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Van der Sar would be off his Ed
It seems like Ed Woodward has finally reached the same conclusion the rest of us came to months ago: Edwin van der Sar is the obvious candidate for Man Utd’s director of football job.
Of course he is. VDS has United pedigree which for some reason seems to be Woodward’s most essential criteria, but unlike Rio, Evra and Darren Fletcher, he also has experience in the boardroom. He’s done a fantastic job with Ajax after being promoted to CEO – maybe Woodward has steered clear so far for fear of being replaced himself.
Anyway, well done, Ed. You got there eventually. But why would Van der Sar go anywhere near the job right now?
He’s on to a good thing at Ajax and very much in the middle of a project (sorry for using the P word). Ajax have kept much of their team together with the exception of De Ligt and De Jong, who the club knew were leaving last summer. They have a massive reserve in the bank because of those sales and a fantastic opportunity to build on the good work Van der Sar and Marc Overmars have already done.
Why trade all that in for the basket case at Old Trafford? Ok, revamping United might hold a certain appeal if VDS was not already partway through a similar job with another of his former teams, but the working conditions back at United under Woodward and the Glazers are far more unforgiving than where he is already thriving.
Van der Sar may well end up back at Old Trafford someday. But for now, he’s better off staying where he is and seeing the job through at Ajax.
Why stop for internationals?
How about not stopping the domestic season for internationals?
It would level the domestic playing field a little and stop me being so bored that I write emails like this.
Aidan, Lfc (actually having a lovely day)
Scrap the January window?
So here is a topic that could cause a discussion or several, should we abolish the January window entirely?
It looks as though the Premier League will fall back in line with the rest of Europe and have their window shut at the end of August, which as much as I understand why, it is a shame as it is nice to see teams all settled ready for the new season, not worrying about if a player is going to move to a rival before the end of the month, imagine the links for Pukki after his fantastic start in August, you just know there would be gossip and he may have even left depending on the offer.
So what do fellow mailboxers think? Should we scrap the January window and if not, why not?
Mikey, CFC (Have any January signings been a roaring success? Luis Suarez and Nemanja Vidic are good shouts)
All abuse needs to stop
I don’t expect this to get published, because it isn’t “on message” in the current environment, but the whole approach to tacking racism just seems wrong.
Firstly, yes, it is a problem, Secondly, yes, it is incredibly offensive.
To tackle it though, we need to look at it in the bigger picture. John Barnes is held up as a poster boy of the efforts to tackle racism, and not without merit. However, he says “We have to get it out of society before we can get it out of the game.” Sterling has a different experience “My school was multicultural. The first time I ever got abuse was in Liverpool. I had just been bought from QPR.”
Could the difference be generational? Is it too much of a leap to say that society as a whole has got less racist since those dark days when Barnes was growing up? If so, why is racism still a problem in football chants? Do people still believe that in this day and age *all* those people making offensive chants actually believe what they say (not that it excuses it at all if they don’t)?
Go back to what the Milan fans said, or in fact those fans in France whose club are under the spotlight for homophobic chants and banners, and the common thread isn’t some century old outlook, it is just abuse, pure and simple. People will say what they can to unsettle, offend, and upset the opposition fans and players. And in football, for some reason, this is acceptable. Well, in most cases abuse is acceptable (except racist abuse, homophobic abuse, sexist abuse etc.).
So instead of saying (implicitly) “abuse is fine, just not THOSE kinds of abuse”, why not stop the abuse altogether? Isn’t that respect? Didn’t FIFA have a RESPECT campaign even? When fans target the opposition fans/players for any reason, why do we need to say “abuse is part of the game”? We are all (or mostly) competent adults aren’t we? Why can’t we cheer our own team without the crap about anyone else?
Unless the attitude of fans to all abuse changes, and fans behave like adults, we are papering over the cracks. It is just all bollocks.
The entire football community needs to grow up, behave like adults do in the real world, and stop this crap. Until they do, we can try and stamp out racism and homophobia, but then abuse will just change to something else. And then what?
Spicing up international football
There’s a reason a lot of us dread the international break, watching England in another routine win is tedious. What i’d like to see is UEFA change the format to two legged knockout ties where you’d face the same level of teams as in the league format (according to your seeding) but add in the element of fear that you can be knocked out at any time. Even the Champions League group games can be drab and it’s not about the quality of the sides but the security in knowing you have several other games to make it right. If you took that security away, games like England Vs Bulgaria would have more intensity and I think spectators would embrace it more. I know it won’t happen because the current format is a cash cow for UEFA and the teams involved so we as spectators have to watch game after game of mediocrity which play out like pre season friendlies.
Just read Johnny Nic’s celebration of Lucy Bronze. Absolutely right to savour such an exceptional footballer. Shame the link for that amazing goal didn’t work. It was a stunning strike.
The comments so far are predictably dull and adolescently self-indulgent. Don’t be deterred in celebrating the women’s game because why not?
I must say, the more I hear and read about Michael Owen’s new book makes me more interested in buying it!
I appreciated he was a talented footballer but felt he was a little bit timid (not that there’s any harm in that but one needs to be able to stand up for oneself when put on the spot when in the limelight and unfortunately that’s the way it is, I never thought he had it in him).
However, I love the way he (and his ghost writer) are pissing off everybody he has had a grudge against for bullying him the past. They obviously can’t take it! They are the weaklings !
The book has been banned in a shop in Newcastle ? Man up you northerners and stop calling us softies down here in the south. Don’t get so hurt by somebody putting you or Mr Shearer down.
Back to Michael….go for it !
So Emigrant Ian, who I assume is firmly backing his own deportation back to Liverpool, says sorry for bringing up Brexit and then provides us with an inaccurate analogy to firm up his views, and he reckons Vote Leave didn’t pursue a campaign heavy on xenophobic rhetoric. Interesting…
Sorry (not sorry) to continue the Brexit debate but here’s the headlines from the Vote Leave website (my poor web search history is forever scarred..) briefing on immigration:
“THE EU’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM MAKES US LESS SAFE”
“THE EUROPEAN COURTS ARE ATTACKING OUR BORDER CONTROLS”
“THE EU HAS MADE THE REFUGEE CRISIS WORSE”
“IF WE VOTE TO REMAIN EU JUDGES WILL TAKE CONTROL OF BRITISH CITIZENSHIP”
“THE EU’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM PUTS PRESSURE ON THE NHS”
A veritable smorgsabord (Swedish word, sorry Britain) of fear-mongering xenophobia in easily digestible soundbite format. This mail doesn’t have the time nor the scope to go into the facts surrounding immigration nor, I suspect, does this mailbox wish to hear them. So lets shift back to footie eh, and leave the tedious Brexit debate for those idiots in parliament so they can score points and use it to further their own ambitions and internal powerplays. Hm?
Quickfire footie poll for you: which EU player from your team would you miss most if they were all suddenly asked to Leave for some unfathomable reason?
Alay, N15 Gooner
So, there is a handball/foul in the penalty area but the ref lets the game on as he completely missed it while VAR checks it in the background. Two seconds later, the passage results in a goal. Within those two seconds, VAR decides, it was a clear cut penalty.
What of the following happens now:
1) The goal stands but penalty is not awarded?
2) The goal is ruled out and a penalty is awarded?
3) The goal stands and a penalty is awarded as well?
4) VAR can’t give a delayed decision and my head is playing games with me?
Answers on a postcard!
Get a grip. Love, Liverpool
Now over the last few days I’ve read messages about Liverpool fans being over sensitive etc. Right let’s nip that in the bud straight away nobody should go to a football match and not come home end of no matter who u support, you go the game, you come home. Maybe I am over sensitive but hey you try not knowing your grandad because his life was ruined by what he seen that day. Maybe we are all over sensitive, but maybe it’s because fans of other clubs seem to have an opinion or something to say about Liverpool. I mean the other day the mailbox was titled “Liverpool free” well if people stop talking about us we will have no need to go on the defensive and back r club. Get a grip the lot of yas