Last night I attended the FWA Awards to see Gareth Bale take his trophy for a marvelous season causing us problems. It was tough to stomach, but all in all, difficult to say he didn’t deserve it.
What was nice was seeing all the Arsenal players who’d taken the award. Thierry, Bobby and Bergkamp. Such illustrious names. Such incredible talents. One thing that is worth noting is last year, Robin was in and out. Bale stayed for an hour talking with people signing autographs. Shame we missed out on him… seeing as he’s a Gooner.
What was interesting was quite how old school football journalism is. Standing up top fronting the evening was Andy Dunn, lifetime achievements for Steve Curry and a load of other guys I vaguely recognised from newspapers yesteryear. The big question that came from the podium was… we have great footballers coming through, but where are the great writers?
This idea was perpetuated that social media has destroyed the art of football literature. I kid you not, Andy Dunn, of NOTW notoriety actually stood up and said that journalism was the place for ‘immaculately sourced information’. Yep, he said that.
The idea that this old boys club can be preserved is exactly the reason the newspaper industry is dying on its arse. Trying to take a failing business model and push it onto the Internet is doomed to failure. Publishing will never be the same again. Dismissing the social web is like dismissal Photoshop in the eighties, or brushing off the MP3 as a fad in the nineties. Writing about sport is no longer about who you know, it’s about how hard you want to work. Old business models need to evolved because people don’t need to pay for content. Those who make that work reap the rewards… like the Huffington Post, Mashable or Buzzfeed.
Anyway, rant over. I met some interesting people last night. Heard from a few people who are far more in the loop than me state that they have exactly the same vibe about the new season. Also, that Arsene Wenger isn’t likely to stay beyond his current deal if he thinks the fans are against him.
I also got to meet Paul Davies, what a thoroughly humble chap. Happy to chat. Still busting some fine attire.
The news around Wayne Rooney and Arsenal yesterday wasn’t a surprise, Arsenal are certainly interested in taking him on this summer. The wages wouldn’t be a problem as we’d be looking to make a splash, I think the simple biggest factor in his move being a no go… according to someone I spoke to last night… is that United wouldn’t sell to a rival. Ironic eh? Anyway, it’s apparent that the club are going to try and make a big impact this summer. I was told we had a fleeting interest in Müller until he helped rip Barcelona a new one. I was also told that Remy is very much on the cards. He was highly rated before he moved to QPR, I just hope he isn’t the extent of our forward line ambition this summer.
Right, that’s me done. Have a great day.