Morning blog friends. So Le Champ was due today, but I messed up the voting mechanic. What am I like? I’ll fix it today and whack the boys back in. Lots of people calling for Per Mertesacker to be included. Look, I love the big German, but how anyone could say he’s been our player of the season is beyond me. That sort of statement takes me back to the days of Alex Song and Eboue. Guilt voting. Get a grip people.
Onto other things. Manchester United have binned off a load of coaching staff. Of particular interest to me would be the keeping coach. Eric Steele leaves after turning De Gea into a decent keeper this year. We’ve said on here for years that our keeping coach is way out of his depth, so it’d be a clever move if Wenger really does want to improve what he’s doing. Bouldy made a massive difference in the end to the back four, imagine what a new keeping coach could do? Personally, I’d love to see a Jens in there… I’d have him over David Seaman. He’s a champion and a scary man who commands respect through hard work and good old fashioned fear… and probably a large leather clad whipping paddle.
Anyway, it’s worth taking a look at the people leaving United. There will be no compensation to pay and United really are a cut above when it comes to coaching and fitness.
In player news we’ve been linked with Martin Skrtel. Honestly, what a bland player to find yourself linked with. I truly hope that story is an absolute nonsense. He looks good… like, as in he looks like he should be a beast of a centre back, the reality is he’s not. I’d rather keep Vermaelen. The fact he’s being replaced by Kolo tells you all you need to know there (I love King Kolo, but he was crap when he left us).
The Jovetic story continues to splutter along. I wonder of anyone has bid for him at all? He’s looking to leave for a new experience apparently. Tell me something i didn’t know 4 months ago. Yah, literally.
Outside that, all we’ve got are the Cesc stories. Apparently he has a £30m release clause. Odd Barca would opt for such a low release. I’d be all over that if I were any club in the world. Maybe we could try for Alcantara who has a release of £18m… A younger potentially more dynamic version of Cesc? Who knows… All I’m saying is I’ve seen him do some good stuff at least 3 times. Which for me makes him a viable option…
I took some clients to an England game last night. I don’t mean to moan, but jeez, is there a better example of going with tradition over practicality? Our national stadium, from Central London, takes an hour and twenty minutes to get to. The transport is shocking, the place is disgusting and you can’t even land yourself a salt beef sandwich. Our national stadium should be in the middle of London. What a pain in the backside it is. We wouldn’t have all the Northern fan issues we have for the FA Cup final if we had the ground somewhere reasonable.
As for the game. Typical England. Flat, lacking creativity or bite. That squad really does cry out for a footballing brain in the middle of the park. The only player coming through who could change it up a bit is Jack Wilshere, even then, we’re still struggling. Wayne Rooney looked horrendously average last night. Theo was sparky in parts and Chambo tried… bless him. Not a good game at all.
Anyway, roll on today… have a good one party people.