Gonzo Guest Article: Sam Allardyce is a Disgrace, but the Reaction is Worse

Another guest offering from Jacque Talbot, find him on Twitter @Jac_Talbot or on his own site.  As always publication doesn’t imply endorsement or agreement.  He’s not happy with Sam Allardyce, clearly….

Entrapment has won” Sam Allardyce told the cameras on the doorstep of his luxury home. He then said he planned an extensive holiday abroad to get over the terrible news. It must be tough hearing about your grubby misdemeanours, especially when you have been caught.

That’s not everyone’s opinion, today’s multimillion pound climate leads many into temptation according to ex-Newcastle man and another failed England boss.

Steve McClaren had this to say: “It’s been a hugely disappointing couple of days for English football. And I’m very sad for what has happened to Sam Allardyce. It could happen to any of us in high profile sports position […] Sam innocently paid the price”

Here’s BBC regular Ian Wright expressing his outrage: “I’m gutted for him, simply because it’s taken him such a long time to get this dream job.”

“I respected him before and that isn’t going to change” the esteemed Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho stated.

Jesus, guys, hasn’t he had enough now?

Sam Allardyce was caught out (or set up if you like) by investigatory reporters from the Telegraph acting as foreign investors who probed a 10 month operation into football corruption.

He was caught on secret film giving advice on how to get around third-party player ownership rules and in exchange he was proposed a juicy £400,000 – an amount which works out as just under a sixth of the whopping £3,000,000 sum he received as England manager.

What is most strange about his whole ‘Football for Sale’ drama is just how pundits in the media have reacted. You would have thought, considering highly paid, respectable, current managers in English football were exposed to taking part in under the table deals, they might have condemned them for it, even more inconceivably, they might have at least tried to seem shocked.

Instead, what we get is a bunch of TV pundits showing remorse that the “victims” got caught. A disapproving shake the head rather than fuelled rage and complete disgust. The notion that Sam Allardyce could be a conniving, greedy and calculating crook is beyond them.  Rather, they speak of him more as clumsy character out of a Beano magazine who comically tripped over a banana skin in front of the classroom.

It is hard to imagine that the only people in football who behave as Allardyce did are the people who have been caught. I fear this goes much deeper and could well be stained within the cultural fabric of English football.

But, it looks like the media have moved on already.  More talk about Wayne Rooney’s England role please guys, you haven’t quite ran that one completely into the ground. How about Rooney as a rush-goalie – have you explored that angle?

There is plenty wrong with the FA but when Sam Allardyce chose to accept illicit payments, it was not out of protest of them. This was the association that gave him the chance to work at his dream job – picture him as a budding 18-year-old girl singer gobbled up by X-Factor and Simon Cowell, if that is at all possible.

So please feel no sympathy with this cretin for losing his multi-million pound salary. It’s not like he is short of cash either, considering he is able to fly off to Big Sam’s Villa at a day’s notice.

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Gonzo Sports Guest Article: What I have Learnt About Being a Football Club Journalist for a Month

Just over a month ago I said goodbye to Jacque Talbot but for reasons known only to him he’s decided to come back.  Here he takes us through his experiences of working for a non-league club, enjoy.

My first match report/ How to do a novice match report

Job opportunities are few and far between for aspiring sports writers, that’s why is vitally important to say yes to almost every proposition that you come across.

It’s fair to say a writing job with an unnamed football club (they do have a name really, they are not actually unnamed or called unnamed football club), landed in my lap mostly by a good piece of fortune, yet I must stress that in this line of work, you do enable your own luck.

No sooner had I hastily applied for the job vacancy ‘club journalist’ online than I was travelling to their secluded stadium, in midst of the North-West, to liaison with the club secretary and take a look around the ground and training facilities.

Now fast forward to our first agreed match to which I would be reporting: it was 3rd September and a miserable, wet day in Ashton – a small town just outside Wigan. I regrettably misread the bus timetable (I was in town about two hours early), but also had the good fortune to miscalculate the point at which to get off the bus, which in turn resulted in a tiresome, long, soaky trod in the pouring rain, to fill up my time until kick-off. I guess it was a somewhat bittersweet occasion.

The stadium was hidden in the depths of a housing estate on the edge of town. There was advertising boards surrounding the pitch and a stand which fitted several rows of plastic, red, foldable seats, where a single onlooker was already present.

My long walk had cut my time sizably, but there was still about half hour to go, so, keeping in the spirit of the profound immersion of this anecdotal article, I will briefly describe to you how I prepare myself fully before a match starts:

You should exercise a bit of pragmatism so, you need to; bring a number of pens in case one runs out, turn your phone on silent so you don’t get distracted; take with you at least two notepads– one smaller to log the live reporting and one larger notepad so you can start writing your report immediately after (I’ll explain this one further in the article); make sure you dress for the occasion: as silly as it sounds, wearing comfortable clothing during for the match will enable to have your mind thinking both punctually and with clarity.

Positioning is also imperative. You won’t be able to clearly illustrate a game to an audience, a match you’ve watched through the bar window of the clubhouse. Therefore, get there early enough that you have a vast choice in selecting a position which gives you a great view of all ends of the pitch, and with the freedom to move towards areas of significance (such as closer to the 18 yard box to see a forthcoming penalty)- if you have the environmental capability to do so.

In smaller notepad, you should have already laid the foundations –write both teams names at the top of your first page and draw a line underneath. Then put a single line down the middle of the page and in-between the two names, giving something resembling a Christ cross with two club names balancing on the ridge at either end. The idea is to write events, as the match progresses, and chronologically state events under the name of the club you are commenting on. If you make the mistake of writing the events side by side, what you’ll be left with is a mismatch in timeframe, rendering you with just guesswork.

Now with a couple of seconds away from kick off, you may have or may not have the team sheets on your person. If you do not, you have to ask for this after the match from one of the club officials – every football match will have a team sheet, they wouldn’t be able to ‘legally’ play without one.

Regardless, you won’t need to use one until after the match has been played, the way to keep track (On the presumption that you don’t know the player names because it’s your first gig) is to take note of player numbers whilst they play and add them to your notepad whenever a literal-noteworthy event takes place with the said player (or in this case, the said number) on it.

You must also need to work out a key for yourself and write in down in a suitable place or memorise it. This which will enable you to knowledgably jot the ‘code’ down on your journal, quickly and precisely.

Here I will write out a section of my notepad by way of example:

RW O-B 7-11-7, G7 FT I-B LW LF HTR, A11 ’57.

What looks like code is actually a whole lot of useful information for me to write a detailed description of this particular event later on. Without defining every-single piece of information there, I will merely write this out in correct form:

Number 7 plays a one-two with number 11 outside the box on the right wing, the return pass sees number 7 score a goal with a first time shot, inside the box, on the left wing, with his/her left boot, hard into the top right of the net, assisted by number 11, on the fifty seventh minute.

How much you write is up to you, I tend to write as much information as possible due to my lack of confidence in my own memory. You will also be writing the code (I’m deliberately not using the word ‘short-hand’ that’s a whole other complicated game, which can be learnt through NCTJ courses) during the period the action happens, so you better get used to writing on you notepad without actually looking at it.

Of course there is no way of knowing when a massive event is about to unfold in a game, so you have to keep writing somewhat constantly and particularly when the teams(s) get the ball in dangerous areas. Remember too, it’s not just goals you need to report, it’s yellow/red cards, fights, chances, missed penalties, great saves and general commentary on the games narrative: ‘St.Madeupstone are seeing a lot of the ball, but Cantthinkofasecondname United are defending well, closing down aggressively and making decent counter-attacks.

These comments can be made through the centre of your drawn line, particularly when the ball goes out of play and there is some time to reflect on the game so far. The centralisation of your comment will establish to you that it is an overall thought about the match entirely, and not of a specific club.

Once you finish logging the game and the match is finished, you may use the team sheet, and find the player’s names through the numbers matching them on paper – turning ‘number 7’ into ‘actual first and second name.’

Straight after the game is when you need to write up your match report in the larger notepad. Make valuable use of your time commuting, whether you are on comfy train with a table or on a bus wedged between a fragile window and a pensioner, it’s an absolute must that you write out your report whilst it is still fresh in your mind.

At first you may find this hard, but after time you will surely be able write it up with relative ease and speed. After three games into my match-reporting career, I got my report sent-off within the hour of the final whistle. The professional journalists, working at the nationals, have a match report to ready to read online within about ten minutes of the game finishing.

It’s something I do not personally, yet most professionals will usually have the first half of a match report written during the half time interval. I prefer having a cup of tea and sandwich instead – again, these are not rules and regulations, just ideas and prompts to help you.

The aforementioned match I attended my first time, ended in a waterlogged pitch just before the game started. I actually thought the pouring rain attributed to the authenticity of watching a British, non-league game. The reason being that a tiny area of the pitch, just by an obscure side by the corner flag, was deemed unplayable. It was a nervy experience, as I seldom found anything online when I researched for advice.

So this is why I thought I would put some advice out there for the aspirational reporters who need it. For any budding sports writers who are approaching their very first match as a reporter.

Please feel free get in touch with me for any more advice, or see if you find any decent educational videos on YouTube from the pros.

You can find Jacque on Twitter here; @Jac_Talbot

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Gonzo Guest Article; Money Talks and Goodbye to Jac

Jac has written a few pieces for the Gonzo team (can a team be one man? I don’t see why not, Manchester United were for a lot of last season but anyway) but now he’s moving on to pastures new. This will be his last for a while in all probability; he’ll be sorely missed as now I have to write my own stuff.  Here he examines whether or not money has ruined football.  You can find him here on Twitter @Jac_Talbot, or here – www.jactal.wordpress.com – on his very own shiny new site.  As ever publication doesn’t imply endorsement or agreement.

How money corrupts our football ideals

In 1996, Alan Shearer broke the British transfer record, with Newcastle paying just over £15million for him. Now 20 years later, Shearer’s a dull pundit and a 22-year-old Frenchman going by the name of Paul Pogba is about to smash the record again, with Manchester United set to pay £110million pounds for the midfielder.

Some will begrudgingly understand the climate of the modern game, whilst others will surely scoff and proclaim that this is just getting too much.

When the Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll transfers went through in January 2011, for a combined £80m+, there seemed to be a dawn upon the game; no more would a £10m transfer seem a hefty price, nor would the idea of the £40m sum swoop seem particularly devastating.

Nowadays it is customary to spend such large amounts on players with just a high-quality potential. There is also the added factor that many of the top-top teams (think of your Barcelonas, Real Madrids and Bayern Munichs), have formulated a habit of keeping the world’s best in their own circles.

Pogba is another instance of this. What’s been highlighted before is the fact that he now faces a year without Champions League football – the must-do stage for the stars to shine. As a man destined to be the world’s best he has, in actuality, sold himself short for monetary gain.

Lionel Messi, one of the world’s highest paid footballers, recently got a suspended jail sentence for tax fraud. The £200,000 weekly salary should have been enough for the Argentine superstar but seemingly it wasn’t.

Money also has a nasty habit of sabotaging ideals within football; passion, love, loyalty… all rendered essentially insignificant by cold hard cash. The unbelievable Premier League win by Leicester City spawned, as Claudio Ranieri put it, a dream-like-reality to which all the fans and players of the Foxes could be a part of.

This did not stop N’Golo Kante, the heart of Leicester’s team, jumping ship to mid-table Chelsea. This transfer epitomises the era we live in.  For me, the singular reason for Kante’s transfer was for higher wages – like Pogba, he misses out on Champions League football as a result of the move.

Professional footballers, have only one thing in mind; money. They do have a very short career span which averages to between 11-15 years. Post retirement there is not much they can do apart from coaching and punditry, and even then there are a very short amount of positions available.

Perhaps we should stop putting our faith in individual players and save our love purely for our clubs.

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Gonzo Guest Article; football fandom & why do we care?

The latest offering from regular guest contributor Jacque Talbot, here he asks why do we care so much about our chosen teams?

Personally I’ve got no idea anymore, my club have hurt me more than any woman ever has yet still I come back for more punishment. Like a dog who doesn’t realise his owner’s a complete bastard… You can follow Jacque on Twitter @Jac_Talbot.

My companions or family will often complain about the amount of time I spend watching/interacting/speaking/reading/thinking about football. They ponder as to why I can be so obsessed by something to which I have no involvement or control over. My yelling abuse at the players on TV regrettably has no impact and I am unfortunately still no more telepathic than I was before. Yes, it is true that our unwavering love with our clubs would seem rather peculiar to the average spectator, but it begs the question: Why do we care?

Most academic scholars have agreed that the pinnacle reason behind supporting a football team, is that you are giving yourself way to let your masculinity run wild. Though this argument is somewhat benign nowadays, considering one-upmanship is more derived through, say – someone who can make a wittier and degrading meme on Twitter, rather than someone who possesses raw brawn.  Surely anthological theorems cannot singularly account for justification of fandom?

I recently got stuck in a YouTube whirlpool of watching England fans sing songs such as Vindaloo and Three Lions in foreign stadiums. I had absolute Goosebumps – that’s our fans I thought, that’s our team, my team. I was proud, even though there wasn’t any reason for me to be – I hadn’t done anything to merit an inclusion in the fan’s camaraderie on screen. I was merely an outsider spectating the scenes. I happily imagined people from around the world talking to one another: ‘that England lot are a barmy bunch’. ‘Yes we are’ I thought, glowing in admiration for myself.

I believe that we can autonomously find ourselves attracted to our chosen clubs by way of their virtues and ideals, with this being particularly apt when people choose clubs which are far away from themselves. For example, our conceptions about a bloke from say – Cumbria, who is fairly new to football. He decides his club to be Chelsea FC and in doing so, he will establish himself among other fans as one who, to put it lightly – perhaps chooses pragmatism over heart and soul. This judgement cast upon him may be of some substance, but his support still must be dignified as with any other. As it is Chelsea that he feels a connection with, it is that club who he feels embodies his character. He has chosen this particular club because it will warrant a conception from others about him, of which he feels is positive.

On a local parameter, supporting football teams is a way of exercising unity. A city’s football team gives a representation of its cultural ideas, and in the action of being supported by a particular person there is an embracement of the club’s core beliefs by the individual. This person will see himself as in alliance with the club, and act in keeping with its personal values – something called ‘group mentality’ which actually is in the domain of ‘cult’ theory.

I believe the nature of our relationship with our club’s is truly sacred, as we see a quality of ourselves in them of which we pride. Don’t let others scrutinise it – of course it’s a bit a ridiculous to so get emotionally ingrained over something of which you no control, but that’s probably the magic of it, right?

If you’re wondering why the ‘weird news’ picture has been used, that’s just because the good folks at Google like pics and I want to keep them happy.

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Gonzo Sports Guest Article; What defines a big club?

Another guest piece from Jacque Talbot. Here he examines what makes a big club. Publication doesn’t imply endorsement or agreement, the likes of Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday will always be huge clubs as far as I’m concerned but that could be a generational thing.  

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It’s a controversial debate amongst football fans – the big money acquisitions of recent times throw a curveball, as teams aren’t just judged on historical merit anymore.

Using Chelsea as an example – a team where fifteen years ago you would probably place them just beneath the so-called big top four in English football. Now with their financial esteem, they have acquired 15 major trophies. So many would place Chelsea amongst the very best in the league and proclaim them a ‘massive’ club. Does that put them on the sane level as Manchester United or Liverpool? Can just a few years of silverware superiority equate Chelsea to this level of ‘big’?

Some might say to be defined as a big club, you must have a brimming trophy cabinet. Maybe not – look at Aston Villa, look at Newcastle United. The Toon Army haven’t won a domestic competition in over 60 years, in fact their last league title was way back in 1927. Yet again, Newcastle have always had a place in the top 20 list of the world’s richest clubs. They have a stadium capacity of over 50,000 – up there with the highest in the ciuntry. Aston Villa, are one of the most successful clubs in English football – being only one of the five clubs to win the Champions League (previously known as European Cup). And again their stadium is a UEFA category four (the highest) – placing it, by definition, in the same realm as the San Siro or Nou Camp. Both of these clubs are now playing football in the Championship. They’ll be playing Burton Albion next season – a team whose stadium is 5000 sets less than Bournemouth’s. Does this diminish their capacity as a big club? Does their history still hold a credit of them being big?

Leicester City, having recently won the Premier League title, can by and large place themselves on a higher scale than the teams that haven’t, such as Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool. They have proven themselves as the best team in the league. Yet, it has been said that their fans show a ‘small-club mentality’. The use of clappers in the stands and with many of the Foxes faithful using a match as a family day outing, has been cited as such. It would seem that the heavy use of pyro, flares and loud, manly jumping seem to equate to ideas of a big club. Fan base boasts as a huge factor in determining a club’s size. West Ham, though deemed a lower-part-of-mid-table-club in recent times, still have the prowess of their fan base to challenge any top European team and define them as an elite. Yet with the team’s two relegations in recent years, it casts doubt on the formidability of the club at all.

The length of time a club has in the lower leagues does certainly become a factor; teams can find themselves caught up in the whirlwind and never get out. I for one consider teams like Nottingham Forest, Leeds United or even Derby County to a degree, as sizeable. But the recent graduates to the Premier league, and by recent I mean about ten years ago, such as Stoke or Swansea may stake their club higher than the latter. Presumably even more so now due to the recent parachute payments and the enormous bundle of TV funding they have received this year. Or even the fact that they are obviously well established as a Premier League team now, with their minds off relegation and on Europe. With this in mind, can these clubs stake a claim to being larger than aforementioned Villa and Newcastle?

Size is usually subjective, yet in when in discussion with a fellow fan about the matter of whether the said-club is big or not, you’ll find there are no areas of grey. The club either is or isn’t. This becomes troublesome, as you’ll find yourself having to defend your club with any of these factors: Wealth, history, trophies, stadium-size, or fan base – even though it has never been explored which of these factors trump the other. A Manchester City fan will bring forth his club’s wealth as a sign of the club’s stature, whereas a club like Liverpool, though financially inferior, will point to the amount of trophies they’ve won and their dominant past. Both these are plausible arguments, and ultimately we cannot determine that Liverpool, for example, should be considered a bigger club as their fan base and trophies beat Manchester City’s larger amount of wealth and stadium size.

In order to bring clarity, I believe we must turn to the use of our vocabulary. It simply must change. There is no way we can have a proper debate without using an array of language with can categorise clubs into their tiers. Clubs being either – big or not does not hold a substantial amount of leeway and can provide teams without recent success or without recent financial bearing into being not a big club, which truly isn’t fair. There has to be way to divide to the mass index of football teams into divisions rather than hitting them with simple yes or no.

Now I am not going to advocate a choice of words in which we can define our clubs, but again, I will state that the application and singular use of the word ‘big’ causes the debate to find no end. If you wish to take matters further, have a look at this article in which someone has collected data on all 92 teams in the English league. They have then delegated a certain amount of points per achievement (League title – 2points, Champions League – 5 points) and points per thousand of club’s average attendance. Click here for the results.

Gonzo Sports Guest Article; Manchester City and underachievement

In a first for the Gonzo Sports Desk, I’ve accepted an article from a guest writer. Publication doesn’t imply endorsement or agreement, for example I quite like Manuel Pellegrini and wouldn’t say he was ‘punching above his weight’, but if we all agreed on everything life would be pretty boring. In any case I’ve got no interest in controlling what people say, I’m not Rupert Murdoch or North Korea.

Here Jacque Talbot offers his thoughts on Manchester City, you can follow him on Twitter @Jac_Talbot

Manchester City’s 2008 takeover looked set to transform them from serial underachievers into one of the biggest sporting clubs in the world. However, since their acquisition by the Abu Dhabi United Group they have won just three major trophies – the Premier league in 2012 and 2014 and the 2011 FA Cup. Any takeover begs the question of whether buyer holds the club’s best interest at heart. For City, it is easy to see that transfer spending certainly hasn’t been a problem. Money brings obvious benefits, but sometimes it does so at the expense of the club’s traditions or heart.

The 2015/16 season for City has fallen under the radar for many – with the attention being drawn towards the plight of Chelsea in the early part of the campaign and Leicester’s success in the latter half. City’s squad is full of world class names and a fourth place finish would have been viewed as a failure before a ball was kicked. Keeping neighbours Manchester United out of the Champions League aside, fourth place is indeed underwhelming considering the amount of money the club has spent into building its squad.

As Arsenal claimed second place on the final day, there were plenty of Gunners fans who deemed it a bad season – to such an extent that a not insignificant number of Arsenal supporters called for the removal of Arsene Wenger as manager. Whilst many have laughed at the calamity of the Arsenal protests and inner fighting – their ideas and arguments, on both sides, are fuelled by a central want for the club to be the best it can.

Can this be said for Manchester City? It’s doubtful, in fact there seems to be a silent agreement of disregard for any competition aside from the Champions League, which turned around mid-season (when Pep Guardiola was appointed); to them perhaps not being particularly bothered by the season at all. The main concern for Manchester City, was obtaining top four in order for Guardiola to have a shot at the Champions League next season.

The season was regarded as a ‘transitional year’ for Man City by most – a term I still struggle to come to grips with. I think it is a recent fad, or ‘get out clause’ that big clubs can use when they have a bad season. The so-called transitional year is when one or two players will retire at the end of the season, or they have a few youngsters in the ranks, who although 23 and been who’ve been playing for seven years in the top flight, are classed as inexperienced. The whole idea of a club having a ‘transitional’ period is complete bollocks – especially with a club with the amount of wealth and resources as Man City. They should be challenging for the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League every year, and every time they don’t, it should be considered a failure.

Yes, I would argue that City are not in a transitional year, because I simply do not believe in it. What’s more, given the season they’ve just had, I would say that they are almost a one-man-team – with the man being Sergio Aguero.  City’s underwhelming displays have been largely camouflaged by this world class, clinical striker. Without Aguero’s contribution in goals and assists, City would have finished behind Southampton, West Ham and Liverpool in ninth place and with a +2 goal difference – mid-table.

Aguero’s ability has allowed the once talismanic Yaya Toure to become a passenger. With a £200,000 per-week salary – Toure can be seen as the embodiment of City’s one-track thinking. The past couple of seasons have made him to be thought of as the player who will only perform to the best of his ability if the match is an important one. But this season, the sheer laziness from Toure has reached the boundaries of hilarity. Even in the Champions League semi-final showdown with Real Madrid there was a Vine that went viral, showing the Ivorian wander around aimlessly for 90 minutes, which completely undermines the idea that he has these ‘man of the match’ performances against big clubs.

The fingers should point the blame at now former boss Manuel Pellegrini – yet they don’t as it’s universally accepted that a large majority of the players couldn’t care less for what he says. I do believe that the man was punching above his weight in the job role, yet he undeniably worked tirelessly for the club. His farewell was outrageous. The fans who left should really have words with themselves. They got caught up in the Guardiola appointment halfway through the season and this of course was another kick in the teeth for Pellegrini and made it almost impossible for him to manage without being undermined.

It seems that the ‘money mentality’ of the club can have an impact on its players. If the club’s owners show off a representation that trophies should be bought and not won, it can have negative effects on the players and then unto the fans of the club. Fans should be wanting to win every game, regardless of opponent. This idea of resting before a big game or losing 4-2 to a Southampton side just because there is a bigger game in the Champions League next week does the Premier League no justice, nor does it give Manchester City any credibility.

Being accused of ‘buying the cup’ was thrown towards Chelsea in their 2003/04 triumph, and the supporters got angry. The same sentiments have been thrown City’s way and a few seem to revel happily in agreement. There is no mistaking the capital interest of football nowadays – and it can have good points. But reflecting upon the strength of heart in Liverpool’s and United’s European dominance of the 80s and 90s, the same cannot be said for English football currently. Yes, clubs likes Barcelona have always been rich too, but their buys have either been almost perfect and majority of their talent stems through their youth system ‘Messi, Xavi, Pique, Sergio, Alba, and Iniesta’.

This is why the appointment of Pep Guardiola is much more than it seems. Not only does he have the tactical prowess and the silverware, he is also a manager who will take no shit (are you watching Yaya?) and who is shrewd in his transfers. Some of his Bayern purchases include: the young Kimmich for £6.3m, Robert Lewandowski as a free, Sebastian Rode as a free, Xabi Alonso for £7.5m and Kingsley Coman on loan. These rather calculated transfers are an almost polar opposite to City ‘bazooka’ buys which accumulated at £350m since Pellegrini’s appointment in the summer of 2013.

I hope that the City fans don’t read this as an attack on them or the club. I have a lot of respect for City, I consider it a ‘massive club’, both in terms of current finances and previous history.  My gripe is purely with the obvious attitude problem that’s currently ingrained in their current owners.  The money owns all attitude is problematic, especially when the club is representative of English football in European competitions.

There really should’ve been a fight shown by this season by Man City, but there was none. Leicester City’s title win wasn’t an intense fight with the big boys, it was almost a stroll to victory. Though I highly commend Leicester, it’s my belief that the likes of City and Chelsea should hang their heads in shame. Leicester have made an absolute mockery of them. I feel that Pep will do well for them as he’ll get rid of the deadwood, and perhaps build a team capable of securing silverware consistently.

The Gonzo Sports Desk offered some thoughts on Pep Guardiola’s arrival a while ago, you can read them here.

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