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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Anyway, tonight Mathew.....I will mostly be loving Newcastle United !
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    From what I have seen mate (admittedly only on the telly) most Sunderland fans wouldn’t know a football if it hit them in the face and knocked out their one tooth. Not being a dick like, but I think your position in football and all the managers you have had rather speaks for itself when it comes to what the fans know.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Jmho But by and large mate, the vast majority of fan don’t have a clue what the f**k they are talking about......you can’t run a club based on ludicrous fans. I remember years ago, West Ham used to hold the fan forum and you could go and chat to the manager blah blah blah Anyway, there is a famous clip of one such forum where a West Ham fan is giving Harry Redknapp some stick for playing a young Frank Lampard and saying “He’s not good enough, dont have what it takes” etc etc And Harry just says “Well, I dont agree, this lad is going to be a top, top player” and the rest is history. We should have, as a club and fans, treasured the kid but as it happened he felt f***ing off to Chelsea is what he had to do and that team reaped all the benefits. Fans can not be allowed to dictate policy at a club......sometimes they are right, but more often than not they are way off the mark.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    You have answered it yourself mate, he had the mindset and the rest of you didn’t . Thats what I’m talking about.....it wasn’t a dig like
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Please don’t take this the wrong way mate, but your post told me all I needed to know......a lad who was going to “make it” wouldn’t have even considered the size or stature of the other lad. He would have had total belief in his talent and his ability.......that’s what separates top class athletes from the rest of us. Sports development people can spot this a mile off.....in fact they know it even if you don’t know it yourself. But hey, not knocking you, you did very well to get to the point you did.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    One of the great examples is Messi......they knew that kid was going to be the best in the world when he was 12. But, they went slow and steady, drip feeding him into the first team. That is top class academy coaching imho
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    The rule of thumb is that you can play up but not down. Imho, any good coach will let a player push themselves against bigger and stronger opposition but will be careful not to overmatch a player and destroy their confidence or expose them to injury. ”Fair” don’t really come into it, if you are good enough then you are big enough as long as you are, as I say above, sensible and careful about it.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    I don’t really agree with that brother. See, to my way of thinking, the academy system is a way for youngsters to put themselves in with a chance of developing their game and being spotted. There are a limited number of scouts and they can’t all be at you local Saturday and Sunday youth league games across the area. Likewise, United are not going to put up with a line of people knocking on the academy door all day, every day saying “can my boy have a trial please” So the smaller clubs academy system are a way to cut out the leg work for scouts and give kids who may not otherwise be spotted a chance to put themselves in the spotlight. Its like getting into Sligo Rovers here, nobody is watching them in the world except here......BUT......they will play the likes of Palace or someone pre season once a year and right there is a players shot at the big time if he impresses. If there are Less academy’s then the more that will slip through the net imho
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Do you think the fans will be happy with that mate?.......all piss taking aside, you don’t strike me as a very realistic bunch. If you secured mid table, you would be slagging off you manager for not winning the league type deal.......you were calling for the managers head a week or two back and now, after a couple of results, he is great. Its a no win situation for clubs with fans like that.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Correction, he is the best centre forward we have ever seen. But I agree with the sentiment.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    The governing bodies f****d up the academy system last year I believe mate. They changed the “2 hour” rule or whatever it’s called because a young player used to have to live a maximum of 2 hours from the academy. They scrapped that and it meant any club could come into another clubs academy and nick their best prospects. Lots of clubs closed or seriously rolled back their academy systems after that ruling.......there’s no point in Preston North End spending money on developing a player if the likes of Tottenham can just walk in and tempt them away. A really shit state of affairs imho
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Just watched that Pogba......or rather I didn’t as it were. He is f***ing useless......I don’t think I have ever seen a player who was less what you would associate with a Manchester United player than him. Im surprised nobody has knocked his teeth out in the dressing room.......awful !
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    Metal detecting rally

    They had one here in Ireland......200 of the c**ts had practically dug a new reservoir before they realised they all had steel toecaps on !
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Would Sterling have been the player he is back in the 90s?......no, I don’t think he would be anywhere near because he would have simply been put into row z every week. However rules changes have done what they intended to do (however much old farts like me miss the good old physical days) and that is to make football about technical ability and fitness. The game being played now is more pure football than it ever was........if you put the invincibles against City or Liverpool today and played it under modern rules then City and Liverpool would rinse them out at least 50% of the time imho. In the 90s, Wimbledon would have kicked City all over the park but that don’t make Joe Kinnear one of the all time greats. The comparison is not a fair one imho mate.....these lads are operating on a different level.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    That has got to be casting for a bite right ?........you are definitely not serious there. Guardiola and Klopp have taken the game to a level never before seen without a doubt.......full respect to the greats you mention but never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined players of this fitness level, playing such beautiful football at such a pace.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    All I’ll say is, people look at City and how quickly they forget the lesson of Leeds
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    I don’t think Kev is new to the game ! Lol......you are aware he has played at a decent level aren’t you ? Lol
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    I don’t really agree with that at all, and no matter what anyone says and given all their money and success the last few years......they are still the 2nd biggest club in Manchester.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Oh, without doubt they are big fish in a small pond.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Compared to Baseball or the NFL most players in football are on absolute pocket change mate. Gate receipts cover f**k all, it’s the brand that makes the money Manchester United’S wage bill is about £4.5 million a week
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    There is no way in gods green earth that Sunderland (or indeed many English teams) are bigger than Celtic Football Club.......Celtic is a giant of the game, as are Glasgow Rangers despite their troubles the past years. Some things just “are” mate
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Perfectly put Kev. I think Pep and Jurgen are the key at city and Liverpool personally.......and I think a lot of young managers will see what top class coaching can achieve. However, I also think City have made it a bit about what you can afford to lose. What I mean by that is, is Pep buys a back 4 for £200,000,000 quid and he isn’t happy........they will be gone! Return on investment won’t come into it, he will simply replace them. Not many clubs can afford to do that.....take PSG for example, they have built a great brand and splashed on the biggest names but I bet they will love to see Neymar down the road ! However, they paid more money than they can afford to lose and most clubs probably guess that the bloke is going to be pure agro to deal with and cause a lot of bad vibes in the dressing room......hence nobody is going to pay anything like a return for PSG’s investment. And so, they are saddled with him......unless Barca, Real or Juve REALLY want him but it won’t be for anything like €222 million ! I like how young Frank has Chelsea playing (despite him having the worst centre forward I have ever seen in Giroud!) ......giving youngsters a chance, playing football the right way. Kante has been fantastic, Pogba isn’t fit to lace his boots. It hasn’t shown in results for him yet but I have no doubt it will......and when it does they will destroy teams. Anyway, back to Sunderland......you could throw billions at the club and I still can’t see it being first choice for top players, I just can’t.
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Imho the vast majority of professional footballers are Just plying their trade wherever they can for a club that offers the best deal for them. Very few footballers in the scheme of every pro there is are actually in a position where they are wanted by the very best clubs......and even smaller proportion are players that can enjoy longevity in that unique position. Big clubs are fishing in a very small pond. Point being, If a club has dreams of using multi billionaires money to be “up there” with the big boys then it’s going to take more than just wages to do that. Everyone of the top clubs is in a position to pay massive wages......there has to be more to the package and naturally part of that will be the surroundings a player and his family have to live in. It will also include image rights, Will a player be worth more in image rights in a Sunderland shirt or a Man Unt shirt ?.......so it comes down to club “brand” All things considered, it makes clubs like Sunderland a much less attractive prospect than Unt, City or even Chelsea. Id say at the minute even my own little club has a better “brand” with the shiny London stadium and attractive kit etc etc. Theres lots of things to consider, a cheque book on its own isn’t enough anymore imho
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    Elton john

    f**k me he used to cop some flack at football ground when he was chairman of Watford ! Lol
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    Sunderland AFC ☺️

    Being totally and completely honest, stuff like having some foreign multi billionaire come in and buy my club holds absolutely no attraction for me......I want to see us do well, of course I do, but my club and what it’s about means so much more than league or position. If it was all about that I’d follow City or Barcelona or something. I know other people feel differently and in fact it’s creeping in amongst some of our own fans but for me......it really don’t matter a bit. I can’t speak for other West Ham fans but for me it always makes me feel a bit awkward when you hear West Ham fans cracking on about winning the league or top 5 or something.......i quiet like being the humble little club we are. Everyone knows us, everyone knows what we were always about and that’s more than enough for me......the bright lights wouldn’t sit easily with me personally. If it was to happen, it would have to be an organic evolution for me......anything else involving some paki billionaire or something just wouldn’t fee the same.
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