Our sentiments exactly. But it seems some do care. We have lots of mails about Tim Sherwood (he's not popular) as well as HIT IT, TENNIS and other variations...
The MC isn't convinced Joleon Lescott is what Man United need at the moment, but that's one suggestion in the morning mailbox. Plus, plenty of moaning from Spurs fans...
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Liverpool Love For G-Nev
Excellent article on Gary Neville. As a Liverpool fan, the mere confirmation that he continued to breathe would a generate a weapons-grade level of rage and anger. Let alone when he played against us or talked about us. I detested his very being. I hated him, his shallow-end-of-the-gene pool brother (still do) and his dad (purely because his first name is Neville and his two sons played for the Scum).
Now I've tried to fight it. Denied it was happening, drank to forget it and can only now begin to formulate the words without being sick in my mouth or wanting to pull out my tongue, but.... I respect him now. Hell I even like him. A little.
Yes, the other commentators are generally f**k-wits of the highest order. But Gary knows the game, inside-out. His experience playing at the highest level, for the second greatest side in English football history (sorry, had to get a dig in somewhere) is shown in his accurate and impressive commentary. He pin-points exactly where things have gone wrong and isn't usually afraid to put the blame on someone just because of their name. Now admittedly there's still the United-bias hangover but he's getting past that and shows us in detail, where the small decisions can make or break a team's result are made. Or not, as the case usually is.
His dad still needs a new, inventive, first name and his brothers still a 3rd rate footballer trying to turn his poor football ability, to poor coaching ability. But he's the only man I want commentating on games I watch. Even ours (as he still can't hide the anti-Liverpoool sentiment, I love it when he commentates on our wins).
JD. Red in Exile.
I recently dragged a dusty old 'Premier League Annual' from the shelf. It's one of those colourful, slightly gaudy things that existed as a sign of the Premiership's money making machine in the 90s, a book (before anyone really had the internet) for kids who were still treated - by football corporations at least - like children, rather than just mini-'lads'.
Anyway, the reason I mention this annual is because there is a two-page spread centering on one Ryan Giggs. Alongside a picture of 'Flyin' Ryan' and the ubiquitous quote from George Best, there is a lengthy encylopaedia entry, which closes with these lines; "At 23, Ryan is already a world superstar, but he still has his whole career ahead of him. Don't bet against him terrifying defences well into the 21st Century." I wonder if the writer was thinking as far ahead as 2013...
Joe (not just a club legend, but a football legend) MUFC
...Just wanted to say Happy 40th birthday to the most successful, greatest of all time footballer there is. That's 40, and still tearing them apart.
Filip (Hope he scores again in PL this season), Macedonia
Just a brief riposte for Paul McDevitt who amongst other things labelled AVB as 'playing the victim card'.
I didn't agree with criticising the fans, as I don't think you should really, but, he simply said that he wants the fans to get more behind the team. Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey have all commented in the last 12 months about the poor atmosphere at White Hart Lane and constant moaning and groaning. It's pretty clear, although ill advised to say it, that he was being a mouthpiece for the players.
Secondly, he didn't blame the players alone. Funnily enough, that is what his predecessor would have done (not me guv). He said 'WE have to be ashamed for that performance'. Key word is WE. It hasn't of course stopped his biggest detractors vilifying him and making up completely nonsensical rumours that his comments upset the players. Do the press think that AVB just speaks to them and not his players in more depth? You get the summary lads, not the full shebang.
Now that is done, regarding anything else, I really can't explain the reason behind the massively OTT criticism of AVB by the press. The biggest cuplrit's seem to be the Daily Mail. Is it because an English manager was sacked and a 'bloody forriner' took his job? Maybe. It is more likely because he doesn't do their work for them like Harry used to by spinning them a yarn, facts being unimportant.
The 'facts' remain that Spurs are only 2 points off 4th place and only 4 points from 2nd place. Hardly a crisis, especially when coupled with the fact we've strolled the Europa league and are also in the Capital One quarter final. AVB lost his talisman in the summer and is having to bed in 8 new players, 7 being purchases and Townsend being promoted to first team duties, and it clearly hasn't been as smooth as some of us had hoped. We're a little slow attacking, but, 7 of those 8 players purchased or promoted to the first team are midfield or forward players. They need time to gel together and get a rhythm going. AVB may well be choosing to persist with inverted wingers, but he isn't telling his players to play slowly and predictably. Once they click we will be a very good team.
When Arsenal lost Robin van Persie, who was just as important to them at the end of the 11/12 season as Bale was to Spurs at the end of the 12/13 season, they struggled badly early in the following season. In fact, Arsenal only picked up 1.64 points per game for the first 28 games of the season, good enough for a total of 62 pts. They clicked and were nigh on perfect in the last 10 games, picking up 26 points at a rate of 2.6 pts per game. Spurs had a slow start last year in the first 12 games, picking up just 17 points including 5 defeats. We went on to win 16 of the last 26 games, drawing 7 and losing just 3. He needs to given time! Some people forget that no major players were sold under Redknapp, he benefitted massively from continuity and low player turnover, and of course wasn't denigrated by having Bale at his disposal, whereas people seem to enjoy using Bale's form as a stick to hit AVB with. AVB has had Bale and Modric sold from under his nose, as well as Van der Vaart. You could argue those 3 were the three best players Spurs had in Harry's last two seasons. They are now all gone and we have to build again. Will the numpties give AVB the time though?
Ross THFC (I was feeling much more depressed on Sunday though)
...A-ha, thank you Paul McDevitt. You have basically given a clear cut example of what the problem is in just the second line of your mail. "Most of the headlines lead with". So basically you are saying that the headline completely renders what was actually said pointless? If you were to actually watch the post-match interviews and what was said and how it was said you would realise that 9/10 headlines are a load of rubbish. The press absolutely lap up everything Mourinho says as he knows how to play them, however, if you honestly believe that his players were not annoyed by him saying he made a mistake in playing them then I don't know what else to say.
It is clear that most people in the media don't take too kindly to AVB and, while I know he does have his limitations due to being so young (one of which is man management), I don't see what else he is supposed to say after a humiliating defeat. Any suggestions? Maybe he should say it was his fault that Lloris kicked the ball to City 10 seconds in as that he told him to do that? Maybe he should have said he told Dawson and Kaboul to do an impression of their favourite statues as Navas, Aguero and Negredo ran rings around them? We were shocking, terrible, it was the worst performance I have seen in years. It is what it is and I'm glad he admitted it was embarrassing as that's how every Spurs fan felt at the time and regardless of that, he does not blame just the squad. He talks of "we", "our" and "us" suggesting a collective balls-up, that everyone needs to be embarrassed, but, again, let's ignore the facts as the headlines say he has slammed the players and that's what people want to hear at the moment?
Good man management is not about kissing the player's back sides so they don't get upset, sometimes they need to be told when things are not acceptable. Fergie would often talk to the press how he gave the team the hairdryer as they were awful in the first half. I think you seem to have good man management and playing the press confused here. AVB cannot get the press on side and I don't think he ever will and that's something we will have to deal with but I still don't agree with your view that it was an example of bad management by admitting you were embarrassed after what was a humiliating victory.
Adam (My glasses are not rose tinted, they are tinted lilywhite!) THFC
Our Youth Referee Returns...
I've emailed in the past about being a referee in Youth football, well recently it's all become less enjoyable. Wonder if it would surprise readers to know that even at youth football level, referees are subject to obscene hate campaigns on social media and sent unpleasant messages at their place of work?
Well, just when I was considering giving it all up, I heard yesterday that I have been selected for one of the relay legs in the Queens Baton Relay leading up to the Commonwealth Games. Nominated by others for my work in youth football as a league administrator, club welfare officer and referee.
Whilst I don't do any of this for the recognition & love (as a referee this is in pretty short supply), it has reminded me that the role is valued by some people and without it, the football couldn't happen. So am going to see the season out and then see how I feel.
Phil Brown Does Punditry In India?
Here in India our football telecast is the sky panel and yesterday they had Phil Brown.
He stated on TV that Hull city almost bought Negredo for £13million and he had a buy-back clause for £12million!
Any other unbelievable transfer that almost happened?
Arsenal have had a custom since the 1927 FA Cup Final (won by Cardiff City and the only time the cup has been out of England) of always washing new goalkeeping jerseys before they are worn in a match.
Keeper Dan Lewis blamed the 1-0 loss on the ball skidding off his shiny new jersey and a tradition was born.
I don't know if this still happens, but it did for many years.
Nige. Gooner since '77. NZ
...Everton fans also clap the opposition goalkeeper into the goal, including Utd and Liverpool's.
We've been doing it ever since I started watching us, and I was told it was something 'only we' did way back then (the mid '80s). That may well have been fan nonsense, though.
Running Through Walls Seems Painful
In yesterday's mailbox Paul McDevitt rolled out the often used notion that Mourinho and Ferguson's teams 'would run through a brick wall for them' if asked.
I've often seen this written and I've always thought "well, that just seems wholly unnecessary doesn't it? I mean, how would that ever be a useful activity (from a managerial point of view) for your players to engage in? Surely the risk of injury far outweighs any potential psychological gains to be had from crashing through a brick wall?
Speaking of which - I'm pretty sure no man alive could actually run straight through a brick wall unless it was poorly constructed in the first place, which only makes the whole exercise more baffling as you would have to deliberately build a wall with enough pre-planned flaws to allow for the semi-superhuman feat to be possible in the first place, thus undermining the entire significance of the achievement. Just seems rather pointless trait for a manager to have to me, probably better off concentrating on trying to get your players to 'play great football for you' instead".
Simon (lolling on the District line at the Chris MUFC humbuggery last night - cracking stuff) CFC
Yes, And Here's A Video. You're Welcome
Have you heard anything about the 12,000 Frankfurt fans who descended on Bordeaux yesterday? Completely took over the city in a sea of orange clothing and outnumbered the home fans in the stadium. Absolutely awesome support.