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Mark Hughes has been sacked.
Liverpool are held, left frustrated by Young Boys.
Blah blah Clattenberg blah. Looking forward to Chelsea fans arbitrarily booing him when he next gets handed one of their games, either this weekend or next I'm guessing.
Ferguson says Benitez is "lucky". Either way I don't see why Jordan would care.
Those "no cutting edge" op-ed columns just write themselves these days.
about to compete in the club world cup, for the second time. As proven in the past i think fergie's the only manager who cares about it.
Hopefully no new-manager syndrome for tomorrow
Though it doesn't particularly make sense to back your manager so publically, then to sack him 48 hours later without having played a game, although nothing surprises me with QPR. Cowboys.
This says it all (but may be a game or two out of date):
'Mark Hughes has been in charge of QPR for 27 Premier Games. In those 27 games, QPR have picked up 21 points. To stay up, QPR Need at least 33 Points from their remaining 27 Games.'
Truth be told, City's amazing finale and the clubs around them bottling it massively let them off the hook last year.
Bookies have stopped talking bets on 'Arry 'I love Taarabt loads despite getting rid of him at Spurs and never said anything about that Ukraine job' Redknapp a guy at work just told me.
Di Matteo is probably holding out for the City job...
then sacking him before even playing a game, no.
Not a top-flight English club anyway. Probably par for the course in Italy or League 2.
but i'm pretty sure it happens ALL the time.
He pointedly refused to back Hughes
that cost Warnock the job
My mate Marko (who's from Croatia, natch) had a breakdown in the pub laughing saying Fernandes had tweeted we could still make Europe.
He was laughing like The Joker, telling everyone in the pub.
Needless to say, it was Phoney Fernandes, the premium twitter spoof account
but he allowed Phil Beard to tell every press person possible that Hughes was going nowhere.
They even got cameras to the ground to take footage of them all hugging and smiling, ffs.
All I saw was Beard saying he hadn't been sacked or asked to resign. But then again i don't pay as much attention to moneyball as you do (SHABBA - sorry, poor bants. it's a trying time)
'Hughes' final match in charge was a convincing home defeat by fellow strugglers Southampton'
But yeah, I've not enjoyed this week very much.
He probably has loads of mates in eastern Europe who can do stuff like that.
Now he can sign all those players he wanted to sign!
You know Redknapp's on charge when your team signs Younes Kaboul.
Hate Sparky, good riddance.
Why couldn't they wait til next week? Spread it out a little.
And given the sacking costs us around £5m only he could sign it off. Also Warnock gobbed off at him for not sacking him face to face so he probably wanted to do that this time
It's the stuff dreams are made of.
It's almost exactly the same goal
It's the sensible thing to do.
Surprised they didn't hang Hughes out to dry and sack him on Monday, really.
They were probably afraid he'd fluke a win.
Then meekly lose the next 7
Lofty (arf arf) ambitions failed, and descended into a complete mess.
It's quite a sad day really.
Oh well, at least I've got Redknapp to cheer myself up! *hangs self*
Guess he was sorta right?
I kinda think they would
Cesar, Granero, Mbia, Hoilett- all extremely decent captures. Hughes was simply incapable of getting the most out of them/brought in far too many aging has-beens and big egos at the same time.
And then drop him after one bad game?
any club that signs Rob Green would have been better off not bothering
truly baffling sequence of events.
One thing that has baffled me is his determination to turn away from players like Hill, Taarabt (apparently solely to blame for the 5-0 defeat at Swansea according to Hughes), Mackie, Derry and Faurlin - the players who won us the Championship and kept us uplast year. And lo and behold as the going gets tough he was turning to them again because they actually give a shit about the club.
I think if we'd just signed Caesar, Hoilett, Granero, Nelsen and Diakite, we'd have been fine (keeping DJ Campbell and Helguson) and would've let us play 4231 which is our strongest formation
Warnock (not his appointment, I know) followed by Hughes and now Redknapp just in time for January. Agents of average players everywhere must be having a great time
Not sure why Jordan_229_2 cares either way, to be honest.
That's not right, is it? Doesn't it mean 400m over the 10 years?
Might have to wait for a city fan to come online for the answer, I'm not sure you'd know or care, to be honest.
Or are we ignoring the fact City have a (corrupt) sponsorship deal with their owners.
so we could pay our board of directors a handsome dividend and some nice real estate but life isn't all peaches and cream.
City's board are pretty selfless because at the moment they're probably all on negative salaries.
Why it is literally impossible to put a snarky post about someone's spelling or literacy WITHOUT getting something wrong in it.
For fuck's sake.
I'm going home.
Because if it's the former your best giving me half an hour to clean her up.
Fancy not checking half way up the football thread every couple of minutes.
They've not got that right.
Even so, City were nobodies and signed a deal almost 3x what Arsenal (the 5th most followed club in the world) have managed to negotiate.
Everyone knows that deal is a joke.
so i was just looking at £150m x 3.
Even so, if it's still an extra £10m per year on top of Arsenal's deal (or 33.3% ;-D), to sponsor a club which had an FA Cup to it's name and none of the international recognition or fan base.
It was clearly a fudge.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this becoming a thing.
Reply to my PM please.
You're a fruitloop pal.
Can't believe you're still running this account, mate, though i appreciate the humour behind it.
I'm a man of my word, as you well know. Don't get me wrong, i understand your jealousy, but you shouldn't get so wound up. I'm not saying i'm better than you or anything.
The only thing you need to know is that the Emirates VP who announced the deal with Gazidis is called Boutros Boutros.
(Also the new deal covers shirt, stadium and training kit sponsorship, so isn't really *that* impressive.)
mind you the fat bloke at 1:25 nearly made me spit my Irn Bru out. And is that Rafael waiting for a lift at 0:42? Also, the product placement in that video is unreal.
I've just got an image of papin, upon hearing the news, going out and buying football manager and staying up all night playing it intently.
some of it holds up very well to google translate.
could you c&p
Hav en god weekend
Google translate did a lacklustre job.
'I must admit that this week's blog
has been on the drawing board for
some time. I have written several
versions and have had many
discussions with many people about
the subject. Not least my boyfriend
Misse's model and have for many
years moved in the fashion industry,
as many will know is extremely open-
minded in terms of sexuality. Many of
her friends are gay, and she has an
extremely liberal view on the issue.
I've never even had a gay friend, so
that way I have not had it in the life.
Gay football is a taboo topic, we
footballers would rather not have
anything to do with. The environment
is hard both on the field among the
players and in the stands among the
spectators. The mechanisms are
fundamental primitive, and the shape
is often expressed through a classic
stereotypical idea aof ?? real man as
brave, strong, aggressive and fair. Not
exactly a picture a football fan will
associate with gays.
Monday evening during the week we
were with the national team for TV2
and DBU's big football gala. The first
'presenter' on stage was Lars
Hjortshøj not without humor affected
the homophobia that hovers like an
invisible cloud of pollution of
international champions. Some
people maybe saw on TV Friday night.
According to a Gallup poll from 1997
feel 12 percent of Danish men is gay.
Quite a stark contrast to the fact that
out of the Player Association approx.
1000 members are zero declared
homosexuals. Players Association
itself explains the numbers with a
voluntary transition of young gay men
who can not personify themselves
with the world, football is built around
and fear to stand up and jump out.
As a footballer, I think first and
foremost, a gay colleague will fear
reception among fans. My general
impression is that players would
accept a homosexual without major
problems. Most come with a cocky
remark in the direction of 'as long as
they do not go in the bathroom at the
same time with me', but I wonder if it
still would go by itself.
The problem lies for me to see that
many football fans continue to appear
as a niche from fordomstid with a
tolerance that does not deserve
comparison with the modern
community development over the last
decades. While the rest of the world
has become more liberalized, civilized
and less biased stand football still
remains as a relic of the past in terms
In a recently published study from the
'British Journal of Sociology' shows an
anonymous online survey that 93
percent of football fans will support
gay football players. For me
personally, the most surprising result
that creates a very different picture
than what I had expected. Conversely,
I do not think it is cause for jubilation
idiocy as mechanisms of fan culture is
more complicated than that.
For example, it is, as everyone knows,
very common for a football team
supporters combative opponent's
fans and players. A declared
homosexual thus appears as a
natural victim of psychological terror
so long as homophobia is widely
accepted as a crime in line with
DBU is currently experiencing a lot of
pressure from pro-gay channels to
get them to run campaigns to get
closet homosexuals to come out of
football. I understand that pro-gay is
hugely interested in getting
homosexuals to be accepted in
professional football. It will be a big
step in the right direction of a more
general respect for diversity in our
DBU argue, however, that it will not
interfere in people's sexuality by
making such a campaign, and did not
interfere in people's religion. But is
this really what a call for gay
footballers to come out do? It has
probably not intended to interfere in
people's sexuality - it has well
designed to proclaim that you will not
tolerate fjendskhed as a result of
homophobia. Just as one would not
There are certainly some who would
argue that children should not have
thrown such a problem in your head,
but why? We teach them that racism
is wrong - why not also teach them
that homophobia also is it?
In the Netherlands, the Football
Association a more liberal view of the
problem, which is supported by a
funny commercials: http://
Not surprisingly, the Netherlands
stands out as a pioneer in terms of
the subject, and I definitely think that
it gives food for thought.
Turning a blind eye to indicate just
that you do not recognize that there is
a problem. Of course there is a
problem if gay boys who love football,
will have to drop their sport because
they feel excluded. It is in every way
an unpleasant trend that does not
belong to a modern and liberal
society. Any discrimination on people
and be totally unacceptable, whatever
it is about religion, sexuality, etc.
The homosexual needs a hero. They
need someone who dare to stand up
and stand by his sexuality. And what
is the problem by promoting the
development? State must of course
not interfere in people's sexuality, but
what's the problem by emphasizing
that we support up to and accept all
regardless of skin color or sexuality?
Homophobia is minoritetshad the
same as being anti-Muslim. It is the
fear of it not look like you. It is
ignorance and injustice, based on an
inner fear of something intangible that
is not dangerous.
Have a nice weekend
but there are confusing parts.
respect to Anders for writing it, though. he'd certainly never forget to pay for doughnuts.
Gotta be something in that.
I'm an impact player alright :D
I can forget it all for a bit and not have to pay attention whilst Nick Powell spends 90 minutes nutmegging Anton Ferdinand back and forth
Not quite as bad as the Bobby Robson one with little legs, but not far off.
Not sure why Jordan_229_2 really cares either way, tbh.
'I've tried to portray him as a man of great determination and as a thinking man, but also with humour which he has in abundance, so there's just a slight smile in the corner of his mouth. That's really what I wanted to portray.'
I think the 'slight smile' was a crap idea. would have also been nice if the statue, y'know, resembled Sir Alex.
statues are great
it's certainly not from Maine Road or Eastlands, so far as i know.
where the fuck's it from?
i just googled colin bell statue
I miss that place
I used to go to their night when I was at Sheffield. Website says it doesn't run anymore, shame.
that and fuzz club/bleach on a thursdays which put on some relatively good bands at a good price
inexplicably the university decided to ditch fuzz/bleach and didn't bother to replace it
the one thing i'm amazed by is how utterly dismal statues still are. you would think that with all the technology available to these people that it would be impossible to get these things so wrong - yet still they do. i don't think i have ever been impressed by a statue. this isn't a dig at the great football, statue-worthy, icons of our time like fergie or micheal jackson, but at the statue makers. up your fucking game.
Not sure why Jordan_229_2's bothered either way, tbh.
is he making noises about players that might be out in the summer on the assumption that he'll still be there? if he is he's a fucking idiot.
y'know what the media are like, if those players weren't to sign new deals they'd make it out be because he'd lost the dressing room, etc, etc.
he's in a pretty awkward position. albeit a well paid one.