No Manager Fit to Manage any Premier League Side 26-10-17
NO FOOTBALL manager in the world is capable of managing any club in England’s top-flight to the standard required, fans have confirmed.
The millions that England’s top 20 teams earn from TV deals means they are all potential worldbeaters only let down by the men in the dugouts who are repeatedly proving unfit to lead them.
Football writer Tom Logan said: “Year in, year out, we’re seeing the same thing. Despite all the investment every team bar one is falling short, and it’s the managers to blame.
“Just look at the so-called elite. Klopp? Should be managing a Krautrock band. Mourinho? A specialist in the nil-nil away draw. Pochettino? Guardiola? Their win-loss ratios aren’t much better than men in flat caps in the 1950s.
“Across Europe it’s no better. Zidane? A gormless monkhead. Ancelotti? Open a pizzeria, already. There’s not a manager on the planet up to the job.
I had a helluva time putting these together, partly due to the result, partly due to weakened concentration the result caused, and partly due to the persistent intrusion of the knowledge that we need Leicester to defeat "Moneybags-to-paupers" Everton tomorrow.
Have you had this thermostat problem at home? Well, I certainly did, and it was a major factor in the divorce proceedings. Read this:
Women Forced to Attend Thermostat Awareness Course 12-10-17
WOMEN across the UK are being forced to attend a one-day thermostat awareness course to learn how they work.
The courses, run by the Department of Energy, are compulsory for anyone who has committed two or more thermostat misuse infractions in a 72-hour period and are projected to save the UK millions of pounds in bills.
Instructor Dr Thomas Booker said: “This is a thermostat. It can sense the temperature.
“When set to, for example, 21 degrees, it will regulate the temperature of your home at 21 degrees by turning the heating off or on without – and this is important – any need for manual adjustment.
“If you are feeling a little cold and adjust it upwards to, say, 30 degrees, it will not provide a short-term boost of heat but will begin heating the entire home to tropical temperatures. The opposite will happen if adjusted down, though that’s of course entirely theoretical.
“The way to operate a thermostat is simply to choose the temperature you’re most comfortable with and to leave it alone and not touch it. Let me repeat that: pick a temperature, do not touch it and leave it alone.”
I like to have fun with the outgoing message on my telephone's answering machine, and have done so since my first one
Please allow me to give my two favourites, followed by a question for any of you who have done so also.
1. On there now. You call and get my answering machine, which says first, in an answering machine sonorous voice, "The answering machine is off."
After about 5 or 6 seconds, a softer voice says, "Nah. Just kidding." 5 or seconds after that comes the beep.
2. My all-time favourite from many years ago. My son Mark helped me to record it.
With a very long extension cord, I put the answering machine out in front of my house, right on the curb, with Mark instructed and at the controls.
I put my Norton Commando on the street immediately adjacent to the answering machine, and after giving Mark a silent signal to start recording the outgoing message, I kick started the Norton and gave a bit too much throttle so it really "roared" into life.
I then took it at full throttle and full throat through the gears for about a hundred yards, whereupon Mark, as instructed, stopped recording and let it beep.
When a caller got my answering machine, what he heard was one hellishly loud motorcycle snarling away.
No further information or message. Perhaps it required a bit of a poet to get the message, but I don't care. I got it.
p.s. I wish i still had that tape recording. Perhaps I do, in some long-lost box.
Have any of you done a madman outgoing message that you'd like to share?
Now read what a former U.S. player, with 112 U.S. caps, has to say:
Claudio Reyna Eviscerates US Soccer as “Arrogant” and “Obnoxious”
By Kyle Bonn, Oct 18, 2017, 9:50 AM EDT
Former USMNT captain Claudio Reyna has come out guns blazing after the Americans failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, repeatedly condemning the mentality of the coaches and players in the wake of the debacle.
Speaking to Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep, the usually hushed NYCFC Sporting Director put the USMNT on blast during his lengthy chat. “You travel to Spain, Argentina, Germany,” Reyna said, “and you run into coaches and sporting directors and there’s a humility about their work that doesn’t exist here, and that’s, for me, seeing it, is to me a big concern.”
“When you have a disappointment like last week, and we’ve had past disappointments as well, and we’ll have disappointments in the future, but what we need to understand that it’s for me behavioral.”
Reyna, who garnered 112 caps during his time with the US National Team as a midfielder, questioned the advancement of the game in the United States, looking to differentiate an increase in popularity from headway on the field. “What I think has happened in the past 10 years is we’re confusing investment, expansion, growth, and all these other things with progress,” Reyna said. “All these things have sort of created a feeling that we’re progressing, but I call it expanding, growth and more fans. From the general growth side it’s happening, but are we really progressing? When I look around at certain levels I don’t see progress happening.”
The 44-year-old eventually let the heads of the federation have it, saying nothing will improve no matter who is in charge unless the mentality of those at the helm changes. “People are sitting together and thinking about strategies and how we’re going to get better,” Reyna said. “We need a little humility and modesty at the table. Unfortunately we have a little too much ‘Mr. I Know Everything’, ‘Mr. Arrogance’, ‘Mr. Obnoxious’, ‘Mr. Loud’, and when those get together nothing happens.”
Before finishing out his chat with Goal, Reyna made sure to point out that the country has quality players at its disposal, and that it’s on the federation to develop them and pull the best out of them, or else the disappointments will continue.
“There’s a lot of positives despite the disappointing result that we had last week,” Reyna said. “I think we’re all embarrassed. I’m embarrassed as a former player that I have to go around and have people make fun of us, and get texts from my friends in Europe who remind me we’ll be on [vacation] next summer. I can laugh, but it hurts. It definitely hurts.” ______________ http://soccer.nbcsports.com/2017/10/18/claudio-reyna-eviscerates-us-soccer-as-ar
Normally, I care not a dot for international football, but this time I'm glad to see that Wilfried got a call-up, hoping he gets some playing time and scores. It will do him -- and Swansea City -- a lot of good. And he deserves it.
Come on Wilfried Bony, score some goals for the Elephants.
Well, O.K., but that doesn't sound quite as good as "score some goals for Swansea."
I remember as a youngster [that's a long time ago] that Perry Como was one of my father's favourites. He never missed one of Perry's shows if he could help it. He referred to hm affectionately as "The Italian Barber," and reveled in the fact that Perry was also a Pennsylvanian.
Here's one of my favourite songs, made popular by the also-wonderful singer, Don MacLean, here done by Perry Como to the obvious delight of his audience.:
Dav's Stats for 2017-2018 have been compiled and updated. I suggest that those of you who find them of value please bookmark the URL. Although I fully intend to keep them up to date at all times, I may well not "advertise" them after every game, so having the URL bookmarked will allow you to check them without a prompt.
O.K., then, the manager has accepted some degree of responsibility for today's unnecessary loss. Now what's he gonna do about it?
Here's my suggestion. Imagine that the first six games had been managed by Boob Bradley [actually not hard to imagine, given the constant juggling of lineups with players in-and-out, with no real continuity, especially midfield and forward, as well as unfathomable changes in formation and concomitant tactics].
Then recall how you [Clement] handled that after you took over. Measurable fewer personnel changes and fewer tactical and strategic changes. And a brilliant midfielder who, as usual, took control of the game and got it going "the Swansea way." [Thanks, mug-donor.]
Finally, either get out your "Don't Panic. Play Leon" mug again, or get a new one -- ""Don't panic. Play Leon or Roque." With an addendum of "from the start of every game." Well, that's a bit long for a single mug, so let's do a second mug with the latter text.
They praised Jordan Ayew's workrate with this damning bit of faint praise: "What he lacks in skill and technical ability, Ayew more than makes up for in work rate and perseverance. He could be seen halfway through the opening period in the left-back position jostling away from Watford's press to win the Swans a throw-in. It typified everything he offers to this Swansea side."
As did his brother when he was here, Jordan lacks discipline. Whenever he draws my attention during a game, I have no idea what position he is supposed to be playing. I still don't. Perhaps I'm old-fashioned, but whenever a player is making a nuisance of himself where he doesn't belong, his absence from his assigned position means that one link in a chain is missing.
The same applies to his propensity to dribble into a crowd when the Swansea style is to pass crisply and retain possession.
I hasten to add that the writers got a more important point right -- well, kind of -- when they bemoaned the absence of Leon Britton. A more accurate opinion would have included Roque Mesa -- "the absence of either Leon or Roque or another player with the same skill set and extensive tactical and strategic understanding and play."