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Someone tells me Alumnia to Watford is on
b) watch them beat Cardiff in the play-off final
Andy Carroll needs to go to West Ham. He might think he wants to play for Newcastle again and that he deserves European football but it would honestly be a lot better for him to link up with Nolan, play week-in-week-out and be at a club that needs him and will tailor their game for him. If he wants to keep his England place being a plan b/bit part player and having a mediocre season at a top club isn't going to be the same as going to a team likely to finish about 14th and having a really on-form season.
He's unfortunate in that he's an exceptionally good average player (if that makes sense). I have a feeling he's not going to have a stable career - overperforming at mediocre clubs and underperforming at higher level clubs who stupidly take a punt on him. Like Defoe or Bent or Keane or someone like that.
rather than a temporary Spurs striker.
than the listless nearly men of the Premier League because he really could have made it if he wasn't a dickhead, rather than the others not quite making it because they're very good average players.
If he were to go there now, assuming van Persie moved on, he'd be their best available player.
almost any squad in the Premier League bar City and. if the scattergun signings work out, Chelsea if he could keep his head.
You surprise me.
Ordinary player who gets way more hype than his ability actually deserves, presumably because he's quite tall, had his nachos, did the fucking robot and seems like a decent sort.
The fact that people were still arguing for him to be in the squad for the Euros is baffling. 'His international record speaks for itself' - no it doesn't, unless it's to say that he's actually only scored about 3 goals of any significance.
because no matter how good of a defender you are, you will always struggle against a gangly 6 foot 7 oaf. His general all-round play is good, and the fact is that his record is good. Doesn't matter how good the opposition is, he's done it time-in and time-out on the international stage.
On the surface 22 goals is a decent tally, but if you're going to hold up his record for England then it has to be in context.
Quick look on Wikipedia shows that 10 of his 22 goals came against Jamaica, Andorra, Macedonia, Estonia and Belarus. He's also only scored once at a tournament, once against a 'major' nation (friendly vs France) and 4 times overseas.
when you're talking about a top club are you referring to Newcastle?
it must be giving him a sore neck straining to looking all the way up the table those thirteen points
what's going on with them
almunia will be quality for them, anyway. he's just not a top 4 keeper.
5 of their 7 new signings are loans from the other two clubs, the other one is Onesize Fitz-Hall
One Size hasn't been that good for quite a few years. I'm suprised we got £3million from Wigan all those years ago.
Out of the five loan signings, none would really inspire me that much.
Almen Abdi (25) - free transfer, had a very good season in 08/09 winning swiss title with Zurich, then went to Le Mans (Ligue 1) who were relegated before going to Udinese where he has only ever really featured from the bench.
Mat?j Vydra (20) - Burst onto the scene in Czech football but only played 3 games in the past 18 months at Udinese and Brugge
Steve Leo Belek (19) - Apparently an Udinese player although he has never actually played for them. Signed for over £1m in 2010 but never made his debut and teh following season was on loan in Greece at AEK. 1 in 5 scoring rate there and took a long time to win over the fans due to poor performances.
Daniel Pudil (26) - Again a Grenada player who has never actually played for them. Left sided player who made his mark again in Czech football, and in Belgium. Signed a 5 1/2 year deal at Grenada in 2012 and went straight back out on loan to Cessana who were relegated from Serie A playing in just 5 games.
Ikechi Anya (24) - Released by Oxford as a kid and taken on by Wycombe he played 18 times for them, and won apprentice of the year). Looks like he didn't kick on as he was realeased a couple of years later. Spells with Oxford City, Halesowen Town and then to the Glenn Hoddle Academy. Then to Northampton, Sevilla's reserve team, Celta Vigo's reserve team, both in Segunda B (3rd tier) before signing for Grenada where of course he has never played a game. They loaned him back to the 3rd tier to Cadiz where he played last year. Oh and he has a desire to play for Scotland, but is also eligible for England, Nigeria and Romania.
Note this is a copy and paste job from somewhere else.
And near incapable of completing a game without injuring himself.
Up until he left the club, his twitter picture was him crouched down, holding his injured back. That was the best picture he could find of himself in a QPR shirt
$16 for a cheeky grope!
In theory sell half the shares of the club, but for a fraction of the overall value of the club (sounds great!). In actuality they pay no dividends, and buy virtually no voting power, relative to the other 'half' that remain with the Glazers.
It is completely beyond me why someone would invest. I'm sceptical that the market will see otherwise.
people going for the prestige of being associated with/technically part-owning a (admittedly failing) historically successful and important English football club.
Don't think they'll struggle to sell those shares, to be honest. There will be lots of cash-rich investors out there, particularly in China, etc, who need a bit of a cock extention and aren't really bothered that their investment's pretty pointless.
finish 2nd, not make it out of the Champions League groups, and to limp out of both cups to mid-table/lower league opposition, do you think?
but also I think it's a bit of a prestige portfolio addition to invest in the world's most valuable sports team (according to Forbes before you all start bickering)
I can't imagine for a second they'd have much of a problem selling shares.
Facebook's shares are now 39% below the initial sale price, and they're not in huge amounts of debt.
say what you like about United but you couldn't exactly accuse them of not being a fairly agressively commercial entity
Cunts, cunts, cunts, cunts, cunts.
last night. They are in a hotel next to where I work. Quite looking forward to the game tomorrow night now, especially booing Suarez. Ooh sorry, is this not the Olympic Football thread ?
carroll on loan to west ham
watford announce 7 signings.
As one of them is Fitz Hall
someone told me that his club are getting a replacement sorted first which is a pain. Come and hang with your friend D-unit.
we probably won't, but today is possible D DAY for signing cazorla.
That is, unless some russian cunt buys malaga, in which case we probably have no chance even though sky say he wants to move to arsenal regardless and we're gonna finish 16th next season.
There's no way you'll finish 16th next season. 4th or 5th. Certainly no lower than 6th.
i'll stay strong 4u
He'd instantly become about 85% less likeable.
everyone likes Dempsey?
I've never really been sure why but that's the only opinion I've ever heard expressed about him on a personal level.
I thought his rapping would polarise opinion at least.
at least when he's not rapping
Merks big teams, scores shitloads of goals, kicks scousers.
dunno how true that is. probably not.
He's gonna have a really good season though and then go for 2/3 of his value at the end of next season cos he's refusing to sign a contract, isn't he.
hopefully, this new manager of theirs is a genuine mentalist and these rumours aren't just completely fabricated by fat, bored journos.
a bit thick, and not really a very good dm, but he's technically brilliant and all that stuff. I think he'd actually be a pretty good replacement for keita. An improvement, even.
definitely developed into a very important player for us though and yeah, I'd imagine that's exactly what'll happen next summer. We'd better hope the Coq comes good...
Seven grand a week, apparently.
which leads to the question, why are they spending that money at this stage? Surely it's an unnecessary outlay for the next 3 year's?
If I was more cynical I'd say it looks like they expect to be back at the top level sooner than their current position suggests.
they aren't running at a huge loss already, their back four against brechin alone must've amounted to at least £60k a week in wages.
which begs the question, which bank is giving them the credit to do so and have they started paying PAYE yet?
but to be honest, I don't give a fuck any more. If it looks like the leagues are getting reconstructed to fast-track them back into the SPL or something then I'll take an interest again, but until then I'll leave them to it.
They're a 3rd Division team now, if they want to fuck up it's their business.
still, nice to see they're keeping the old traditions going strong in division 3 -
Love it when these lower-league clubs suddenly start splashing the cash. Real Roy of the Rovers stuff.
could be stratchan
to be honest.
what a mental career he's had
I can't see them going through, but it would be good if they're not dead and buried before the 2nd leg.
and Real Madrid were playing at a Fir Park under the lights. Ridiculous.
motherwell v borussia dortmund at fir park :D
just remember being excited at seeing andy moeller
with Moeller, Sammer, Kohler, Chapuisat, Reuter, Sousa, Lambert, Riedle. Amazing.
used to always sign him in SWOS!
you going tomorrow night?
High hopes, but we've had too many early-season European disasters in recent years for me to be really confident.
but this is included in the season book so have my fingers crossed!
You'd probably be able to stream it if you searched though.
I'd probably tell some Cardiff fans myself
*Worse thing is beneath every "sexy" picture it shows that all my sodding mates have liked it.*
Reminds me of that picture of the Croatian lad at the Euros grabbing those two lasses with their norks out and one of the comments being *:-0 the one on the right is my mum*
Oh man, that's like a throwback to the era of Frank. But worse.
Today officially marks the end of the 2011/12 season for me, and with that my regular participation in the daily football threads (though i'll still be around generally). What can i say, i'm a man of my word. I've tried to drag it out a bit, you have to, but August is upon us.
I'll definitely miss the daily shabs, but to be honest, i'm just a bit busy nowadays, and i can't think of a better place to leave it than at the end of the glorious season during which i was proved ultimately right and we were crowned the Champions of England in such glorious fashion.
I'll probably keep you up-to-date with my groundhopping adventures, and can't promise i won't resort to the odd smiley whenever we brutally turn over United! again, but for now i can live without DanielKelly's needless early-morning paranoid defensivity, Jordan's multiple City-obsessed accounts, and the dead inside high-horsing of part-time Arsenal fans, etc, etc.
All the best riding your fold-up bikes to those mundane office jobs, but some of us have got actual adult shit to do, and as much as i'd love to mock you all continiuously, i'm just not sure i can be bothered any more. The proof, as they say, has been in the pudding.
As we discussed on that fateful day in May when Manchester City became the best, most feared, some would argue biggest club in the whole of England, that achievement felt like a natural end to my 20-year, stripes-earned journey as a supporter. I've not bought a season ticket for the coming season, even a membership, i'm not even planning on keeping tabs with news or scores, though i'll still watch Match of the Day, of course.
Given this, that i won't be supporting the club i've loved for two decades either financially or vocally in the flesh, i sadly have to sacrifice my right to a public opinion on matters MCFC. That's just how it works in the real world. It's a shame some of you tykes are too shameless to appreciate that, but each to their own.
Good luck to you all, but i'm off to walk the Fells, grow some veg, catch some fish, see a bit of the world, romance some hot Eastern European chicks, get myself on the property ladder and produce some offspring. It's been fun, but we've all got to grow out of it at some point.
new account or not.
god speed you sweaty mess
Look, people really like it when you go just a bit early! You know; steely jawed, faraway look in your eyes! Before you get to the point when they're sitting round in the pub saying "Oh, that fucker's got to go!", you surprise them! "Blimey, he's gone! I didn't expect that! Resigned? You don't see that much anymore! Old school! Respect! I rather liked the guy! He was hounded out by the fucking press!" How about that, eh? What a way to go!
This post is about me.
as I too have adult stuff to be getting on with, like submitting a teamsheet and tactics twice a week for forzaborza's DiS private message based fantasy football league.
"Given this, that i won't be supporting the club i've loved for two decades either financially or vocally in the flesh, i sadly have to sacrifice my right to a public opinion on matters MCFC. That's just how it works in the real world. It's a shame some of you tykes are too shameless to appreciate that, but each to their own"
It's just that I've never come across a football 'supporter' who can simply just switch off after 20 years of support so I'm genuinely interested. It certainly does not 'work like that in the real world' at all sunshine.
any more than when he said the same thing after the last game of the season. Perhaps he really does think he can resist coming on here to needle Jordan, Zapsta and Daniel, respond as acidly as he can to aspersions upon sky blue honour, or post the football thread at 7:30 the day after City drop points. Unfortunately for him you cannot switch off an almost 20 year autistic addiction with a set of Wainwrights, and fortunately or unfortunately for us we are all he has.
It was nice knowing that someone, somewhere, was always thinking of me, even when their attention should have been completely focused elsewhere. Made me feel like a somebody. Now what have I got? The odd clumsily baited tidbit from soapy. That's not even a passive aggressive no-class this.
Makes me wonder if it's worth carrying on.
but who jacked it in on principle after the takeover. True story.
was planning to rejoin if they lost the 2010 election.
A few proper old school types who I think massively preferred opposition to government talking about reversing Clause 4
but jacked it in about 5 years ago because he was fed up of money ruining the game, and bought a city season ticket.
Heh. (Unless you take his wages into account, so not really, but still: heh.)
both clubs are fucking ridiculous
And Shaw going the other way
walcott's worth at least £20m
Was sure I could watch it on spurs.co.uk as I'm a bronze member, but can't find anything...
American commentary is incredible...highlight so far "The Brazilian Gomes is a fan favourite, so he gets a start tonight".
Also never knew Tainio was at NYRB now?!
"a consummate 2-way midfielder".
Walker playing Cahill onside, I think? Vertonghen didn't deal with it very well all the same.
We're supposedly playing a 'high-line' now under AVB, not sure how I feel about that.
High-ish when we're in possession, but drops back quickly when we're out of it. I expect it to get higher as the season progresses and the players get more used to the system. Learning how to play an off-side trap would be a good start.
His movement has been poor and he's not finding those pockets of space, so we're being forced to just pass the ball from side to side once we approach the final third.
Eriksen, Boilesen, Fischer and Schöne (who scored a cracker against Norwich) yesterday. Great bunch o' lads.