Thanks Ian, good luck to you this season, we are going for, 4 in a row, what are your goals for the season ?
~ Brack ~
They have to be modest now that Real Madrid and Mancester City have taken player prices and wages to obscene levels, so anything above 18th would be good - oh, and to beat Manchester United as we did in our last Premier League season.
Ian, I take no pleasure in the victory today but the three points are priceless. I nearly answered Brack when I read his comments about '4 in a row'. Of course, he shouldn't have to apologise for supporting a club that is SO sucessful now. Nevertheless, as I have said here before, the predictability of the Premiership will ultimately polarize support.
Your club and mine will be playing for survival this year. After the top 4 (plus City - eventually), then maybe its Everton, Villa, Spurs, and possibly even Sunderland this year, I think Bruce is an excellent manager, so that leaves the rest of us scrabbling for 10th.
We are all just makeweights and given how expensive its becoming, unless the wealth is spread around more evenly the makeweights will make way. Lets face it, the Top 4 could just play each other and decide the Premiership over a couple of weeks. Trouble is they couldn't milk that for all the money they need to sustain the cartel they've got going.
I'm not jealous, I support West Ham and we are not made that way. I want to see a fair shake thats all. For Wolves, Stoke, West Ham, Bolton, you name them.
I live in Germany for the moment. I don't hold up the Bundesliga as the template for football everywhere. Even so, Wolfsburg won it last year after being 10th at the half way stage. Despite Bayern Munich's advantages the league is so unpredictable just now no one knows who can win it. Wolfsburg are not a big club. But under shrewd management in a topsy turvy league they came through for an unlikely triumph.
Yeah, I'm damn sure United and L'pool and the others don't want that kind of insecurity, but thats what the true fans want.
One of the most successful sports in the world is NASCAR. Love it or hate it you can't deny its success. A couple of years ago, to avoid one driver running away with championship at an early stage they introduce 'The Chase'. At a predetermined point in the season the top dozen or so drivers in the standings go for the title over the remaining races. They all start from zero again. Is it sport? Dunno, but its definately entertainment. NASCAR saw that single driver domination was a turn off. So they changed the rules to stop it.
You can understand the logic. I guess a Manchester United fan could never grasp the concept now of being just a makeweight. My team either survives in mediocrity or goes down and goes bust probably. Its not much of a prospect to be honest.
As I have said before, if a sport like F1 can honestly believe it can operate to a predetermined budget in the future to save itself, then football should and could do the same. Change the rules, save the game. If the loadsofmoney clubs don't like it they should start their own breakaway league. But they don't have to, as they will still have advantages other clubs don't. The best will still be the best probably, BUT NOT ALL THE TIME.
Football needs a revolution. Cap on salaries, cap on foreign players, cap on transfers. Forget free market rubbish. This is a regulated sport. The administrators could do what they want, if they so wanted. But will they? Hmm, too often they have got their noses in the same trough. Vested interests, as ever, manipulate the sport. Look how clubs that fall out of the Champions league are parachuted into the old UEFA cup or whatever its called now. The makeweights play 10 games qualifying only to find themselves against some top side that couldn't cut it with the cream of Europe this year. Complete joke devised to provide a revenue stream in a bad year for the elite.
Well,I'll bring this rant to an end. Football. It just gets to you it really does - and my team won today and I'm still not happy! 4 in a row Brack? Enjoy it while you can. There's gonna be a reckoning. What was it Peter Finch said in 'Network'
something like "Open your windows and just shout out - We're not going to take it anymore!"
OK nurse, I promise I'll take the medication as prescribed. No excitement as well? OK then I'll become a Newastle fan....:(
No Hits, No Hype.......................Classic Rock Jan 2012