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Time for an opinion piece I think

Over on the BBC News site Phil McNulty talks about Rafa Benitez and Martin O’Neill in the fallout from there game at the weekend (Liverpool 1 – 3 Aston Villa)

He talks about how O’Neill was irked by Villa fans booing them off at half time

I’m inclined to agree with the statement he made

"I said at the time if you are booed off at the end of the game when you have not played well and you deserve that then fine, but I was disconcerted by it at half-time against Wigan. I didn’t hear Liverpool being booed off at half-time when they were two goals down here."


I’ve always thought booing your team during a game to be counter productive. Don’t get me wrong if your team isn’t performing as you’d expect them to I think you are more than entitled to let them know about it. I just think if you do it during the game it doesn’t help

Having seen my own team fight relegation battles, I’ve seen this first hand. I remember going to a “must win six pointer” at home. After 20 minutes we hadn’t scored and the opposition we’re getting the upper hand. During a promising attack a ball got played wide, the winger mis-controlled the ball and he had to watch it trickle out of play

That was breaking point some of the crowd and the boos started.

Where this then becomes a problem is that the winger stopped attacking his full back. Every time the ball into him he played it simple, back into midfield or to the full back behind him. He stopped taking risks as you don’t get booed for keeping possession right? It ruins some young players as it creeps into the next game and they slowly become ordinary players

This then spreads through the team and no-one tries anything out of the ordinary and the chances quickly dried up

I don’t think the players do this automatically. It’s just human nature.

Can you imagine trudging off a pitch at half time and having thousands of people booing you. If you are loosing a game half time is when you can collect your thoughts, think about what went wrong and get yourself into the frame of mind to perform better. If your thinking about not getting booed this isn’t going to help

Some players can use it as motivation, some can’t. Again that’s just human nature

Next time you are at a game and your team isn’t doing so well or the promising young winger cheaply gives away possession. Get behind them. Cheer louder. You are a SUPPORTER aren’t you?

If after the final whistle you still think they need to know they haven’t played well then boo all you like

Back on it

Ooops…Just realised it’s been almost a month since my last post!

A combination of work and illness have kept me away from the blog. I didn’t realise it had quite been so long!

We’re now a couple of weeks into the season and last years Premier League first and second placed teams have bounced back from defeats (Burnley 1 –0 Man Utd, Tottenham 2 – 1 Liverpool) to score a hatful of goals (Wigan 0 – 5 Man Utd, Liverpool 4 – 0 Stoke)

As usual the press decided to write both teams off as soon as the final whistle went on those defeats.

I really find it odd trying to predict the outcome of a season on the back of two or three games. What if Liverpool or Man Utd win every single game between now and the end of the season?

For the rest of the “big four” Arsenal and Chelsea have both looked impressive. If Tottenham and Man City can also keep their good start going it will turn out to be an exciting season. Fingers crossed!

Florentino Perez forgets how the transfer system works

The Real Madrid president has been complaining about “inflated” prices according to

"We made huge attempts at the start to sign players who had won the Ballon d’Or or the World Footballer of the Year award," Perez said, according to The Daily Telegraph.

"But the arrivals of Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo have confused some people who obviously thought that, because we said we wanted more Spanish players, they could ask for fees which don’t correspond to reality.

"A year ago, certain players we have asked about would have cost less than half the price we are being quoted now. There is nothing that justifies these prices."

Oh dear, oh dear

When you go to big clubs such as AC Milan or Manchester United and ask if you can have their best players they generally say “no chance” and put an unrealistic valuation on them to scare potential suitors away

That’s why they paid so much for Kaka and Ronaldo

Liverpool probably don’t want to lose Xabi Alonso so are holding out for the 30 million that would compensate for the loss

I also think Perez is also wrong in trying to use the Ballon d’Or and World Footballer of the Year award as reasons for paying higher prices

Only one person a year can win each of the awards! It’s not Liverpool (or any other teams) fault their star player didn’t win it that year

If these awards are a barometer for valuations why did they pay 41 million Euros for Benzema? Alex Ferguson thought it was a step too far

"We tried to spend it on Benzema because, at 21, I felt there would be an improvement there.

"He is tough, has a good physique, a good goal scoring record, so it was worth going a wee bit extra for him because of his age. But when it went to £42 million, it was beyond his value. We went to £35 million and I think that was fair.