I’ve been taking a bit of time off from ranting about Leeds United recently because A: I don’t really think anyone is that bothered, and B: it gets me so annoyed. I’ve even written a positive post about ManUre in the last month so there’s definitely something wrong.
Yes, Leeds have made five singings since making Hockaday manager, which hopefully will reinforce the squad, but I don’t think its good business to sell one of your best players (Ross McCormack) to a side that you will be playing in the same league when your both looking to get to the Premier League. In fact, the selling of McCormack has, in my opinion condemned us to at least another season in the Championship.
Add to that, the fact that Massimo Cellino seems determined to ruffle as many feathers as possible, first dropping Paddy Kenny because his birthday is on the 17th and Cellino hates the number 17, and second demanding that all players must live in the city, and the fact that he hired an inexperienced manager to take the helm, it doesn’t look good.
Hopefully the squad and manager will prove me wrong, but only time will tell.
I would say that I’m looking forward to the beginning of the new season (away at Millwall) which starts on the 9th of August, but to be honest I’m dreading it.Read More
The World Cup has been a great tournament so far and has seen some great games including last night’s demolition of Brazil by Germany, but the best thing about the tournament for me has to be the memes that accompany nearly every game.
Here are some of the best ones:
Robin van Persie
Brazil vs Germany
And because its funny!
Louis van Gaal hasn’t yet taken the reigns at Manchester United, but a new era is coming after last week’s signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and the current Dutch boss has no intentions of leaving it there as United are linked to an array of other players.
Various news outlets have been speculating about who else is on van Gaal’s shopping list and here are the front runners:
Arturo Vidal – current team Juventus
The Italian based Chilean midfielder is regarded as one of the best in the world, there has been interest by United before but Juventus would not sell. Rated by his current club for £38 – £40m, it may prove too expensive for United.
Thomas Vermaelen – current team Arsenal
The Arsenal defender Vermaelen suffered an injury hit season last year and subsequently lost his place to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. He is rumoured to be close to signing a deal with United for a transfer fee of around £12m.
Alexis Sanchez – current team Barcelona
Another Chilean has roumoured to of caught van Gaal’s eye during the world cup, striker Alexis Sanchez. He is comfortable playing in a 4-3-3, a favourite formation for the next United manager and his speed and power would surely light up the premier league. Barcelona want around £30m for the striker.
Whatever happens I’m excited about the new season and just hope that Leeds can have a decent run and at least get to the playoffs, I would love to have the money to spend that United have but we will have to make do with what we’ve got. We’ll just have to wait and see if Dave Hockaday can do something that has aluded us in the past and reach the Premier League again, although not my first choice as a manager I support him and the team completely.Read More
With the world’s biggest sporting event set to start in just over a week, I’m starting to get excited. Although my ancestry is Scottish (both my parents are from Glasgow) I am an avid England fan having being born here and lived here for all of my life.
Although I cannot see England winning the World Cup, I’m hopeful that this new batch of players can do us proud and at least make it to the knockout stage, but with tough games against Italy and Uruguay to contend with it would be an easy task.
Here is the England squad as announced by Roy Hodgson a couple of weeks ago:
Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Fraser Forster.
Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling.
Ross Barkley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere.
Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.
Here is my starting eleven:
Leeds have had a torid time of late, no win in their last six games and three defeats on the trot isn’t the type of form you want to see when trying to get into the playoffs. It doesn’t help that there is also massive doubt whether Massimo Cellino’s takeover will be successful or not after he was found guilty of failing to pay import duty on a yacht.
Whether the Cellino takeover would be good or bad for the football club will remain to be seen, but this uncertainty can’t help the players.
Saturday sees struggling Millwall come to Elland Road in a game that both teams must win; Leeds to have any chance of making the play-offs (which is looking increasingly unlikely) and Millwall to give them a lifeline in the league.
Unfortunately I can’t affect the result tomorrow, although I do think that Leeds will get back to winning ways, but at least I can have a laugh at Manure’s expense.
Not many people know this, but back when I worked in London I used to play a lot of golf (yes London has golf courses too!), we mainly used it as an excuse to get out of the office and entertain our clients, but I actually got quite good at it.
A few of my old work colleagues are heading to Portugal in June for a golfing getaway and have asked if I’d like to go. To be honest I haven’t played for a while, but my clubs are tucked away neatly in the attic for safe keeping.
Jeff, who is organising the trip, said that instead of paying the ludicrous prices the airline charges for taking golf clubs abroad, that we should use Send My Bag instead. Send My Bag transports your luggage from your door to your destination and is specially designed to take heavy or large items such as golf clubs, skiing equipment and musical instruments that would usually cost a fortune to take on the plane with you.
I think this is a great idea as all you need to take with you is your hand luggage, meaning that we don’t have to hire numerous taxis to get us to our hotel just to fit our golf clubs in. Prices are really reasonable too, costing just £30 for items up to 25Kgs. You can also send multiple bags and items making it perfect for holiday groups like ours.
The only thing I have to do now is dig out my golfs clubs and hit the local course because I don’t want to be shown up do I.