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  1. Yes, English football needs leaders – but not mercenary opportunists like Joel Glazer and John W Henry Henry Winter , Chief Football Writer Monday October 12 2020, 5.00pm, The Times Yes, Joel Glazer, I saw you. I saw your contempt for English fans. I was there outside the main entrance at JJB Stadium in Wigan on May 11, 2008. I was chatting to Manchester United supporters an hour and 20 minutes before kick-off, genuine football people whose life revolves around this great club you’re privileged to own, proper football souls who care for the greatest game as well as their belo
    26 points
  2. Sheds a new light on the desperation to stop us getting in the top 4 last season. Still think there was nothing dodgy about all those handball and penalty decisions?
    9 points
  3. FOOTBALL | MATT DICKINSON Premier League’s ‘big six’ want to kill chance of next Leicester City fairytale A pandemic, with the game at its most vulnerable, has provided the opportunity to launch a hostile takeover Matt Dickinson Tuesday October 13 2020, 12.01am, The Times Share Save It is 59 years since Tottenham Hotspur won the English league title, only four years since Leicester City pulled off one of the most sensational and inspiring achievements in all of sport. One club is invited by John W Henry to join him in carving up English football — deciding on the rules, veto
    9 points
  4. It's not just about old people, it's about the vulnerable who need care of some sort. If you just let it run riot, it will invariably get into and be spread by care homes, hospitals, community in the care, sheltered housing, assisted living and so on. A huge proportion of doctors, nurses, carers (professional and family) are going to contract it and then going to pass it on. These people have no choice, they aren't taking risks. And before someone says "of well if they are that vulnerable they'll die soon anyway". No, firstly we are meant to be a civilised society who actually care
    7 points
  5. Except for their dignit---- Yeah they've got nothing to lose.
    7 points
  6. I think we are universally lucky to support Leicester, usually by a twist of geographic fate. I'm proud to come from Leicester, proud to support my hometown club, proud my son does and his son in turn (his daughter is 1 yr but she has got the kit of course and loves a ball to play with) I've lived 156 miles away for half of my life but support them just as much and we travel over 300 miles every other week to the KP Those of us who have been going down for ages like me since about 1964 have paid our dues in more poor performances than good We were a team that went to and fro
    7 points
  7. Newcastle fans are donating the £14.95 to the foodbank they usually have outside the ground.
    7 points
  8. Someone's done it! https://www.change.org/p/football-fans-and-all-decent-people-the-perfect-picture-premier-league-plan Project Perfect Picture is a fan-driven response to the greed of Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC's dangerous Project Big Picture trap. The greed evident from the owners of these two, "should know better" clubs shines a light on the real problem that our beautiful game faces...corporate greed. Project Perfect Picture proposes the biggest single shake-up of the English professional game in a generation if it comes to pass. So what would
    6 points
  9. Did you know that "scientific evidence proves that face masks don't work?". Must be true I read it on a provincial football forum.. No one is suggesting blindly putting trust in any MSM news site, rather critically appraising your sources and objectively balancing independently verifiable information before posting unsubstantiated opinionated bollocks on a football forum. Unlike many of your internet and social media sources, large network news stations are fully accountable and if necessary, answerable to the legal process and if a public corporation, judicial re
    6 points
  10. https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2020/oct/13/david-squires-on-project-big-small-print-selflessly-saving-english-football As usual, David Squires nails it. The whole situation is so appallingly outrageous I have to laugh about it. Even the proposals used the word "gift" in quotation marks regarding circumventing the FA veto, marvellous.
    6 points
  11. According to Martyn Ziegler in the Times, the EFL turned down a £375 million investment without putting it to all the clubs. Good job Parry hasn't been saying how desperate they are for money recently....
    6 points
  12. You don't need to see a pandemic coming for investment in healthcare to be worthwhile.
    6 points
  13. I guess being in the championship as long as they have would invite them to say yes to pretty much anything.
    5 points
  14. Maybe also the reason why he didn’t play for a year ...
    5 points
  15. To be fair though, it's insane that they're doing this, it's not insane football fans aren't allowed back in. People shouldn't be doing either.
    5 points
  16. We could have a drug that - say - was 100% effective as long as it was given as soon as someone went onto a ventilator. No more deaths from covid19. And we would still be facing some restrictions to slow the spread, because we simply cannot get the volume of people through hospitals if this spreads unchecked. The focus on case rate (and the baggage of false positives) and death rate (and the baggage of how it is recorded) is misleading. We're debating statistical curiosities about the accuracy of irrelevant metrics, instead of the problem at hand. Partly blame govt com
    5 points
  17. I voted to buy it. I haven't had the best experience with streaming in the past and £15 ain't that much money to me (not boasting btw just explaining my thought process). Plus I'm a boxing fan so I'm used to buying an evening of sport. So I'd rather sit on my sofa and crack a beer and have a stress free viewing experience on the tele. But having seen the results of the poll and read some of the anger on this thread I've changed my mind and will stream it too. Solidarity my blue Brothers and sisters!
    4 points
  18. The fact that these self centred individuals want to scrap the one game in the football calendar (community shield) that raises money for good causes says a lot about them. Hateful.
    4 points
  19. The irony is, of course that those who spout the "People blindly believe everything they read in MSM" are usually so deeply entrenched in their echo chamber of paranoia and conspiracy theory. You won't find them critically evaluating the things they agree with, let me tell you that.
    4 points
  20. Because he was a former sweeper with an unconvincing English accent?
    4 points
  21. The assets of Macclesfield Town have been bought by a consortium including Robbie Savage. Great news for them even if they have to start further down the leagues.
    4 points
  22. I’m sure being slotted in next to an Irishman and a Turk will help his English enormously.
    4 points
  23. On French TV last night he was compared to van dijk after his performances for 21s.....🤯
    4 points
  24. No it's a valid point and one worth bearing in mind come the next election. If there was the capacity to throw this much money at our problems, why didn't we already have better NHS funding? Why are so many people reliant on foodbanks instead of receiving adequate government assistance? Why were we being told that there still wasn't enough money and there'd be even more years of Tory austerity not long before the crisis hit and we started throwing billions at every existing business as well as some shady and hastily thrown together new ones (which will no doubt become the new reason for aus
    4 points
  25. This kind of concept has virtually killed F1, so go ahead Big 6 and kill the EPL competition as we know it. Go off and play pointless Tour games and in a European League that will have limited interest outside of the fan bases of those Clubs involved. I cannot wait to watch Liverpool play Inter Miami at the Giants Stadium next July at a PPV price of UKP 15.99. Bring it on you greedy bastards.
    4 points
  26. I swear to God that these posts getting exponentially more ridiculous and desperate by the day. Some of these comments make the match threads seem informed, measured and rational.
    4 points
  27. The point of providing much needed investment to the EFL is beyond reproach (At least as it appears, and presuming it is not subject to rapid withdrawal or removal) however the underlying, unspoken argument here seems to be that the PL pot should be distributed amongst those who earn it, those who pull in the most viewers, supporters. However to mess with the distribution of money is to risk unbalancing the whole product, the very thing that sets the PL aside from La Liga or the Bundesliga, its unpredictability. Seems the Big 6 fans are moving in a similar direction.
    4 points
  28. At this point it’s about giving the NHS breathing room, rather than the number of people dying. If we don’t have the capacity to look after people, the death rate will unfortunately go up. I fully understand the statement of people in a more fragile condition being pushed over the edge by this. That they would have passed away to the next virus etc. Unfortunately if it’s preventable they need to avoid it. Reading between the lines, this virus has the potential to take more than the most at risk as well, so if not controlled, we’d see soaring death figures. Due to the soci
    4 points
  29. Would be interesting to hear the considered thoughts of Cliff Ginetta on this subject.
    4 points
  30. I've no problem with the EFL clubs wanting this deal (although the Championship clubs who get promoted would be hindered long-term), they need the money. But you cannot propose this and expect the rest of the PL to vote to weaken themselves in pretty much every aspect. The Government have done nowhere near enough to support the EFL, either, and shouldn't get away from criticism because this ridiculous proposal has dominated the news.
    3 points
  31. It’s a shame that the more altruistic elements of the plan weren’t put forward by the premier league as a whole previously but now that they have been proposed the 20 clubs could adopt them whilst rejecting the power grab. If the likes of Liverpool and Man Utd then sod off to a European Super League I for one would be delighted
    3 points
  32. Isn't that obvious? He's trying to discredit everything Whitty and Vallance say based on a tiny pretty irrelevant thing that they predicted it looks like we might be doubling in cases every week about a month ago whereas now it looks like it might be every 10-14 days, ignoring the fact they have years of experience in epidemiology and likely have a much greater understanding and access to the data than any of us do. And that the fact the X axis has shifted a little means they are wrong about everything, even if it just means we reach 50,000 cases a day 2 or 3 weeks later.
    3 points
  33. Well other than large scale events most of the country have been able to get on with their lives for months now if they wished to. I'm sure at some point people will give up and demand a normal life. But then, perhaps when parents and grandparents start dying they realise they've been a bit of a selfish c***. It's been 6 months so far and people are willing to basically sentence huge numbers to death so they can go football or to a concert? We need to get past the winter being sensible and see where we are in spring in terms of treatments, vaccines, understanding of t
    3 points
  34. Liverpool really are a vile club and this stems from the owners. The attempt to furlough staff when they are multi billion pound business was sickening and now trying to take control of English football. If their fans agree with this then they are as vile as their owners. Any decnet football fan would be completely against this regardless of whether you support Man U, Liverpool, Leicester or Lincoln. This is no deal for the efl, its clubs or anyone. The fact they have the audacity to make it look like their are doing english football a favour is an insult to the intelligence of football fans a
    3 points
  35. No you really aren't. Trust me there are past masters of the art present on this thread.
    3 points
  36. Nah still looks insane
    3 points
  37. Nah it's a good point. And I reckon I'd have been all for it. But we'd still have the problem of thousands dying from it since it's not just lack of access to treatment causing it. Just don't think people would accept it. The cost of it all is staggering no matter where you look at it. Thousands of families pissed off at losing loved ones and millions of tax payers pissed off knowing tax rises will be coming and hundreds of thousands of people pissed off because they no longer have jobs. What a shit year it has been.
    3 points
  38. This government probably would, let's be honest. They gave a billion pound ferry contract to a company with no boats.
    3 points
  39. That's an exciting prospect. Castagne strikes me as an intelligent player who will understand how to act as a foil and support for Barnes, and will bring the best out of him.
    3 points
  40. The concern shouldn’t be about project big picture but more to do with what will actually come from this (project little picture). it may well have a strongly negative impact on our ability to compete for european qualification- I suspect what will gain traction is the idea that all prem clubs give up 25% of their tv income to support the pyramid - it’s attractive to the masses and is difficult to argue against from a fairness perspective. But it will have a disproportionate affect on us compared to the big clubs and also those ‘comparable’ clubs with a larger fanbase and commerci
    3 points
  41. This is an excellent post, and one I completely agree with. You're absolutely right, this is about not overwhelming the NHS again, trying keep things at a manageable level. It is absolutely impossible to protect everyone, and whilst the virus is in its infancy it will spread like wildfire when given the opportunity to do so. Not every life will be saved, and it is impossible to protect all of those people, and those who feel most vulnerable should take some ownership where they can to keep themselves safe. The virus will take more lives, it will take more jobs and more businesses.
    3 points
  42. Banged out the 500 goals and 500 assists tonight on squad battles (took about 11 games) to get the 2 jumbo rare packs... bagged a few decent players but the picks of the packs were De Bruyne in 1 and Lucas Moura in the other 🙌🏻
    3 points
  43. I've told this story before, so I will try to keep it brief. I grew up as an American Southerner. No one knew anything about soccer. I paid fleeting attention to the World Cups from 1986 on, but I definitely didn't understand the game. America got regular TV coverage of the Premier League in 1998. I saw that Leicester City had an American goalie, so they became my team. So obviously I didn't grow up a Leicester supporter, but I now support them (from a distance) the best I can. I wear an LCFC shirt occasionally, and it is infrequently recogniz
    3 points
  44. Clubs with a "longer continual stay" in the Premier League than us... Liverpool Arsenal Chelsea Manchester United Manchester City Everton Tottenham Southampton Crystal Palace West Ham Just so we're clear, these plans would exclude the 2015/16 Premier League Champions from any decision making, in favour of teams that haven't won it for: 8 years (Man Utd), 16 years (Arsenal), have only just won it after 28 years of the completion (Liverpool) and a bunch of clubs who have never won it - Spu
    3 points
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