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Think I watched some football last night. Or possibly had a brain aneurysm, hard to tell.
I can't think of any reason why they'd use it unless it was strictly factual and gramatically correct.
Try this: http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/96686/the_sun_tuesday_22nd_april_2014.html
it's not even a pun ffs. just funny to see a close up of Moyes' face with BACK SACK CRACK blazened across it
Is that saying they stabbed him in the SACK before inviting him in at 7.40am for some CRACK? How is this only coming out now?
All while they played Backstreet's BACK (Ryan Giggs's favourite song) in the background. It's a scandal.
The Star's did make me chuckle though: https://twitter.com/suttonnick/status/458717887222411264/photo/1
it was like watching two West Ham teams against each other. One of them just defending for their lives the whole game and then punting it up the field hoping to get a lucky break against the other just chipping it into the box for the big lad to get a head on.
Jesus. It was only the black shirt, black tie combo and the denial of Luiz being a twat that kept me going.
Genuinely the worst game of the season I've witnessed, absolute drivel. Fuck off Chelsea.
It worked 2 years ago...
I dunno why people are surprised that the two most defensive teams in the competition played out a dull/tense 0-0 draw?
Tonight should be the complete opposite though, about 20 goals over the two ties when all said and done
Sort of came to half way through a paragraph and realised how pointless it was.
Given that Petr Cech and John Terry were heroically maimed in our brave bore draw last night, I think any City supporters who aren't merely bipedal husks and perhaps retained some hope of Premier League glory should ready themselves for the worst at the weekend.
injured as the full weight of the irony of him wearing an armband with "No To Racism" written on it finally hits him.
If Chelsea win the Champions League I think everyone should stop watching, playing or talking about football. It obviously isn't worth this.
Whilst there is still some hope left in the world it would be good for everyone to note what a good thing it is that Abu Diaby got 45 minutes UNDER HIS BELT yesterday in an U21 match. He is 27. This surely makes the league Arsenal's to lose next season.
Remember last season when Diaby played about four games on the trot and was really good? Then got injured.
He absolutely took Liverpool apart one week then took a shot against Chelsea and never came back.
Imagine being that good but that crocked.
Assuming he leaves Arsenal at the end of his contract, be interesting to see where he ends up. Can't imagine high-end teams taking a punt on him (although City went for Hargreaves I suppose) but if he stays fit he'd tear a hole in the Championship or bottom half Prem.
(He'll never stay fit, obvs)
Playing 19th century football with expensive 21st century players.
Was like watching someone plough a field using an iPad
It always does this to me. Is about 3 years off and then BAM! I've missed the first few games. Vaguely excited and starting to realise that any injury now is likely to mean that player doesn't go. Saw Ronaldo sat out of the recent Real Madrid game, he's gonna be fit, isn't he?
Nice to see all the packaging work I've been doing in my day job starting to creep out for it now too, like this snazzy Budweiser can: http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2014/2/25/budweiser-unveils-limited-edition-2014-fifa-world-cup-brazil-bottle and this teaser logo: http://hensley.com/media/313015/hero-latino-world-cup-budweiser.jpg
but it's still a bottle of piss, obviously.
(nice work tho)
Seriously, you pay millions to sponsor the bloody thing and then you're pretty much unable to say you did or show the trophy. THANKS FIFA.
shit lagers tend to taste better out of those aluminium bottles. Maybe it's just the novelty.
is probably the final word on the matter:
That's pretty funny...
"[David Moyes] is, as far as anyone can tell with any certainty, the best man for what is a considerable job."
Barney Ronay, October 2013
ample opportunity to get thickly-ladelled smear on when it suits him. classic Ronay. he's funny, but he's got a really unpleasant streak
"with Moyes at United, you get the feeling the machine behind him is so well-grooved, so vast, so rich, so well put together at layers above and below that [he] really would have to do something odd and quite perverse to balls it up."
Barney Ronay, May 2013
"Adolf Hitler is, as far as anyone can tell with any certainty, the best man for what is a considerable job."
any kind of result for Chelsea. That whatever is achieved is not enough. If Chelsea had won 15 nil, folk would have moaned about how poor the opposition was.
A creditable 0-0 last night, although it will be a sorry ragbag of players available for any of our fixtures between now and the end of the season.
Nothing to do with anti-Chelsea bias, everything to do with watching one of the worlds most expensively assembled squads cheat, long throw and time waste their way to the most insipid draw I've seen in a long time and then having to listen to dimwits laud it as some sort of tactical masterclass.
A good result. Nothing more.
And nothing less.
Just saying that it was fucking mind-numbing and pointing out the usual media dafties hailing Mourinho as some sort of tactical megabrain for some good old fashioned bus parking.
The media dafties are split along the standard political lines. If anyone is particularly upset up the spluttering, wide-eyed insights of Adrian Chiles, they can peruse f365 or the Guardian to read about how we dug up football's corpse and double-murdered it.
Never mind that Chelsea aren't exactly cavalier as a rule, or that Atletico themselves break into a flop sweat if their possession stats tick too close to 50%. A boring game is pretty much an April/May Champion's League staple. There are exceptions of course, but exceptions are exactly what they are.
It's perfectly understandable to have been skull-fuckingly bored by last night, but it is a little perverse to be surprised or offended by it.
I wouldn't care if it had been on Sky, but to ruin the ITV game? Fucking reprehensible.
genuinely more eye-gougingly boring than watching the Postman and then immediately re-watching it with commentary.
Offended? Understandable - it gives everyone who claims football is shit or boring a leg to stand on, while simultaneously flicking the v's to not only everyone who is watching and cares, but the entire history of British football.
where it sorts out historically dull teams (or teams that kept winning 1-0) into seemingly randomly assigned GOOD and BAD categories:
Good: Mourinho's Chelsea, Jack Charlton's Ireland, Portsmouth's FA Cup winning team
Bad: 1980s Wimbledon, Euro 2004 Greece
I see people complaining about it all the time but not that much evidence that it actually exists.
From what I can see, and sorry if I get a bit MEDIA WATCH here, the majority like him because he gives them stuff to write about- that's it. He's been unanimously slated for at least 5 pre-match interviews this year, and I think I've read more hatchet jobs on him than I have articles praising him. The Times in particular have run a few anti Mourinho pieces recently. The only over the top praise I've seen for him this season is after the PSG game. There's a couple of guys- that weird little bald man from the Sun and Duncan Castles with his sulia links- who hero worship him a bit, but I think both those guys are a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic.
Could have easily undone your tactical cleverclass if Raul Garcia had not managed to connect every single successful cross with his scalp.
It was boring as fuck but lots of teams try to do exactly the same thing in the away ties, just not many are very good at it. PSG tried at Stamford Bridge and fucked it up. And defence is as much a part of football as attack.
Of course I've watched three years of Allardyce so this is like a heroin addict telling you that line of coke everyone says you shouldn't have done is no biggie
It's infuriating how inscrutable you all are
We had one volatile Chelsea supporter on here. He was so volatile that he gave up entirely on football and dedicated his life to questioning our kid's mental and bodily health without apparent irony. Be careful what you wish for.
about there being more West Ham fans than Chelsea in London. It's just resting its eyes. Its time will come and you WILL rise to it
that the worst game he's seen all season was played outside of White City. You'll be lucky.
You're the eunuch of the football thread. You're Varys, master of whisperers
Strike me down
He feels nothing these days. Nothing.
When he finally gets done it won’t be Chelsea’s invisible support or dire football that does him, it’ll be a misunderstood technical point buried somewhere in the FFP guidelines.
at Loftus Road this season has been just that really, rubbish. That there last night though, good grief. A different league on every level. Did I tell you I went along to watch Chelsea U-21's the other week DK? I quite enjoyed that, honest.
Apparently it was a good 'un. Been a while since I bothered watching our kids but a two-legged final that involves a trip to the pubs near Craven Cottage could tempt me.
You lot lost 0-1. The pubs near the ground are probably less tempting than Fulham I think it's fair to say. Lot's of Chelsea types made the trip though.
plenty of 'character'
I want someone that combines my lack of knowledge, still_here's religious intensity and your shameless fairweather posting. There must be such a person out there
Because if you're flexible on the allegiance, these threads could be all you've ever wanted and more if you looked a little closer.
that black Chelsea strip was proper lush
a la Iniesta in 2009 is too much to hope for.
The sight of Eva doing her bit just makes it slightly easier to take.
Sorry.....should take this to the sexism thread
But John Terry's interpretive dance number, entitled 'Valiant', last night was pretty funny. So ruddy, bloody brave...
a logo that says balls of shame and someone called sirabo's back.
given how much they need to overhaul the defence/squad, and given they need to have the same squad for 18 months, I can imagine an insane amount of signings.
Probably overpriced too, given their position
Also, weird to think how much better off both Barca/Madrid would be if they'd signed Suarez over Bale/Neymar
UEFA have acknowledged that their sanctions are completely pointless if they aren't decided on and implemented swiftly, and have structured an independent appeals process with that in mind. Barca obviously should have the right to appeal, directly to FIFA and then to CAS if necessary, but it's absurd that it takes so long. What will be the point of a transfer ban once Barca have made all their transfers?
Bale's done really well. Barca though, sure.
can both of you either be more boastful or quiet, plz
...Chelsea will probably beat Liverpool on Sunday. But the chances of them winning the league are pretty much zero. Chelsea's best case scenario is ending on 84 points which is, realistically, Liverpool's worst.
It really isn't going to happen with Luiz in the back four and Schwarzer in goal though.
if Liverpool win the other two - it'd be on goal difference, and only if they win all their games, while maintaining the superior goal difference. If Liverpool go level on points and somehow make up that 4 goal difference to go level, Liverpool would win on goals scored.
their goal difference would improve by at least 4, probably more like 6 or 8
Do Liverpool have two 6-0s in them?
it's cool tho. chelsea won't beat you. OR WILL THEY? clever mourinho
*writes 4000-word blogpiece*
although they might have at least one:
Newcastle 0-6 Liverpool Sat 27 Apr 2013
on the last day of the season.
Current season aggregate: 12-1.
Just has to decide who he dislikes more out of Liverpool and City (City presumably; flash bastards, foreign manager) and then deploy Roger Johnson accordingly
and is a big fan of Ferguson.
GIVE 'EM THE CUP NOW.
A game to forget, Liverpool beat Crystal Palace & Newcastle, jobs a goddun.
The chances of us getting 6 points from Palace and Everton in current form however are slim to none.
Bit needy you going OH GOD WHY WON'T WHY THEY SHURRUP ABOUT IT when you made exactly the same post in the last thread and everybody ignored you. Each to their own coping mechanisms I guess.
if anything its conservative scenario planning in a season when all manner of scenarios have been in uncommon flux.
I'm just happy at this stage that the worst case scenario for me (Chelsea winning the league) is easily the least probable one.
We’ve spent the last 3 months singing “and now you’re gonna believe us, we’re gonna win the league”.
Surely the defining characteristic of your garden variety Liverpool fan is an unwavering belief that Liverpool are going to win the league? And not just this season, in which they actually are going to win the league.
As opposed to what? A carefully considered prediction? We get enough modesty and restraint from literally every professional involved in football. It’s boring. We’re TOP OF THE LEAGUE WITH THREE GAMES TO GO. If you’re not feeling a bit of bravado now more than any other time in your life as a Liverpool fan (assuming you’re not in your late 30s) then there’s something wrong with you.
I'm not saying that bravado is wrong - it's great fun to be celebrating the (over)achievements of this season and to actually be enjoying it, in comparison to the Man City and Chelsea supporters who have spent more time moaning this season than not, but I don't think that there are many Liverpool fans who see this situation with anything more than delirious disbelief. I genuinely don't think that there's that much arrogant self-entitlement around at the moment - a lot of it is all show.
No government has pledged to build enough homes to keep up with demand (although labour is closest), let alone enough to increase supply over and above where we are now.
The other factors such as NIMBYism, investors hoarding property, developers hoarding land, home-owners wanting values to go up, governments wanting to keep the above happy - almost everyone with the power to change the situation has a vested interest in keeping things exactly as they are.
is this a good thing..?
by his former manager. blimey, some people just can't let a grudge go..
Would take him in a heartbeat
but an ITK type I have loose associations with told me Ancelotti's and United's people had a discussion months ago. I'd not be surprised to see Ancelotti get the chop if Atletico win La Liga.
But the Madrid move was already done and dusted at that point.
Would be perfect in terms of steadying the ship, stick about until Klopp is out of contract and then get him in.
Got little to no confidence that either of those things will happen but it's a nice thought.
That's a pretty long stint of seat-warming for Carlo.
Always a slightly dangerous game to pick managers a few years in advance too - 3 seasons is plenty of time for a star to wane
and the only thing left to give him will be the manager's role
Low blow, man
isn't as unrealistic prospect as you'd imagine as well...
"I am here I am at Bayern and I want to stay two more years here."
Do people normally say precisely how long it will be before they intend to fuck off?
Pep is not normal.
think his contract is for two years.
but I'd be very surprised if someone at United hadn't at least attempted to contact Mourinho's agent, and it couldn't exactly harm United to share that under the table
Better insofar as they tend to get stuff right more often than not. Ogden and Taylor certainly fall into that category for Utd at least.
Mourinho's post-match last night could be interpreted a number of ways as well which all fans the flames.
Would really struggle to get behind him mind you, attention seeking bellend.
but I'd lean towards Mourinho doing and saying what he can to strengthen his existing position rather than engineer a move to a new one. Like I say, feelers must have been put out- even if the answer is a resounding no, it would be negligent of United to not at least try to talk to the likes of Mourinho or Guardiola.
I can only remember 3 clubs at a time so I can't work it out.
but then i realised 2 problems with my answer.
also, this thread is fucked.
hopefully someone will fix it.
please be clearer in the future
are possibles, looking at the table. But then it's not so much that I don't remember them having foreign managers. Much more that I know fuck all about the recent managerial history of those clubs.
Remember them getting taken over by an icelandic guy when we were in Division 2 with them. Think he brought in a mate to manage them.
anyway, it's mental enough that a backwater club like ours employed someone from a minority background as it, one step at a time yeah?
From 1895 to 1989 West Ham had 5 (FIVE) managers. Average time in job: 18.8 years.
Since then: 9 averaging 2.8 years.
Honourary degrees awarded to West Ham between 1895 and 1989- NONE
Honourary degrees awarded to West Ham since then- SOME
Take that, illiterate uneducated historical West Ham oiks
Icelandic owners, Italian manager and suddenly we're University Challenge material. Couldn't win a game of football, but our essays were things of beauty.
If we just keep Allardyce in charge until 2158 then we'll be back on track. Fingers crossed!
It feels like it
is clearly just an earlier incarnation of the Allardyce being but with a moustache.
"When training, Oxo is the only beverage used by our team and all speak of the supreme strength and power of endurance which they have derived from its use." - Samuel Allardyce, Secretary, West Ham United F.C.
"The boss at West Ham was Syd King, an outsize, larger-than-life character with close-cropped grey hair and a flowing moustache. He was a personality plus man, a man with flair. Awe struck, I would tip-toe past his office but invariably he would spot me. "Boy," he would shout. "Get me two bottles of Bass." Down to the Boleyn pub on the corner I would go on my errand and when I got back to the office Syd King would flip me a two-shilling piece for my trouble."
Crewe have only ever had 5 managers, and 3 of them were Dario Gradi.
how is he going to give a team talk or anything? He just seems so timid
Can't access betting sites here at work and was wondering what the odds were on our brave boys NOT qualifying from the group of semi death?
Are they saying that England are pretty much nailed on to go out or nailed on to go through?
The world's greatest showcase of bad haircuts, bad acting and bad sportsmanship rolls around again!
Not as much as I hate Chelsea's negative football though. Oh no.
Is it that good a result? An away goal is a good result surely? Now the Chelsea leg is a cup final that they HAVE to win, Atletico can draw it provided they score.
a team who generally score at home and who are generally a better team, i'd say 0-0 is a good result, esp away. They could have done better, could have done a lot worse.
On Earth would Jose agree to go to a club not in the Champions League???
If they really had the chance to get Jose this year and went for Moyes instead, then the board really are idiots...
also this post wasnt originally intended as bants point-scoring, but i'd really like it if it was an amazing game that finished kind of even so that everyone defending the way jose approached yesterday's game can choke on their arse hairs.
These are the best teams
They are the very best teams
The main event
The great teams
A large gathering
A great sporting event
They are the best
These are the champions
far better at the in-studio half-time stuff than as a co-commentator
how much are bayern gunna spend on hummels then. and has badstuber got crocked again?
He'll take it as well. Chelsea, as ultra-competitive as they've been for a decade now, simply aren't Man United, who, given how this season's panned out, would at least match his salary, and offer him significantly more to spend as they're not as restricted by FFP, and ultimately he chases them warchests. He's already started to engineer his route out of Chelsea, imho. If they win the European Cup he can say that's job done. If they fail, he'll just blame Abramovich for not getting the players he wanted.
definitely could've had the united job last summer if he wanted it. i think after the madrid debacle he's just happy to be at a club where he can lose at home to the bottom team in the premiership (ending their chances of the league) then put on one of the dullest performances in living memory in the space of 4 days and still none of the fan base will say a bad word about him.
mainly that loads of them still think he's the best manager ever. I kind of think maybe his most revolutionary ideas are taken for granted these days in top level football, and he's just some other manager now. Kind of like wenger around about 2004ish.
i dunno whatever
nothing's gonna happen for at least 2 minutes if that happens, might as well make use of my time
awful cunt, but a good manager.
but he's the only manager who seems totally immune from criticism. when they win, it's down to him (regardless of oscar/hazard saving their arses repeatedly). when they lose, it's the players. he spins that yarn and the fans all gobble it up, it's madness. he's done no better than benitez would have done
but for a few years he was by a distance the best manager in the world. Think there's a number these days who are probably better
Sorry we generally like our manager. I can't personally bring myself to demand our most successful manager in our history's head whenever we drop a few points or don't score in a match. Seems a bit Arsenal to me.
Nowt to shout about really. Di Matteo won two in a year. You'd have to be a dummy to not win something with that squad. Nobody could argue he'd overachieved over his time at Chelsea anyway.
to the quadruple by now without injuries. Damn injuries.
Winning trophies regularly should be deemed par. If you add the Best Manager in the World into the mix, they should seriously challenge for everything.
SO IT'S NOT FAIR!!!!
and i think the villa, palace & sunderland games are surely worthy of some form of criticism, no?
Just not here, because there's about two of us and everyone else talks about Jose enough to have it covered
In a sense, like with Chelsea as a club, if you have too big an opinion on them then they win. Best to ignore him if you can. Not entirely convinced history will remember him to the extent he thinks it will.
once he wins another champions league (he will, he's got another 20 years in him) that'll automatically put him in the canon
Why *aren't* the fans calling for his head after going a goal up in the away leg of a European Cup semi? The wrong type of lead in a CL semi should result in instant dismissal
What the absolute FUCK are you talking about?
I'm just backing up this guy for wondering why Chelsea fans aren't all over Mou for the performance yesterday
I appreciate the sentiment but you've only gone and taken a bullet for me when the bullet was going wide and in fact was just a car exhaust firing off anyway
- i didn't say they should be calling for his head
- they didn't go a goal up
- the point about last night was about the performance/style which has happened a few times this season (aren't you a west ham fan? all you guys do is get angry at your manager for effective dinosaur tactics)
- still the palace/sunderland/villa games
What kind of inbred ape man forgets the score, defends a cesspool like Chelsea, gets politely informed he's forgotten the score, STILL doesn't remember the correct score....then remembers the score? I'm going to bed and no-one will ever mention this again tomorrow because it never happened
I've just checked with UEFA and apparently Demba Ba shinned one in after every single person watching had fallen asleep. 1-0 Chelsea. Clever Mourinho.
I hope he takes it
pretty sure it'd work.
on a human face, forever
Five-year European ban for that.
who's conveniently distracted every time something outrageous happens.
given how huge they are
OK granted it was a different era etc.
just the worst