Newcastle United are really sh*t. The lads look back at another Etihad humiliation and where the manager, players and club go from here.
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Circumstances meant that I couldn’t get to a keyboard for much time following this season’s disintegration in Manchester, which is probably just as well as regular readers of this old toffee have probably reached their limits when it comes to reading another rant from me. Like last season, I walked out way before the final whistle. Unlike last season it was when the sixth goal went in (as opposed to the fifth) when I went slunk in resigned fashion past the Blue-Moon Burger Van en-route to Manchester’s enviable light-railway system and back into the town centre and some agreeable company. For the avoidance of doubt this was not to attend a fringe meeting of the Young Conservatives. Just thought I’d clear that up.
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This weekend’s post-match press conferences had an unerring sense of resignation to them, especially for two of the Premier League’s now former managers.
Looking back at what we now know to be his last interview as Liverpool manager, even the typically ebullient Brendan Rodgers seemed to lack real conviction in the words coming out of his mouth. Having so brazenly praised the unity and positivity of his squad even after the direst of defeats, the briefing he gave the BBC at Goodison Park was one of a man who knew his time was up. Aside from the obligatory reference to the squad’s ‘outstanding’ mentality, Rodgers was off colour. When asked about the pressure he was under, the Northern-Irishman cited the rebuilding job that still needs to be done at Anfield, ‘whether it’s me or someone else.’ Looking at that choice of words it seems that he knew he it would be someone else’s job. I can’t help but wonder though, if the news of his sacking was delivered to him in one of those mystery envelopes.
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Ambulances were called to the headquarters of one of Europe’s largest sports retailers more than 80 times in two years, a BBC investigation found. Many of the calls, for workers at Sports Direct’s complex at Shirebrook, in Derbyshire, were for “life-threatening” illnesses.
Former workers said some staff were “too scared” to take sick leave because they feared losing their jobs. Sports Direct said it aimed to provide safe working conditions for all.Read More »
How do you explain that ? For 42 minutes United were absolutely superb, after that not so much.
Saturday sees us head to Manchester to face a City side going through a mini crisis. In the meantime it appears as though our own turbulent form has been temporarily averted after last weeks credible performance against the champions, had it not been for Ramires’ strike and Willian’s undefendable free kick we’d have come away with all 3 points. The difference in performance level was seismic, cynics will point at the game being on a Saturday night and shown to a global TV audience as the reason the intensity increased; but for me it was all to do with playing two strikers who both showed a willingness to run themselves into the ground, if you have that at the forefront of your team it encourages everybody else to hunt in packs and for the first half we had Chelsea considerably rattled.Read More »
Football fans from across the country will protest this weekend against high ticket prices. Home and away supporters will join forces to deliver the “Twenty’s Plenty” message – a call for all away tickets in England and Wales to be capped at £20.
The weekend of action is being co-ordinated by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) whose “Twenty’s Plenty for Away Fans” campaign has saved 68,000 fans a total of £738,000 since its launch in 2013.
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