Football players want life the easy way

put another way… they want it THEIR way!

But thankfully there are exceptions  – sadly they are a minority.

The others appear to be money grabbing chasers of the easy life. Wanting an easy short cut to money, trophies and glory. Looking to wangle a transfer into a team of true stars that will embrace the frailties of themselves and their sucking agents, and carry them to top trophies and adoration of the paying public.

In fact for many of them the system makes them perfect candidates for the many Radio and  TV celebrity opinion  programs requiring their hot air to fill time.

These pseudo experts take on the mantle of journalists, creating rumour and commenting on other journalist’s idle gossip.

Problem is, the loyal and paying fans lose. And so do experienced hard working and  educated, managers, having to deal with an agitated football audience.


Stupid Management at Chelsea

Stupid that Chelsea let Costa and Matic leave this year.

Stupid that Chelsea’s recruitment policy is not suiting Conte’s management requirements.

Stupid that Chelsea have not properly developed their Academy youngsters through to the first team on a regular basis.

Stupid because they spotted, bought, and ignored the development of Saha and De Bruyne.

Stupid that John Terry was allowed to leave. His influence and presence would have eased the apparent dressing room unrest that exists at the moment.

Antonio Conte the Chelsea Football Manager

has proved his football wisdom and shown great enthusiasm in his work. As a 70 year fan of Chelsea I am grateful we secured his services. He is able to progress the club to a successful future.

However, rumours abound that Conte is not happy with the number and ability of new signings. That he has definite ideas about the style of football required for success is a positive and necessary requirement.  That Conte has had to challenge the behaviour and attitude of Costa, Luiz, and Hazard and maybe others is a sign that players with little awareness of management carelessly consider they know better.

Players earning  the ridiculous money paid by the top clubs should be more humble and aware of their luck and consider others may know a lot more about life than they do.

These naive players should be fitted with earphones, sat alone in a room and played the news about the unfortunates in Yemen, Syria, Lybia, Palestine and other territories where eating, drinking, sleeping, and breathing fresh air is a rare luxury.

Footballers! Think before you speak, and watch your behaviour. Others just might know more about things than you!!!

Mourinho, The Press, and Conte

True to form, recently Mourinho commented on managers who get very animated during football matches. Media interviewers assuming the  comment was against Conte, pressed for a comment from Conte. Refusing comment at first, Conte was eventually prompted to reply, and reminded Mourinho of his own antics on the touchline for many years.

Mourinho switched matters by saying his remarks were not against Conte, but himself, and that he  may be many things, but not a match fixer in Italy. So out of nowhere Mourinho decides to fire off a political missile which understandably raised the heat to slander level.

Conte felt Mourinho’s unreasonable comment required reply and called Mourinho an “amnesiac”,  “little man” and a “fake”.

Having caused a furore, yesterday Mourinho announces he is not making further comments on the subject. Shame he did not keep quiet to begin with.

But that was yesterday – and because the Mourinho mouth is permanently switched on, today he has says he feels “contempt” for the row in which he and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte have traded words.

When Mourinho first hit the Premier League, I found him a breath of fresh air. Entertaining as a person, and highly effective as a coach. But now, I feel there is a chip of some kind appearing on that coaches shoulders.

Brush it off and start being an interesting human being again, Jose!!!

Chelsea – v – Arsenal January 2018

Chelsea were annoyingly wasteful in front of goal, spurning 5 clear cut chances to score. Bakayoko’s naivety in midfield is allowing Arsenal to easily attack Chelsea’s back three defenders. Moratta missed 3 chances anyone else in the team probably would have scored. Yes, that bad. Good saves from Courtois protected the Chelsea net.

Early second half Wiltshire, on a yellow card, clearly dived in the box. Referee’s view blocked. No red card given. Soon after, he scores first goal of the match. Bring on the technology, referees and linespeople cannot cope.

Then Hazard is deemed to be fouled and awarded a penalty, that personally, I thought not a penalty. Hey ho!

The match ended a very watchable 2-2 draw.

But, Moratta and Bakayoko were painfully, noticeably, pathetically not first team standard. How Chelsea miss Matic and Costa!