“They are evil, dreadful, disgusting, moronic, the lowest of the low.”
By Tony Attwood
England’s “golden generation” have now had their final, finest hour. As the great guru, Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA’s director of Brooking, said recently, “There is an immediate void in the standard of the team. World Cup 2014 will be difficult for England. I don’t think there are the obvious quality coming through who can replicate what we have currently, unless we can fasttrack one or two of the younger ones…”
These are words to strike terror and horror into every Arsenal fan. England as we all know had the oldest squad in history at the World Cup. Some of them looked almost as old as me.
One thing is certain nothing can harm tax dodging Fabio Capello now – his reputation is in the dirt, so he can do anything – including demanding a full payment of his contract at £6m-a-year for two years. The FA is in so much debt after Wembley that money doesn’t matter any more.
We all know the reason why – England doesn’t have coaches. There was a piece on why England are so useless, including an analysis of coaching across Europe on Untold recently.
(It was so good the Guardian reproduced my facts and figures word for word a couple of days ago – which makes me feel rather warm inside.)
But what makes me feel decidedly queezy is the fact that the FA are now talking up the “youth development” angle. The 25 player rules that we have debated so much in the “Players” section of Untold are designed to force clubs to spend more time looking at the issue of the kiddies. And there’s only one reason for that – child farming, the new FA approach to paying dirty old men lots of money for doing nothing.
And we know where that goes – it leads to the insanity of picking Theo for the under 21s and the first team at the same time, injuring him, and then humiliating him by not taking him to the world cup.
The FA is in deep crisis, and it will do anything it can to deflect from the way the top brass are interested only in which secretaries they can hump. And if this deflection includes taking the bright young things who have been so brilliant for Arsenal on loan, in the reserve league and in the youth league then that is what they will do. The careers of these players will be wrecked, but if it keeps another FA Suite on the first class plane, let’s do it.
Wembley is the key to the problem. It cost £757m to build. It is costing £20m a year to cover the debt. The management is a shambles (Hungary at home in August when we all want to be seeing our club sides – what a lunatic decision – especially as there was always the risk that England would play badly in South Africa.) It is unlikely to be full for a long time to come.
The FA sponsorship deals have come to an end and the TV deals end in 2012. The FA Cup’s credibility goes downhill at such a rate that it now not far off the Earth’s core. The money has gone – and they haven’t paid off the manager yet.
So of course the FA will seek to deflect from its incompetence and insanity by trying to throw in the kiddies. After the oldest international team in history, let’s have the youngest.
Jay Emmanuel Thomas, Craig Eastmond and Henri Lansbury might well be picked for the under 21s, but Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshire and Theo Walcott will clearly be in the eye of the FA’s maniacs and career wreckers.
All I can say to them is, watch out lads. These FA types pretend they are nice fellows, interested in your well-being. They talk a sweet talk. They talk of care. They chat up your parents. But really they are just grooming you for the future, for the day when on the back of your qualities they can buy another suite of luxury offices, lunches, and bimbos on money raped from football.
Please lads, don’t give in to their evil conniving. Don’t be sucked into to the downward spiralling whirlpool.
These men are evil, dreadful, disgusting, moronic, the lowest of the low.
When the FA come knocking, just say no.
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