Ahhh, there she goes… World Cup hopes, sailing off down the river of failure.
Same old, same old.
Still, at least we have some very good players coming through.
… but, then again, we have a very average manager. Not terrible. But very average. With an average manager at the helm, especially at international level, you’re always going to flunk. Quality is a top down thing.
The media are all patting him on the head, like things will get better, like some how the most average manager of all time has been hard done by… by luck, players, weather, the football… it’s infuriating to read, but I guess there are also a lot of average pundits who know no better.
Anyway, I look forward to the standard introspection that’s coming.
Can’t wait for that little pearler to come out. When it’s said in football, reasonable people step back and agree. When it happens in real life, when it happens in your line of work, you have to deal with it by upping your own game or by getting a job in a different role.
See foreigners don’t get in the way of our young players, talent gets in the way of those players. It’s as simple as that. The impact of not generating enough talent is that Premier League clubs have to bring it in from elsewhere. We should be looking at the root cause. Not enough great coaching. How do we address that? How does a country the size of Costa Rica (4.8m) produce a team that outclasses a team with the money of England with a population of 53m! Quite incredible really.
We need to invest in the right things. We need to stop bringing in dinosaurs like Aidy Boothroyd into the set up. The FA needs ripping out and starting again. It’s like FIFA without the corruption. Jobs for the boys. We need a change agent in there. We need to do what Germany did 10-12 years ago. Cull the lot and start again. We should put someone like exSouthampton main man Cortese in charge, see what he can do. The FA needs to be looked at through business eyes, not shite exfootballers who have no clue what they’re talking about.
Anyway, rant over. Average managers, the bane of my life.
I watched Ivory Coast heartbreak occur last night. They went out to a last minute Greek penalty. Sad times. It’s amazing how many top players Ivory Coast have, but how poorly they play together. They look like a group of WWF Wrestlers running about the pitch. Bony managed to grab a goal. I really, really rate him. Maybe he’s not top class at the moment, but he’d certainly add something very interesting to our front line. He’s good in the air, he’s incredibly strong on the ball and he can score from in and outside the box. I’m surprised he’s not a consideration. Maybe he is, with Swansea picking up 22 goal Gomis on a free.
It’s quite interesting this window, because the papers don’t have any ins on what we’re doing at all. They’re just throwing mud at names that make sense. Mario Balottelli (I’ll never learn to spell his name properly) is a prime example. Just doesn’t feel like an Arsene signing at all. The only two I know we’re in for are Reus and Sanchez… with Sanchez looking to most likely because I’d imagine Barca will go for Reus. Still all feels a bit scary. We’re nearly in July and not one deal has been done. Outrageous.
Anyway, that’s it for today. Have a great day. Unless you’re a foreigner playing in the Premier League.