A Quick Butchers About
Im not an avid fan anymore when compared to the past though I still like to think I know the lay of the land as far as the beautiful game is concerned .
Much info and knowledge was gleaned last week while painting the deck with a podcast or ten on the headphones while I worked . Thus this post doesnt have a main point but there are a few things that might interest you .
Barca,,,Im not their biggest fan one bit I will readily admit . Wont go into why not here but my ears perked up at the news Messi and Pique have had “ a final divorce “ or in our language a serious stooshie that has ended their relationship. While this might be more common than we think , that its common knowledge at all isnt good however maybe Im the only one that see’s an upside here . The wee man was already stalling on signing his new contract and is about to hit 30 . His team of choice are not buying stars anymore , they tend to produce or improve a player who has clear potential and although the game in general should be happy for that fact the wee man might not be . There is no steady manager to help you / back you .
Could this possibly push him out the door ?
Now if Messi where to go and star in another top flight that would be a huge statement in advancing your case as the greatest . Unfortunately the podcasts are hinting at a move to the MLS which I dont entertain . Im hoping they are wrong and he joins a top league and shows us if he can thrive outside the comfort zone .
4 Premier League Legends have stepped into managerial positions this season and I was wondering which if any will become a good / top manager .
Lampard , Terry , Gerrard , and Henry were all good or great players depending on where you sit. The Frenchman could certainly hit the back of the net and was unstoppable on his day but his debut as Monaco manager just ended in defeat .
We’ve all heard the rule that great players dont make great managers , and we have more than enough evidence in the football world to back that up . I think Henry is arrogant , bad at communicating , and will expect of others feats he could pull off. Cant see him becoming a great gaffer.
At least Terry went as an assistant to a fella who is supposed to be very good so he may surprise me at least but I doubt it . Doesnt strike me as management material . Bit lazy and jack the ladish .
Stevie has a helping hand up north via the Mib’s but even with that lies 5th and doesnt look like lifting that title to me . He is odds on to fill the Anfield hotseat someday , but I posit that rests on winning a championship while up north. The pressures all on him to prove himself .
Lamps jumped straight into the Championship and had an eye catching result at Old Trafford a wee while back , and his family do have the game in their veins , so if I was backing one to succeed and do well it would be Frankie. Seems a nice fella also . Hope he does well.
This kid Nagelsmann though I have had my eye on and how his team played and their almost result at Manchessity the other week confirmed to me his quality. Now he has announced that starting next season he will take over at RB Leipzig who we are about to face a double header against .
Im happy he is staying and learning in his own country and not reaching for the stars too early by going to Spain or England. We should be seeing a lot more of him if Im right and time is on his side to grace other arena’s. But at that age and with such prospects would one rule him out as becoming one of the most successful managers of all time ?
He seems to have the game at his feet right now, and we could easily see him at the helm of Bayern , German national team , a top EPL side , one of Barca / Real . Jose was considered an upstart and rightly so I say but he wasnt managing at 31 . At 31 he was in charge of scouting Barca’s next opponent. Bobby Robson said it was the most detailed reports he had ever received and when he found out a 31 year old that didnt play had compiled it he immediately sought out his name as he knew he would do well.
Jose is on the way down now, while Nagelsmann is looking like the new improved “ special one”
Closer to home another problem with trying to organise some type of action against a sectarian / racist society was exposed . When a group tried to meet to discuss action its location was threatened and thus abandoned the group . How simple to stop folk , and a great example of why thinking outside the box is needed . Besides do people actually need to physically attend anyway , everyone has the internet in their pocket , can read the pros and cons of an argument and if needed vote on a topic . That alone solves the above issue.
Or maybe keep your plan of attack in house and spring it on the world one day out of the blue , again avoids the above harrassment.
Well done Brendan on besting our pal Lenny . I wasnt soo sure you were going to but you got the better out of your players on the day . Fair play and from the highlights I watched the battle of the Ulstermen was a good spectacle . And for once , fair play to the N.I. FA for not letting Lafferty play after calling out sick . Its clear a few managers put their players under pressure to miss Nations League games . Thats not fair at all and this needs resolved .