By Tony Attwood
Doing research and taking note of the information that is available to you, is part of the job if you are going to comment. Whether you are a manager, a blogger, a pundit or a journalist, knowing a little bit about the game is helpful. As is reading the research that others provide.
Of course, as the Carragher fella showed in Hull v Arsenal, contradiction is also part of the game these days, as he came out with one analysis before the game yesterday (about Arsenal having no pace and that the selection policy of Wenger was bordering on the insane) only to tell us at half time that Wenger had got it quite right with the way he selected the team and that his use of Ramsey was brilliant.
Changing one’s mind is ok I think, at least if one can do it with grace and admit when one has been wrong. But then coin throwers like Carragher probably don’t live by the rules the rest of us have. Apology and admission of error was never his style.
Mark Ogden in the Telegraph however must be visiting an alternative planet these days, one in which the whole issue of accuracy is so old fashioned that it doesn’t require any sort of contemplation. Just make it up is now the name of the game.
In today’s Telegraph he says, and I quote word for word,
“How Moyes can survive a season that has been United’s worst in living memory remains to be seen following Sunday’s abject performance while losing 2-0 at Everton.”
So let us consider the worst season in living memory.
My memory isn’t very good but the last time I looked I was still living, and I can distinctly remember 1973/4, a season in which I was not only alive, but also watching football. I even saw Man U that season. This is how that season ended.
|8||Queens Park Rangers||42||13||17||12||56||52||43|
|18||West Ham United||42||11||15||16||55||60||37|
Worse, the journalist then dug a grave for himself saying, “there is a distinct sense of the 50-year-old losing his grip”. One perhaps might say the same about the journalist concerned. A semi-decent sports editor would have words and even offer a P45, but probably these days, that isn’t the done thing. United were, of course, relegated, and made the news the following season by having supporters that wrecked just about every second division stadium in England.
Moving on, and before I get to Chelsea, it has been a bit of a bad day for the Telegraph, a paper perhaps best known for laying into MPs and naughty vicars, while writing the best obituaries in the English language.
Jeremy Wilson has done a piece on transfers, and here is a bit of it. “In true Daniel Levy style, Arsenal struck when their negotiating hand was strong and doubled Ramsey’s weekly salary with a new five-year deal that places him with Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott among those who earn beyond £100,000.”
“In true Daniel Levy style”???????? What the fuck does that mean? Levy style means having £80m in the bank and spending it on poltergeist and other invisibilities. Oh come on! I mean! Really!
But let us move on
A while back, Untold, in the guise of referee Walter Broeckx, reviewed all the refs in the Premier League, and looked in depth at the antics of PGMOL, the limited company that employs the refs and hands them out to the Premier League.
The conclusion was that there was something very very wrong with the whole system, with individual referees doing very naughty things and the organisation that runs them behaving inexcusably.
Sadly, the general response from supporters of other clubs was that this was just Arsenal winging. Typical Arsenal always looking for excuses.
Chelsea supporters were among those thinking they could have a laugh, although by and large they didn’t quite make themselves look so silly as Tottenham fans who complained that our analysis was wrong because we commented on Tottenham’s penalty errors. “Tottenham didn’t get any penalties” they screamed among various insults.
And we replied yes, that was the point. We are saying you should have had, but now you’ve insulted us so much, maybe we won’t bother.
Anyway, now things have changed. Mr M from Chelsea, a manager, has said of Mike Dean, “I think his performance was unbelievable and I think when referees have unbelievable performances, I think it’s fair that as managers we give them praise. So, fantastic performance. He came here with one objective. To make a fantastic performance. And he did that. And…, congratulations also to Mike Riley, the referees’ boss. What they are doing through the whole season is fantastic, especially in the last couple of months, and in teams involved in the title race. Absolutely fantastic. I also congratulate Mr Riley.”
Mourinho also cancelled his media conferences before the games against Swansea City and Sunderland after he had a go at Chris Foy.
Maybe Chelsea fans will now realise the work that Untold Arsenal has done on their behalf. If you didn’t see the review of how Chelsea fare under the referees it might be worth a look:
There is also an index to many of the articles in that series in relation to referees. The reviews and analyses were undertaken by referees whose allegiance is to many different teams.
Makes you think. Maybe money isn’t everything. Well, not quite.
The daily anniversary file is published on the Arsenal History Society blog
- Woolwich Arsenal: The club that changed football – Arsenal’s early years
- Making the Arsenal – how the modern Arsenal was born in 1910
- The Crowd at Woolwich Arsenal
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