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That was the Week that Was (Jun 10-15 2024)

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Monday Jun 10:

 

Alan Hansen is seriously ill in hospital and the way people are talking it’s touch and go. He’s only 68 and no-one is saying what exactly is wrong with him, other than he’s “in critical condition”. This has upset me more than I would have expected. I’ve been thinking about him a lot today, and weirdly I saw Phil Thompson getting cash out of the machine at Maghull Square today and he looked devastated. His shoulders were slumped, his head was down and there was something about his walk too. No spring in his step, he just looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders. I’m sure all of Jocky’s team-mates and friends are feeling the same way. Come on big fella, pull through.

 

Not a great deal else going on today but United are showing their lack of class again. Ten Hag is still United manager but they’ve been talking with Tuchel and are still considering other candidates including Southgate. That Jim Ratcliffe is a cunt and he has no idea what he’s doing. Typical big businessman who thinks he has all the answers. If United think he’s going to fix their problems they’re kidding themselves. He’s no different to the other divvies they’ve had running things, except he is almost certainly a much worse human being. Horrible tory cunt. I’m actually feeling sorry for Ten Hag now, even though I think he’s a knobhead as well.

 

Meanwhile, I’ve gone back to reading Bobby’s book and there are a couple of interesting things I thought worth mentioning. He spoke a few times in there about how hard Klopp’s training was and that although he loved it, some of the other lads found it hard after a while and it definitely contributed to the hangovers we had in the seasons after we won the league and missed out on the quadruple. He also suggested that the injuries he picked up late in his time here were just a result of the grind. He didn’t mention players by name, but it was obvious that Fabinho was one of the ones he was talking about in terms of not being able to deal with it. Hendo as well probably.

 

The demands Klopp placed on them allowed them to be as successful as they were, but it takes a pretty heavy toll. It made me think about Mo and what happened to him this season. Not just the injury he picked up (which wasn’t with us, but I’m not sure that’s relevant either way if it’s a result of miles on the clock) but how he looked. We’ve seen the best of him and there’s a chance that his drop off could be quite steep. I say that because of how it got Sadio amongst others. Mo played more than any of them, I know he’s supremely fit but even so, it’s not the age it’s the mileage.

 

The other thing I took from it was that this book makes me like Bobby a whole lot less than I did before, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re a big Bobby fan (which basically everyone is). All the God stuff annoyed me. No problem with his faith and it definitely seems to have helped him become a much better husband and father than he was before, but some of the absolute fucking nonsense he’s coming out with was winding me up. Anything good that happens is because it was God’s hand at work. Anything bad was nothing to do with the big man upstairs though. The best was when he said we won the Premier League and Champions League because he had asked God to let him win some big trophies. Presumably the Brazilian lads in the Spurs squad didn’t pray hard enough that night in Madrid then? The last few chapters of this book had my eyes hurting from all the rolling they were doing.

 

I saw a compilation video today of some of Mo’s best bits from his time here. Not goals, but brilliant runs and insane footwork. None of it was from the past year or two and it really hit home to me just how incredible he was and how much he’s dropped off from that now. He’s still putting up the numbers and if you’re judging him off a spreadsheet you will probably argue he’s as good as ever, but when you see him flying around the pitch dribbling past people and putting own the afterburners. We don’t see that anymore and it’s only really when you see what he used to do that you realise it. He may still be worth a new contract depending on how he does next season, but it can’t be on the same terms he’s on now as he isn’t a 350k a week player anymore.


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9 hours ago, Bobby Hundreds said:

In my book I blame everything on God. It's called "I never went to Colomendy"

 

The Trent scrutiny by pundits and fellow pros is bizzare.

Colomendy, fucking he’ll, that takes me back!

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If anybody has the right to judge whether someone's finishing is or isn't going to get better, and where this is or isn't who Nunez is after two years, it's Michael Owen.

 

He was absolutely fucking deadly when he was about 6 years younger than Darwin Nunez is, and wasn't hitting the post with open goals. 

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The flip side to that is someone who was so incredible from such a young age is going to find it difficult to relate to someone who can't do the things he can. I try but it's not easy.

 

This probably applies to Michael as well I guess.

 

I'd be more interested to hear what Suarez thinks, as he was erratic as fuck until his mid-20s when it clicked.

 

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Rooney’s chatting so much wham, it’s like he’s forgotten that it wasn’t that long ago that he was playing holding midfielder for England because the manager was scared to drop the captain. 
 

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Rooney is crap when it comes to analysing and giving opinions on current stuff, but he's funny as fuck when he's just talking about things from his career. Keane comes into the same category actually, talks complete nonsense as a pundit but is hilarious on Stick to Football.

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Dave, I was really upset about Alan Hansen too & was expecting the worst on Monday morning but fingers crossed he seems to have turned a corner now (with Souness saying that Hansen phoned him).

Shocking about Kevin Campbell though.

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15 hours ago, Arnaud said:

Best squad is not France, it’s Portugal.

 

Darwin would silence all his critics if you could finish the easy chance.

 

I never had any problems finishing the easy chance. Or the difficult ones.

 

Portugal's squad ain't all that. Dalot is in it and so is 59 year old Pepe.

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I think the thing with Trent in midfield for England is that Southgate was basically experimenting at a major tournament. He's literally never played midfield for us, so how can he play him there for England at a major tournament?! I know the other options aren't great and in a way Southgate almost deserves praise for trying to get him into the team somehow.. but it's mental really.

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He's played there a few times for England over the past year though has he not? It's not like Southgate just decided on the day of the tournament to turn him into a midfielder. I'm sure he's been training as a midfielder whenever the squad has met up too, so I just don't see it as an issue. Gallagher might be a natural midfielder, but he's playing in a completely different set up with completely different team-mates than he's used to. Same with whoever else they put in there, so I don't see Trent as being at any disadvantage on that score.

 

He didn't play last night but by all accounts it was dreadful. The sooner they get knocked out and Trent can go on his holidays the better.

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2 minutes ago, dave u said:

He didn't play last night but by all accounts it was dreadful. The sooner they get knocked out and Trent can go on his holidays the better.

 

The way the draw has opened up for England there's every chance that they can spawn their way to another final! 

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38 minutes ago, dave u said:

He's played there a few times for England over the past year though has he not? It's not like Southgate just decided on the day of the tournament to turn him into a midfielder. I'm sure he's been training as a midfielder whenever the squad has met up too, so I just don't see it as an issue. Gallagher might be a natural midfielder, but he's playing in a completely different set up with completely different team-mates than he's used to. Same with whoever else they put in there, so I don't see Trent as being at any disadvantage on that score.

 

He didn't play last night but by all accounts it was dreadful. The sooner they get knocked out and Trent can go on his holidays the better.


Wouldn’t really know mate, only ever watch the tournaments. Think he played there in the 2 warm up friendlies and never before that (could well be wrong though).

 

The reaction to Trent in general is just mind blowing though I agree. Can’t remember a player ever being spoken about as much. He must be sick of it.

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On 26/06/2024 at 12:06, Megadrive Man said:

 

The way the draw has opened up for England there's every chance that they can spawn their way to another final! 

 

It's genuinely incredible how lucky Southgate is.

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