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Is Jurgen just a German Tim Sherwood?
Ok I know he has only been in charge a few games at Liverpool but does anyone else think Jurgen Klopp is the German Tim Sherwood?
Hear me out:
-He celebrates a lot, almost to the point of being unnecessary.
-Talks a good game, like a proper football man
-Uses motivation to get the best out of his players (although so far unsuccessful)
-Looks like he has no sleep from the night before
-Tactics.. Is there any? Or is it all from his right hand man? Yes his players have all run pretty far but does that not happen at every team when a new manager is unveiled?
I’m keeping this mail rather short, my point is: It might not have been Klopp that made Dortmund successful but the Director of football, they got a lot of signings bang on for a few seasons in a row. Klopp was just the guy to reap the benefits of it, just like Sherwood reaped the benefits of having the spurs job.
I can’t be the only one to see Sherwood staring back through those big Klopp eyes.
JoeKen (spurs, belfast)
Arsenal lost in a competition that is pretty clearly their bottom priority, and always has been. The fact that Ox and Walcott got injured was the worst part of last night and hopefully they wont be out too long, but it is Arsenal so the prognosis is probably 3 weeks to 6 months.
My main reason for writing in is the headline from this mornings mailbox “That’s why Arsenal wont win the Prem“.
If anyone is using last nights game as the reason why Arsenal wont win, get your head checked! Because I can pretty much assure you Kamara, Iwobi and Bennacer will not make more that 3 appearances in the league this year, combined. I also cant imagine Arsenal playing too many games this year without Ozil, Sanchez, Cazorla, Koscielny and Coquelin, by choice, who are I think anyone would agree vital players for Arsenal.
I’m not saying Arsenal will win the league, just that don’t write them off because of last night! (I’m sure you could come up with some actually valid reasons!)
Seán FC Dublin
I realise the irony of me sending this to a football website that exists purely to analyse football but people are reading far too much into Sheffield Wednesday winning last night.
The Championship is a good league. The difference between most Championship players and most Premier League players is reputation, a foreign name and the consistency with which they can produce the skills that players from both leagues can perform.
Add to this the factor of ‘performance arousal’ – stop sniggering at the back – essentially, this was a much bigger game for Wednesday.
Arsenal players went out knowing a few young (and clearly not up to standard yet) players would be by their side along with players not good enough to be at Arsenal (Debuchy, Campbell, Falmini) and players woefully out of form making up the rest (Mertesacker, Oxlade Chamberlain, Gibbs). Cech and Giroud must have been stood in the tunnel wishing they were sat at home watching A Place In The Sun: Home or Away.
Oxlade Chamberlain goes down in 4 minutes, his replacement Walcott last another 10 and is replaced by a player I’ve never heard of, and I know my Gedion Zelalems from my Dan Crowleys in the Arsenal youth system!
The most upsetting things for me about the night were Walcott getting injured, he’s shown real quality recently, and Arsenal wearing those beachwear blue shorts with the third kit. It actually looks alright with the normal navy blue shorts…
Luca James (Oh yeah, well done Sheffield Wednesday blah blah well deserved blah blah)
Sweet baby Jesus that lot in this morning’s mailbox jump to conclusions faster than my girlfriend anytime I need to tie my shoelaces.
It was a second string team. In a third tier competition. We lost Theo and AOC, not Mesut, Santi, and Alexis.
Grab something sturdy and take slow, deep breaths. Aaaaaand chill.
Matt Wright, Gunner in Aus.
Why won’t Adam Lallana shut up?
Do any of your teams have players who won’t shut up in the media? My favorite at the moment is Adam Lallana. He is constantly popping up giving interviews with insights into how the team is being asked to play. It may not be big news that Klopp is asking his flair players to press harder and do some dirty work, but as Al Pacino famously said in Any Given Sunday, this is a game of inches and any bit of information can be used against you. If I were Klopp I’d get rid of someone who loves getting his name in print, but since I’m not I’d recommend he just smack young Adam in the mouth so he puts his head down and works to become more than an average player, which is all he is right now.
Someone wants an article on Everton
Agree with Michael and Kevin H on Spurs not getting the credit they deserve (though I see F365 made the in no way coincidental editorial decision to write a piece on them this morning). To be honest, it’s very similar to Everton. Clubs below the Top 4 and Liverpool will only get credit when it fits a particular story arch, otherwise it’s not going to generate the clicks from neutral fans/opponents.
The most recent example of this for Everton was the 13/14 season, where our good form and start under Martinez was used as a stick to beat Moyes with during his spell as United manager – because that matched the narrative at the time, when hindsight now tells us that that season showed what a great legacy Moyes had left us, in comparison to the team he received from Fergie.
So as Michael says, enjoy flying under the radar and proving people wrong, you might still not get 4th place but that’s not the end of the world and if you do it’s a great achievement. Surely working with a squad and staff displaying humility is better than the ‘Arry days
Matt, EFC, London
Love for Sir Bobby (and plenty of anecdotes)
Dear Football365,Daniel Storey’s latest Portrait of an Icon was his best yet. As Graham Taylor and Graeme Souness discovered, following Sir Bobby is incredibly difficult – next week’s Portrait is going to have to be something special.
Sir Bobby was England manager when I was first old enough to be able to take a proper interest in football – Italia ’90, when I was 5, nearly 6 – which in my lifetime is arguably still the high water mark for supporting England (with Euro ’96 a close second). First impressions are always hard to shake off, but he made it seem like being England manager was the most important job in football, that he’d got the job by being the best manager in the country. Not sure if that was actually the case, and subsequent appointments have clearly disproved my initial perception of the England job, but that was just how Sir Bobby came across.
As Storey points out, Sir Bobby was one of those rare figures in football whose passing seemed to unite the sport in grief. It’s a cliché to say that no one had a bad word to say about him, but to turn it round, everyone who met him had a fond memory of him, and almost every football fan had a favourite story about him to recount with a laugh.
My own two favourite Sir Bobby stories that I’ve heard over the years are these:
He forgot his boots for a training session, so ended up borrowing some brand new ones from Chris Waddle, who had the same size feet as him. He spent the whole session complaining about them being tight, which led into a wider rant about “modern boots” and “better in my day” chuntering. Back in the changing rooms, he threw the boots back at Waddle, and hobbled off in a foul mood. Waddle then looked inside the boots and discovered the tissue paper was still in them.
The other story concerns the time he did a book signing, and the person who recounted it went to get an autographed copy with their child. Not knowing what to say, the boy eventually offered “I bet you’ve signed loads today, Sir Bobby”, to which the great man replied, without looking up from his writing “ah, hundreds son, hundreds”. The lad was thrilled and a little starstruck as he walked away, only for his bubble to burst when he realised the inscription read “best wishes, Bobby Hundreds”.
This article, much like the recent Jimmy Armfield piece, sum up their subjects perfectly. In an ocean of cynicism and greed, there is still a place for people who stand for dignity, pleasantness and other old-fashioned aspects of the game. Thanks for making a cold, wet Wednesday in the Midlands that little bit more bearable.
The literary Ed Quoththeraven
Excellent piece by Daniel Storey on Bobby Robson. Needless to say I can’t speak highly enough of the man who was behind my first sporting VHS video, Ipswich 1 Arsenal 0 in 1978. I have even forgiven him for putting together such a good Ipswich team during that period that my Dad started supporting them (plastic) leading to yours truly to be the frustrated yet captivated supporter I am today (PFS?), regardless of the relentless agony they cause you. I still recall the moment news of his passing came through on the radio and feeling utterly devastated despite having never met the guy. I’ve never had such feeling for a non-family member since.
Daniel is right about the many anecdotes about him, but whilst they usually were about his dithering mind as he says, they are never nasty and usually always show the underlying greatness of the man. If I may add my favourite anecdote about him it would be the one about Eric Gates. When he signed at 15 Bobby told Erics parents that he wouldn’t be put in digs initially and moved the 15 year old into his home where he was treated like a family member for four months until he settled down. As Eric says “Could you see Alex Ferguson doing that today? Could you hell!”. Eric went on to spend 13 years at Ipswich with Robson and clearly held Bobby in the highest regard. Which make it all the more amusing that as Eric was quoted as saying “During that time Bobby used to call me Eric Sykes like the comedian,” laughed Gates, “and, aye, I got plenty of laughs”. Brilliant stuff, if anyone has any more, knock them out!
Sir Bobby Robson, fondly remembered, greatly missed.
Chris ITFC, Liverpool
Just wanted to say that the Bobby Robson piece is possibly the best article I have ever read, kudos to Storey. I had to leave my desk to shed a tear.
As a Newcastle fan who was relatively young when Sir Bobby was appointed, I remember going along to Chester-le-Street to watch a Newcastle training session where Sir Bobby ruffled my hair, talked to me about who my favourite player was and generally took the time to care about me and those I was with.
An absolute legend and the one man in football I hold nothing but admiration for.
Ben, (Walking in a Robson wonderland) NUFC
I’ve experienced many different emotions when reading F365 – from amusement, to frustration, to anger, to agreement – sometimes all in one article. But today was a first – I have never before cried while reading F365. Well done Daniel Storey. A fitting tribute to Sir Bobby.
Good Lord F365,
Sitting in work forcing back the tears!! Great profile of Bobby Robson. What a man.
When I heard people say ‘Diego Costa could start a fight in an empty room’, I thought they were joking
Sign of The Times
I really enjoyed reading the 1st few lines of your recommended reading to then realise I had to subscribe to The Times.
Dale (In the exec box tomorrow!(from a council estate)How’d That Happen) Leeds
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