I’m writing this from Newark Airport, the only place in America that doesn’t have arctic like air conditioning temperatures. The evening started so well, I bought a sausage wrapped in cheese that looked like a post Kavos 98 unprotected sex incident… then it descended into a disgraceful 2 hour delay.
Enough about me…
A few people took exception to my post yesterday, apologies if that was you, I’m all for being proud of my club when they lose, but there does come a point when you have to stop with the embarrassing arm over the shoulder activity you offer the kid who has wet themselves in math class for the 5th time in two weeks… aged 12.
We’re a football club with a set of players who earn extortionate wages. We have the 3rd highest paid manager in the world. We have the largest cash reserves of any club on the planet. We have a wage bill almost twice that of Dortmund… and we’re saluting our lads out of the last 16 for the 4th year in a row.
Sorry, I’m not buying it anymore. The constant, ‘maybe next year’ attitude allows the club to carry on in a way that allows Jose Mourinho to come out and say our manager is an ‘expert in failure’. Sure Bayern are an incredible team, but so could we be had we invested the full amount of money we had available last year.
There are so many issues Ivan refuses to address with his manager. Raymond rent-a-quote, of fitness conditioning notoriety, nailed Wenger in The Mirror yesterday slamming him for his ‘marine like’ training. The part I whole heartedly agreed with is that his failure can’t really be called negligent, because he doesn’t know any better. Something I raised a few weeks ago. He had modern ways years ago, now they’re old hat an don’t work in a game that’s caught up.
People state that other clubs play key players in lots of games, but they’re missing the point. Injuries and fatigue aren’t just about rotation. They’re about how we sub players, they’re about how you train, when you train, how hard you train, when you don’t make players train at all, how you bring them back from injury, how you breathe recovery into their bones. We’re not on the same planet as teams like Bayern or the Chavs.
This part on Theo really drives home quite how hard we are on players…
” Look what happened with Theo Walcott , he was out for a long period. They brought him back really well [in November]; he played 25 minutes, then 25 minutes then 45 minutes – so phase 1 of that rehab is building up match fitness – they gradually built up the game minutes and they did that really well.
“But Arsenal play two games a week, not one. This has nothing to do with match fitness but that you only have three days to recover not six days and you don’t have the recovery time.
Also, another point I want to raise is the misconception I take down the medical team. I’ve said on numerous occasions, it’s not the medical teams fault. You don’t blame the doctor for the car crash that brought a patient to his table. He just deals with the aftermath. Our medical guys are top notch. It’s other people at the club who clearly aren’t… and if you look on the site at who is in charge of fitness, and look at the qualifications / age.. you’re not exactly talking dynamic.
… but again, if you can keep the same keeping coach who coached gems like Almunia… what chance have we got of moving on someone who has been with the set up for years and behaves like it’s the dark ages?
Wenger, for all his love of numbers, doesn’t look at our shocking record with injuries, our lack of energy in the latter half of seasons… and make a decision.
60 year old men with paid up mortgages are not looking to change their ways. They don’t have the same hunger. Sport is a young mans game. Ambition is fueled by the lust to change the world (or vertical, whatever). Do we have that in our back room team? Steve Bould for sure. Neil Banfield, more than likely. Boro Piromac? Tony Colbert? No way. We have 1980s Mircosoft engineers trying to layer their ways over a Facebook era.
It is what it is. But I for one, shall not be giving the side a giant patronising hug for whimpering out of the Champions League. These guys are mature men that should be delivering more. Well, that’s unfair. They need a manager to give them to tools to deliver more.
My flight just took a delay of ANOTHER HOUR!
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what Spurs do against Benfica. Full team I hope. Sherwood might keep his job if he beats them and wins the Champions League. Tactical Tim won’t be thinking about the Arsenal game, which plays right into our hands. Hopefully the boys can bounce back from the midweek disappointment with a beautiful win over Spurs.
It’ll be tough though. Tim was totally outclassed last time when he opted for 2 up front. Doubtful he’ll make that mistake again. I’d imagine he’ll go for a lock down set up after his Chelsea humiliation.
It’ll be hard for us. I’ve not heard anymore on Aaron Ramsey. It’ll be a big game to throw him into because he’ll be very rusty. We’ll have no Ozil or Jack and we’ll have heavy legs from a tough game against Bayern. I have no idea what’ll happen. I just know that I’ve been a mouthy C-bomb to my Spurs mates and they’ll be ready to take me down in brutal fashion if they sneak a win.
I can’t deal with that… Spurs fans having summer bragging rights. No way. Make it STOP. MAKE IT STOP!
Right, I have small child, roughly 15 stone, pulling my hair. I’m going to deal with this… with a rolled up New York Times.
Have a great day. BIG LOVE xxx