Any football on today?
I mean there technically is, but sorry guv.
What’s the big story today?
Well, this is a bit odd, but in retrospect, obvious. Wayne Rooney basically intimated that his desire to leave Manchester United was spurred by his playing positions under Alex Ferguson:
Rooney’s account is that, after nearly a decade at the club, he felt he had done enough to warrant a place in “my position”, namely as centre-forward, and was fed up of being told to help out in midfield. “Everyone at the club knew where I wanted to play and I think that’s why I was disappointed. I got told to play in midfield and I didn’t want to. I just think there had to come a point when, for my own career, I had to be a bit selfish really.”
This goes back to last spring, not long after he had been left out of United’s starting XI to face Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. “I actually felt when I played in midfield I did OK, but I didn’t want to play there. I’ve had no problem in the past playing out of position. But I felt I deserved the right to play in my position and that wasn’t happening.
It is an unfortunate thing, I suppose, but, based on Man United winning the title alone last season, Ferguson’s preference for Van Persie up front in place of “where he may go” Roon seems to have been fairly astute. Of course a player is not a slave, and they are within their rights to agitate, particularly if they’re already in demand.
Anyway, Moyes is now here! And Ronney’s up front, and THINGS ARE GOING GREAT!!
Any other interesting stories today?
Harry Redknapp’s latest book excerpt is up on the Mail. Today we learn he threatened to send his dogs to maul Amdy Faye, whom he refers to as a “very tall black boy” (he was 26 at the time), unless he signed for Portsmouth.
But this titbit on Di Canio makes up for any unpleasantness:
He had such a focused outlook that even the slightest disturbance on the training field would send him into a rage. He would come storming off. ‘Hey, f***ing gaffer, hey boss! We are warming up, we are supposed to be stretching. Razor Ruddock, he is talking about drinking last night, he is talking about sh***ing — how can this be right? This is not right.’
He was high-maintenance but I told the young lads to watch and learn. Paolo was as fit as a fiddle; a fanatic about conditioning, a brilliant, committed footballer. And a handful.
And Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has gone a bit crazy or something. Manager Malky Mackay is nervous for his job as his “right hand man” and head of recruitment Iain Moody was suspended and replaced with a 23 year old Kazakh with no experience in football:
[Alisher] Apsalyamov, who attended the same Swiss finishing school as Tan’s son U-Jiun, has been involved at Cardiff since the summer, when he was initially employed to assist the maintenance staff at the Cardiff City Stadium with his duties including painting the walls of the ground.
But all that money guys! And all it took was the wiping out of your club history and the replacement of key personnel with friends of the owner’s kids.
And a cricketer has gotten involved in the Jack Wilshere is a BNP ultra-right wing creepy nationalist story.
Any good things?
This video of the Spain U21s having a kick about is making the rounds…
Rog Bennett sits down and interviews Uruguayan poet Eduardo Galeano about soccer:
Bennett: You are a man whose politics have caused him to be driven from Uruguay, in 1973, after a military coup, and then from Argentina, after yet another coup, before arriving in post-Franco Spain. Did exposure to those three very passionate yet different footballing cultures impact your appreciation of the game and inform your unique perspective?
Galeano: I’m attracted to soccer’s capacity for beauty. When well played, the game is a dance with a ball. Even though professional soccer has become more about business and less about the game itself, I still believe football is a party for the legs that play it and for the eyes that watch it. I wrote the book without any bias. A lot of leftists think it is soccer’s fault that people don’t think, while most rightists are convinced that soccer is a proof that people think with their feet.
Whole thing is worth a gander…