Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A Helluva Hull-abaloo

Sometimes the Premier League appears to be a rattling can of insanity. Managers last minutes, millions change hands, defenders are cannibalised, but it really is a vicar’s tea party compared to the Championship.

It’s a tawdry and patronising cliché to say that it’s the most difficult league to get out of – Wolves didn’t find it hard to leave, did they? But my God in heaven, there was a snake-pit full of twists and turns on the last day.

First thing to say is if anyone still has doubts about the fairness of the play-off system then please close your dim-witted gob now. The play-offs keep mare teams interested, more fans on the edge of mental breakdowns; they simply make the end of the season better.

I was surprised that Hull got the second promotion place to be honest. All right they had a comfy Cardiff to play (Man U’s performance v Chelsea proved what a lot of edge can be lost if you’ve nowt to prove anymore) but they’d been abject in their last three games. They couldn’t aim without shooting themselves in the foot.

Watford, on the other hand were up against a Leeds team with nothing to play for and they had everyone’s favourite Italian as their manager. He’s such a nice man, Gianfranco. Last day shoot-outs require calm heads on the pitch too. Zola had two who were anything but… the lad who came on as sub keeper… well you just wanted to stick him on a South Sea island for a couple of months so he could forget that the rest of the world exists.

As for Troy Deeney, that sending-off was ridiculous – a Scholesian runaway shopping-trolley of a challenge. It was so bad, even Gianfranco couldn’t be nice to him. Even then Watford could’ve stumbled past Hull who, in an attempt to recreate the impossible drama of Brentford-Doncaster the previous week, contrived to miss a penalty and almost instantaneously conceded one at the other end.

But eventually Hull – and Steve Bruce – fell over the line like an exhausted pensioner finding his seat after having run for a bus. And Watford must go again against Leicester.

If that wasn’t enough, Huddersfield, Barnsley and Peterborough played out a ladies excuse me for the last relegation place. Wolves confirmed their departure in meek fashion – I just don’t know what the hell Steve Morgan and his board are doing there. Saunders has got the bullet this morning. Here’s a manager who took a team down last season getting appointed this year so he could the same.

Colin Wanker must be lined up already. He’ll get them promoted, fuck everyone on the board off, and get told to leave too. It’s a bleeding shambles. If I was a Wolves fan, I’d be livid.

Any road, Peterborough ended up holding the bomb when the music stopped, not least because of a dreadful decision to award Palace a free kick in the last minute that led to the decisive goal. But the fact is the teams fighting for survival all had quite a stack of points. Boro, near enough top on New Year’s Day, have ended up just five points above the drop.

All this after 46 games. It’s bloody exhausting. Them Premier League boys just don’t know how cushy they have it. Attention turns to them again now (if we overlook Brentford’s extraordinary stagger into the Div 1 play-offs – there can’t actually be a Brentford fan in the country who hasn’t gnawed his own arm off.)

We’re all presuming Wigan will beat Swansea aren’t we? It’s what they do. Except their defence has never been this creaky on a run–in. I haven’t seen such poor marking since I spent a day with a privatised examination board.

But if they do then we’re looking at Newcastle and Norwich as the first in line for the Championship slops. However, after using the marvellous BBC Predictor I have – reluctantly you understand – come to the conclusion that Sunderland will be helping Di Canio reacquaint himself with a lower league.

For one, they have no one left who can score a goal unless you imagine John O’Shea’s going to poach a hat-trick at White Hart Lane. For two, I just have a feeling that Southampton will beat them at the Stadium of Plight.

This in turn will save the skins of Norwich and Newcastle who will between them scrape a point at home to West Brom and Arsenal respectively. Wigan will do enough against Villa. All of which leaves Spurs, who will get a point at Chelsea tomorrow, edging out Arsenal for fourth spot and throwing Wenger’s future into fresh relief. That HAS to happen in the close season or footy journos have nowt to write about.

So that’s what will happen,m boys and girls. Unless it doesn’t. The one thing you can guarantee is that Wigan will be still in with a shout on the last day and North-Eastern sphincters will be tightened to the max. Curiously enough, I even think defeat in the FA Cup final will only strengthen the Wigan will when it comes to the league.

And no, they won’t win the FA Cup. The FA Cup final doesn’t do fairy tales. Portsmouth was a blip. So Wigan will have to save their miracles for the League again.

In the meantime I’m pleased that the rest of you lot have had to endure sitting on the razor-wire of end-of-season hell, even if Boro’s season has ended as if the whole club has been on a morphine drip. Onwards and upwards. I’ll be stoking the flames of optimism for next season. Tomorrow.

 

175 comments:

  1. first - yippee

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  2. Personally I'm delighted Wolves cocked up last season by getting rid of Mad Mick as he's done us lot proud.

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  3. Third? Good enough for Chelsea.

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    1. If chelsea beat spurs at the bridge, 3rd spot is a certainty. If something were to happen to Bale, I see the gooners sneaking in at 4.

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  4. Have to disagree Robbo! I see Norwich awarded the last spot in the championship. Simply bcos they're a shit club that don't deserve to be in the premier league.

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  5. Well said as usual, Robbo. But if you're stoking the flames for optimism, what about Stoke, who seem to have burnt out long ago?

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  6. "Colin Wanker must be lined up already" sick of his fuckin gob. the less we see him the better

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  7. Great blog Robbo, I for one would be very happy if your predictions come true. I'd like Wigan to go down, but think it may well be Norwich.

    And a great season in the Championship. As I've said before, Wolves are my second club, and I think they deserve to go down for their mismanagement. Saunders was never going to be a good appointment. Their next managerial choice has to be a good one. I wonder if Curbishley fancies a League 1 job? The problem is that they pissed off most of the other people on their shortlist before appointing Stolbakken. It may be a few years before they get back up.

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  8. good stuff Robbo. It was indeed a roller coaster. Last year staying up until the crouch dive for a penalty, this year going into the play-offs until a last gasp goal from Leicester, hard to fathom but that's why we love this game.

    I only have two more hopes for the season and as none of the others came true these probably won't either. The Geordie French Foreign Legion to get relegated and Wigan to win the cup. Oh, and Chelsea to win that Europa thingy and finish 5th!

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  9. Wolves should've got rid of Mick when they stayed up on last day against Blackburn, 2 bad seasons with Wolves & took Mackems down, Championship his lot,
    Agree with you Noel, peeps might not be putting there hand up for it, although a certain young Ferguson might.
    The whole division was close if you look at the stats, Cardiff and Hull haven't won many lately

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  10. Although Wolves fan did like hardest league to get out of comment....

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  12. looking forward to watching how wolves wage on a wet winter wedneday at the Wale sorry Vale

    norwich down for me - a tractor amongst ferraris, bmws and the odd dustbin lorry (stoke)

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  13. Uhoh... do I agree with a faction of Fergie's fervent followers?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/chelsea-defender-david-luiz-claims-smirk-followed-manchester-united-fans-sideshow-bob-jibe-8605311.html

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  14. Being a championship manager is like being a Christian in the colosseum. 43 managers between the 24 clubs this year. 4 of those at Blackburn.

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  15. Nice to see so many folk agreeing with my call on Norwich from the last blog lol. It was a great end of the season for a neutral in the Championship and I think the relegation will go down to the wire. Amazing how villa have gone from favourites to go down to not even mentioned, what a difference two games makes.

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  16. Balls to that! Eunuch convince me it was a good season for the neuter.

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  17. Did he tell you it was a snip at that price?

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  18. Telegraph Sport: "Alex Ferguson is understood to be giving serious consideration to ending his 26-year reign as Manchester United manager. More follows #mufc."

    No, it couldn't happen.

    Could it?

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  19. saf will go while he's on top.

    Smart moneys on Ginger Moyes to replace the raspberry faced curmudgeon. I have to say, and this on the day I started my new job in the government's Department of New Words, that for Moyes its a fantastic opporchancity.

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  20. RIP Ray Harryhausen. Pity he could have animated the saf biopic

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  21. Benitez says maureen is about to live out Bells fantasy return from exile; greyer, slightly more crumpled round the edges and not one whit wiser. Fakt.

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    1. If that's what Rafa is saying, then odds on Jose is headed to OT.

      Also, what the fuck is wrong with the points system in the FFL ??? Javi Garcia got 3. He didnt score, assist or otherwise touch the ball.

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    2. Classed as a midfielder, playing 70+ mins, clean sheet?

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    3. I think he will end up at OT also and if the mighty one leaves now that would be the only reason I can see for the timing.

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  23. If the Beetroot does retire (and it's still IF), I'm pretty sure Bells' favourite would want the OT hot seat. And, given that the Purple Faced Scotsman will almost certainly move upstairs, Manyoo need a manager strong enough to tell him to f**k off when needs be. And there aren't many of those.

    Perfect fit, really.


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  24. If Maureen did go to Un**ed he would knacker them up completely.

    He hardly has the best track record of leaving long term plans in place behind him at any of the clubs he's been at.

    Perfect for Chelsea then.

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  25. Mourinho would definitely want the job but I reckon we might try and nick Klopp from Borussia Dortmund especially if he wins the Champions League

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  26. Fergie retires. Happiest day of my life. What a cunt.

    The timing has to coincide with Maureen leaving Real, surely? He's always said he want to manage Utd.

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    1. A very successful cunt, and one who has my begrudging respect, but a cunt nonetheless. A colossal cunt.

      Bells, I'm so, so sorry (for all the nasty words and incase Maureen goes to Utd).

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  27. cant see Maureen at united at all. united's success is built on long term stability. saf took 4 years to win anything and the investment and patience has paid off for the club. Maureen sees himself im sure as a globe trotting mercenary totting up records. his high profile, provocative profile doesnt match the brand. think of what saf recently said about rafa - more interested in his own CV. he almost certainly had that same conversation with the glazers about maureen, whom it describes to a T. T as in 'The Special One' - silly vain comment.

    determined, low profile, almost demure, massively competent, scottish, red faced david moyes fits the bill. mores the pity because i would love to see man u crash and burn.

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  28. maureen or moyes?

    only one way to find out...

    FIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGHHHHHHHT!!!!

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  29. Whoever it will be,the succession will have been as perfectly planned as North Korea.

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    1. So Darren Ferguson then ?

      I'm putting my money on Moyes too. I dont see SAF plumping for Jose (and yes, I'm sure he will be the one deciding his own successor).

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  30. 'old on a minute, did they say hip replacement or cunt replacement?

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  31. Good luck Fergie, it's been a helluva ride.

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  32. Wonder if Fergie is only retiring now to keep Mourinho from Chelsea.

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  33. More likely, Moyes to Man Ure, Martinez to Everton, and Wigan to Championship mediocrity.

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  34. Would love to see Brighton go up. Gus deserves a shot in the EPL. Top man! Would also love to see wenger get fucked out of 4th place! Would be a marvel to see the two longest serving manages depart at the same time! Harmony i tell ya!

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  35. Much as it pains me to say it, Fergie is/has been amazingly successful and not sure anyone can surpass his record - either with troffys or length of service.

    My first thought was of dread that The Yummy One will by pass us and go to OT, and if I ever want to believe in anything that R*f* says then it was his not so subtle hint of Mourinhos return.

    Personally I would be hugely surprised if Man Poo don't already have a replacement lined up as they are not run my an egomaniacal Russian who seems to fire & chose managers on a whim - (and, yes, I am very aware without his money we would not be where we are now)

    Is it true though as a retirement present Fergie will get a watch which adds 4 mins on to every 90 minutes?

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  36. Man U have to lose to Swansea or West Brom or Rafa will be the last bloke to beat him, that could haunt him for the rest of his days!

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  37. He doesn't care about rafa. He's not bothered. He's not witty or charming but he doesn't want to be. He annoys us all because he intends to. He's the worst loser ever, even worse than the now longest serving manger, wenger.

    Respect due to SAF, pain in the arse of,all opponents and third greatest British manager, after Clough and Micky Adams. Let's all hope his successor fucks up big time.

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  38. Breaking news.....Peter Odemwinge and Micky Adams spotted at OT.

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    1. Breakinger news...Dougie Freedman offered ManU job.

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  39. Breakingest news - Howard Webb officially takes over at Man Poo

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    1. breakingester news...... mourinho accepts assistant to Rafa position at Wolves

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    2. most breakingesterest news MESSI SIGNS FOR PORT VALE

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    3. shouldn't that be messy, with a "Y", blog!

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  40. More most breakingesteresting news - AVB to use blindfolded Bale as Spurs keeper tonight

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  41. Squeaky bum time tonight for us and Spurs - may the best team win, if not then let it be us

    However, I did get offer of free bet from Sky and have rather stupidly put it on Chelsea to win so think I may have jinxed us

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    1. What with that and having R*f* as manager, we are basically stuffed now

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  42. latest most recent hot off the press most breakingerest news.....Fergie having second thoughts!

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  43. Farewell Sir Alex - and to all those insulting him, I bet you wish he had been managing your team!

    Bells, I hope you get the Special One 'cos you deserve something better than you have had lately and I really don't think he is the man to replace Sir Alex. Is Moyes? Who knows, I just cast my mind back to the years after Sir Matt and how long it took to get a decent replacement and I am concerned. Not that it will stop me following the boys, just that maybe we won't be as successful.

    In terms of succession, I can only think of one case of two really good managers following on at a club - Bob Paisley following Shanks at L'pool. The talk at the time was that Paisley had been the power behind the throne for years anyway so there was not much of a change. Does anyone else have that memory? I know there are plenty of old-timers here who remember that far back.

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    1. after Paisley they had Fagan who was brief but successful and then Dalglish. So, four good uns on the bounce!

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    2. I wouldn't have included Fagan (too brief) or Dalglish in my list of successful managers (L'pool were very much in decline when Dalglish departed). Then again, I don't think either of them were sacked - were they? I guess in one sense that may be the best way to define success, so I guess you are correct.

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    3. "'cos you deserve something better than you have had lately "

      Thank you for that - confirmed once more last night by the idot taking off Hazard and Oscar with about 15 minutes to go.

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  44. From the beeb (about Fergie's succesor):
    they are looking for someone who understands the club's history and is committed to youth development while employing an attractive, attacking style of football.

    So that's Maureen out of the betting then.

    Rastafairy.

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  45. There must be some mistake. Surely not Moyes. Nice enough fellow I'm sure but not the choice I would make. Must be one last chance to stir it and make a Special appointment.

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  46. It's a Moyes!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22453895

    You're welcome for the next blog title, Robbo.

    Who replaces Moyes at Everton? Please tell me Rafa wants the job...

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  47. Messiah signs more like, Trotsky.....

    It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by football that proceedeth out of the feet of tom pope.

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  48. Ever wanted to kill a ref? Do it on accident and you only get five years in prison.

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56280373-78/teen-portillo-juvenile-court.html.csp

    That was the attacker's first match in the league, too. Helluva debut. Yellow card, homicide.

    Victim's family donated his organs and isn't interested in retribution. Rather unfamiliar theme here in the US. Not the violence. The lack of revenge.

    (Not that anyone else is following this story, but since it is close to where I live and seems to be part of a disturbing trend...)

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  49. Thankless task being a ref Stephen. I did hear about that on the Imus radio show.

    At least in South Africa the refs are packing heat!

    http://articles.latimes.com/1999/feb/24/sports/sp-11259

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  50. Good luck to Man U ....

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  51. Thatcher dead. Fergie retired. Somewhere out there is a Scouser with a lamp and only one wish left...

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    1. So Liverpool to storm the PL next season then. lol

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  53. Moyes seems to be the man to take over.

    Such a shame.

    I liked him.....

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  54. I didn't think I would live to see the day that Ferguson retired.... it's not April 1st is it.

    A great manager he was but I hated the arsehole, as I will no doubt grow to hate Moyes, unless he takes them to the Championship (old div 2), then he will be my hero. Anyway a new era begins at un**ed, hopefully as unsuccessful as the last on was successful.

    None of this will help the gunners anyway. We'll be content finishing 3rd/4th (hopefully) each year... it's not about winning, it's how you play the game... right guys.

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  55. From BBC Sports page

    "Wayne Rooney could still be persuaded to stay at Manchester United despite telling the club he wants to leave. "

    Hmmm I wonder how much of a pay rise he needs to help him change his mind ...

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    1. Back to life with Moyes for him. The sad thing with this whole managerial merry go round is that no one has mentioned Sparky so far. Not even for Wolves.

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    2. His phone rang yesterday,he left up off the sofa only to find out he may have been mis-sold a PPI policy.

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    3. or possibly Sky offering him a upgrade on his TV package, maybe so he can watch teams win in HD

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  56. 'arry 'as two new toys...

    He mated the dog with his and the puppies can really sniff out the cash. As for the woman, she got one whiff of QPR and said "there's an emergency taking place that's beyond the limit of my patience."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22453872

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  57. From Telegraph

    Wayne Rooney deletes 'Manchester United player' from Twitter bio

    Also slightly worryingly he is now being linked with a move to Chelsea. If true, God knows what ridiclous some of money will we be willing to pay for him

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  58. So in a stroke two of the PL's longest serving managers have changed jobs. Now if AW goes that (worryingly) makes Pulis the longest serving Pl manager lol.

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    1. Maybe those 2 could swap places Star.

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    2. Arsene stuck with a bunch of rugby players while Arsenal are forced into launching and retrieving balls from orbit? What's not for me to like Jack? :)

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  59. Nice one Robbo.

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Arsenal will finish in the top 4 for sure now. ;)

    I know you posted this before the Swansea game, but I was sure before then, and still am, that Wigan have now finally been found out. They have been riding their luck for years now and the tide has turned. Yes, they play some nice stuff, but even if they do score more then their direct fellow strugglers their defence is holier then the pope, add to that their propensity to the absolute Keystone at the back four and I believe it will all end in tears for Martinez.

    All you need to know was there to see in their game v Sp*rs, the first goal they conceded was as disastrous as it was avoidable, the second, Sp*rs equalizer was in the very last minute conceded from a free kick that was, putting it mildly, extreamly harsh, their luck has dried up. Yet through it all RM keeps smiling, being up beat and optimistic, Likeable as you are sir, I think their time is up.

    They've got the cup final to play over the weekend and then on Tuesday they'll be up against a well rested Arsenal (having not played since QPR) who are admitedly not firing on all cylinders, but are one of the form teams in the league, with believe it or not, one of the meanest defences in the PL.

    The F.A cup run, as nice as it is, will be the nail in their coffin, they haven't got the squad to deal with three games in just over a week and their experience in avoiding the drop was all attained when that was the only thing they had to do, fighting on two fronts is a hell of a different story.

    Right, got some catching up to do.

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  60. Roberto Martinez, Mark Hughes and Martin O'Neill are in the frame for the top job at Goodison Park.
    Full story: The Independent
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    There you go. Business as usual then.

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  61. Rooney will definitely leave Man u.

    Dont forget this fall out between him and moyes - it got nasty over accusations in rooneys biog and i think he had to pay moyes some kind of settlement out of court..

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/2299180/David-Moyes-settles-Wayne-Rooney-libel-case.html

    "The book accused Moyes of being overbearing, controlling and ultimately responsible for Rooney's £27 million transfer to Manchester United in 2004.
    It has been reported Moyes was claiming more than £300,000 in libel damages from his former player.

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  62. be surprised if he doesnt take baines with him to OT

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    1. I think he should leave Evra alone for at least another season, he's been fine and Bale can take all the free-kicks that Baines could take when they make that Rooney + cash deal with Spurs!

      He should get rid of Anderson (not to Bolton though).

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  65. Well Maureen all that kissing fergies erse get you nowhere son

    Moyes appointed, mourinho disappointed, I reckon.

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  66. With frank on his way, Chelski will need a new player to fit into that fat bastard position.

    Waynes yer man!

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    1. ... as the new fat bastard?

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    2. If it's all the same to Man U - could we have Hernandez instead of Rooney please (and thank you) . I appreciate that he does not actually fall into the Fat Bastard position but we will overlook that this once.

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    3. only if he can have Mata and Hazard as a swap

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  67. I may have gone a tad over the top with my abuse of Fergie the other day. No doubt he's been a quality manager. Just a total twat at the same time.

    Not sure how it'll work out with Moyes. But I can't believe that Fergie still won't have a huge input. Hopefully it all goes shite.

    Of course the worse thing about all this is that McNumpty has gone into overdrive and written about three blogs in the last 24 hours, where he just reproduces other people's opinions and contradicts himself, without actually saying anything.

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    1. I didn't think you were over the top at all Noel... pretty well spot on mate.

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    2. a tad retsrained if anything

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  68. I half expect McNugget wet himself when the Fergie news came through, I grimace when I read his tripe. It's times like this that they should at least call on Robbo for a "guest Blog".

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    1. He's like a car crash though - you know it's going to be horrendous, but you can't help but look.

      It's almost cult shitness.

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    2. What will you be missing? The guy brings nothing original, is constantly flip flopping and caters only to the lowest commen domination, provoking futile arguements among the hard of thinking for hits.

      I've learned to ignore it and now lead a happier life, I suggest you do the same.

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    3. its not even funny anymore. i read the one to see if he'd improved and it was trite, badly written and gormlessly self-contradictory at times eg big shock to everton that he was leaving but they have been planning for it etc etc. easily the worst writer ive ever read almost everyone on this blog could do a better job.

      if there was a medal for idiocy hed get the Victoria Cross for Gross Stupidity in the Face of Gormlessness and bar

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  72. from Daily Mail website

    "David Moyes must win silverware early on at Manchester United or he runs the risk of suffering the sack for the first time in his management career, according to Sam Allardyce"


    Not all all bitter or envious then ...

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    1. Sam's right as always!!!! But no problem for Moyes, he'll win the Community Shield first game.

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  73. From the little I’ve been bothered to read about the whole subject, it seems the universal opinion is that Moyes is the perfect replacement for SAF, I personally can’t work out why this is. I’ve never understood the whole love in for a manager who has basicaly achieved fuck all. I mean, honestly, what’s he done? A top 4 finish and an FA Cup final, fuck me, ‘Arry did that too, but he managed to win the FA Cup and actualy get to the CL proper. Take a look at Moyes’ record against the top 4, I think you will be surprised to find that this “astute” manager has never managed to win an away game against any of those teams, not even a jammy one.

    The way he’s (DM) been fawned over the last few years you would of thought that he was manager of Barnet and not one of the, at the time of the PL breakaway, so called Big Five, for our younger viewers that was Arsenal, Manure, L’poo, LWC’s and yes you guessed it, Everton. He never punched above his weight, unless you consider finishing above L’poo once or twice as success. Where are the cup wins, where is the european pedigree, where is any evidence that he has what it takes to take over probably the biggest job in English football?

    I for one can only see this ending badly and I’m extreamly happy about it.

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    1. hold on a minute, he got Preston promoted!

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    2. You may be but some of us aren't. I am distinctly underwhelmed by the prospect and although I will support the team and manager I would have preferred Jurgen Klopp from Dortmund quite frankly.

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    3. You could have made a similar argument when AW took over at Ar***al.

      Unless teams are prepared to give managers a chance,where will the next generation of decent managers come from?

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    4. That is a valid point and as long as he builds on the success at United. He is a good manager just worriesone that he has never won away at a top 4 club or won a trophy but time will tell and we'll give him support and the benefit of teh doubt.

      Fergie generally gets most things right

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    5. I think he's done well with limited resources. He hasn't had the funds that all the teams above him have had and has sold on all his best prospects and players. Totally different set of circumstances at ManU (unless his brief is to turn them into a feeder club for the big boys) but it'll be about his man management which seems to be well respected albeit against a back-drop of different expectations. He has as good a chance as anybody at following Fergie and a better chance than most of making a long term go of it.

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    6. haha he's like saf's soft cousin. like saf he comes from glasgow..the posh bit. like saf he supports labour - backing the wrong man andy burnham. like saf he fell out with rooney, but sued him through the courts what real glaswegian would do that? like saf he owns a racehorse, a rubbish one and like saf he's heavily involved as a member of the management committee of the League Manager's Association, of which SAF is Executive Board member and Trustee. he's succesfully achieved promotion with Preston while saf has won everything under the sun with man u including wimbledon, the tour de france and the Ashes

      lets hope the early indications that hes a pale ginger immitation of the genuine article prove to be true. hope so.

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    7. what he needs to do to win over the public is respond to McNugget's first interview question with "are you fuckin' stupid?"

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  74. All this talk about the impossible job to follow SAF,pressure,must win trophies etc.

    Well,it's tricky but not exactly cleaning the lobsters out of Jayne Mansfield's arsehole.

    http://www.phespirit.info/derekandclive/live_01.htm

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  75. ive done well with limited resources can i amange real madrid please mr perez?

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    1. that's exactly why United moved early, Real Madrid were after him. They even had a galeon at the mouth of the Mersey.

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  76. You could have made a similar argument when AW took over at Ar***al.

    Not really.

    You could of indeed had said who the fudge is Arsene Wenger and what are his credientials for taken over a club like Arsenal, although even if I hate to admit it, we were neither then or are now a club as huge as Man United, ironicaly it's thanks to Wenger that we are even mentioned in the same breath as Utd nowadays.

    The difference is that we all now who Moyes is.

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    1. Both Wenger and Moyes have decent records with reasonable sized clubs without much spending power.Now Moyes is being given a chance at the next level.

      Hopefully somebody will offer a similar chance to Wenger as well.

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    2. Oooo.

      Funny thing is, he has been linked to Real Madrid loads of times and only last week to PSG, not necasarily a traditionaly bigger club, but now with all that Qatar wonga, trying to buy a leagacy.

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  77. i knew a lady from amsterdam, she stuffed ....

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    1. her face with kroketen uit de muur.

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    2. her cunt right full of clams.

      She was a very stupid fucking Dutch bitch.

      She had lobsters up the arse.

      She was fucking working class.

      She was a Dutch bitch.

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  78. As for recources, I'll give you that he's done well, but to say he's had less then all above him is not completly true. Arsenal have lost just as many star players, better ones even and we're still above Everton, with less of a net spend (throw back to the infamous Tommy O) and have built a new stadium.

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/does-this-graphic-put-arsenals-current-woes-in-perspective/

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  80. Arsenal got rid of players because they wanted to, they've stuffed the coffers and stuck with their wage policy as a priority over winning anything. Everton have got rid because they needed to. Both have been financially prudent within their respective circumstances but their circumstances are very different. Arsenal; global grand, 60,000 at every game, won fuck all for years, make loads of dosh for shareholders, can afford to compete at the top level but chose not to. Everton; second team in Liverpool, not much of a global following, half the gate, won fuck all for years, bleed Bill Kenwright dry, can't afford to compete.

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  81. If you want someone who has done reasonably well with relatively less money than the biggest sides in a given league, then Moyes fits. He hasn't won in Europe, but he hasn't had the same (number or quality of) players available to him. Villareal went undefeated in the CL the group stages and lost in the semifinals they year they knocked out Everton. Okay, they never won a UEFA/Euro Cup trophy, but at least they made it through the group stages despite their poor starts. (Wonder if their poor league play related to being in Europe, and once knocked out, they climbed the PL table. Again, squad depth comes in.)

    But if you want someone who has done reasonably well with lots of money, Mourinho fits the bill better. He had more money with Porto, more with Chelsea, more with Real Madrid...

    Moyes will be fine in red, as the structure in place would be enough to finish in the top four with any of us at the helm.

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  82. Messi's life to be made into a movie? It might be a tough ask for Vinnie Jones to get the lead role.

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  83. That's one for Ken baker trot. Not the sluglike Thatcherite but the dwarf who played r2d2

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  84. Ah kroketen uit mur. Rare dutch delicacy served at temperatures hotter than the centre of the sun and now being used as fuel at Cadarache, France in the iter experimental fusion reactor

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  85. Is the appointment of Moyes the worst example of powerful old fart appointing as successor someone who reminds himself of a younger version of himself since dubya bush?

    even Fergie must realise what a crap manager his pompous son is so Moyes is next best.

    It never works, you know. Mourinho is massively more talented and should have got the job.

    Its like nani for ronaldo or new fat,real rooney for old genius imaginary Rooney or Louis Napoleon for Boney, about whom Marx remarks in the 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon - history repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce.

    Moyes, Ferguson the Lesser, is likely to be remembered as a failure, a pale ginger imitation.

    I admit there's a fair degree of wishful thinking in that statement, but without question, Moyes is untested at the top, so like H says, it does look more of s risky appointment than the meeja is saying.

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  86. I think a demon sat on Fergusons shoulder and urged him in a whisper to live out the repetition of eternal recurrence, in a delusional attempt to recover his forever lost youth.

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  87. he's on a hiding to nothing. He either wins two trophies a year or he won't measure up. Difference is he'll stick at it and won't chuck his toys out the pram and piss and moan to the media like Mourinho does. Getting Maureen would be like starting on a roller coaster ride with Docherty, Atkinson, O'Farrell, McGuiness and Sexton (not in that order). Moyes appointment is less entertaining for the rest of us but a good move for the Mancs. I personally would have liked them to give the job to Wazza's hooker, a nice lass from Bolton.

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    1. I fully agree Trotts.

      What will also be interesting is the reaction from the fans when things don't quite go their way.A lot of them have only ever known the Fergie years and weren't around to see teams like Ipswich shove 6 past them (March 1st 1980.We missed 3 penalties as well.)

      SAF has been the difference over the years,the extra couple of points to see them over the line.Wonder what they'll all do if Un**ed return to the level of mere mortals.

      As for Maureen,he's obsessed with himself and is a destructive manager.He may win things in the short term,but when he buggers off he leaves behind him a knackered football team.If he'd stayed at Chelsea he could have had 3/4 more PL titles plus at least 1 CL trophy.

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  88. 6'1'' former centre back who hasn't won anything in a decade moves from middle ranking club to Manchester mega club.

    That's right - pellegrini to take over at city.

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  89. And you thought Stoke v West Ham was boring...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22470430

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  90. Best article I've read on Ferguson s departure...

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/may/11/secret-footballer-alex-ferguson-legend

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  91. *only article I've read about Ferguson s departure

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  92. Blog, I think you're really TSF and now you're putting us off the trail. And not for nuttin' I think you might also be the Stig!

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  93. Well done Frank Lampard but some'd say Stevie G is better....

    Just joking.

    I dont fucking give a shit who's better of the two.

    Of the two, I'd always wished Lampard played for us so thats my choice anyway.

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  94. oh hello there by the way.

    I'm back from Colombo. Had I know it'd take for me to spend a couple of weeks in the hot Sauna Republic of Sri Lanka for SAF to retire I'd have gone years ago.

    Well dont to him, Sir Alex. Not many like him.
    Didnt just build a team, built a club.

    Rest In Peace.

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  95. And welcome back Starfire, hope you've been well.

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  97. fkn great Wigan! What a story for Dave Whelan. Now hang on!

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  98. Yep great game.pleased for whelan, Martinez - top top manager. Mcmanamamanamana made clichy look like a donkey. Man city were poor, looked like a lumbering bunch of uncommitted mercenaries, how quickly did they ALL discard the man city scarves on the way up the steps?

    Mancini looks confident he'll keep his job and I think he will but Martinez would do a better job.

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  99. Congrats to Wigan

    Man City can f*** off -- before the match, their fans wanted to rub United's noses next season.

    Martinez for Citeh?

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  100. Mancini's latest tactical blunder: starting upstart Hart over the proven cup keeper, Pantillimon.

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  101. Well done Wigan best cup final result since Wimbledon (obviously not counting ones when United won it) magic of the cup is back this season

    Also well done to Frank Lampard great milestone and achievement to sign off with

    Finally a farewell to the out of control shopping trolley that is Paul Scholes the ginger ninja and midfield genius

    Moyer needs to get Modric next season and leave Fellaini well alone

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  102. Three retirements then..Fergie..scholes..Rooney. Some horrendous sentimental shit being sung by the OT faithful..

    O Rooney, Rooney, Rooney Rooneyyyy
    Do you, do you, do you, do you
    Know what you're doing....

    Scholes out for summer
    Scholes out forever

    most disturbing of all, Fergie has grabbed the microphone and is singing an old bob Dylan number..

    Now you stand here sayin’ Fergie and forget.
    United, what can I say?
    Yes, you, you just sit around and ask for prawn sandwiches, can’t you reach?
    I see you kiss Glazer on the arse ev’rytime he gives a speech
    With his picture books of the baseball
    And his postcards of Busbys Kids You better talk to Moyes ’bout it
    You’re his lover now

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  103. There'll be 27 minutes of injury time at OT.

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  104. oh no, Rio scored, Fergie time not required!

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    1. wonder if Moyes will have his own "time" ... for early goals, perhaps, instead of late goals ..??

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  105. Looks like its finally curtains for Wigan. The results today mean they have to beat both the gunners and a rejuvenated Villa.

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    1. Yeah, sad about that. I am not sure who I wanted to go down, but I would have preferred to have Wigan stay up. I guess they "could" still beat the Arse on Tuesday.....

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  106. To be fair to Stoke, they did really well to change tactics and their whole metality after Charlie Adam got sent off. Changing from a 10-0-0 formation to a 9-0-0 formation can't be easy.

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  107. Just when I thought I'd seen it all, I think I saw Paul Scholes pull out of two perfectly legitimate late tackles.

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  108. Election day in the Philippines. Imelda Marcos is seeking re-election in the Ilocos Norte province.....she's a shoe-in.

    What odds Wigan beating Arsenal on Tuesday (where is Col,) I wouldn't mind a small flutter on them to win by 2 goals.

    Fergie the fug is all but gone.... hard to forget. I don't see Moyes filling his shoes though. Moyes has done brilliantly at Everton with limited funds but it is a whole different ball game having almost unlimited fuds. The more expensive players bring bigger ego's and bigger problems with them and I am not sure he has the character to deal with them. Fergie will be on hand to quell any early problems, which may well help Un**ed but not Moyes. If Fergie has to intervene Moyes will lose the respect of the dressing room.

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  109. i agree with that analysis. Bo. they're attempting repetition/more of the same, but its very hard/impossible to pull that off. Maybe he will. dont care if the pale ginger imitation manages it or not really.

    i thought imelda marcos was on her uppers, has no sole, wont last/load of cobblers NEXT!

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