Friday, September 28
Wednesday, September 26
Owen - Medical Mumbo Jumbo
Tuesday, September 25
A fascinating Chelsea article
The top 4:
Arsenal - against all odds they are top , they are playing great football and barring a couple of goalkeeping mishaps could be perfect. Instead they have taken advantage of a fairly generous schedule and are rightfully top. We defeated City (third), Spuds away and got a point at hateful Blackburn. West Ham away this weekend will be a tough test and then its Sunderland at home. If Arsenal get 6 points we will be top 3 for sure... at least. I don’t think we will win the league but we may well go close. Wenger's policy of playing well scouted cheap buys who have bags of talent is paying off bigtime this year. Arsenal are shooting from distance and Adebayor now looks at the level of Drogba - we had 5 first teamers out against Derby and you'd never have known it (Gallas/Gilberto/Hleb/Rosicky/Van Persie) all would start if available and not being rested for bigger games to come.
Chelsea: Collapsing. Injuries and poor free transfers instead of 'buys' have really hurt them. NO-one really knows who runs the club, Abramovich is in there, his cronies (Buck, Kenyon, Arnesen and Grant) run some part of the club. AS for the players, they were playing as much for Maurinho as they were Chelsea and its very likely Drogba is off this Summer. Lamps will stay cos no other club would pay him anywhere near what he thinks he's worth. I am sad they are collapsing , it’s a shame for their fans. Like f*ck. For three years they thought they were a real club but they sold out and this is what they deserve. Any Chelsea fans who thought they deserved to compete have been strongly reminded that they have a load of bandwagon fans and that their club is the playtoy of a Russian tw*t who CAN do anything he likes. Smug Chelsea fans are now in scarce supply.
Manchester United: Real threat, I picked them from the outset though wavered after their crap start. Presently not the best team in England but the team with the strongest mindset and they are playing turgid footy week in week out and winning while keeping clean sheets. I can’t see anyone else winning the league than United and I suspect Wenger V Fergie will soon reignite as they become Britain’s top 2 again.
The team most likely to break into the top 4: SPURS. Utter gash. Forty million spent on players , most of whom I have never heard of and one was Darren Shocking Bent at 16.5 million - total joke. No-one knows who is buying the players, like Chelsea it’s not just the manager. Their fans are muppets, the club is run by a cowardly board of muppets and they have just 5 points from a possible 21 and the manager has fallen out with at least 2 of his stars. When not if.. will Jol be sacked? I hope they sack Jol and bring back John Gregory - I would cry laughing.
Sunday, September 23
Week 3 results
Its all me this week - the sheet had an error in and gave me an extra point which I have since removed. Anthony is back to the bottom of the heap where he belongs while over all Rich is dead last due to his inability to get around picking Liverpool. Newbie Brian is returned to newbie status. Nick and Joe round out the top 3. Simon got 8 out of 10 right.
Saturday, September 22
Truly God Awful
It's very good that I have Adebayor and Clichy on my fantasy team otherwise it would not have been possible to watch the Arsenal Derby match today.
Derby lack pace, skill, style and a clue. They have Eddie Lewis and their fans invaded the pitch against Fulham in 1982 forcing the match to be adandonned which many see as the tipping point in Fulham's spiral down in the 80's. In short, I hate this club.
I would recommend that the premiership tell them to f$*k off back to the first division immediately and premiership clubs have a bye week instead of wasting time playing Derby. Obviously this won't happen but what is the point.
May they leak goals all season and any wannabe firm they may have take a severe hiding.
Friday, September 21
Woman and Children First
For those doubting Mourinho's worth as a manager, those players wanting out now are their best players IMHO. Carvalho, Drogba, Malouda, Lampard for sure.
Essien and Makele not sure, could see them back in Europe after Grant starts trying to manage. Terry going nowhere due to his mad wages though.
Maybe Ballack and Shevchenko will start scoring now? Doubt it but sure they will get a run in now under Grant. He may be a "gifted coach" but in no way does he have the stature to manager a club comprised of internationals and their egos. You might as well grab some gifted woman's soccer coach from the US or Donal from the Kendall for that matter. Grant will accelerate the rush for the doors but maybe Sidwell and the Academy players will respect him I'm sure.
I see decline for Chelsea which pleases me. They were a piss poor club with Ken Bates as chairman and inexplicably insufferable fans. Roman decided to park some of his illicit gains in the UK. Now the fans are turning on Roman. He may take his marbles and go elsewhere. Spare a thought for that tosser who is / was on Fox Football Fone-in.
And as for Peter Kenyon, don't know what to make. Appears to be a shoe licker albeit a well dressed one.
Wednesday, September 19
Tuesday, September 18
You would think "Big Sam" would have enough to worry about what with losing to Derby, bung allegations and general state of Newcastle football versus Geordie expectations but no. He has to go popping off in a magazine about Benitez being lucky to have a job and how Europe saved him. Per Allardyce, priority should be on success domestically and then Europe. A bit rich from someone who won f$ck all.
Yes you could say he did a good job with Bolton but it is an open question whether Bolton's troubles are a result of his leaving or problems that were there when he was still there. I opt for the latter.
Additionally, I don't understand the attack on Benitez. You can criticise the squad rotation that he employed for a while but he seems to have done a good job with Liverpool and the football is more enjoyable to watch for the neutral than the long balls that Liverpool employed before his arrival.
Monday, September 17
Week 2 pick the score results
Spurs are rubbish
Sagna: 6million - Toure: £150k -Gilberto: 4.5million - Clichy: 500k
Diaby: 2million - Flamini: Free -Fabregas: Nominal - Hleb: 7.5million
Van Persie: 3.5million - Adebeyor: 3million
Rosicky: 6.8million - Song: 1million - Denilson: 3.4million
Total: 32.85million (that's the price of two Darren Bents).
In contrast the Spuds cost...
Paul Robinson: 1.5million
Pascal Chimbonda: 4.5million- Young-Pyo Lee: 1million - Younes Kaboul: 7million - Gareth Bale: 5million (could be 10, but we'll say 5 for now)
Michael Dawson: 8million - Tom Huddlestone: 2million - Jermaine Jenas: 9million
Steed Malbranque: 2million -
Dimitar Berbatov: 10.9million - Robbie Keane: 7million
Aaron Lennon: 1million - Darren Bent: 16million
Verdict - good scouting still goes a long long way...
Sunday, September 16
Muppets, mafia and monitors
Tuesday, September 11
England - Toss out the pretty boys
Wednesday, September 5
Crouch branded cheat by FIFA ahead of WC
Fergie on Beckham and the US
Tuesday, September 4
Fulham - La juega bonita
Steve McLaren's job
I think it is almost certain at this point that England will drop points against Israel and / or Russia and not qualify for Euro 2008. With that we can all say goodbye to Steve McLaren. I for one will not be sad. I hate the way he has that sh&t-eating grin when giving interviews after results that somehow went his way but for which he was really just lucky.
I believe he will try to pressurise unfit players into playing these matches, namely Gerrard and Lampard. While I'm no fan of the England set-up lately composed of big time Charlies who pay lip service to England and care more for their cars, birds and night clubs than playing for country, I think the clubs who pay their salaries should have a say in whether they play. Only the most blinkered supporter would insist England are still going through and it is not worth risking serious long-term injury to try to bail McLaren out. Lampard is apparently out for six weeks but McLaren wants him for next Wednesday. I'm sure someone will cite Ryan Gigg's miraculous healing powers on Thursdays and Fridays after Wednesday Wales international matches and it is a valid point. However, I think the facts may be different here. Plus, Lampard and Gerrard really do not play well together.
Spreadsheet Nickas ever is second while John O Toole and Jim split third.
Everyone else was fairly close to each other.
England/Ireland/Yanks this week so no Prem predictions till the following weekend.