Football, Premier League

Clever Fergie

The Biggest Club Game in World Football- he said. And he pointedly ignored the upcoming game against Man City by saying that. Is it clever though? Often Managers and coaches wind up opponents. But, managers also get better results by winding up their players so they perform with more fire, more determination.

So the question is, was Fergie being clever winding up the City players, indirectly? Does this mind game work? We shall see.

Football, Premier League

Do you remember free football?

There was a time when you could watch top flight football from the UK on normal TV. BBC and ITV. No satellite subscriptions, you didn’t have to go to a pub to watch. When you saw news items about a match, they showed the action, – they weren’t barred from doing that.

Is it better now? Did the money that poured in from exclusive licensing of TV coverage make football better? What have we gained? In Germany the local communities, the fans, own the clubs. Isn’t that the way it should be. Isn’t it the fans that count in the end?

Football, Premier League

F*&#ing transfer window!

– I am sure that is the way many managers talk about it. An artificial pressure and rush. Brinkmanship by players and agents to extract more money, and no time to get the strategy right.

Does it really help as intended? I doubt it, it’s just created different problems.

I’d abolish it.

Football Manager, Premier League

I am worrying about Arsene Wenger

He is looking angry and frustrated too often. He has done great work at Arsenal, but maybe feels he should have won more. But, he needs to relax, man!

That stress gets through to players…

Or… he could try Alex Ferguson’s approach, just look relentlessly grumpy and no-one can tell what is going on.

(Not the most relaxing job, Football Manager!)

Football, Life, Thoughts, Philosophy, Premier League

You gotta admire Carlos Tevez

The man is hugely talented as a footballer, yes, but he is also a great leader of men, albeit now on the football pitch. What really sets him apart in my mind is his open sense of humanity. He displays passion and dedication but also cares about his children and is prepared to change his life for that.

If he doesn’t end up in some leadership role in business, football, or politics after football, I will be surprised.

Football, Premier League

Would it make football better?

Would it make football better if the rich clubs did not have so much control? They can buy the best players and collect the ingredients of a great team, just through the money they have. This could be changed, easily by the governing bodies. It could be evened out with a draft like system.

But, do we like the concentration of talent in top clubs, so we get displays like Barcelona against Manchester United? Do we want the talent spread around? Top players get the best out of themselves when they are challenged by equal talent around them.