Roy over Redknapp…?

A good summary provided by Eurosport’s Early Door site

‘Considering what a nice man Hodgson is, and what he has achieved in the game, the fact that the knives are so poorly concealed by the majority of the press pack is alarming.

After all, this is a dignified, statesmanlike man who Internazionale president Massimo Moratti described as “an important person in our history”. A man who recently led Fulham to a European final, where they took an Atletico Madrid side featuring Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero to extra time. A man who saw Switzerland qualify for back-to-back tournaments for the first time in more than 40 years, leaving that job in the mid-1990s with a win percentage of more than 50 per cent.

Even at his lowest ebb at Liverpool last season, when the club was going through an unseemly court battle over its ownership, he kept his counsel and maintained his dignity. Redknapp, after rowing with Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric while at Fratton Park, jumped ship and went to the club’s biggest rivals Southampton, who he got relegated.

Hodgson has a great record with under-achieving teams, a description which fits all too comfortably when discussing the England national side. He has more than proven his ability to manage well on limited resources, when he does not have an extensive pool of transfer targets to sign. He is far more likely to manage with the long view of establishing a sound coaching set-up and would contribute to the development of the national football centre at St George’s Park. There is little to indicate that Redknapp would approach the job in such a way.

Whether or not Hodgson is a success (ie not a disaster) as England manager remains to be seen, but the default negative reaction to his potential employment says more about the state of the English football press than it does about English football.’

In terms of spending at Spurs, ‘the Transfer League’ website has the figures. £148 Million (2008-2012), with a further £134 Million in the 3 years before that! For Harry to say he hasn’t gone out and spend huge amounts of money on players is ridiculous. There is a total of roughly £282 Million spent in the last 8 years! He essentially inherited a very expensive team and made not insignificant additions to that team since he has been at Spurs.

In terms of 5-year spending, Spurs are 3rd in the Premier League. Harry has had a lot of money to spend on players, whereas Roy’s positions at Fulham and West Brom have meant low spending, but with results which have been far beyond that level.

So, by no means a shock that the FA have at least started talks with Roy but it is a shock that Harry hasn’t even been interviewed.


LFC’s trip to Spurs: shocking…!

Ok, i’ve just watched the latest offering of the Red Revolution… a 4 – 0 to Spurs!

6 yellow cards in the game, 4 of which led to sending offs. Playing Spurs with 9 men is not going to lead to anything other than defeat, given their wealth of attacking quality. To be fair though, Skrtel’s yellow and Adam’s first were no way bookable offences.

In the space of 90 minutes, LFC had only 5 shots and a corner, with only 2 of the shots being on target! I can’t remember seeing these kind of figures before. Totally ineffective on so many levels.

6 minutes after Skrtel was sent off in the 63rd minute, Spurs were another 2 goals up.

The other interesting fact was that Liverpool conceded 9 fouls, but 6 of these were yellows!

A terrible game and very bad day at the office. Maybe KD should have been quicker off the mark to make changes after seeing the Skrtel red card. Bellamy and Spearing could have given the extra energy needed to hold the game steady while the players mentally recovered. They could have also met the pace of the Spurs attack.

I can see a Lucas & Gerrard central midfield pairing for the next game. I’m not going to be too harsh because literally half the team are new to the club and each other. This is one of the problems with bringing in loads of new players, rather than a couple each season, and also of having not strengthened the team to anywhere near the same level as other teams in the top 6 (before this year).

A good comment on the Guardian’s report article.

ThePlusOne18 September 2011 3:56PM

Even considering Agger’s injury, the host of cards and going down 1-0 so early, that was easily our worst performance since Kenny took over in January.

I’m sure Dalglish and Clarke know what they’re doing, and I know he’s young and ‘promising’, but one can’t help but ask, how does Jordan Henderson start on the right ahead of:
a) Dirk Kuyt, voted by the fans as one of the best players of last season, a tireless worker and team player, and good enough for the starting XI in a World Cup Final only fourteen months ago; and
b) Maxi Rodriguez, the starting right-sided midfielder for Argentina in the same World Cup, and a scorer of seven goals in three games the last time he was given a regular place in the team.

I’m just not convinced that Jordan Henderson should be put straight into the team, ahead of Kuyt and Maxi. These are proven quality players who are technically very good and are attack minded. Both are decent crossers of the ball. The tactics were so far off for this game it was untrue. Plus, i’ve yet to see the real Andy Carroll!


Riots, looters and thieving…

I wasn’t going to jump into this whole debate but i’ve seen a few things over the last couple of days which has changed my mind. Gloucester hasn’t escaped the influence of the riots, with some vandalism and fires started in a couple of places and some clashes with police.

The impact image from the first phase of the riots was the burning of the of the Carpetright building, with people escaping from the flats above.

Since then, i’ve also come across a few other interesting things, including a website which features altered photos of a number of the looters.

Another is YouTube video link to an interview with a local resident of London, who makes some good points about why the riots started.

My personal view is that there was some basis for the initial protest based on the initial fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, in that Mr. Duggan didn’t shoot at police first and was dragged from his vehicle then shot. In an area where there is existing tension between police and residents, this was always going to escalate. The subsequent looting and vandalism is not acceptable.

Some of the basis for why these people feel it is acceptable to go out and vandalise property, loot shops and endanger lives is that the example being set by influential members of our society is so fundamentally flawed. Politicians have been involved in illegal expenses claims for years, banks have been taking wild and irresponsible risks and gambles with our money for years (culminating in a long recession with all it’s associated problems and impacts), the police have been criticised for their handling of the student protestes and various enquires, religious hypocrisy has reared it’s head again in the form of the abuses of children.

So, the Government, police, bankers and religious leaders are not providing the kind of moral guidance which is needed, particularly at a time when the world economy is suffering and unemployment is high. When every job in some of these areas attracts in excess of 50 applicants, it must be very hard to get out of the situation. A recent job vacancy in my organisation attracted over 90 applicants, all with degrees and post-graduate qualifications.

The fact that the looters feel they have nothing to loose in doing what they are doing is a very sad reflection of the situation in some parts of our urban areas. I can’t imagine being in a position where I have nothing to loose. It must be a pretty grim position, especially as they know they are being filmed, photographed and now tracked down.

Having said all of that, all of this is not some kind of justification for what happened, but it is part of why it happened. I can’t condone much of what’s happening and not what’s happening in other urban areas. Compared to the real poverty experienced by the vast majority of the world’s population, people in this country are in a much better position, but it’s easy to say that when i’m not in that position!