Goooooood morning there people!
So Mark Clattenburg has joined a talent agency!
Bit weird, no?
Well, not really. The retirement age for refs is 45 years old. Pretty young when you consider NFL refs are generally about 80 years old! I think they earn max £85k a year. Not a bad salary, but also not the sort of salary that has you retiring to a beach hut in your mid-forties.
I think that’s an issue. When the people you’re trying to control earn more in a week than you do in a year, it leaves you open to many things. To be honest, I think a talent agency is the least of the FAs problems.
The worry is that refs end up playing a role that isn’t simply being the official for a game, it’s being the star to make a name. I always felt Graham Poll was a bit like that. He used to make all the games about him, sure enough, when he quit he landed speaking spots on Talksport and Sky as well as a column in the Daily Mail. He had to, because how else was he supposed to make a living after he retired?
The best refs should earn the best money. I mean, £300k a year would be enough to retire at 45 if you were careful. Or at least make life more comfortable. I know that’s pretty obscene, but hey, they’re at the top of their industry in a game that churns out hideous contracts for those that play. They are 23rd person on the pitch and they can dictate the play in the same way Ozil can.
You need them to not be compromised.
Anyway, Celebrity Big Brother awaits old Clatts.
Arsene Wenger is apparently going to make a move for Michael Carrick at the end of the season. He wants to move for the 34 year old in a midfield overhaul. Yep, that’s what the Mirror are reporting, totally straight-faced. Arsenal, who have had nightmares with Arteta and Rosicky, because they are old, are going to overhaul their midfield with Carrick. I remember Carrick from his West Ham days. He walked past my friends girlfriend when we were in Time & Envy in Romford and said he was going to f*ck her. What a charmer.
Not sure he’s quite what we need.
What we do need is a replacement for Santi in the middle this summer. I don’t have any names for you, but I think our season has felt the force of his loss quite badly. Good news, is if he is back in contention, we might have him for the last ten games.
That would give me hope of doing something magic in the league.
We really do have a turgid few months in the league
- United (away)
- Swansea (home)
- Spurs (away)
- West Brom (home)
- Everton (home)
- Watford (home)
- West Ham (away)
- Palace (home)
- Sunderland (away)
- Norwich (home)
- City (away)
- Villa (home)
The four highlighted games are the monsters. That’s where we’ll need resolve. On paper, they’re not too bad. I mean, we’re good against Spurs, United and City are waiting on new managers and we normally beat West Ham. However, we’re great at choking and this will be squeaky bum time.
We also have FA Cup games and two tricky showdowns against Barcelona.
It’s going to be a nasty end to the season, but hey, we all have to play the same teams. We’ll also have a fully fit squad to choose from. So no excuses. We’ll see how much all those home games in the first half of the season impact us!
Worry is Leicester have a much easier run than us, no Champions League and no other competitions. The Liverpool advantage… rest and plenty of time to work on a game plan.
As for Spurs… don’t even. Don’t even.
Right, I have a tonne of work to do… see you on the other side!