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I have long loved the style of Arsenal's play and entirely respect Arsene Wenger for the attacking mentality and fluidity of play that he creates. Of course there will be ups and downs throughout a season and this has been evident over the last few years, but the question on everyones lips is why Arsene isn't willing to spend more? I completely understand both sides of the argument and I'm going to briefly outline my understanding of them below. Why he doesn't spend: - he has faith in his existing squad - he wants his existing squad to believe they are capable of winning a title without the need of additional players - he doesn't want to spend - he likes to develop players rather than buy them in Why he should spend: - is he being naive to think he can get away without...
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It is always difficult for a supporters’ organisation to pass comment on the detail of transfer deals – deals that are business transactions conducted privately. We can, however, take note of the general approach to and results of the Club’s transfer activity. We have, in line with most fans, congratulated THFC’s Board on running the Club as a sustainable business – avoiding the financial problems that have affected many clubs over the years. We recognise the need to balance a sustainable business strategy with the need to deliver an entertaining and successful team. At the end of this season’s transfer window, however, we find ourselves questioning where we have ended up. Some areas of the squad have looked light as we played four games in August, and that remains the case as we...
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I recently read about Jose Mourinho's reaction after Everton beat them 3-1 and I must say I was quite disappointed though not surprised! I don't doubt that Mourinho is a great manager and his success has been undeniable but it doesn't prevent him form being a rude and stroppy child at times. In this particular case he had a grump on because Roberto Martinez had been called in to speak to the media about his teams victory, something I am sure he was glad to do after such a memorable win. Of course Mourinho had to somehow find offence in this and was irritated that he hadn't been called in first so his team could leave the away fixture, to which he added a few expletives. The truth is that these media interviews take less than 10 minutes and unless Chelsea hold some record for the...
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Being a Geordie I've come to expect disappointment when it comes to watching my local team. In fact their ups and downs throughout the years have made me wonder how some fans can loyally and willingly invest their money in a team that continues to disappoint on a regular basis. Of course this season is no different as Newcastle appear to have gotten off to their worst ever start. But why has it been so poor? They've always managed to make do thus far... The general consensus is that Cisse really isn't the saviour a lot of people are making him out to be! Shearer stated that it would have been better to have had 10 men rather than a team with Cisse in and I think he was entirely correct. I noticed it last season too and Newcastle seemingly love to place all their trust and desires...
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Liverpool Football Club has been such a massive part of my life since I was eight years old and I know how much I’m going to miss it. It’s been an emotional time for my family and I with my final game at Anfield against Crystal Palace and then my last appearance away to Stoke City. But I’ve been blown away by the send-off I’ve been given by the supporters and I’d like to thank every one of you. It’s been very humbling and it’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. It’s been an absolute privilege to represent this football club for so long. Of course the pinnacle of my career arrived in Istanbul 10 years ago. That was the best night of my life. When I lifted the European Cup, there was no prouder man on the planet. It meant so much to me to deliver that...
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Dear Angel, Thank you for your letter. You say football is about maths, but I disagree. Maths is involved when that 12 year old counts up his pocket money for 10 weeks to buy a shirt with "Di Maria" on the back. Maths is involved when ticket prices go up because a club takes 175,000 Euros per week from a bank account to give to an ungrateful player who tries to sabotage the work he is being payed to do, and when that club loses £15 million in a year because they have to sell him. Maths is involved when you have to count the number of players who have worn the number 7 shirt for Manchester United, and see its rich history mocked by someone who had no pride in it and who wouldn't fight for it. Maths is involved when you count the amount of points United lost last season when you...
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To Manchester United: I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I've been part of this Club. When Manchester United chose me as part of their team I felt extremely honoured because I knew what this Club means and how it trusted me. Nevertheless, I'm aware things didn't work as we all expected and believe me, I feel really sorry about it. However in the career of a football player sometimes the unexpected and unwanted may happen. I can guarantee you it was not for trying. I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out. I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing huge club. I want to give...
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Dear Coach Dungy, My name is Anthony Nicodemo, and I am a high-school basketball coach who happens to be gay. After living in the closet for 35 years, a year ago I opted to be myself, and life has been awesome ever since. Yesterday I came across your comments regarding Michael Sam and how you would not have drafted him because you "wouldn't want to deal with all of it." Now, as a coach, I am in a different stratosphere when it comes to success. I have coached high school and college for 18 years, but I like to think that I have positively affected many of my student-athletes' lives. Why would you not want your players to be themselves? If you had a gay player on your team (and I am sure that at some point you have), wouldn't you want him to be in the best physical and mental...
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Dear Roger Goodell, Esteemed NFL Commissioner: First and foremost, congratulations on running one of the most successful entertainment franchises in America. I know it must take a tremendous amount of talent and hours to make the NFL run like a well-executed winning Super Bowl touchdown. Secondly, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Rick Clemons. I'm 6'4, 280 pounds, built like a linebacker, sport a goatee, shaved head, and an alum of Oklahoma State University. I had the privilege of attending a couple of classes with Thurman Thomas, and while I'm not a raging Monday Night Football fan, I can hold my own watching a game. I'm often asked, "Did you play football?" to which I reply, "Only mud football with my college dorm buddies." You see, I was never a big sports head. In...
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My Dear Ms. Williams, First, let me acknowledge what many others have said for a while now: congratulations, Serena, you are the greatest tennis player that has ever lived. Reasonable people are allowed to disagree about such things, of course, but all things considered, I believe it would be very unreasonable to disagree with this assessment. NOW, as to you and your best friend, your partner in making history, your toughest competitor, your lovely sister, Venus, thank you both for one more “match for the ages.” It is yet another chapter in what is, arguably, the greatest ‘sister act’ is sports history. At the risk of sounding pure fan boy, I must say, simply, “ . . . WoW, ladies, you ROCK!” No matter what happens tonight, or in the U.S. Open afterwards, the big issue to...
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