Liverpool who will presumably have qualified for the Champions League themselves by then.
I should be in NATO.
Is Bad Suarez Worth Good Suarez?
I have read a lot of contributors and journos espousing on why Suarez to Arsenal would be a disaster for Liverpool, and I wonder if there is another angle on this.
Suarez is undoubtedly a great player that will improve any team, on his day. But his presence is also incredibly disruptive to club, teammates and fans and he also tends to be banned. A lot.
I think you could make an argument to say that Suarez to Arsenal could weaken the whole Arsenal proposition (sorry, been listening to Brendan too much); not on the 30% of match days that the player is on fire, but for the other 70% of the time when he is either banned or upsetting the players, club, fans, sponsors, shareholders with his attitude or even just plain playing badly.
I guess I'm asking if the 'bad' of Suarez really does outweigh the 'good' when you look at his impact on a club as whole. As a Liverpool fan, I want him out because he is poison and has weakened Liverpool Football Club, and I believe he will be just as poisonous to whatever club he goes to next.
Phil (don't you know that I'm toxic?) Duffy
LET HIM ROT
If John Henry sticks to his guns on this suarez debacle, it is nothing less than a win for football.
You constantly hear people banging on about selling unhappy players if they don't want to play for the club etc etc. but let's be honest, it's better for Liverpool to keep him rotting in the reserves than give him to Arsenal, thus strengthening their team.
Suarez has been appalling over all this, he doesn't deserve to play football at all. Stick him in the Pontins and see if he shapes up. Until then, Luis Suarez is the only loser in all this.
Mediawatch Is Wrong
In your reference to John Henry saying one thing and the other happens.
'Opportunities and value will drive spending in January and in the future. We intend to build on the strength of the current squad, not undermine it. And I can reassure our supporters that we have no intention of allowing the team to be weakened going forward." - John Henry October 2010.
Has Torres's departure really weakened Liverpool's team? Eh, nope. Has Torres been muck since? Yup. John Henry got it right then. We sold a player who was muck for 50 million to strengthen the squad. Suarez is in the form of his life, selling him will weaken the squad. Read between the lines.
Muck (last day in the office, then the last two weeks of summer before I become a real, full time working adult. Sad times) 21
...Reading Mediawatch daily I always find myself laughing and nodding in agreement with everything. However I saw two items today that I wasn't sure about.
Item 1 - John W Henry standing strong about Torres. He doesn't actually mention Torres in the sentence you picked out. Granted he was answering a question regarding Torres leaving the club but seeing how incredibly bad Torres has been since and the fact he was replaced by Suarez for less than half the price says to me he meant what he said and selling Torres wasn't actually weakening the team. Maybe anyway.
Item 2 - Walcott says you won't get an average player at Arsenal and then you give a list to the contrary. Actually your list proves that Theo is correct. You see what he meant was at Arsenal you will either get great players or awful ones. You listed the awful ones. What Theo meant is you won't get the likes of Darren Bent, Damien Duff or Steven Taylor at Arsenal (average players), you'll have either Suarez or Sanogo.
Other than that well done, it was a good read today even though I had to explain why I jumped up at my work station holding my cock shouting "ow" to my work colleagues.
Mediawatch Is Right
I've heard a lot about Rickie Lambert being called up, most of it negative, and I have to say I disagree wholeheartedly. Many comparisons have been made with Grant Holt's performances in his first year, with him predictability being rubbish last year, and people seem to think the same will happen with Rickie, but I for one am excited for him to get his chance.
I read that he had a pretty terrible attitude til his mid 20s which is why he's only just beginning to shine, but he seems a tactically mature and intelligent footballer (something we lack, particularly up front) and has excellent technique. Not to say he'll definitely win us the World Cup, but it's nice to get a selection that I can take an interest in, an all too rare occurrence.
Onto Spurs. All gone worryingly quiet for you know who, and I'm expecting an imminent transfer request. But, as another esteemed contributor pointed out, Willian is indeed available. Certainly a player who would make Bale's exit much easier to take, and probably the best available replacement. Capoue is certainly an upgrade in quality on what we have, and we are finally getting a significant amount of strength outside our first XI. Top work all round from Levy, AVB and Baldini. Happy Friday all.
Alex G, THFC
Not Us Guv
Just reading Mediawatch (a little over an hour after it was published) and after reading the article on Andre Gray and his sparkling personality as displayed on twitter, I thought I'd wiki him. Someone has already updated his page with a note around the incident and has referenced Mediawatch (and Twitter).
Is Mediawatch in the business of updating the wiki pages of er...stand-out community characters in situations like this? Would explain how quickly wiki has been updated.
Malmo v Swansea Thoughts
Went to the Swedbank stadion to watch the Malmo-Swansea Europa qualifier, and thought some knee-jerk reactions on Swansea signings I saw in action for the first time would fit right in amongst the mails on the never ending transfer sagas of the summer.
Canas looked impressive. A much more combative presence than we are used to seeing in a Swansea midfield and positionally aware. Pozuelo looked skilful and constantly tried to make things happen. I have my doubts about Wilfried Bony though. He struggled to fit into Swansea's silky attacking game.
Overall, Swansea have bought well this summer. Squad has been strengthened enough to be able to handle the extra Europa league games, and their progress looks set to continue. Most importantly, Michael Laudrup still looks smashing slouching on the bench.
Fahd M (As a neutral, preferred the laid back stylings of the home fans though)
More Facebook Lols
Being a Spurs fan I have 'liked' their page on Facebook. Today I noticed an update from their official page about the Europa League qualifying round fixture (...pipe down at the back) against FC Dinamo Tbilisi (...me neither, Georgian apparently). Remembering a mailbox email from earlier this week I decided to scroll through the comments whilst simultaneously taking a sip of coffee. I then read this comment from someone who I assume to be a Tbilisi fan...
'hey u we are waitting u in hell. we have a great winger seturidze. so u can buy lots of condoms for gareth bale'
Coffee went all over my computer screen.
EGV (What does it even mean?), Aachen, THFC
So sad to see from your last mailbox that Paul McGrath is back on the sauce, didn't realise it made him such a pr*ck.
Man Asks Why Mailbox Is Weird
What's with all the weird mailbox entries? Playing football with testicles? Rapping about transfer sagas and 'mothers cooking' (I have no idea what it really was)....surely I'm not the only one asking this.
I generally don't recall my dreams, and when I do it's usually bits-and-pieces, but from last night one image stuck in my mind.
Robbie Savage, Adrian Durham, and Mark Lawrenson car-pooling together; they drove right past me in fact (Savage looked particularly pleased with his arm around Lawro).
Then I saw the license plate: SAVAGEDURHAMLAWRENSON. It was wider than the car (it was red, that's all I can remember).
Mike (I also recall having a two-way conversation with my dog - in English) MCFC
Friday Afternoon Mata
I've been shunning f365 in favour of the cricket so may have missed this being paraded already, but in case it hasn't:
Been chuckling over this for a day now, still funny. Would you teach him how to bowl, f365 readers? Would you stand behind him and gently guide him through the motions? I'm no good at innuendo, but you've probably stopped reading anyway.
Happy Friday all!