With Martin O?Neill?s departure, is it just me or did anyone else breathe a huge sigh of relief that in a parallel universe, this could have been Moyes after selling or about to sell one of his star players. Milner, granted, wanted to go... but did they try hard enough in the same way as Bill and Davey did with Mikel? Sometimes an initial pound note gain is outweighed by the destabilisation of the team spirit.
A club in tatters that promised so much ? rewind 12 months and who does it remind you of??? Moyes nearly went ...and again, Bill?s hard work behind the scenes picked him up, then got his contract signed, leaving Hull (away) as our rock -ottom moment. We survived, came back stronger... and are now in a real position of strength to push on.
So us Bluenoses utter "There but for the grace of..." etc etc. With relief, I can now chuckle at the next item on Sky, the potential LFC buyer, a Syrian ex-footballer, who is described as by no means a billionaire but quite wealthy ? or in other words, he?s not the messiah just a very naughty boy. Please let the deal be a financially corrupt Middle East disaster that is secretly funding an invasion of Israel to claim back Palestine. No wonder Yossi got sold...
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1 Posted 09/08/2010 at 20:55:51
2 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:05:58
3 Posted 09/08/2010 at 20:56:53
On the face of it our chairman has cocked up in the past on more than one thing. But fact also is that he has overseen the club's re-ascendance, stability, best squad in 25 years, consistent praise from his manager, consistent praise from his players and consistent praise from other chairmen, managers and pundits.
I'm afraid they can't all be wrong. The latest to praise the chairman is Arteta and Moyes. Kenwright plays the "people" thing better than almost anybody. How many half-decent managers, let alone good managers like Moyes, do you think would stick around in the tight financial straights that we find ourselves?
O'Neill has just left Villa. Why do you suppose that is? Why do you suppose that almost everybody that comes into contact with Kenwright, with the notable exception of Paul Gregg, has only good things to say about him.
If there is anybody who really does think that Kenwright is not an asset to Everton, despite his mistakes and despite our lack of billions, then I suggest they consult Arteta and Moyes. It is self evident that, without the efforts of Bill Kenwright, neither gentleman would now be at this club.
Some will never stop bleating and will always, ALWAYS, find fault. Fault is everywhere and it's relative. Fact is, most fans, most managers and most players would love to have a chairman like Kenwright. That's a fact by the way. Not from what I read in the papers, but from the views of footy friends who follow teams as diverse as Leeds, Chelsea, Man Utd, Newcastle, West Ham, Arsenal, Brighton & Wolves.
Yes, the world could be perfect, if this, if that, if the other. But the real world could always be worse. In some cases,much worse.
4 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:07:59
5 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:08:19
6 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:22:52
7 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:20:10
On a different note: I personally find it hard to imagine spending years and years building a strong squad through sheer hard work and patience as Moyes has done. Does anyone honestly believe he would drop what he currently rules over to go somewhere else and start again ? even with the carrots of money dangled?
8 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:15:58
Off the top of my head if you consider the teams around them and players they've gone after (s for signed):
Everton ? Lescott (s) and Arteta
Chelsea ? Terry
Man Utd ? Tevez (s)
Liverpool - Gerrard and Torres
Arsenal ? Toure (s)
Villa ? Barry (s) and Milner (close...)
Spurs ? no-one?
IMO When you look at O'Neill's parting statement, he thanks everyone bar the Chairman... so, whatever it is, it's down to Lerner and I would imagine it's not being given the transfer money for the Milner sale too.
As for the chances of Moyes going over there...... why?
9 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:14:49
Lerner was touted as a success story on here last year, and then pushes out the one who has taken the club forward. How are those players going to feel now? Another example of how a billionaire owner is NOT the answer, as if we haven't had enough examples already...
But that said, maybe it's too early to judge. What if Lerner brings someone in who takes them to glory? I am sure the fans won't be complaining too much.
10 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:21:37
We have been blessed with the loyalty of Rodwell, Cahill and Arteta this summer and like all other true blues I can feel it in my bones that we can accomplish something this season worthy of being written into the Everton history books.
11 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:13:05
I have criticised BK frequently, especially over Kirkby which was an appalling error that thankfully never happened, the Kings Dock ( which was a disaster for us ) and the amateurish way the Club has operated off the field.
I have, however, always been grateful for his support of Moyes, who is a superb Manager, albeit I don't think BK could afford to sack him on the occasions he might have been tempted.
In recent times I have come to appreciate BK a bit more. Villa is a great Club to compare us to, very similar in size in recent times with similar issues. Doug Ellis re-built Villa Park and trumps Bill on that one. He also kept them debt free even though the fans screamed for his head and eventually he gave in. Lerner has come in and for a while looked the perfect owner, but after today you have to wonder if the Chickens have come home to roost now. 80 million of them!
You get nothing for nothing in this life as even Man City and Chelsea will discover eventually . Let's face it, even what Chelsea have won and what Man City might win is empty in my eyes. They have just thrown distasteful amounts of money around and ruined things for others. Nothing whatsoever to admire there. If we win the League it would be worth ten Chelsea titles. If you asked 100 fans of other Clubs around the country who they would rather win the League and in what manner, a minimum 90% would say the Everton way as opposed to the New money Chavs of Stamford Bridge and Eastlands.
Keep the faith comrades!
12 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:31:46
Not a chance, nope, nada, zilch.
Of course I expect to see his name in the betting and without doubt the Daily Mail will give her opinion but any money placed on him is a complete and utter waste.
13 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:32:14
14 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:32:35
15 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:31:19
But no doubt the regular TW contributors whose visceral hatred of Kenwright cannot be contained will soon appear to tell us that anyone would be better. It is a good thing that this site offers the opportunity for these emotional spasms. A cheap though not very effective form of therapy.
16 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:52:08
17 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:56:14
18 Posted 09/08/2010 at 21:58:43
The OP was all about the part played by Kenwright in ensuring that Moyes & Arteta stayed. So Alan is bang on.
19 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:00:09
20 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:06:52
What I won't let slide is Bill is great because Randy Lerner forced MON out? Really I thought MON threw his toys out of the pram because Randy with some justification refused to allow him to blow millions on mediocre players.
Does this make Randy a bad chairman and Bill a good chairman? I don't think we're comparing like with like, so its a moot point.
21 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:11:11
But what Moyes has at Everton is the final word. Villa are gonna sell Milner no matter what he says. Thats why he quit.
Say what you want about Kenwright but he would never sell a player without Moyes agreeing the deal.
Even Rooney and Lescott were probably only sold once Moyes had reluctantly given the ok.
The great thing about Kenwright is that he lets Moyes manage the squad. Sure Moyes has a tight budget to work from but you know nobody leaves or comes into Everton without Moyes stamp of approval.
That power is probably why Moyes has agreed to stay at Everton so long. Clearly Martin O'Neill is desperate for that kind of power but he couldn't have it at Villa.
22 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:12:00
23 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:17:00
As for rest, I've always regarded MON, and indeed Aston Villa, as overrated and one dimensional.
24 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:27:28
25 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:15:47
At least Moyes realises that shit happens and cracks on with it, it's called a 'can do' attitude. Hopefully now Villa will be in a bit of disarray and it's one less rival for us. This is shaping up to be a better and better season for us and, as Dave says, hopefully the RS new owners will fuck up too. Although I do think Woy is a decent manager.
26 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:29:24
I wasn't making any comment on how good/bad Kenwright is. I was only making the point that Alan was certainly not straying "off-topic" given the heavily referenced Kenwright opening post.
As for your O'Neil "mediocre players" comment. Milner bought for £10/12 million about to be sold for possibly double that. No further comment required!
27 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:42:08
What I do object is to is Alan's tedious goading of those that don't share his love of BK. I do find his comments amusing in light of the fact that he told BK's critics to get out more and stop talking about him (on another BK thread), yet third comment in he seeks to start the whole merry-go-round off again.
28 Posted 09/08/2010 at 22:57:12
Just what is it about BK that you despise?
For me this guy is a Goodison legend, rescuing us from the depths of despair following the nightmare that was Kopite Johnson. It's taken a while, but 9 years into his reign we have a squad which has most of us drooling . BK's role in securing Mikel's future at the club was critical.
29 Posted 09/08/2010 at 23:08:32
And for the third (and final time) the OP invited comment on Kenwright's role and Alan duly commented. I mean if giving your opinion one way or the other on a thread that specifically asks for views on a particular topic is seen as "goading" then why bother with a fans forum at all?
30 Posted 09/08/2010 at 23:31:43
31 Posted 09/08/2010 at 23:33:18
32 Posted 09/08/2010 at 23:37:16
Goading, perhaps, but unnecessary all the same.
33 Posted 09/08/2010 at 23:32:13
David Moyes is in a hugely paid job which he will never better. Bill Kenwright is the chairman of the club of his dreams. They are loyal to each other. Where could either go after Everton?
May I dare to suggest that there will be life for Everton when they have gone? Or even more outrageously suggest, that things might have been better without them? Sorry, that was blasphemous.
34 Posted 09/08/2010 at 23:55:31
35 Posted 10/08/2010 at 00:13:02
The formula at that club was very clearly becoming stale. And with no big signings on the horizon, even if MON had stayed I reckon they'd have come 8th or 9th at best. Certainly no match for us. COYB
36 Posted 10/08/2010 at 00:18:47
Anyone heard the one about the Scotsman (DM), the Irishman (MON), Englishman (RH) and the Welshman (MH)?
Villa's age bill $21m more than Everton's, and 85% of their turnover.
37 Posted 10/08/2010 at 00:21:07
38 Posted 10/08/2010 at 00:26:40
Actually not so much blasphemous as pointless.
39 Posted 10/08/2010 at 00:46:58
Alan Kirwan on TW at 9.00pm on a Monday night?
Hasn't the ("ahhh...siiiigh") world-weary voice of reason got anything better to do than post in praise of BK?
Alan I thought you were the man who gets out and about and 'engages' with people.
I thought you were someone who has 'a life' (coz...that's what you told us)
As I remember, on a BK post a couple of weeks back, you made out you were a cross between John Noakes and the Great Gatsby.
A zest for life, out and about, hither and thither and not going to waste your time debating with idiots (remember - when you posted THREE times in the same thread to tell us that?)
You told us you didn't waste his time with the snarling drooling sheep (or whatever it was).
With those (like me), so stupid they can't see BK for the astute, honest businessman he REALLY is.
You told us all you were bored of the bile yet...here you are, seemingly provoking people to respond.
I'm hugely confused.
What went wrong - barbeque with the beautiful people get cancelled?
To be fair, there is huge entertainment value with someone posting so often to say they can't be arsed posting.
And you do the 'forgive them Lord for they know not what they do' thing very well (complete bollocks but you do it well).
I should also add that I DO enjoy your attempts at sleight-of-hand.
Your use of 'on the face of it' was genius ("On the face of it, our chairman has cocked up in the past on more than one thing but..").
You could actually have a lot of fun applying it to different people.
"On the face of it the Taliban seem extreme but..."
"On the face of it Kim Il Jong is a bit of a control freak but..."
And I love the old 'they can't ALL be wrong' argument,
The 'certainty' of this statement no doubt dupes quite a few, despite it being so obviously piss-weak (for those who believe when of a lot of people agree on something, it's 'right', I give you Scientology, Fascism and The Bay City Rollers).
Come to think of it, I bet you'd have been one of those in the 30's shouting 'WARMONGER' at Churchill each time he warned parliament the Germans were re-arming and looking for war
(nb: THEY were all wrong...too)
Another great bit of sleight-of-hand is to refer to 'same old'
"Oh no, not that SAME OLD thing about.." - insert subject you want to go away (were you shaking your head when you wrote that? Were you tutting?)
And the sleight of hand goes on
Lies become 'mistakes', the contrary opinions of others are 'bleats' etc blah
It's all designed to murky the water and deceive and I'm sure a few non-book readers ARE convinced.
You'll have to do a lot better though, if you want to get the snarling, drooling, savage, animalistic sheep to behave like nice, cuddly, docile, 'Alan makes a lot of good points' sheep.
Enjoy the Rio Festival! (ie: TW)
40 Posted 10/08/2010 at 01:13:30
There have been some titanic, closely fought clashes between the blues and Villa in recent years and the two teams have often been described as "the best of the rest" in the media. However, it has always bugged me that O'Neill's outfit were continually hyped up as an exciting, adventurous, attacking team full of young English talent, who were more likely than 'battling, hardworking' Everton to break into the top 4.
Truth is, Everton have always been the better footballing side of the two. Villa, like all MO's teams, just play on the counter attack, utilising a couple of speedy wingers/forwards and a big beast of a target man. Yet, O'Neill is continually touted as being some kind of managerial genius blessed with the midas touch, rather than a more annoying Irish Dave Basset/Graham Taylor.
The reasons behind his resignation are unreported at the moment, but it is rumoured that he was unhappy at being told he had to sell players before he could buy this summer. Welcome to Moyesie's world, Martin.
Surely now would have been the time for the shit-spewing Match of The Day favourite to demonstrate this awe-inspiring managerial prowess we are continually told he picked up from playing under Clough and marks him down as a favourite to replace Ferguson, rather than running for the hills? Maybe poor Martin just couldn't bear the thought of losing Ashley Young, that little play acting pinhead he foolishly dubbed a "genius, genius" at Goodison a couple of years ago.
Whatever. I guess the point of this aimless ramble (other than Martin O'Neill being an overhyped, odiously annoying one-trick pony) is that I'm just glad we've got a manager who is prepared to roll up his sleeves, give his best and battle on regardless of the financial restraints he is being forced to operate under.
41 Posted 10/08/2010 at 01:31:14
I must need a reality check then. Now if it's David Moyes you are talking about.....
MON is a top man. He knew Milner was going to be sold. He must have just found out today that he wasn't getting a cent of it to spend, and so resigned on a point of principle. Just imagine for a second if last summer we had sold Lescott and DM had been told he wasn't getting any of the fee to spend... doesn't bear thinking about, does it?
42 Posted 10/08/2010 at 02:03:49
Alan #3, he's well disliked in the luvvie world, saviour of the Playhouse my arse. Seems he can still pull the wool over the fans eyes though.
43 Posted 10/08/2010 at 02:07:25
Dick #21, only 2 words to say to that: Wayne Rooney.
44 Posted 10/08/2010 at 02:33:40
"Why do you suppose that almost everybody that comes into contact with Kenwright, with the notable exception of Paul Gregg, has only good things to say about him."
You obviously don't know many people in business and in the LCC that know Kenwright well and will have nothing to do with him.
Anyway I'm bored with the subject.
I refuse to answer any questions on the subject.
45 Posted 10/08/2010 at 05:46:27
The Chairman appoints and manages the manager and backs him on important decisions. He also avoids getting the club into debt that it can't handle. Whatever anybody may say, he is obviously doing a lot right, as so much of what he is responsible for is going well at the moment. We are a stable and seemingly happy club with great spirit and punching way above the weight that our income gives us.
So he isn't necessarily a well loved person but why does he have to be and who cares anyway? Let's be grateful for what we have at Everton and let Villa and whoever employs him next worry about MO'N. I hope that he never ends up at Everton, I rate him a league below Moyes and let's just hope that Villa don't come after him. Davy is an integral part of Everton's character and continuing and developing relative success story. I warm to him more and more.
46 Posted 10/08/2010 at 07:19:30
47 Posted 10/08/2010 at 09:32:41
48 Posted 10/08/2010 at 09:33:04
Enjoy your ignorant disdain.
As for Eugene Roane's ode (flattered, thanks), smells good, what is it? I comment when I feel like it. But yes, most definitely prefer to avoid the broken records. Know what I mean old boy? I mean, real bile and spittle takes up a bit too much time & energy.
Now, where's that double espresso I ordered with my copy of Le Monde?...
49 Posted 10/08/2010 at 09:49:49
Sad but true.
50 Posted 10/08/2010 at 09:40:13
I always wonder about those who promote Villa as a model of a club to be admired more than Everton. The economics of that situation astound me. How is their wage bill so much higher than ours? Would you swap their squad for ours? They seem light in so many areas.Also, O'Neill brought in Habib Beye and Fabian Delph last year and never played them! If I was Randy Lerner I wouldn't be happy.
One thing that strikes me about Everton is that disputes with the management are settled quickly. Players are either transferred out or banished to the reserves or loaned. Villa appear to have some players who are constantly at war with the management hence the "O'Neill lost the dressing room" rumours.
The other principle that seems to operate at our club is "no passengers". With the exception of Shandy Andy, I think Moyes has done a brilliant job of keeping all the players and the youngsters engaged with the principle in mind that, if you perform, you play... and if you don't, you are benched.
On the Kenwright issue, I don't love him or hate him. He has failed to deliver on a number of projects no doubt but we have had some stability and steady if small investment. He needs to do something about the ground. I took my son and his mate to the Hull match at the weekend and they were saying what a toilet Goodison was compared to the Hull ground, despite its size differential. Come on Bill, if a team the size of Hull can do it, so can we.
51 Posted 10/08/2010 at 09:44:07
52 Posted 10/08/2010 at 09:53:17
My god, I nearly wet myself.
I was refraining from commenting on Kenwright myself...but you asked for that Alan.
You cannot come out with teary pap about Kenwright, and at the same time criticise other's for presenting their own opinion.
John Noakes and the Great Gatsby.....Superb stuff Euge.
53 Posted 10/08/2010 at 10:27:11
This really is quite an unbelievable statement.... Please see Eugene's excellent post on deconstruction and 'sleight of hand'..
You give a description of how Villa played as a counter attacking team ? but omit a similar analysis of our past style. We have been crying out loud about hoofball for years... That WAS our style. Last season we had the FIRST consistent glimmer of light that it is dead and buried.
To suggests that in recent times we have always been a 'better footballing side' than Villa is debatable at best and pure nonsense at worst..
54 Posted 10/08/2010 at 10:33:50
It's not outrageous to suggest that things may be better after Kenwright and Moyes eventually leave Everton - but - it is speculative.
Factually however, no one can deny that we were much worse off before they arrived.
55 Posted 10/08/2010 at 11:15:45
Well it looks like Randy could 'Lerner' a few things from BK when keeping at top manager is concerned.
56 Posted 10/08/2010 at 11:18:53
Well it looks like Randy could 'Lerner' a few things from BK when keeping at top manager is concerned.
One question Craig...do you think Moyes would be able to do better with more money?
If your answer to the above is yes...then your point about Lerner is rather silly.
57 Posted 10/08/2010 at 11:30:05
Love, apologist, teary. Content-free drivel all of it. We've now just lost Lerner off the (ever shortening) list of saviours that Kenwright haters resort to.
Actually, help me out, what examples are left on your list of clubs/chairmen/managers who present a model that is better & we should follow. Rather than drivelise with content-free adjectives, add some content why don't you.
I can barely contain my indifference. Some of us prefer the real world to theoretical bollocks.
58 Posted 10/08/2010 at 11:25:13
Also, I enjoy your posts Eugene with your wild comparisons that come from nowhere - Taliban? Kim Jong? I have no idea what any of that has to do with Kenwright.
59 Posted 10/08/2010 at 11:39:41
The situation is exactly the same at Everton. (Of course it's not BK's wealth that guarantees the rise in debt but the wealth of his faceless puppetmasters.) We obviously reached our debt ceiling some time ago so recently Moyes has had no money to spend unless he sells first, exactly like MON was faced with before he quit. Had Everton had no debt three years ago no doubt we could have spent just as much in that period.
If Moyes goes to Villa it would be frying pan to fire.
60 Posted 10/08/2010 at 11:44:19
A few facts for you. I don't hate Kenwight. You haven't 'countered' anything. People with contrary opinions do not 'stoop'. Just because someone disagrees with you, does not make them childish. Adjectives are rather important for communicating. Lerner has not been discredited in the sligtest. Lerner is a chariman who is quite similar to Kenwright, but without the bullshit and with more money... and finally because Moyes has put up with Bill's bullshit does not make Bill a superior chairman. That is the logic of stubby crayons and fingerpainting.
I have suggested on another thread that this continued and repeated discussion about Kenwright is frankly pointless. So I'll simply leave you to wallow in your scorn.
Eugene has frankly nailed you to the wall by pointing out the ridiculousness of your self-defeating position... not to mention the 'sleight of hand' you employ to conceal obvious holes in your argument. Take it like a man.
61 Posted 10/08/2010 at 12:15:15
Why do you assume that Moyes wanted to keep Rooney?
Moyes had to build a 'Team' and keep harmony in the dressing room.
A difficult thing to do when you have a 'Supertalent' in your midst.
I think that given th money that Moyes could use to rebuild over a period of time and the potential disruptive effect of a 'Superstar' in an otherwise mediocer dressing room, Moyes realised that Rooney had to go for the overall good of the club.
62 Posted 10/08/2010 at 12:19:27
"Please see Eugene's excellent post on deconstruction and sleight of hand.."
"You give a description of how Villa play as a counter attacking team but omit a similar analysis of our past style."
"You haven't 'countered' anything. People with contrary opinions do not 'stoop' "
"Adjectives are rather important for communicating"
Thanks for the lessons.
You come across as some kind of frustrated fucking tutor marking homework and leaving barely legible notes in the margin.
63 Posted 10/08/2010 at 12:49:53
With Martin O'Neill, he did the right thing to leave. He reluctantly sold one of his best players and wantedc and V the money from that sale to spend on replacements. He couldn't have that, so how the hell do you expect to improve the team? Villa will be a sinking ship and I am glad because that's one good team gone.
O'Neill and Moyes are both very similar in tersms of quality. But it's hard to knock O'Neill ? he improved three good clubs: Leicester, Celtiilla.
With the Kenwright situation, it's easy to hate him because we have no money. But he clearly has no money. He does best for the club and does what he can. Simple as.
64 Posted 10/08/2010 at 13:06:21
65 Posted 10/08/2010 at 13:11:29
Do you really think this proves we have always been a better 'footballing side' than Villa...??
66 Posted 10/08/2010 at 13:31:32
Randy Lerner adopts a similar stance at Villa and because O'Neill has the courage of his convictions and walks then it's insinuated that Lerner is a bad owner.
67 Posted 10/08/2010 at 13:37:56
68 Posted 10/08/2010 at 13:05:48
"The economics of that situation astound me. How is their wage bill so much higher than ours?"
I read somewhere today that Richard Dunne was pocketing 70 Grand a week!
Can that really be true?
69 Posted 10/08/2010 at 14:31:12
I think MON will find there truly aren't many owners like AV's owner left in the business. Where is he going to go?
70 Posted 10/08/2010 at 14:11:36
It's nothing personal, I don't deny he says nice stuff about Everton and he's good pals with DM. The Kirkby folly smacked of self interest, Kings Dock, Rooney and Gosling we're handled like someone not in control. Fortunately, the abundance of twats in football mean we can tread water above relegation and flirt with the top 8 for as long as we want.
71 Posted 10/08/2010 at 14:59:33
I suppose my point is, outside of O'Neill's first Xl, half of whom I would have on good rather than spectacular wages, where is the justification for such a precarious financial provision? The manager has to take some responsibility for this.
We ToffeeWebbers still bring up Per Krøldrup as the ultimate crap transfer under Moyes but in truth he was moved along as soon as it became clear to Moyes he wasn't going to make it in the EPL. O'Neill it seems to me has got it wrong at Villa on several occasions (Beye, Delph, Shorey, Young, Davies) yet has this exalted reputation as an almost untouchable genius. It comes to something when a reserve fullback at Villa won't move to Liverpool because he's got to take a substantial pay cut.
Villa have had a lot more investment than us but overall have achieved less and are in a far worse position than us as things currently stand.The whole situation reminds me of O'Neill's mentor Clough and the lewd posturing associated with his tenures at Derby and Leeds.
Without an Arab Sheikh or a Russian Oligarch there is no shortcut to success in football in the EPL. I've said it once and I'll say it again, although I know some will disagree and I respect their opinion: that I'd rather have Blue Bill any day over Gillett & Hicks or the Glazers.
Gillett and Hicks look like they are going under and either the taxpayer or a shady foreign owner will have the club in the next few weeks and I'd hate to have to go and support Man Unt with a Norwich scarf wrapped around my neck every weekend. That sort of split really eats away at fans and the unity of a club, aka Destination Kirkby, RIP.
72 Posted 10/08/2010 at 15:34:35
73 Posted 10/08/2010 at 15:20:04
Two good posts , although i feel the first was based on my earlier one, better put admitedly.
What you must concentrate on is your punctuation, it's excessive and will cost you marks at exam time .
74 Posted 10/08/2010 at 15:37:34
75 Posted 10/08/2010 at 15:44:19
76 Posted 10/08/2010 at 16:18:07
77 Posted 10/08/2010 at 16:23:01
He's...interesting in a mad, mad way.
Says Alan, as though informing us of some new, (just invented by him!) philosophical idea - "I comment when I feel like it".
Wow, what a unique idea!
Not like the rest of us unoriginal drones then - all having to post at 17.46.
He adds "Know what I mean old boy?
Erm...no Al, not really.
Then there's his mad desire to be seen as somehow 'above it all', but letting himself down coz he can't keep away.
He posts and posts arguing the toss (using his bag of obvious tricks) then ends with...
"I can barely contain my indifference. Some of us prefer the real world to theoretical bollocks".
The REAL world!?
(swirls finger round at my temple and does tuneless whistle)
Look above Al, paragraphs and paragraphs of you 'barely containing your indifference'.
I'm getting a picture in my mind of a slightly pickled former 'bright young thing' wandering about a darkened room in a tattered Noel Coward dressing gown.
Someone who has VERY little contact with the real world.
Like some Tennessee Williams character
Someone who was told he was destined for great things but then came (whispers) 'the incident'
Toffeeweb's version of Grey Gardens.
"EDIE!!! EDIE!!! They're posting again!!"
Like I say - can't get enough.
78 Posted 10/08/2010 at 17:46:47
79 Posted 10/08/2010 at 19:43:16
Kevin Gillen - good post mate
Villa - commited, one dimensional, dirty bunch of fuckers.
MON - vastly overated, a lie built on a lie built on a lie.
Ciaran McGlone (come on Ciaran, how do you do the little thing above the a...?) - know more than Arsene Wenger, don't you know.
80 Posted 10/08/2010 at 20:04:28
81 Posted 10/08/2010 at 20:27:44
What lies are these Mike?
Another question. Who was the last Premier League manager to properly 'resign'?
PL managers are on such lucrative contracts these days that when one of them goes, it's either 'sacked' (undetermined huge compensation payout), or 'mutual consent' (pre-determined large compensation payout). No-one resigns anymore. Until now. MON's decision to walk has probably cost him a fortune, but he's a principled man. He probably got that from his football roots, which I guess is one of the 'lies' you mention.
82 Posted 10/08/2010 at 21:09:15
I believe Martin O'Neill is an intelligent, good and decent man - when it comes to his professional life his image is grounded on his excellent ability to self publicise - mainly down to working the media like a cheap violin. This he learnt from Clough.
As for the resignation he's not going to go short of a meal is he Brendan and again will have done a Cloughie "Give me the money / the players else I walk" and the Chairman has called his bluff leaving him with two options:
1) Stay and watch the team sink along with his reputation admitting Lerner calls all the shots.
2) Walk and have people treating him like he's some kind of latter day saint - into.... lets say the England job in 24 months or less for x times more than he's on now.
He's Steve McClaren with glasses and a gag.
83 Posted 10/08/2010 at 21:23:00
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87 Posted 10/08/2010 at 21:43:49
He has known that they were going to sell Milner for ages now. What seems to have happened is that he has just been told that he isn't getting any money for team rebuilding ( having previously thought that he would).
If David Moyes had suddenly been told a similar thing last summer after the Lescott transfer went through, he may have done the same. And you couldn't have blamed him.
The Moyes/O'Neill types are a dying breed in the game. Unlike a certain manager from a club not too far away, who held out for a £6m pay-off before agreeing to go.
That's all I'm saying. MON is not the money-grabbing,unprincipled, media-loving git, who has built his career on lie after lie, that you make him out to be.
Steve Mc Claren is doing quite well now, by the way.
88 Posted 10/08/2010 at 22:06:13
Steve McLaren is doing quite well - just as Martin O'Neil did in a v poor league with a 50/50 chance of silverware North of the border.
To compare him to two recent Everton managers - a very small pool to choose from and a manager off the top of my head:
Has he won more in Scotland than Walter Smith? Dont know answer but think I can guess.
Woudl you take his Carling Cup (s?) or Joe Royle's FA Cup?
Outside of EFC - has he really done more than someone like Kevin Keegan? Two FA Cup Finals, 2nd in the League after throwing it away etc....
If you ask about the managers above about their ability, Joe aside most will say dour and nowadays a bit of a "clown".
So - tell me. What has MON really done as a football manager that puts him on a pedestal above men like these? Spin and I'm sorry you've been sucked in.
As for moral high grounds I've walked out of a job on principle with a wife and two kids to feed so I understand better than most what's at stake when you do.
I also didnt call him money grabbing - which I dont think he is, he has no need to be, unprincipled - which he clearly is, but principles are great so long as you can afford them or a "git". I actually called him an "intelligent, good and decent man".
89 Posted 10/08/2010 at 22:35:27
Handing in resignation is just his style, as I understand it he doesnt agree long term contracts either so either party can walk when they want.
In negotiations you usually hold a strong hand when it's clear you have the power to walk away.
Apologies for getting heated.
90 Posted 11/08/2010 at 01:56:34
I see Mike. Wycombe, Leicester, Celtic and Villas were all 'lies' were they? I must then have dreamt that he improved all these clubs dramatically during his tenures as manager. Leicester winning the Carling Cup and getting into Europe. Villa dragged from a bottom half of the table team to top 6/7 material. Of course he didn't win as much as Walter Smith in Scotland because he was only there for 4 years. During which time he won 3 titles in a row and lost the 4th unluckily on the last day of the season because Bellamy couldn't hit a barn door. He took them to relatively moderate success in the Champions League as well.
Is that enough for you? He is one of the most sought after managers in football. We were after him ourselves in 1998. What has Keegan ever won as a manager?
"As for moral high grounds I've walked out of a job on principle with a wife and two kids to feed so I understand better than most what's at stake when you do."
Now you're getting all personal Mike. I only compared his actions to other PL managers, specifically Benitez, so why do you bring your own personal circumstances into it ? I didn't mention 'moral high grounds'. If you think that he resigned to claim the moral high ground, well you are perfectly entitled to that opinion. My argument was to do with being principled, which is a separate issue altogether.
"Handing in resignation is just his style." I would remind you that he resigned from Celtic to care for his seriously ill wife. He left Norwich after a brief stint because he was fed a load of bullshit by their board and he saw through it.
You obviously don't like Martin O'Neill and that's fair enough. I will admit I am slightly biased as I went to the same school as him and have followed his career since - I have not been sucked in by spin. We are not going to agree on this, so we should leave it at that. Cheers.
91 Posted 11/08/2010 at 09:01:59
The point I was making about "walking" was having walked out on a job with nothing to go to - when everyone is telling you not to and you've got to find something first etc - then if you hold those kind of principles, which I have done and MON clearly does then thats just the way you are and you will go against the tide of usual behaviour. I didnt mean that it was typical of him, what I meant was that's the way he's wired by it being his style. If you think it makes no difference if you got £10m in the bank or £10 then we'll have to agree to disagree.
I know he's a good manager, I think you probably believe he's a great manager - so we can probably also agree to agree that he's a very good manager? I can live with that.
The only one of his teams I've not seen play live is Villa. Most memorably I've stood in the away end at the San Siro watching his Celtic team undesirvedly lose to an Inzaghi brace in the last five minutes. He has an approach, which doesn't change, which gets results up to a certain level but after that he's left wanting - which is why I think he is not as good as he's cracked up to be and much of that is down to the rapour he has with the press, which to his credit he probably deserves when you hear the stories of how he entertains them after matches.
I genuinely like the bloke, think he's good for the game, but IMO he is not a top drawer manager.
The school bit also makes sense now - at one point I thought you two must be related :D
Cheers and thanks for the debate.
92 Posted 11/08/2010 at 11:53:37
Hardly..got a point to go with this throwaway nonsense?
93 Posted 11/08/2010 at 11:53:37
Hardly..got a point to go with this throwaway nonsense?
94 Posted 11/08/2010 at 15:19:46
I didn't want to bring the style of play of his teams into it because that's a separate issue altogether, which has it's supporters and detractors. If I'm honest I'm not it's biggest fan either; my opinions of his management are based more on his results than anything else.
I do accept that it makes a difference whether he has £10 or £10m in the bank, of course I do. My point was about his lack of financial compensation for his actions.
As you say, we've reached common ground here. Thanks for explaining your comments.
95 Posted 11/08/2010 at 17:43:56
96 Posted 11/08/2010 at 21:00:01
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