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  1. 18 points
    In terms of numbers and form I don't see how guys like Hudson-Odoi, Lingard (who is utter dog sh!t anyway), Sessegnon, Nelson, Redmond, etc would be ahead of him. I've not checked but I'd wager his numbers are as least as good as the best of them and better than most. Going to the Euros if it happens could be superb for him and his overall confidence and mentality imo. I think he is a terrific player but you can tell from his demeanour on the pitch at times he's still a little bit of a shrinking violet. Going to the Euros and that becoming his breakout, if that's the correct term could be the thing that brings him out of his shell and elevates him mentally to possess that ruthless, single minded streak that you need to be one of the best. I've never understood the flak this guy gets on here at times, you only need to look at him for ten minutes to realise he has everything in his locker to be a top player. Of course he's a bit inconsistent, but he's young and you need to put up with that as a player develops and not gnash your teeth anytime he has a quiet game or makes a poor choice in a match. If Barnes was bringing his A game that we've seen in flashes every single week this season then he'd be close to a £100m player and Europe's biggest clubs would be circling like vultures.
  2. 11 points
    I probably wouldn't make a good referee but if a player started giving me excess crap I'd pull out a yellow card and tell him and his teammates that I will keep pulling them until they shut up. That's what they're for. It's his power to control the match. Don't understand why it gets to this point unless the referee doesn't do his job. Yellow and red= power/control.
  3. 7 points
    Very good article in the Independent today, that's well worth a read: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/champions-league-superclubs-liverpool-man-utd-barcelona-real-madrid-a9330431.html “We don’t want too many Leicester Citys.” These were the words spoken by a senior figure from the Premier League’s ‘big six’ clubs, in the kind of high-end London hotel you can easily imagine.
  4. 7 points
    I absolutely hate John moss but he's a human being. I bet my bottom pound that he was being called allsorts by these same players who have been crying to the press (fat, a cheat etc). Why should referees (or any one else for that matter) take constant abuse without giving a little back?
  5. 6 points
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  7. 5 points
    That East Midlands Hub will be a complete White Elephant. You can't just plonk a railway station in the middle of nowhere and have the attitude of "if you build it they will come". Look at East Midlands Parkway...
  8. 5 points
    I mean he's not currently in Sancho's league, let alone Sterling, he wouldn't start but it'd be cool if he got in or around the squad. Might give his confidence a lift getting the nod.
  9. 5 points
    Because they are supposed to be professional referees.
  10. 4 points
    You're also on the record as saying you wouldn't vote for Boris if he hid from Andrew Neil. You're literally the only person on here with a track record of voting for people you said you wouldn't so you'll have to forgive my scepticism given that and your incessant fawning over the guy.
  11. 4 points
    This is a brilliant summary of the financial forces ending the "sport" as we have known it, and turning into a global entertainment business. After reading it, it’s hard for me to get worked up about Jon Moss and Bournemouth. As supporters, we can no longer afford to choose to keep ourselves in the dark about what football is in 2020, For tl:dr types, here is a ¼- length condensed version. It's still long. But I made the effort because I think it should be read: The entire sport has been increasingly conditioned so that Leicester City situations – where a club from outside the financial super elite actually wins a major title – are close to impossible. Let no one tell you, as former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon insisted, that “football has always been like this”. It hasn’t. Every metric indicates that it is at a far worse level than ever before. It is getting worse and threatening to become irretrievable. Football’s embrace of unregulated hyper-capitalism has created a growing financial disparity that is now destroying the inherent unpredictability of the sport. This is not just the big clubs often winning, as has always been the case. It is that a small group of super-wealthy clubs are now so financially insulated that they are winning more games than ever before, by more goals than ever before, to break more records than ever before. That is a consequence of the explosion of money in the game, which means you need a minimum amount of annual revenue (€400m in 2020, going by Deloitte’s figures) to even begin competing. This is why we are seeing so many historic records now being broken season after season. The last decade alone has seen: · a second Spanish treble · a first German treble · a first Italian treble · a first English domestic treble · three French domestic trebles in four years · a first Champions League three-in-a-row in 42 years · the first ever 100-point season in Spain, Italy and England · ‘Invincible’ seasons in Italy, Portugal, Scotland and seven other European leagues · 13 of Europe’s 54 leagues currently seeing their longest run of titles by a single club or longest period of domination. Many of these feats appeared to be impossible for decades. They have now all taken place around the same time in the last decade, with the prospect of more to come. Needless to say, they have all been achieved by the wealthiest clubs in those competitions. This is not to say there won’t be outliers, like underwhelming seasons suffered by Manchester United or Arsenal, or the unexpected triumphs of clubs like Leicester City. To point to such exceptions as counter-arguments is the football equivalent of using a few cold days to dismiss global warming. The wider trends are beyond debate. They are also causing huge debate at the very top of the game. Football has famously always been the game that anybody can play, with matches anyone can win. The preciousness of a goal has ensured it is just low-scoring enough to strike the perfect balance between satisfying reward for performance and the right amount of surprises. It isas Johan Cruyff once said, is “a game of mistakes”. That is where its unpredictability lies. That is what the embrace of hyper-capitalism is eroding. An 11-strong group of the “most global” clubs have reached a size where mistakes are less and less likely. The sport’s immense global popularity has actually funnelled more and more resources to an extremely narrow band of clubs. Premier League TV rights for the current 2019-22 cycle are now worth £8.4bn. The total Champions League prize money is now worth €2.04bn, having grown from €583m just 10 years ago. Such forces have seen Manchester United go from a turnover of £117m in 2001 to £627m last year. The biggest clubs are no longer the financial size of local supermarkets, as was the case just two decades ago. The sport in Europe now turns over more revenue than the publishing or cinema industries. The ‘stretch’ in wages from the bottom to the top in the Premier League has gone from 2.85x in that breakaway season of 1992-93 to 4.7x last year. Repeated studies have shown that player wages affect results to a greater degree than anything else. Arguments about net transfer spend are close to irrelevant. “Buying the most expensive players doesn’t automatically generate good sporting results,” Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano wrote. “What does generate those good results is having the best players in your team and paying them the salary they deserve.” This is what creates the stretch. “I had the money to buy players,” another exec says. “But not the money to keep players.” This has been the primary issue for most PL clubs seeking to grow, despite the influx of TV money that has allowed high transfer fees. By the competition’s latest figures, the big six paid 51.3% of the total wages. This disparity has led to a corresponding disparity in results. And thus the unpredictability of football – the lifeblood of the sport – begins to dissolve. Every metric shows the sport across Europe is more predictable than 30, 20 or even 10 years ago. You can start at the very top. The average points won by champions in the five major leagues has shot up. England might only show a marginal change from the 2000s to the 2010s, but the change becomes much more pronounced if you focus on the last three seasons. It then extends to 96.7 points – and that’s before you even bring in Liverpool’s current season. That is emphasised by the fact more clubs finished in England’s top four in the first five years of the 1990s than in the 20 years so far of the new millennium. It is not just that the wealthiest clubs are winning much more, however. It is that they are winning by much more. The 14 other Premier League clubs were at first taken aback. Then the feeling that they were being taken for a ride began to grow. Their representatives were at a meeting to discuss international TV rights distribution and, in putting forward the position of the big six, Daniel Levy just kept using the same five words: “We only want what’s fair.” The Tottenham Hotspur chairman repeated it to every single objection. The argument was that the ‘big six’ are the clubs who bring all the international attention – and so they therefore deserve more of the money. The counter-argument is obviously that they need teams to play against, and that the founding principle of the Premier League is equality. The more money the ‘Big Six’ receive, the better they become. The more attractive they are to audiences. The better commercial deals they can strike. The better they become. And the more attractive they are. Thus strengthening a self-perpetuating cycle that just keeps on increasing the gap. The leverage – of course – is another break-away. “They’ve been using the threat of the super league for 20 years now,” one high-level source says. “Every time there is a discussion about revenue distribution, they put it on the table.” There has been almost no resistance or regulation, which in itself has added multiple layers of self-perpetuation. The belligerence of the big clubs has been a huge part of it. Inequalities were already hard-wired into the global football infrastructure before the game’s authorities even realised the need to do something about it. The Champions League has been a closed shop for the majority of the last decade. A figure like £100m allows you to buy an awful lot of wages, to invest. So if you want to challenge them, you’ve got to find £100m and that’s just for one season. That, by coincidence, is the figure Jack Walker pumped into Blackburn Rovers to make his club Premier League champions in 1994-95 by financial brute force. It would now barely make a dent. The CL also creates what you might call the ‘Everton problem’. The player market makes it a race to the top, where the richest are able to accumulate the best in a way never seen before. Every player obviously wants to be in such a competition. So clubs like Everton are still mostly a level of player short of the true elite. And when they do have a player who can perform at Champions League level, like Romelu Lukaku, he is quickly picked off. The forces of the game just don’t allow clubs outside the elite the time and space to get to that level. There are too many ceilings to smash through, with so many layers of money on top. England’s big six have benefited from 93% of European TV money in the last eight years. Some clubs – like Valencia and Leeds United – have attempted to break through this with huge investment, only to bring themselves close to ruin. The introduction of Financial Fair Play (FFP) attempted to prevent this. But the legislation came too late. Rather than creating a necessary competitive balance in European football, it reinforced the pre-existing levels. “20 years earlier, I think it would have made a notable difference,” Goldblatt says. “And I think it would have been a deterrent to more egregious foreign owners who have lots of money and political aims.” One potential solution to this would be revenue redistribution, in the form of “solidarity” payments. Discussions are ongoing at the start of 2020 to determine Uefa money towards clubs not participating in European competition for the 2021-24 cycle, so as to level the playing field. The threat that has hung over any discussions: the prospect of a European super league. The result in the last discussion over solidarity payments? They actually decreased: from 8.5% to 7.3%. “Solidarity for the non-participating clubs is the sole mechanism we have to protect competitive balance,” one source says. “The big clubs are always pushing. UEFA is in a difficult position, as they need to find a balance, but it’s not easy. It usually ends up that they say we have to listen to the top clubs and give them something, to stop them going in the direction of a super league.” This is the cycle the game is now in. With every step of negotiation, a little more is ceded to the big clubs, which earns them even more revenue. So it is with results. They shift a bit more towards the super-wealthy with every cycle. And so the differences between clubs become imperceptible and thrashings become so commonplace. It is also why UEFA’s description of “global clubs” is so apt. In this almost completely unregulated world-wide football market, there are only a few that traverse the planet in terms of supporter base and appeal. It allows them to grow to financial sizes that no other club can reach. Sponsors are not going to go to a team not playing international football. They want to put their money – and pay a lot of money – for the biggest audience. All of these factors began to properly coalesce around 2010 to just put this distinctive group of clubs on another level, that was only going higher. It fundamentally changed what they are. “The growth of the third source of income converts the football club business into a global entertainment business,” Soriano wrote. “This is the point where the big football club ceases to resemble a local circus and becomes more of a Walt Disney.” They are no longer just football clubs. They are glamorous content providers. The stadiums are big TV sets, where 22 performers are performing. “I look at the big clubs and their endless desire for money and I just think… what’s the point?” Goldblatt laments. “People think the unit of analysis is the club, but actually the game as a whole should be the unit of economic analysis. It’s the mad dynamic of capital accumulation, and it’s ultimately very odd that a very small number of people should be driving what is a collective experience for millions of people.” We cannot allow the football eco-system to be destroyed in the interests of a small group of clubs. It is much more than money at stake here. We should all recall the social value of football, the role it plays in communities.
  12. 4 points
    Next best thing after a singing section was denied.
  13. 3 points
    Well, suddenly freedom of movement isn’t quite so popular
  14. 3 points
    88% of Liverpool supporters are in favour of it and the Hillsborough Justice campaign have also backed it. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/31/liverpool-fans-88pc-safe-standing-rail-seating-spirit-of-shankly https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/28/members-hillsborough-justice-campaign-come-support-safe-standing-premier-league-7667322/ Margaret Aspinall, of the Hillsborough families group, is about the only big voice still being quoted as a Liverpool voice against it - and she's opposing it in ignorance of the fact that thousands persistently stand at Anfield as things are.
  15. 3 points
    Youre just assuming here though. Its completely wrong if true. If a player was making comments about a ref going to be taking charge of championship games because of how bad a ref he is, theyd be booked instantly and rightly so. You cant take on the role of a fan when you are supposed to be the most neutral man in the ground. Its his job to control the players, if they are overstepping the line in anyway, you book them, you dont make snide comments.
  16. 3 points
    I'm with Bournemouth here I've got to say. Abuse or no abuse I think in principle the ref really shouldn't be saying anything like that. Refs are human and get plenty of stick and I can understand why they might want to exchange a few words but I think it calls into question their professional and impartiality. Moss should apologise and if he was abused by those players he should tell the press what they said to him.
  17. 3 points
    In the video it's conveniently blocked by her finger, but in the section under the $150 wage she earned from 70 hours if you pause it at the right time you can see she earned $708 dollars in tips.
  18. 3 points
    I think the release of the article is good news for us as it's motivation (if it was even needed) for Barnes to give 110% every game. He's on the cusp of the national team in a tournament year with several teammates already capped. A strong end to the season and he'll probably make it.
  19. 3 points
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  20. 3 points
    Best bit about HS2 is it highlights that eco warriors should be put on permanent ignore. Must cut CO2 but must not build public transport cos will destroy 0.01% of country's ancient woodland. K lads.
  21. 3 points
    The club will only be considering doing that because of years of pressure (and encouragement) from those "wittering about it". And good on them for listening if/when they do.
  22. 3 points
    I love our Harvey but I don't think England would be particularly good for him, he's only just started coming out of his shell bit. The pressure and expectation around England would be too much too soon
  23. 2 points
    Wouldn't say that first was his fault, he followed his man and the midfield didn't pick up the third man run from Waghorn.
  24. 2 points
    Morgan for me, 7 from 7, didn't need to go big again after 14 from 3, knock a single or two then a fairly comfortable (in this day and age) target with a batsman well set.
  25. 2 points
    At present break even in terms of co2 for an electric vehicle over a petrol or diesel car is 60000 miles or about 5 years. Unless we drastically come up with a lot more clean electricity to charge said vehicles or a way that doesnt use power to create hydrogen then we will have a problem.
  26. 2 points
    I know we should not be counting chickens and all that but are we going to have this miserable, "its all going to go wrong" attitude before every game? FFS WE ARE A GOOD TEAM. we should be looking up not down. My god, if the management and players thought like some of you lot then we may as well start looking at train times to Doncaster and Yeovil now.
  27. 2 points
    From the press conference. Big news is Ndidi is out for the match: How to challenge big boys? You have to find your own way because you know you don’t have the resources. We all have a clear way of working and our own identity. You have to have honest players, who have spirit. Message to the team? There are still 39 points to play for, which is a lot. We don’t want to change. We can’t be thinking about being in the top four. We just need to concentrate on the next game. We want to be the best we can be. We finished ninth in the previous two seasons. We find ourselves in the top four and deservedly so. Can we sustain that? Matty James? In the first part of the season, he wasn’t fit enough to play. We didn’t want to put him under pressure. Now, we were able to include him in the squad and he’s getting fitter all of the time. To have him is a possibility, that makes us happy. He’s sustaining his fitness. We’ll see how that works between now and the end of the season. Injuries? Wes is back in the squad. He’s come through that. Ndidi is going to be doubtful for this game. He came back very quickly. He had a little reaction to his operation. We’ll see how he is. Mendy is still out. Only a few bookings? We go into every game to be a sporting team. We want to play with aggression, but I don’t monitor the cards. We’re an honest team that works hard. Ricardo top for tackles? He’s an outstanding player. When he first came into the country, everyone knew how good he was going forward. He can get in contention with people, he stays on his feet, his positioning in the main is very good. He can travel with the ball, go inside, outside. He’s very low maintenance. He trains hard and gets on with the game. He’s a brilliant signing by the club. How did Rodgers spend the winter break? I went skiing for the first time. I fell over a few times, but it was good fun. It’s nice to have a break. It’s very difficult to do as a player, and having experienced it, I certainly wouldn’t let any of them do it. Barnes for England? Any young player that’s playing in the Premier League, Gareth will be interested in. I thought he was outstanding in our last game up against Reece James. It’s a continuation of how he’s been. He’s got power and pace, but his tactical idea is better, he looks like he’s going to score in every game. He works very hard. He’s a very calm boy. If he keeps up with his form, then I’m sure he’ll be very close to the squad. Champions League? We go into every game and give it our best. We know what we want to achieve. The players have been brilliant. In the last numbers of games, we’ve made some mistakes. There’s lots of learning that they will continue to make. It’s a very competitive league. Results before the break? There’s improvements to be made, no doubt. The number of games and the number of changes we had to make, we will now regain a bit of stability. Traore? He’s a very dangerous player. I’ve seen the improvements he’s made. Once he’s away, he’s very difficult to stop. He’s improved his end product and you know he’s going to create something. But they’ve got other good players, Jota, Jimenez, and then two players who can pass the ball in midfield. Lallana? He’s a fantastic player. He’s done brilliantly there and I’m sure he will be weighing up his options. But I don’t need to speak about that now. We’ve only just had the January transfer window, I don’t need to speak about the summer. But he’s a top-class player. Maddison contract? It’s still the same. The club and his representatives are still in negotiations. Would you like to see Poch back? He’s an outstanding manager. He’ll benefit from a break and he’ll be enjoying a breather. He’ll do a great job wherever he goes. Want Bennett permanently? We said we’d bring him in. Within the contract, there’s stipulations based around appearances. We’ll see how we go over the next three months. He’s a top-class guy who will help us. Bennett? I was delighted to get Ryan in. I tried to get him at Swansea. He’s had a really good career. Jonny and Cags have been outstanding. We wanted to get Filip some loan time. Ryan fits the bill, he’s a warrior, he knows the game, he’s got experience. He can play in a couple of different systems as well. Why give them a holiday? It was my decision that the players had seen enough of each other, so we gave them a total break. The families need a break too. We’ve very much in each other’s pockets the rest of year. Winter break? We knew in advance where they were going. Lots of them went away with families, some went away with friends. It was definitely something that will benefit them. It breaks the cycle and allows them to be refreshed. They enjoyed their time away and they’ve trained really well.
  28. 2 points
    So Starmer wants a Prevention of Military Intervention Act. Great news for despotic rulers everywhere!
  29. 2 points
    One of their best, but then what isn't. At least, anything up until Republic. I think everyone's side projects took their toll. I remember buying Republic on tape in a service station on the long drive up to Scotland for our honeymoon.
  30. 2 points
    Travel news for anyone travelling. Do Not come off the A47 onto the A1074 as the signs tell you. Horrendous road works long term took me 1.5hrs to cross town monday night. Stay on the A47 until you get to the county hall turn then come off. Let us know where your all drinking. Queen of Icini is no longer a fans pub so no colours allowed.
  31. 2 points
    Remember, City are no longer the little man who waits in fear of the knock at the door, We are the ones doing the knocking!
  32. 2 points
    not too bothered by that as ziyech is the type of player who will either smash it or be a big disappointment at a 'big club' with a huge wage ….. Chelsea are going to buy players like this and some will be more than likely be successes …. like i said, not convinced HZ will in the PL …….
  33. 2 points
    I think we really should be looking at Grealish for the left hand side. I hate the bloke but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like the likes of Vardy/Maddison if they didn't play for us. He has appetite and swagger. His ability to carry a team and be the focal point at his age shouldn't be underestimated. Chilly and Madders could have a quiet word during their play dates.
  34. 2 points
    I'm mildly supportive of HS2, it's more about adding capacity rather than cutting short journey times. There's a big potential saving by axing it but is that extra c. £90bn going to be spent wisely on other infrastructure projects? I'm aware this falls into the sunk cost fallacy but it's already costing billions, the multiplier effect is in full swing creating numerous jobs, investment etc etc. Any new proposal for high speed rail is going to take even longer with plans, consultations, committees and all that shite only to knock out a similar plan of similar expense just another 10 years later with the added costs of the existing plans and subsequently shelving it. HS2 needs to be modified not scrapped. It should **** the East mids hub off, it should just have a station in Leicester (or Derby, probably should be Derby but they can all drown).
  35. 2 points
    What you mean if we have about 4 shots on target in the 1st ten minutes??? Mate we started well at Villa if it wasn't for 3 World class saves and a counter attack we would have had the tie won at half time.
  36. 2 points
    Barnes I think would be a good choice to take to the Euros. Sancho, Sterling and Kane / someone else if he's still injured will be our front three, but there's always place for an impact sub to come on in the last 15/20 minutes. Barnes compared to some of the other names mentioned here like Redmond and Hudson-Odoi is better at coming off the bench and making a difference. Realistically if he went he might only get 45 minutes total football in the whole tournament, but if he comes on and provides an assist / scores in the last ten minutes of just one game, he might still justify his place. So in some ways Barnes' inexperience, naivety and raw nature could end up working for him.
  37. 2 points
    Came across this from a Blackpool fan, looking good.. Kiernan D-H was for me the best player on the pitch. He has this knack of winning 50/50s and then motoring forward with purpose, belief and incredible raw talent. I hear they call him Scholesy at Leicester, and I think he’s gonna play for them in the Prem soon. What a player!!! Rating: 9/10 https://fansonline.net/blackpool/mb/view.php?id=3462982
  38. 2 points
    Hmm part of me thinks Moss is in the wrong but another part of me thinks he's within his rights to give a little back if they've been having pops at him all game. Ultimately I don't think he should be making comments like that as if there were controversial decisions in the game and then goes and makes these comments it could cause him trouble as it would bring his impartiality into question. I know it never happens and I'm at a loss to understand why, but if players do end up calling refs every word under the sun they should be booked. That's surely a much better way of managing the game instead of having a war of words and then dealing with the subsequent media circus?
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  40. 2 points
    you need to stay busy. Get the Hoover out or something!
  41. 2 points
    We all ready have one, its called foxestalk.
  42. 2 points
    Anyone who has enjoyed or wants to watch Parasite, I also very much recommend watching Snowpiercer which was also directed by Bong Joon-ho Really good film with some good twists and turns that keep your attention Bong managed to piss off Harvey Weinstein who was the producer so the film ended up being very much under marketed and didn’t do as well as it could have done revenue wise Very underrated film, can be watched on Amazon Prime
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  44. 2 points
    What do we think about these deportation flights? I’ve no issue deporting people who came to uk as adults, but reportedly one guy has lived in the UK since he was three. Two problems with this 1) If he was raised here it’s our problem. 2) extension if Windrush type failure to clarify citizenship rights for people here more than ten years.
  45. 2 points
    Broke the world record for a keeper and a CB... yeah really cheap that!
  46. 2 points
    Van Dijk alone cost triple what our title-winning XI did. Hate these articles which are "X are the best at Y, except for this important caveat we've brushed over". Well, in that case, X arent the best at Y then, are they?!
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  49. 2 points
    Not sure what happened to your stream but when I watched a couple of games it was near perfect.
  50. 2 points
    Good to be reminded that it isn't just Leicester fans that are reactionary dickheads
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