Well, let’s get the miserable story out the way first. Darren Lewis from The Mirror has penned a horrible interview with Mr Eboue about his financial demise since quitting Galatasaray. It’s a bit of a weird one, because part of the story he’s trying to share sits around the lack of financial management footballers are given, part of it focuses on mental health… a topic I hold dear… but then you land on the guts of his broke-ness and it reads like he’s making a plea for someone to help him with his bitter divorce battle.
He earnt 8million euros, sent 7million back to his wife. Now apparently all his assets are going to the wife, and the reason he’s hiding from bailiffs is because he won’t sign over the house to the judge for judge to divide it up. Buddy, that’s the law, you owe what you owe.
Now, I’m no divorce expert… but if Eboue’s wife has stolen all his money in some illicit scam, I’m sure a man who had pocketed Premier League money would be able to hire someone to help. Divorce judges aren’t in the business of making men literally destitute. So the whole thing reads a bit shallow when his rags story isn’t actually rags, it’s him hiding from paying his debts.
Regardless, if he truly is suffering mental health issues, I hope he can find help. I’ve no doubt Arsenal will look out for him and offer him help if he needs it. I know they were very available to jump in with Kenny S when he was having troubles. So hopefully that offer is still available.
I’m still absolutely amazed that someone who has just finished a mega contract in Gala can be bankrupt already. Such a shame. At 34 years old as well. I’m shocked he’s not still playing to be honest? Anyway, good luck to Mr Eboue this Christmas. xx
Onto a person I care little for, Jose Mourinho.
I feel all Donald Trump, but it’s amusing watching the MSM defend Jose and try and take pot shots at Pep. Most of MSM wanted Pep to fail, claiming his ideas would never translate, now they have, the reason he’s doing so well is because of his spend.
Yes, spending money is a massive help, however, the reason Pep is doing so well is because he has the best ideas in a league that massively overspends. Mourinho pulled together a mean looking squad and his magic trick is making them play like Stoke, it’s a disgrace to watch and it’s coming unpicked, the latest humiliation was against Leicester who nicked a very late draw. Harry Maguire continuing to impress, as is Carls Puel, who is looking like another master managerial hire for the Thai conglomerate who own the club.
Premier League spending for summer 2017: £1.4bn, give or take. pic.twitter.com/QMtCkrjVrh
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) September 1, 2017
So back to the spend story, Pep spent 100m more, but he also recouped a huge amount and his net spend was basically the same as United. Chelsea spent a chunk of money. I mean, 4 clubs spent over 100m this summer, which is staggering.
Anyway, my point being, everyone spends a huge amount of money these days. United have built their success of traditionally being one of two that could do that, the idea that they can bitch about spend when they dropped 90m on Lukaku is beyond the pale. They’re reupping Zlatan’s deal they’re so bereft of ideas.
They need a modern manager. They’re flagging because they hired a dud in Moyes, they hired a manager WAY past it with Van Gaal, then they hired his love child who is also finished at the elite levels of the game. The only reason he exists now is because he can get by spending money. It’s not like he’s bringing anything new to the game, he hasn’t adapted his style, and he’s still the same old brand destroyer he always was. His post game comments slagging off his squad are par the course and exactly the reason he’ll fail… he’s all about himself. He just doesn’t have the hunger these days.
ANYWAY, the absolute banter of this all is Mourinho ‘might’ find himself out of a job before Wenger, and the absolute killer here? Zidane could also find himself out of a job and taking a spanking in El Classico. You can just see the tweets now.
‘Wenger does it again #StrongAndStable’
As you have to keep reiterating to people, this says more about Arsenal’s lack of ambition than it does about anything masterful Wenger has done over the last 10 years.
When things are going badly, make a smart change and keep things fresh. Hire someone who can bring new ideas to the table, someone who can eek an extra percentage point on the pitch, someone who can move the game forward. Wenger hasn’t been doing any of that for years, he’s remained par the course and we’re stagnating. Hopefully this summer will bring a new joy to Arsenal. I mean, what’s the point in hiring all these smart people if you’re going to allow the ship to be steered by someone blind?
Final piece, apparently they’re bringing some of the VAR (Virtual Assistant Ref) action to the Carling Cup semi-finals. I literally can’t wait. Reading around some of the anti-tech people is a little bit like reading commentary from the pro-gun lobby. No one is asking for a perfect tech, no one believes there won’t be mistakes, but what cannot be disputed is this is a brilliant move forward for the game.
The idea that a bad decision gets made quicker than a VAR one is also a misunderstanding of how the game is played. I can’t wait for a goal to be ruled out because of a handball. I can’t wait for justice to happen in a big moment, even if it’s against us. The game should be fair, refs need help, and the game will be better for it.
I also think another move UEFA should consider is having refs on rotation. Reading that Clattenburg article about letting Spurs implode so he wouldn’t get flack is so dodgy. I mean, we all knew that refs carried grudges and care deeply about their personal image. However, it’s clearly not good for the game. We should rotate refs around Europe. Bring in the best Italian ref to officiate the NLD. No bias, no preconceived notions, just fair officiating.
When referees start to see themselves as important actors in the game, or they have to be seen as that because they don’t earn enough to retire without a selling a book, you need to take action. Our officials need to be more accountable, and stories like the above need to be punished, and the league need to do more to stop that sort of thinking.
RIGHT, over and OUT.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE, LOVE YOU ALL!