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Der Hammer
There's a lot of football news today, so no doubt the Mailbox will be full of anti-FIFA; anti-Moyes; pro or anti-Lallana/Clattenburg comments...but I'd just like to offer congratulations to Tommy Hitzelsperger for coming out. It's sad that this is still a big deal in football.

...I can't believe the news I've just read about Thomas Hitzlsperger. It's left me in a state of shock.

How on earth did he win 52 caps for Germany?

Boycott The World Cup?
With the FIFA announcement of a winter World Cup now just a matter of time, the best course of action for the major countries i.e England, Spain, Germany, France etc would be to join together in a boycott of the tournament. There are a number of reasons to consider this.

1. The disruption on an international level to the European Championship qualifying (not forgetting the other international tournaments) and possibly the finals as well depending on how much leagues are disrupted.

2. Champions and Europa League will either start ridiculously early or end a week or two before the next season starts (qualifiers start before the final is played!)

3. All European leagues will have to stop at end of October and resume no sooner than February first. This diminishes both the leagues but also the World Cup. Not too mention the fixture congestion it will cause.

FIFA may threaten sanctions but call their bluff and threaten to form a breakaway body, imagine the panic if FIFA stood to lose Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Germany. At the end of the day most neutrals watch the tournament for these big names. Also losing these countries would take away from the prestige of the tournament. If they were to scheduled a rival tournament for that summer which would be more watched England v Germany, Brazil v Argentina or FIFA's Australian vs USA, Russia v Qatar? I imagine most nations would be more than willing to jump ship if an alternative organization was available rather than the knowingly corrupt set up we have now.

The World Cup is a summer tournament, if a country cannot host the event during those months then sorry it shouldn't get it. The disruption this will cost to leagues the world over is too much. FIFA has to learn it is there to govern the game not to help strengthen the brand awareness of it's corporate partners.
Paul (How funny would the FIFA Would Cup game be for that year) Ireland.

Actually, This Guy's Looking Forward To It
I think I might be in a minority of one when I say that I'm really looking forward to a winter World Cup.

Don't get me wrong, I think the way it's come about is absolutely disgusting and once again highlights everything that stinks about FIFA. I'd be right behind any kind of legal challenge from the Aussies.

But from a pure entertainment point of view, I think it's going to be great!

These precious arguments about re-jigging the domestic calendar - multi-million pound entertainers having to do something slightly different for a year....cry me a freakin' .etc etc. (Footballers who seem to think that their high wages are due because what they do holds intrinsic value rather than it being a function of an entertainment product).

It's winter. It's miserable. You've got the post Xmas blues when you head back in the freezing cold world to face another years' drudgery.

But what's this? It's the World Cup to entertain us! No more moping about. No more formulas from people telling you which particular day is scientifically the most miserable of the year.

Shit, we're only 3 days in now and I'm at my wits end. How much better would we all feel if we'd got a world cup schedule stuck into our calendar?

We could all be heading home tonight (or leaving early) to catch a quarter final match!

Bring. It. On!
Marky B. MUFC (Insert joke about wanting something else to hold my interest other than the League One 2022 winter schedule)

We've Found The Problem
"Alex is a great sounding-board for me. He is there to help, so is Sir Bobby. He is terrific. Bryan Robson is at the training ground regularly, I speak to him regularly.
"I find the three of them terrific."

So Moyes is taking advice from Bryan Robson, the guy who couldn't get Thailand out of their group in the Suzuki Cup (Thailand have won the second most number of Cups in competition history). It's all clear now...

Mike Phelan's still out of a job, sign him up!

Q. Can anybody offer a convincing reason why Moyes shouldn't be fired?
A. Because watching the ongoing Man U debacle this season is highly amusing, and it's making Mike D laugh, and he's had it tough for 30 years it would seem. Simple really.

As it was posed in the mailbox I assume the question was open to the floor and not just Man U fans.
Chris ITFC, Liverpool

Pulling A Brendan
Anyone think Moyes is trying to pull a Rodgers on the Man Utd players?

Telling all who will listen (and those who wont) that the team is playing well, even after losing. 3 times. In a row.

The main difference though, is that Brendan actually believed himself when he said those Rodgersisms; Moyes on the other hand looks like a kid caught telling a lie every time he opens his mouth.
Nathan, Cape Town

Just read the mailbox and was intrigued by Mike (still bloody laughing though) D's letter.

I really wanted to read what vile abuse he had suffered and the vitriol that was spewed by United fans. You see I couldn't work out if he actually was abused (in which case those that abused him are dreadful human beings) or whether or not it was banter between fans but Mike D is just incredibly sensitive.

You know the boy at school that cried when you said he had crap hair.
Bradley Kirrage

A Fiver On The Street
Aaargh! Another email in this morning's mailbox rehashing the point about United winning the league and suggesting that this can be used to explain the manager's/players'/club's performance this season in any way

United winning the league last year was like someone finding a fiver on the street. A few interested parties have noticed its there for the taking, but aren't really sure about picking it up. Whilst they're worrying about grabbing the damn thing, the brash guy has said "F*ck this, I'll be having that thank you very much". They haven't done anything to deserve it, but they're five pounds richer at the end of the day.

The slightly laboured point I'm trying to make here, is that United's victory last season has absolutely no bearing on their current woes, cannot be used to explain anything, nor can it be used as an excuse for anything. It's not a case of the players reaching a certain level last season, so why can't they repeat it again. They won the league last year thanks to a lack of any credible competition. Because of this its impossible to judge just how good they were and how important Ferguson was and similarly it's has no bearing on how bad they are now and how poorly Moyes has taken to the job.
David (f*ck BT SPort and their Friday night kick offs), Gooner

Playing In A Bad Team
With all the criticism beinv chucked at Tom Cleverley is been wondering if he's just had the benefit of playing in a title winning team. Now that United are on a skid Cleverley is being exposed. When United were winning all the platitudes were pouring in. He played the simple ball, kept the team ticking over. Usual stuff. Now they're losing he looks lost.

Gareth Barry had the same. In a winning team he was awesome. Kept possession and didn't hurt the winning formula. When it got tough he was derided for not contributing enough. How many other players have had thus levelled at them? Alexander Hleb, Shaun Wright-Phillips and James Milner spring to mind.
Keith, Maidenhead.

A Mail On Exeter's U-21s
So although it has gone largely unheralded, last night Exeter City u-21 continued their surprise run in the U-21 Premier League cup after coming from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1. Blackburn are the second Category 1 academy that Exeter's Category 3 academy side has knocked out of the competition after beating Southampton in the last round, as well as Crystal Palace and local rivals Torquay in earlier rounds.

After reading the excellent article on underdogs Sassuolo reaching Serie A in Italy and doing so "the right way", with sound financial management and a desire to play positive football, lets hope Exeter can hang on to some of these exciting youngsters - many of them are already breaking into the first team having played together from the age of 12 and if boss Paul Tisdale stays around and continues to blood them then things could be looking up after a run of poor results in League Two.

Here's hoping that Matt Stanger isn't MC today otherwise I guess this has as much chance of getting into the mailbox as a badly thought out Davey Moyes rant...
Terry Hall, Switzerland

A Question
Why is Oliver Holt still comparing football to cricket?

Doesn't he know we're bad at it again now? Or is he just filling a gap until the next sport/athletics event that we become successful in that he can pretend he's always been interested in and can muse about how it's really demonstrated how football needs to change while thoughtfully stroking his chin and congratulating himself about how morally superior he is to the game that has made him a living.

Adrian Fletcher, Warrington

Opera And The Late, Wonderful Linda Smith
Mediawatch today picked up on the newspapers' reporting that Sir Alex Ferguson attended last night's game wearing a hat to avoid being recognised. For some reason this put me in mind of how the late Linda Smith used to describe opera in her comedy act and on her radio drama. At some point, the main character will disappear and then rejoin the stage in disguise, well, wearing a hat, and isn't recognised by any of the other characters even though their face looks exactly the same. Two conclusions:

1) opera is an incredibly highbrow reference for football. Who would have thought Sir would be an arch-hipster (apart from when he signed Kagawa, I mean)?

2) I don't know enough about opera to decide which one he and David Moyes would be playing out.

Ed Quoth the Raven (presumably it's a father-son story with elements of farce), CPFC the Glaziers

'A Completely Different Kettle Of Sharks'
Dear United supporters,

I might have found an ingenious way to increase the enjoyment level of watching United at the moment.
Last night I stumbled across an absolute gem of a football stream.
It was an American channel and some of the commentary was absolutely golden.
Vidic was described as "emasculating the defenders" on his way to scoring that thumping header and to sign off the commentator claimed the next game at Old Trafford will be "a completely different kettle of sharks!"

So my advice at the moment, carry on watching but just make sure you have American commentators with you. Trust me it makes the experience almost bearable.
Name withheld for obvious legal reasons!

In the mailbox section under " least United fans were loud", someone's stolen a post I made on Manchester United forum, "Wilco Watford" posted about the team going on a team-building weekend, but as you'll see from here

I posted it and he's a thieving git.

Our apologies, and we hope Wilco will be good enough to say sorry, too.

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