Ferdinand arrogance in tiresome Carragher spat was stunning

Editor F365
Rio Ferdinand consoles Jamie Carragher

Rio Ferdinand has just proved Roy Keane right over Manchester United, while one Everton fan sees trouble with or without Rafael Benitez.

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A lovely message
My brother is an Evertonian who has nothing good to say about Liverpool or anyone ever associated with the club.

This eve, he’s heard about Ray Kennedy, and with a tear in his eye, said to me “what a great player.”

I’m too young to have seen him play, but he must’ve been some player to get that reaction. God rest him.
Aidan, EFC, London

 

The Ev
For once I find myself in agreement with Paul Merson. Those of us in blue on Wednesday night will definitely be hoping it doesn’t get out of hand. I can see Liverpool notching 4 and then taking their foot off a bit, but just as plausibly can see us defending solidly for 50-60 minutes then collapsing like the under-resourced, mentally frail house of cards we are.

But as for Richard Keys suggesting Big Dunc should get the job? Does the man live in some kind of alternate reality? Yes Big Dunc is a legend, my first Everton hero, and yes he did a great job as interim prior to Carlo’s arrival. But there has to be a point where you look at sustained and systemic mediocrity pretty much since we drew with Arsenal in Martinez’ first season, and you draw out the constants during that time. Players who are/have been great club servants but haven’t won anything and have been stalwarts of a perpetually underachieving team who crumble at adversity.

Big Dunc is a part of that unfortunately, along with Coleman, Baines, Unsworth, all of whom somehow remain at the club. I don’t think Rafa will survive this sustained period of pressure, but even if he does he won’t be the long-term answer. The next manager needs a full clearout, top to bottom. Unfortunately for Moshiri that’s going to mean heavy investment over and above what he’s put in and what the stadium is going to cost, which would mean us breaking FFP rules. It’s going to be a turbulent time to be a blue for a good few years yet.
Joe, EFC

 

Carra on tweeting
Is anybody else bored with Carragher (sorry “Carra”), Ferdinand, Neville et. al and their boring Twitter spats, their insipid banter and their clickbaity attempts to be “characters”?

I read an article a while back about how Twitter had ruined everything and that the writer had lost respect for so many people (and their opinions) after seeing their coarse behaviour on Twitter. I’m starting to feel that way about Carragher and Neville. Not Ferdinand – to lose respect for someone you had to have it in the first place.
Matthew

 

Surprised there were no comments made regarding Rio Ferdinand’s ludicrous, arrogant and obnoxious attack on Jamie Carragher. Rattling his medals in Carra’s  face while saying he didn’t have the right to comment on any leagues or tournaments which he had not won. (Okay, he didn’t rattle his medals – but you get the point.)

While Mark, Canada, made a funny point regarding Roy Keane, it’s crazier how both Keane and Scholes have seemed the saner of the ex United players recently. Usually they come across as the two grouchy old men on the muppet balcony – always negative. Only in this case they are being proven right.

So what does that say about Rio and The Neviller? Gary Neville, in particular, has gone way down in my estimate as an unbiased analyst, though he comes across as being honestly passionate.

But I was stunned at Rio’s arrogance – and hypocrisy. Never having managed a team to a title, what is he doing commenting on manager roles? He recommended  Carlos Queiroz for the United interim manager and Steve Bruce to continue in his role at Newcastle.

So when Keane jibed that United is becoming an old boys club by giving jobs to ex-players, it does look that way, and old boys recommending old boys too.
Paul McDevitt

 

Everything is rubbish
Can anyone be surprised that Messi has won the Ballon D’Or?

Football hasn’t been this boring since the early 1990s. Who remembers turning on Football Italia on those cold winter Sunday afternoons only to bored out of your brains within 10 minutes so you turned the telly off and went down the park to play football?

City may be champions but they are perhaps the most boring title winners in years – the ‘death by a thousand cuts’ sort of football we just accept. Liverpool aren’t much better and Chelsea are just as bad.

The last entertainers to win the league, I hate to say, was the RVP revamped United who took Fergie to his final title.

I watched that Arsene Wenger documentary the other day and had actually forgotten just how good the invincibles were, of how football could be played when a teams attacks at breakneck speed.

In such uninspiring times for football – can we really be surprised by such an uninspired choice for Ballon D’Or winner?
Graham Simons, Gooner, Norf London

 

A few thoughts
I’m very much enjoying the seasonal bleatings over the ‘benching Ronaldo’ nontroversy and the Ballon d’…ordinary?

The way I see it, with the BDO you had three great players – Benzema, Messi, Lewandowski – with very little to choose between them. Lewandowski deserves an honourary BD’O for last year, but this isn’t the Golden Shoe and getting injured for the Champs League knockouts (and playing for Poland) definitely hampered his case this year.

But I don’t think any of the three winning would have been controversial.

There were shades of ‘The Daily Mail’s ‘The best players in the world (and Xavi)’ headline in Jason Soutar’s recent piece which seems to suggest that the BD’O should be calculated using goal and assist stats alone. It’s nonsense of course, and is part of the reason why Keane, Makelele and Modric can still genuinely be called underrated. It’s the sort of logic that values Marek Citko above Beckenbauer.

Like Messi winning this year, I don’t know if Modric fully deserved the BDO the year he won but if you don’t ‘get’ Modric then you don’t ‘get’ football. Modric is the sort of player that any footballer at any level on the planet – from those in my 5-a-side game to those in a roaring Anfield – would want to be on the same team as. He’ll run hard, he’ll run smart and he comes with a guarantee that he’ll always find a pocket of space to receive the ball and you’ll always get the ball back, perfectly delivered to a much better position than you passed it to him in.

He’s creative but he’s completely low maintenance.

Sure his post BDO season was a disappointment, but otherwise he’s been consistently brilliant for the best part of a decade. Like Kante he can be the best defensive player on the pitch and the one that gives his team the most attacking impetus.

As for the ‘dropping’ of Ronaldo. A bit of history here.

Zidane got the best out of him when Real had Morata to rotate with him. This is when they won their only league/champs league double, and it was also something Juventus attempted last season to individual if not collective success.

Basically, Zidane was ‘benching’ Ronaldo five years ago.

Play Ronaldo twice a week every week and you won’t get the best out of him. Save him for the games that matter and you will, even at this age. Perhaps Fernandes or a fit Cavani can be cast in the role of Morata?

Ultimately, the guy has incredibly high standards and – unlike when he was at Juve – wants nothing but the best for this club. Perhaps having him on the sidelines occasionally to rally the team (like during the Euro 2016 final) might do some good.
Quarantino, Chairman of the Bored, ITFC 

 

FPL memories
Midweek Premier League football is back, exclusively on Amazon which I had forgot had bought up that extra package of live games, anyway I thought after two games yesterday evening that were not the most thrilling that I’d pose a question to the mailbox to set up a decent discussion especially after Teemu Pukki scored a classic.

So what are your fondest memories of Fantasy Premier League? Are there any particular seasons that stand out for you, which FPL legends do you have a soft spot for that banked you a tonne of points but never really lit the League alight after that one good season?
The Admin @ At The Bridge Pod

 

Justice for Vera and Salomon Rondon
Would just like to offer a counter argument to Paul McDevitt: Jonathan Wilson’s books and broader writing are obviously excellent, but on top of that there are many who find him the most entertaining and humorous bloke when on podcasts by the ‘Ramble or the Guardian. He’s definitely not boring to listen to. The opposite of.

More genuinely funny voices like that please. Like him and Pat Nevin and less of those that clearly consider themselves humourous and have the wit of your boring uncle who works in sales. 
Tom (not Jonathan Wilson, promise) G