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SirBalon last won the day on June 22 2019

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  1. Most times these games live in their own stratosphere where all logic and the understanding of the universe don’t apply.
  2. That’s great news although 10 games? 10 games all season? Is there any point in what it costs for a studios setup for 10 events?
  3. Yes, but that was then and this is now. In any walk of life, what you regard yourself as has no bearing in the real world. Because nobody stands around waiting for you to be “yourself” again. Competitors have evolved around them in all sorts of ways (your club is an example), plus there’s the argument that he was also overachieving within the chaos that is Man Utd.
  4. Yeah, undoubtedly there’s a lot of all that in there. Ten Hag would find it difficult to fit into any Premier League head coach position for the simple reason that there isn’t any club in England’s top division that even slightly resembles the setup at Ajax. Like I’ve said before, this isn’t me knocking him, he’s a very good coach, but only in that sort of unique organisation. Man Utd have talented players there, but many of them do not fit a uniformed football ideal and even for those that don’t believe that to be essential, there is also a huge hole in terms of leadership... real leadership that knows that club. Manchester United have always been a huge name in football even when they weren’t successful (in essence) years ago. But they’ve literally become a brand name. The perfect example of the corporate world in football. To override that and delve deep into what football really is, needs someone that like you say, will be too loud and in your face which contradicts what the corporate world is all about. You need yes men or at least a beast that is willing to be controlled publicly.
  5. I don’t think he can call for an overhaul. Man Utd are a corporation... Corporate power doesn’t give an employee any power to demand those sorts of things as we’re talking assets (players) here. He can tell those directly above him who he isn’t counting on for the upcoming campaign, but then it’s all got to do with what occurs in the board rooms. Plus it isn’t an easy feat to offload players when your competitors both at home and on the continent know about your desperation to try and play the assets market. Any interested party will wait till contracts are running down and take the owning party out of the equation.
  6. I’m scared of developing an expectance where Arsenal are concerned. That’s a very dangerous drug to take considering past addictions and the fucking subsequent cold turkey. 3 points. That’s all.
  7. If I remember rightly, you said he was Jesus back in the day.
  8. Ten Hag is a dead man walking... and resulting mayhem has practically nothing to do with him aside from the part where he accepted the position. How this job’s foundations to work has absolutely any resemblance to the work environment where he came from is beyond me. It’s the brand name... Manchester United and right now that’s where it starts and finishes. But brand names aren’t holy sanctums that cannot be degraded and subsequently seen for what they are which is effective actuality. You are what you are now and those that are competing in the same market place don’t just want to win, they also want to make their brand name as big if not bigger than yours. The coach will get the ultimate mea culpa and even there United aren’t being different because that’s a given in sport, particularly football. The job required at this stage is too big to contemplate, but it’ll buy billions of clicks on social media, media in general and of course, the printed press which is a dying breed. They don’t even need a headline here... they just need a “read here”.
  9. I’ll get in contact with you and we’ll make some lists.
  10. I fu*king play for free... I play lots of things for free and even pay to play. Then there’s work.
  11. So, it’s €108m Orpheus Media has apparently purchased 20% of the media rights for Barça’s games being transmitted in south-east Asia for the next 6 years. I really don’t need to say anything here on this one apart from adding Jaume Roures’ statement just now when he was quizzed quickly as he departed the Camp Nou. (Not that his statement is required here) ”I’ve just given a helping hand to the socios who aren’t to blame. Not to this board or any board. This club needs to stay in the hands of the socios and they deserve to see this team play in full this year.”
  12. So, the latest news is that the fourth lever has been purchased by Orpheus Media which is behind many of Europe’s leagues (including Serie ‘A’) intercontinental tv coverage. The company is owned by Jaume Roures a Catalan/Spaniard that has been on the Barcelona board of directors on four separate occasions. I think Barça have pulled a fast one with this if it’s all true.
  13. Note that both Sergi Roberto and Dembélé were re-signed after the year’s cut-off period which means that they won’t be accounted for in the annual financial report for both the LFP and UEFA until season 23/24. This is a tactic that PSG have been using for a few years now.
  14. Apparently (just seen the alert on my phone so don’t know more than that as there is no article as of yet) Barça have pulled a fourth lever and will apparently be able to register the new players PLUS Sergi Roberto and Dembélé (who had both run down their contracts and were officially re-signed as new players under the rules).
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