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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Liverpool in the cup? Clear evidence for David Moyes' paranoid accusations.
IT'S A FIX!
Ross, AFC London
Arsenal > Spurs?
Supposedly Walcott is rather intelligent for a footballer (despite having no footballing brain).
So when he came out and said he still thinks Arsenal are stronger than Spurs I choked on my breakfast whisky. Signings alone in the last two seasons show Spurs as the stronger outfit. And rather than go through comparing player by player I ask Arsenal fans this:
Would you have all the players Spurs signed this summer?
So it's no brainer right? Of course you would. Follow up question then, why hasn't Arsene gone for them? The great thing about Spurs shopping is that actually, the values are quite good for the players, apart from Soldado who is a tad expensive, it looks like a lot of the money spent will be at least recouped in a future transfer as they are young enough to be sold on. If you add to the that the impressive Lamela coming in, possibly £12 million for Erikson (why is no one else going for this awesome player) and 'Churches' as every pundit seems to call him at centre back I'm starting to hope the spree never ends. Spurs easily have the better players, in which I'd argue thug Wilshere would struggle to get a game in that team!
Final thoughts, why haven't the likes of Man Utd gone in for Daniel Levy. Paid massively over the odds to recruit arguably the most shred investor and negotiator in the game, imagine what he could do at a club of Uniteds size? He might even be able to sell Madrid that virus Fergie was on about years ago.
TJ (My apartment has many leather bound books and smells of rich mahogany)
It's August and I'm worried about where we're going. 3 games in and I'm a wreck about our season already.
Please let it be over soon. Please.
Aidan, EFC, Strand
In yesterday afternoon's mailbox, Danny bemoaned the emergence of the phrase "game time" and asked where it had come from. He suggests it's an American interloper but another American can help us answer this question: Mr Google.
Using the advanced search options, you can restrict results to certain date ranges. I searched for "needs more game time" (to remove computer-related results) and looked at years in the 2000s.
The first football result appears in a comment on Fifa.com from an Australian in late 2008. Otherwise, until 2010, almost all of the occurrences of this phrase appear in rugby union stories. Then, in 2010, they suddenly pop up all over the place in stories about talents as diverse as Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Patrick Vieira, Tomas Rosicky, and Milan Jovanovic.
Play about with the search terms a bit and you can find "game time" used sporadically in UK media from as early as 2007 but late 2009/early 2010 is the clear jump point. What triggered this, I don't know.
So, I suggest that term isn't as recent a newcomer to football as Danny thinks and that it is also an immigrant from the lexicon of our egg-chasing brothers, rather than our cousins over yonder.
Bye Bye Bale
A quick word if you don't mind about the Bale saga as I have been stunned by his recent behaviour.
It's a tired point and thankfully my club has not had to tolerate the so called player power in this sense - that is a player acting the fool in order to orchestrate a move - and I sympathise with those fans of clubs who have or are, finding themselves victim of such behaviour.
Gareth Bale was not so long ago, the darling of English football. Sure, he had a stupid celebration (which for one reason or another he went and trademarked) and a strange haircut but, he was undoubtedly a quality footballer. Moreover, he also came across as a decent bloke. In recent weeks he has shown himself to be an utter disgrace, absent of any morals or sense of responsibility - a depraved, morally corrupt individual if you will. I'm not claiming he owes the fans or the club any sense of loyalty, I don't believe in that and we shouldn't kid ourselves that in the event that he was in fact a terrible player, he would not be sold or released without a second thought - but what these footballers do owe their clubs is professionalism.
I wrote in recently (unpublished - cheers F365) explaining that Bale is not a demigod. That he is in fact a professional who should act as such. Failing to turn up to training and releasing petulant statements through his agent is frankly churlish and embarrassing (and that pink outfit I saw him in recently was the final nail in the proverbial coffin).
Don't let the door hit you on the arse on your way out Gareth. Good riddance.
Ed (and I'm not even a Spurs fan) CFC, London.
We'll Show You How Many People Read Stuff About Celtic/Scottish Football If You Like
A stunning atmosphere, inspirational performance and last minute goal meant Celtic overcame a 2 goal deficit to qualify once again for the Champions League group stages. Yet, transfer gossip surrounding Bale and Hernandez still dominates the home page of this British football site while Celtic's triumph is barely given a mention . If that had been Arsenal that did that last night I have no doubt 365 would be on Arsenal over-drive all day long. Well done Celtic, fantastic stuff.
On The Liverpool Experience
A good friend once compared supporting Liverpool FC to falling for your first girlfriend: you love them unconditionally and would do absolutely anything for them, but deep down you know you're only moments away from a world of hurt and disappointment.
Having supported the club for over 20-odd years, I've come to terms with this. Making hard work of a winnable cup tie? Letting teams back into games at the 80-minute mark? Refusing to tell Jose Enrique that he a) has a right foot and b) should use it instead of going full-circle to make a right turn? That's just the Liverpool Way.
The years of confusing cup exits, questionable signings and even more questionable player sales (still love you, Xabi) haven't made me jaded - they really haven't. I still love the club as much as I ever have, and would love to see them return to their magpie-like trophy hoarding ways. But equally, I'm no longer surprised by the little setbacks that seem to punctuate our seasons.
So please, fellow Liverpool fans, just take a step back. Yes we made hard work of the Notts County game, and yes, the United game will be a tricky one to navigate, but we've all been here before. Every season for the past god knows how many, in fact.
We're showing definite signs of improvement this year - and could legitimately find our way back into 5th spot - but there are going to be disappointments along the way. That's just what we do. The key is not to lose your shit in below-the-line comments sections, accept that we'll lose a few games in frustrating (possibly comedic) fashion and just back the team.
You never know, they might surprise all of us.
Rory, a Brit currently balls-deep in San Francisco fog
Spanish Super Cup Thoughts
I'm watching Barcelona v Atletico Madrid, its the 86th minute.
Don't they sing songs in the Nou Camp? If you close your eyes and listen to the match it sounds like it is being held in the middle of a city centre in rush hour.
Neymar. Looks like he has joined the wrong team. He doesn't roll the Barca way. Early days though admittedly.
Atletico. This is a team in their managers image alright. Fit, determined, confident and fearless.
Barca. They are soft at centre back. I'm a Spurs fan and if you told me we were signing Pique then meh.
Has anyone ever seen Alves smile??
According to commentary, you could buy a replica of SAF coat in the United club shop, is this really true?
David Villa, he's still excellent.
Gareth Bale, bigger club he leaves for but a lesser league by far. Hope you enjoy it geez.
Juan Fran. Looks like a plumber.
Colin Williams, THFC.
TAKE THAT BACK
In response to Stephen Hunt's mail on Mata and Rooney; believe you me, I still can't pin-point a noticeably dashing feature possessed by the former. All I see is a wide forehead on tiny legs. Seriously guys, whats so big a deal about Mata's looks? Pfff.
Dover (whats next? Blatter in a bikini for the QATAR 2022 logo?), Utd.