Monday, 26 February 2018

Great advice Alan Pardew

Can you believe this from Alan Pardew? Things might not be going well at West Brom but his tactics talk is on top form!


Well done Alan! You'll be sailing those boats again in no time!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Klopp & FSG Defying Expectations Despite Critics

"Jurgen Klopp" (Public Domain) by pw.townley@btinternet.com
When taking the 2017/18 summer and winter transfer windows into account, 14 clubs had recorded a higher net spend than Liverpool. In fact, the only clubs below the Reds in the table all posted negative figures and they spent less than all three promoted teams, all of whom have struggled recently.

Yet when those figures were calculated on February 1, 2018, Liverpool were sat in third place in the Premier League table behind just two clubs, Manchester City and Manchester United, who had outspent them by £181m and £117m, respectively. In the Premier League betting markets, bet365 had them priced at 1/4 to finish in the top four, well ahead of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Image Source: @sportingintel via Twitter
While this apparent lack of investment will no doubt be used by many fans as a stick to beat the club’s owners with, it could also be argued that the club's owners Fenway Sports Group, and indeed manager Jurgen Klopp, are remaining cool-headed in a marketplace that at times feels completely out of control.

The Merseyside club do not have the pure spending power of the two Manchester club’s or even some of the clubs below them, so they have been forced to take a more prudent approach. Of course, this represents a hard sell to a fan base desperate for silverware and with a jaded history when it comes to American owners.

The decision not to buy a replacement following the departure of Philippe Coutinho was met with a lot of head-scratching. An unsuccessful attempt to bring Naby Keita to the club six months ahead of schedule prompted the club to stick with what they’ve got until the summer, confident in Klopp’s ability to keep the club in the top four. In fact, Klopp himself has stated publicly that he happy with the clubs’ transfer policy.



Taking their spending into consideration, Liverpool’s position in the league is perhaps an over-achievement, yet whenever they drop points they are heavily criticised in the media and by their own fans. There is a feeling that if that splashed a bit of cash, they would comfortably finish in the top four, perhaps even challenge for the title and certainly pick up some silverware.

Looking at the evidence so far, the Anfield club have certainly progressed under Klopp, despite the thrifty spending. The German tactician led the club to two finals in his first season, despite only joining in October. In his first full campaign, he guided the club back into the Champions League via a fourth-place finish. And this season, he has taken the Reds to the knockout stages of UEFA’s elite competition for the first time since 2009 and has kept them right in the hunt for another top-four finish. All whilst spending considerably less than his rivals.

Of course, there is much to be admired about a football club that lives within its means and manages to stay relatively debt-free while competing at the highest level. But in the long term, such prudence will only be tolerated if trophies are forthcoming (Arsenal are another example of a club in this predicament). The Reds have already crashed out of two cup competitions this term so all eyes will be on their upcoming Champions League clash against Porto.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

WE MADE A REAL CARTOON!

Hello friends! For well over a year I have been making a full 23 minute long cartoon with James McNicholas, who you might know as Gunnerblog, and by christ we hope you like it. Here's the trailer:




Released on this YouTube channel on November 13th, I Want To Work In A Shop is an animated show about four people who work in a shop in a tiny little Brexit village, where the things that never really affect people in real life actually do. In the first episode, Ed, the Shopkeeper, Sarah and George Francis must deal with terror, when it comes to town.

It's taken aaaaaaaaages. We spent forever in cafes and living rooms working out characters and plots and settings, got our script and I've been stuck drawing (with a little help), animating, doing voices, editing, re-drawing, re-editing, re-writing, re-voicing and exporting and now we finally have an actual proper UK made cartoon. We are very proud of it and want you to get involved. If it does well we'll maybe do a kickstarter to help fund making a whole series, the outline of which we already have. Get in touch! You can follow all our progress on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/iwanttoworkinashop/

And details of a premiere in London (we worked hard and want to get pissed now) will be along soon. Subscribe, stay tuned, be nice to people.

Love from JJ and James x

Monday, 4 September 2017

Where now for Lucas Perez?

This year’s transfer window seems to have been swinging open forever, and with just days left till it closes, there are still plenty of unanswered questions. Among the most compelling is exactly where Spanish striker Lucas Perez will be playing his football in the coming months. 


The 28 year old has made it clear that he wishes to put his spell at the Emirates Stadium behind him, and a return to Deportivo La Coruna seemed a logical choice. However, the problem comes down to the money. Arsenal are rumoured to be seeking around £13 million for the striker, and Deportivo appear unwilling or unable to stump up anything close.

Will he stay or will he go?

As time slips by, the chances of him going nowhere are increasing by the hour, as negotiations between The Gunners and Deportivo have reached an impasse. However, do not rule out a late move by La Liga new boys Levante, who are rumoured to have shown an interest, and are certainly in the market for a proven attacker to help them retain their place at the highest level.

These days, the question of who will go where is as popular a question among bookmakers as who will beat whom, as fans are eager to demonstrate their knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes with a wager on the transfer market. Take a look here for your best football betting sites, to see what they have to say about Perez’s likely fate. The smart money still appears to be on Deportivo, with odds of 1/2 available, while you can get 4/1 odds if you fancy him to remain at Arsenal for another year. Levante is an 8/1 shot. 

A troubled time

Perez signed for The Gunners last year, joining from Deportivo in a deal worth £17.1 million, amid expectations that he would become a major force for the North London club. Yet the dream has turned into something of a nightmare for all concerned. 

In just 11 Premiership appearances, he has scored just one goal, helping the Gunners recover from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against Bournemouth back in January. He made only four Championship starts after Christmas 2016, and has not been in the opening line up since February. 

Possible loan deal

With time rapidly running out, Arsenal are unlikely to achieve anything close to the £13 million they are demanding for Galicia’s favourite son. Given that another season making up the numbers on the sub bench is an unappealing prospect for everyone, the most likely outcome will be to see him farmed out on a loan deal with a far more modest price tag involved. 

Sources close to the club say that Deportivo are looking at paying something in the region of £4 million to take him on loan for the coming season, with a view to him formally transferring at a later date. 

For the Gunners, it could be the only show in town, but expect the fans to be up in arms at what will be seen as another example of financial ineptitude by the club. 
x

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Can Tottenham Hotspur Finally Win the Premier League Title?

You have to go all the way back to 1961 for the last time a Tottenham Hotspur side lifted the English title but that could change in the near future. Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have been there or thereabouts in each of the last two years and it might be third time lucky if the club are astute in the transfer market this summer.

Source: Tottenham Hotspur via Facebook

Arsenal fans have revelled in Tottenham’s misery in recent years but Spurs are now arguably much more suited to challenge for the title than their north London rivals. Pochettino’s men finished 11 points clear of the Gunners last season; securing second spot whilst Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time under Arsene Wenger.

In Harry Kane, they have the best striker in the Premier League and Spurs supporters will be expecting another huge campaign from the England man. He may be just 23 years old but Kane already has two Golden Boot accolades to his name and the Tottenham star will need to be at his brilliant best for the entire campaign if Pochettino’s men are to compete.
The Kane-Dele Alli combination was lethal last season and Tottenham will be right up there with the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool if they continue in the same vein. The England duo linked up on numerous occasions to inspire Spurs to victory and supporters will be hoping that they can improve further this time around.

But of course, winning the title isn’t just about scoring goals – it is about preventing them. On paper, Spurs have the best defensive unit in the Premier League and it would take a brave man to back against the north London side if Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen stay fit. Spurs fans will want Kyle Walker to stay but Kieran Trippier is more than capable of slotting into the side.



Unfortunately, Spurs will have to end their Wembley Stadium hoodoo if they are to stand any chance of winning the Premier League crown next season. Tottenham failed to inspire confidence at the home of English football when playing European fixtures there last season and Pochettino’s side will play all of their games there whilst the White Hart Lane development is ongoing.

Winning the opening home fixture of the campaign against Chelsea could spur Tottenham on to push for the English crown. An early victory over the current holders should give Spurs a confidence boost ahead of what could be a memorable season.

As of July 11th, the north London outfit are available at 9/1 in bet365’s football betting odds and bettors will be confident that Spurs can do the business. This is Tottenham’s time to shine. You’d find it difficult to recall a Spurs side that boasts so much quality and Pochettino is the man to take the north London outfit back to the top of English football. Arsenal fans, enjoy your mocking while you can – Tottenham are serious contenders this year.

Friday, 21 July 2017

England absolutely hump Scotland except women

It's Euro 2017, the women's version, which is the same as the men's but with women... instead of men. And if you or anyone you know suggests that it isn't absolutely brilliant, top notch stuff then you are a sexist of unimaginable horror.



Exceptions can legitimately be when watching Scotland, who are absolutely horse at football regardless of gender.



This goal, England's fourth, was a veritable peach. A goal for all women's football. Clever movement, a Hollywood pass and a lovely little finish over the keeper. But now we must talk about the goalkeeper.

Scotland Goalkeeper (actual name) is very small. She is also shit. If you were to ask me for a football betting offer, I would tell you that should you place money that you own on Scotland conceding goals every time she plays, you would make some money. And isn't that the point of football anyway? To bet on everything. You can't just enjoy the game and watch the drama that unfolds - oh god no. Now it is law to watch the beautiful game and risk your house on it.

What's that little Timmy? You need surgery and it's going to cost money? Well I'm very sorry but I really thought Curtis Davies was going to score a hat-trick before the 38th minute in a friendly against Rotherham. I just had a feeling. Sorry about your surgery but I think you'll find the afterlife very pleasant at this time of year. And if you don't die then you can watch Scotland play football and wish that you had.

Perhaps this Euro 2017 tournament will be the one to thrust women's football into your hearts and eyes, and if it is, that means there is yet another summer tournament of football to allow adverts to encourage you to 'have a bang on that' until the day you wake up on some bin bags behind a nightclub which used to be a church, regretting your decisions.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sunderland relegated, Moyes can travel to home planet

Sunderland are one of the worst Premier League sides I've ever seen and on Saturday they successfully managed to relegate themselves by losing to Bournemouth. All glory to David Moyes.


David Moyes has said various positive things during his time at Sunderland, things like "we need to win games" and "we need to score goals" and "I can't wait to return to my home planet, which I will be able to do once I've completed my transformation from elite level manager to relegator" and yes, that's how I'm choosing to spell relegator. Which isn't even a word.

Anyway. So there Moyes was, getting Sunderland relegated and suddenly a bright light shone from the sky .HEAVENS ABOVE the crowd chanted, probably in tune with that Crystal Palace song that everyone else is stealing now. GET YOUR OWN SONGS! I hate that, when teenagers start trying to be real die hard fans by just using someone elses's songs. The Ed Sheerans of football chants.

Review and compare all bookies and all of the best betting sites available in the UK if you want to, but any way Moyes can now return to his home planet, called "Scotland" where he can enjoy a successful post-management career. He's not left Sunderland yet but the only way to return to his true form is to believe, just like you with your dreams. If you want to shag the ice cream man, boy, you just go out and do it. Believe. But get consent first OK bye see ya later.