jamie goode's wine blog: Football

Monday, May 14, 2007


Forgive the non-wine related indulgence of some footy talk.

This last premiership season has been rubbish. Last night on the final Match of the day of the year (always a sad event), Lineker and Hansen were commenting on what a great season it has been - one of the best. I disagree, but then I am a Manchester City fan. Bad feelings about City's dodgy season aside, I just feel that top-flight football has lost some of its glamour, its sense of excitement, and whatever magic it had left. It's turning a bit soulless and repetitive.

And now Stuart Pearce has been sacked. Yes, City's season has been a poor one. But Pearce is an honest guy who inherited a bit of dodgy squad and has had a limited budget to bring in new players, at a time where top talent has been scarce and expensive. Respect to the man. I don't see what sacking him will achieve, unless of course it is a late attempt by the board to lure big Sam before he takes the poison pill of signing on as Toon manager. Well, at least we weren't relegated.

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At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Stuart said...

I think you might be getting a certain P Jewell from Wigan, who quit this morning.

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Jack Hibberd said...

I thought it was a good season and I'm an arsenal fan!
The title went down to the last few weeks for the first time since 2002. Relegation not settled until the last day. Three Prem teams in the semis of the CL and one in the final. First cup final at the new Wembley.

As for Pearce I think he's a bit of clown actually. I find his touchline antics rather embarrassing and the way he promotes playing with a bunch of thugs is, frankly, disgusting.

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Mmmmm. I'm not sure a Gooner can take the moral high ground there!

However, Pearce is clearly not in control of his thugs, so (nice guy that he is) he should move on to somewhere that appreciates him.

I think I agree with Jamie, that this year has been lacking a certain something. Perhaps there's been so much focus on the business side of things that the joy of football has seemed a bit of an afterthought.

PJ said he was taking time out of football - so that confirms that it'll be him...

At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Shon said...

Pearce wouldn't have been sacked if he'd managed to get goals out of his front two. That was his downfall. A bit harsh. Can't see Jewell (if he gets the job) taking City to much more than mid table mediocrity if not relegation contenders once again.

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Martin Moran (Dublin) said...

Hi Jamie,

Despite being a Spurs fan I agree with everything Jack 'gooner' Hibberd wrote. Pearce was rubbish.

Also delighted my team beat city at the weekend and completed our usual haul of six points from them. Spurs can thank city for helping them qualify foer the UEFA cup. Hope city never get relagated as spurs need the points.

At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Alastair Bathgate said...

I am a City fan (grew up in Cheadle Hulme) and I have mixed feelings about Pearce.
The guy was honest and hard but at the end of the day the home matches this season were either dull or torrid to watch and goals didn't exactly flow! Furthermore Samaras and Corradi weren't exactly inspirational buys...
I would rather be forced to drink a whole bottle of cheap Aussie Shiraz than watch any more of that rubbish.
Still there's always next season. CTID.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Cru Master said...

its been lacking the one who makes it come alive as if by magic: thiery henry.

arsenal to win it next year.

man city do need to spend more wisely.

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Lots of sense talked here. Martin, I was there at the Spurs 3 City 4 cup game where we were down to 10 at half time and losing 3-0.
Alastair, quite agree - I was getting worried that being a city fan was losing its redeeming feature - that it was full of surprises - and that we were becoming a predictable, dull, just avoiding relegation sort of side. Let's have some more drama and magic, whatever the results.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous HM said...

Sad to see Pearce go. I think what he really needed was a striking coach, since he doesn't have an eye for a striker. But hasn't he sorted out the defence.

At 11:29 PM, Blogger Steve said...

So, will Claudio Ranieri lead Man City to the promised land?


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