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Rangers d-day, innit. What's the likely outcome?
Also, I love this http://i25.tinypic.com/2m68njq.gif
Just occurred to me that it might be swarming with annoying SSN people seeking out the stupidest opinions. Might give it the swerve.
As discussed last night, they've recently turned down a £30m+ offer just for Thiago Silva, so how does £51m for the pair work?
They know that PSG want Thiago Silva, probably just using that as leverage to get some money in and prevent future losses.
Vincent Kompany aside, there isn't a better defender in world football than Thiago Silva, and Zlatan more-or-less guarantees trophies.
Rather than in installments, which might explain Milan accepting such a 'low' price. They're certainly going to need the money with the number of players they've lost this summer.
I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest, however, if that is the result of the vote then the SFA/SPL attempt some outrageous stunt to get Rangers in Div 1 (or an SPL 2, or whatever).
Anything goes in Scottish football these days.
8 senior players
is there a decent essay on their troubles? Because their plight has been ridiculous. Are they facing a winding-up order or have I imagined that?
apparently they're going to be deducted 10 points too and they're trying to sell all their other players. Ben Haim is a League 1 player and hes on 36k!
he's a good footballer (or was, at least). How the feck did he negotiate that for a contrac though?!
Going to a friendly vs them in a couple of weeks. Might see if can try and get a decent crowd going.
On the one hand, it's hard for me to say I'd do anything differently, but on the other, it looks more than a little unseemly to keep collecting £36k a week for years on end while everything else around you crumbles through lack of money.
It's hardly like he's worth that money even at PL level. Would it be that hard to offer to take a mere 18,000 quid per week at League 1 level?
but i just want someone else to go to the effort :)
In fact they did one last month - http://www.twohundredpercent.net/?p=19432#more-19432
Will the newco be able to bring in decent (relatively) players? Just wondering if consecutive promotions will be a foregone conclusion or not.
and they'll go to FIFA who are expected to put them through. As far as I know it's a formality, but someone else might be able to shed more light on that.
plus assorted young ones. Assuming they got to Div 3, then they should still cruise through at least divisions 2 & 3 , the quality at that level is pretty dreadful (I usually got to about 10 or so lower league games a year). Then, when they arrive in Div 1 they should be able to attract a few more decent players to get them through.
It'll be a slog though, the bottom divisions especially involve playing on poor pitches against a bunch of part-time Scotsmen with severe fitness issues who enjoy kicking each other.
Some because they think it's fair and best for the club, some out of spite for other clubs who they believe to be kicking them while they're down, but either way it's pretty much every fan in Scotland vs Neil Doncaster and Stuart Regan at the moment (with the clubs themselves caught in the middle).
Just get on with the vote - we all know what's going to happen. Stick them in Div 3 and let them move on from there. Haven't they only got a first team squad of 8 at the moment?
There is no way the average attendance at Ibrox last year was over 45000.
Not a terrible return, considering we paid £14m for him about three years ago, he's sat on the bench for two seasons and only has 12 months left on his deal.
Fee also agreed for the player no-one really wants - Adebayor. Fee expected to be around £8m, which is a big hit on the £22m we paid Arsenal, but as Zapsta said yesterday, is rumoured to be with Spurs picking up his wages IN FULL, which means we save about £16m, so it certainly makes sense financially.
hand over 20 million sheets for him. I'm right in thinking Bridge and RSCs deals expire at the end of this season as well? That's most of the deadwood shipped off now then.
i hope he meant zombies
there are only 16 olympic footabll teams? how does that work? what about togo?
their next competitive match is in September, away to Gabon in the ACON2013 qualifiers
2002 was it?
that i know that you don't like me as well. that is up to you
that kind of screws with what i thought i was doing in what year actually.
Luka Modric (Spurs) to PSG
Adrian (Atletico Madrid) to Spurs
Loic Remy (Marseille) to Spurs
Jermain Defoe (Spurs) to QPR or Sunderland
Florent Malouda (Chelsea) to Botafogo or Vasco Da Gama
Kolo Toure (Man City) to Bursaspor
Nathaniel Clyne (free agent, formerly Crystal Palace) to Southampton or Newcastle
James Vaughan (Norwich) to Birmingham
Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) to QPR
Joey Barton (QPR) to Blackburn
Ibrahim Affelay (Barcelona) to Arsenal or Inter
Michail Antonio (Reading) to Sheffield Wednesday
Young, cheap, technically gifted, lightweight, attacking midfielder with a bit of an attitude and a history of injury problems. Chuck in some West African heritage and he'd be perfect
Fergie said yesterday that there is ‘possibly one more’ signing to be made, which if it goes through, will almost certainly be Leighton Baines.
Pretty disappointed to be honest. Paying too much attention to the rumour mill will only bring you heartbreak, but it really was working overtime this year, churning out all number of exciting players. Most depressingly, another year is set to go by without addressing the problems in central midfield.
Kagawa will make an immediate impact, while finally allowing Rooney to move back into his more natural role, but as it stands we wont make up the ground with an in form City. Maybe if this is to be Fergie’s last season we’re saving the coppers for Pep or Jose (…or Moyes) to build a new team.
saying words to the effect of "Fergie's finished now. Every dog has their day. He won't win another title, but he sure has been entertaining. RIP Purplenose".
At his age it was always unlikely that he'd have time to complete another new team, and even more unlikely that the Glaziers were going to splash out on big name established players just to ensure he ended on a high. We'll run City close, and be there to pip the title if you suffer any major injuries.
I hope Pep's having a relaxing year, because he'll be taking over one of the highest pressure jobs in football history.
i don't find the Guardiola to United rumours any less fanciful than the Guardiola to Spurs ones.
United's next manager will be one a) who won't mind Ferguson's hand up his arse, and b) who will, bar a Qatari takeoever, be happy to work with a limited budget. Pep fits neither of those.
Moyes, possibly still even O'Neill, maybe Martinez.
To be honest, though, i find it a bit embarrassing that United! supporters are already talking post-Ferguson. I still think he's got a European Cup and a couple of titles in him, myself.
But Guardiola is a no-go for sure, I think Fergie is going to pretty much appoint his successor himself so that narrows the pool a lot.
Mourinho's very careful when he picks his jobs. He only goes to sides a) on the up, and b) with unlimited funds.
United tick neither box.
All of the above is true of course but I think the idea of replacing the greatest manager of all time is something which massively appeals to his ego. It could be an unmitigated disaster of course if he were to take it but I think there are very few managers out there with the level of self-belief required to actually want to take it on and he's one of them.
Mourinho's won titles in several countries, not to mention been hugely successful in the European Cup at most of his clubs. He's already a more proven manager than Ferguson.
Fergie's been fantastic, sure, but i'm not sure he can be considered a great, because he never ventured out of his comfort zone. If he'd gone and done it in, say, Italy, and Spain, and Germany, sure, but he never did. He's just been a very, very good domestic manager.
Meh, it's utterly subjective isn't it. To me it's the same line of thinking as a player having to have *done it* at international level to be considered a true great.
The idea that the most successful manager ever in the nation that gave birth to the game can't be considered a great is absurd and you know it.
but you can't think his achievements are greater than Mourinho's, SURELY?
It's like comparing players from different eras against each other or saying that a centre back is categorically a better player than a striker.
Breaking the Old Firm and delivering a european trophy to Aberdeen before taking a club faltering around in nothingness and rebuilding them into the most dominant force in English football and (for better or worse) one of the world's biggest sporting brands and then keeping them there for an absurdly long reign is a totally different kettle of fish to nation-hopping from country to country, winning everything with the moneyed clubs without ever really building a dynasty.
Obviously Mourinho's achievements are incredible and in years to come who knows what his trophy haul will be, it may well be that he spends 15 years in his next/current job and totally eclipses Fergie's longevity as well but as it stands it seems pointless to compare the two.
Sir Alex Ferguson: 12 league titles, 2 European Cups, 5 FA Cups
Manchester City: 3 league titles, 5 FA Cups, 0 European Cups
Where's Mourinho going to go next if not United? He doesn't seem to be a 'legacy' manager. I think he'll be interested, but I'm not sure he'll be the number one choice for that very reason.
he'll go to whichever club can fit the above-discussed criteria.
If it was a straight call tomorrow between the Chelsea, City or United jobs, United would be his last choice, no question. That's just how he rolls. I even think he'd go somewhere like Spurs before United, to be completely honest.
Honestly, only Fergie knows how many seasons he has left in him, but the rumours are really flying that it's his last. Either way, his tenure is finite, and it's worth considering the possibilities for the future.
If we can clear our debts, than our estimated available transfer budget is approximately £80m a year. That's not too limited at all.
That's a huge, huge barrier and even if/when we do hypothetically shift them we're being run by a family who are only in it to make profit, they'll be leeching off the club even more without the interest/debt payments.
It's pretty much the least attractive proposition ever.
In return you'll get to do absolutely nothing with your investment.
I had more hope that the United-crazed Asian markets might fall for it than the US.
We'll be looking to clear off most if not all the debts with the sale of one chunk of the company.
The Glazier's are a difficult one too... For every article I read that says they are sucking money out of the club, another responds that they are running it like a business, and only appear to be leaches when compared to clubs that are run with little or no interest in making a profit.
My main issue with the Glaziers (beyond their appalling business practice record) was the purchase of the club with such a high level of debt, while to my knowledge they haven't been selling off company assets for private gain. Meanwhile the company valuation has massively increased during their tenure in charge, which should allow them to recover the debt they purchased the club with while maintaining a large chunk of the company. That seems like pretty good business from an investor perspective.
While it's been far from the ideal situation, and it's certainly not preferable to a nice sugar daddy, they appear to have kept an eye on business while ensuring the club has what it takes to win trophies.
This period will always leave a bitter taste in our mouths, but am I living in dream land to think that (if all goes to plan) we're over the worst?
I'd be very surprised if United's only other signing this summer was a left back
They seem to be going to great lengths to not publish last year's accounts...
And doing everything within our legal power to avoid doing so seems like a wise move.
And the idea that we're going to spend any big money on signings having limped out of the CL at the group stages is pretty unrealistic.
Assuming the flotation goes reasonably successfully, we should clear our debts though. And a marquee signing can be a (admittedly, relatively expensive) way of drumming up some excitement in the market.
Unless the accounts are actually much worse than people would guess. Either way it'll be interesting when they do come out.
Although I'll be very surprised if we make any more signings at all let alone a left back.
Finally starting to look like a real transfer. Wonder if that means Simpson's off.
We've got extra games and very little cover at the back but he seems to want both more money and first team football and with Santon coming good and Debuchy looking like a potentially great signing hes not likely to get either.
the idea of periodically linking David Moyes to a 'bigger' club than Everton is a non-starter. He's atrophied at Everton, who are a club that do not punch above their weight. Furthermore, he's been there for years and years, so he's hardly dynamic or ambitious.
Whenever a job becomes available, the Press try to talk Moyes up, but surely no club that fancies itself to challenge for respectable prizes would ever consider him?
Everton massively punch above their weight as it is, maybe not in terms of their history, but financially they're absolutely miles behind a lot of clubs in the Prem and Moyes constantly keeps them competetive, despite regularly losing players.
I think it also gets overlooked that they play some decent stuff these days, compared to the clogging of his early days there.
Maybe the jump to a truly massive club like United would be slightly too big for him, but I certainly don't think the tier just below would be beyond him. Thought he'd have been an excellent choice for Spurs and would be happy enough with him at Arsenal when Wenger leaves.
Moyes at Arsenal!
Obviously I'd like for us to aim for the likes of Pep (NOT Mourinho) when Arsene does go, but realistically that ain't gonna happen so you either go abroad and hope they adapt quickly or someone who knows the Prem inside out, but maybe lacks experience at the highest level. If the latter, then I can't think of anybody better qualified
had been a purely results-based one. Moyes would have been a step sideways.
Nearly cried last night I was so happy, even if in reality I know that we'll never repeat those triumphs of yesteryear. What triumphs you say?
Let me elaborate...
Southend: Flahavan, Hunt (Francis 14), Prior, Sodje, Hammell, Campbell-Ryce, Clarke, Maher, Gower, Eastwood, Hooper (Lawson 67).
Booked: Hammell, Flahavan.
Goals: Eastwood 27.
Man Utd: Kuszczak, O'Shea (Lee 75), Brown, Silvestre, Heinze, Ronaldo, David Jones (Shawcross 90), Fletcher, Richardson, Smith (Evra 60), Rooney.
Hardly the reserves, was it?
Football has sadly been going downhill ever since for me...
that Hooper didn't really breakthrough at Southend, but has dont brilliantly everywhere else....
when losing 1-0 they put a central defender on in injury time and a full back for a striker after an hour.
"Today I see Leonardo, but I don't want to." :D
he's studying for a degree in accounting i think and a while back he said that when he retires he wants to go into academia. So thought it was on those lines.
However it seems this is to honour the emergency services and stuff which is a bit of an odd way of going about it.
But not a bad choice for captain though, eh?
Need to get it filled before next week's player auctions, really. PM me if interested. First come, first served.
Liverpool - Currently 15th in the table, sure, but they'd be alright under a manager who knows his onions, and they've got Huntelaar & Pastore.
Yeah, i'm aware this isn't real football. Cheers.
A very vocal section Chelsea fans will defend him even if he's found guilty and everyone who supports ever other club in the country already thinks he's a cunt regardless of whatever he did or didn't say or mean when he had his row with Anton.
the kick our racism campaign to have the england captain found guilty is pretty big.
It won't make a blind bit of difference whether he is convicted or not.
Doesn't matter anyway, press conference now confirming D3. Hopefully we can start moving on now.
according to journalists on Twitter.
'"We must build on Harry's great work," Villas-Boas said this week, bestowing an unexpected gravity on the legacy of a manager who has traditionally been a kind of footballing Cat in the Hat, a tousled and infectious improviser who could probably cook you the most brilliant meal you've ever tasted simply by hurling everything in the fridge into a massive bowl and then flambéing it over a raging fire built from every stick of furniture you own, before abruptly disappearing just as you come round, dazed and hungover, face down in the ashes of what was once your kitchen.'
A manager who has traditionally been a kind of footballing Cat in the Hat, a tousled and infectious improviser who could probably cook you the most brilliant meal you've ever tasted simply by hurling everything in your fridge into a massive bowl and then flambeing it over a raging fire built from every stick of furniture you own, before abruptly disappearing just as you come round, dazed and hungover, face down in the ashes of what was once your kitchen.
still a nobhead
I mean not guilty, of course...
Still just as reprehensible according to taste, but not a racist.
p.s. what a waste of public money
...given the evidence and the way it was delivered in the trial.
Time to move on.
A horrible, horrible situation that no-one comes out of with any dignity. My objection has never been that Terry didn't racially abuse Ferdinand, just that the evidence to support an allegation he did was never there. I feel vindicated and if honest a little relieved, but not at all pleased by the outcome.
I hope the FA is brutal and swift in its punishment of both Terry and Ferdinand. Both may have acted as is natural on the pitch but both were vilely abusive to each other.
C'mon then forza, hit me with your best shot ...
it sounds like the CPS did think that there was enough evidence to make a case for Terry to answer, just not enough to prove anything conclusively with regard to intent and who said what.
Afterall he did say *those words* at Anton.
I get the feeling the FA will give them a slap on the wrist, negligible fine and a boat load of Kick It Out appearances.
...it'd be nice if folk now just judged him in accordance with their own values on that, rather than framing it in a `he's definitely guilty he said it what a miscarriage of justice` context. Him being found guilty or not guilty by a court doesn't really impact on my opinion of him at all...
how there can ever have been a realistic chance of conviction from the evidence available is beyond me.
He was dragged through the courts and basically sacrificed by the prosecution. He didn't bring this case but has now been embroiled in it, damned as a virtual cretin who can be manipulated by others. He is more of a victim here than Terry, who should never have been put through a trial on evidence that was as flimsy as this.
As for the FA, I assume that both players will get a three match ban for abusive language. Anything more would be based on supposition that the court threw out.
but Ferdinand was really hung out to dry by the prosecution- from the second day on they seemed to abandon the idea of portraying him as the abused victim and opted instead to paint him as an aggressive, abusive idiot who drove Terry to snap. The prosecuting QC even told the judge that Ferdinand 'lacked the sophistication' to invent a story. All this after presumably pressuring him in to taking a more active role in the case, likely knowing that a conviction was a long shot.
I don't have much sympathy for him (he IS an abusive idiot, after all. Just one of many), but I can see why others might.
looks like neither of them is coming off well.
Anton a bit of an idiot.
Terry an even bigger bellend than everyone already thought.
there are rumours that the SPL plan to propose an SPL2 on Monday, with Rangers invited.
Still a bit to run on this I think, thank fuck I'm off to the pub in 15 mins.
aren't there some of the current (or rather last season's) playing staff that have fully committed to Rangers? That's gonna be a bit weird isn't it?
they'll have accepted that it was a strong possibility. They might be really loyal, or just fancy picking up a decent wage while coasting through a few divisions for the next 3 years. Who knows.
People should be talking about Fiorentina.
they went bankrupt years back and got relegated to Serie C
As did Napoli
Yeah, I remember that.
but they came back straight away
because Seria A has plenty of other massive teams, where as this is (maybe slightly over) half of Scotland's money
They didn't though, they came straight back up. It'll all be fine.
That allowed them to skip a league or two. Around the time they were allowed to start calling themselves fiorentina again maybe?
half an hour into its first match AGF vs Aab. 0-0. Aab have a couple of young players that look super promising but AGF are probably overall the stronger team.
Blimey, I know that he's all for a good cause and that, but talk about fluffing your lines. He couldn't have made any more of a mess of it if he tried!
Channel 4, who you'd generally expect to be sensible and balanced even with an editorial stance, have just interviewed three absolute idiots on the subject of how the not guilty verdict demonstrates that using the words 'fucking black cunt' is acceptable and is evidence in itself that football has 'a long way to go'.
So let's just ignore the magistrate stating that no-one could find real fault with Terry's version of events which were predicated ENTIRELY on reacting to an allegation of using those words in anger and disgust ... Oh, and compare the JT/AF incident erroneously to Suarez's far more straightforward abuse.
Once thats out of the way it will be 'should JT get the captaincy back?' he shouldnt, of cours, but I bet its the last thing on his mind anyway!
That's a non-starter and a non-issue.
I've little to no faith in the FA- they've demonstrated time and time again that they're spineless and will bend to the red top's will.
I'd have absolutely no qualms with Terry being charged by the FA in relation to unsporting conduct or bringing the game into disrepute on the proviso that Ferdinand is too- a much more thorough and robust authority than the FA is satisifed that there is no real evidence that Terry racially abused anyone, but the pair's language and behaviour was very poor and deserves punishment. I'd also hope Chris Foy is hauled in- it seems unlikely he was unaware of such lanaguage being used.
slovenian international nejc pecnik from nacional da madeira...and marlon harewood.
also, more cause for celebration today:
but it seems loads hate it :/
also terrible game to watch
It could go either total ugly football league or classy European from the photos.
Tonight was the bench playing some fourth division side wasn't it? No big loss.