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Chelsea balls: Mourinho prepares for an assault on the beaches of Stoke, Arsenal and Liverpool

The media narrative is that every Chelsea match is Jose Mourinho’s D-DAY.

Today the Daily Express says Chelsea’s match at Stoke City is the manager’s ‘D-DAY’:


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The London Evening Standard said Jose’s D-Day was the match against Liverpool.


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The Times of India agreed.


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The Bleacher Report says Chelsea v Arsenal was Mourinho’s D-DAY:


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D-Day is a pretty regular event in Jose’s life. For anyone wondering if D-Day is just a term to describe a man losing his job, this is what D-Day was:

During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.

The Allied forces had one D-Day. Jose Mourinho’s had three of them this season.

Posted: 3rd, November 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chelsea Balls: Jose banned from watching matches on the telly, Makelele linked, yet another D-Day

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho leads every tabloids’ sports section. The Sun says Mourinho is a “BASKET CASE”. The Mirror agrees, leading with the same headline.


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Sticking with the Sun, Jose”s been hit with a “double whammy” of a stadium band and lawsuit. He’s bene hit with a fine for being mouthy (£40,000 in the Mail; £50,000 in the Mirror).

These “basket case” headlines are a pun on a pervious time when Jose was banned from entering the stadium and he sneaked in by hiding in a laundry basket. The lawsuit refers to Dr Eva Carneiro, the now former Chelsea team doctor, whose appeal for constructive dismissal could see Mourinho called before an employment tribunal.


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Over pages 52-53, the Sun’s Steven Howard says “fed up stars can put Jose in his place”. Howard reasons that with Mourinho banned from Stoke City’s ground for Chelsea’s weekend visit the players will show what they can do without him. In Howard’s world there are no TV cameras (the game is live on Sky), phones not any other way the Chelsea manager can watch the match and communicate with his staff – those coaches he works with and who he picked to work with him.

Howard wonders what will happen should Chelsea win well at Stoke “without” Mourinho. In Howard’s view of football the only thing that matters is what happen in the changing room at half-time and the pre-match warm up. Those many training ground sessions and talks count for nought.

The Express says the Stoke match is Jose’s D-Day. This is the same Express that told us the Chelsea v Liverpool game was Mourinho’s D-day and that he’d be sacked should his side lose. They lost. He was not sacked. It was not D-day.

The Mirror says the Stoke game could save “Jose’s career”. Wow! Not just his job at Chelsea but his entire career.

Dave Kidd says it’s all over – “Mourinho will be brought down  by players lacking conviction in his methods”.

So. Mourinho is on his way, then. The Mail says he’ll be replaced by a “dream ticket” of Carlo Ancelotti and Claude Makelele (sacked from managing at Bastia after just 6 months).

Live the dream.


Posted: 3rd, November 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Watch referee Arsenal enemy Mike Dean ‘celebrate’ a Spurs goal against Aston Villa

Arsenal fans don’t much like Mike Dean, the Premier League referee. Claims, however nuts, that the man in yellow doesn’t like the Gunners will not be undone buy the video of him reacting to a Spurs goal against Aston Villa.

What is he doing? And why is he doing it in public?

Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: News, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Transfer Balls: Youri Tielemans wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United, Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea in full-house of tabloid TB


Transfer Balls: Manchester United and Manchester City want to sign 18-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans says the Daily Star. In the paper’s “exclusive” we learn that United and City will have to pay £30m, for the “star”.

Paul Hetherington writes:

City’s strong Belgium contingent is headed by skipper Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne, an instant hit since his record £56m move from Wolfsburg in the summer.

Kompany and De Bruyne are the only Belgians in City’s first team squad.

For good measure this scoop also name-checks a load of other clubs:

Tielemans is also being linked with possible moves to Chelsea, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.

But Spanish organ AS told us Tielemans had signed for Atletico Madrid:


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The Express, sister paper to the Star, said the young blade was worth £14m and was heading to Arsenal or Chelsea:


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The Star’s “exclusive” was the Mail’s story a week ago:


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And that price is falling on the Express:


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And in March the Star said he was on his way to Chelsea, snubbing Liverpool:


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In May Youri Tielemans – a player linked by the tabloids to the six biggest clubs in English football – signed a new five-year contract with Anderlecht.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Daily Mail: one steak gives you cancer

Daily Mail Cancer scare of the day: steak gives you cancer:

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Add it to the list.


Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Tom Jones answers the Daily Mail question: what’s black and glows in the dark?

TomJones1Is Tom Jones black? No. He’s not. He’s white. He’s not even black in the way that Rachel Dolezel or Ali G are black.

The Daily Mail reports:

Throughout his career his hair – thick, curly and (once) black – and his baritone voice have led some to believe he is black. Now Sir Tom Jones has revealed that he wants to have his DNA tested to discover if he does really have black ancestry… Recalling an incident shortly after he was born Sir Tom, who is known to tan easily, told The Times magazine: ‘My mother came out in big dark patches all over her body. They asked if she had any black blood and she said she didn’t know.’

In other Daily Mail Tom Jones tan news:


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Rachel Quigley:

It’s not unusual to see Tom Jones looking bright orange. But on this public appearance, he drew extra attention to his satsuma-like face by waving – and revealing that the spray tan did not extend to his hands and arms.

Next in the Mail: can spray tans make you black?

Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chelsea balls: Mourinho is sacked following Liverpool defeat and other tabloid toss

Jose Mourinho has been sacked. Either that or else the Daily Express is about as reliable as Diego Costa’s hamstring.

On November 1, Adam Skinner told us that if Chelsea lost to Liverpool, Mourinho would be sacked.


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Chelsea lost 1-3. Mourinho has not been sacked.

Over in the Mirror, Simon Mullock had news:

The Blues were beaten and the issue is now when owner Roman Abramovich will make the change. Sources in Portugal believe Mourinho may not be in charge for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev.

Not exactly steeped in facts is it? Number of sources linked to and mentioned by name: none.

What utter balls.

Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Madeleine McCann: Silvio S and the search for Inga Gehricke

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Madeleine McCann: the missing child is in the news.

The Sun (Page 13):”Maddie quiz for double lad killer”

A child killer known as Silvio S has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of five-year-old Inga Gehricke.

The Sun says she is known as “The German Madeleine”. As we’ve noted, every country seem to have a version of the missing child.

We’re told that Scotland Yard wants to know if he was in Portugal when Madeleine McCann vanished.

There are no leads linking Silvio S with that vanishing. We don’t even know if he has ever been to Portugal, let alone was there when Madeleine McCann vanished. The story is thin.

The Berliner Kurier says sniffer dogs have not found the child. tells us:

Since early May, the police from Stendal have been looking for the five-year Inga Gehricke. The little girl from Schönebeck was with her ​​family have been visiting Wilhelmshof. It is thought that Inga Gehricke went in the forest to find wood for a campfire. But she did not return. The biggest search operation in the country began:thousands of civil servants and workers scoured the area for days – without success. Still going police assume that Inga is still alive. 

Missing Inga (5) in Stendal: Police believe that Inga is still alive

“We do not just hope, we also assume that Inga is still alive.” Said Andreas Schomaker, President of the Police Headquarters.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Tory MP: I watch porn and smoke cannabis

"It was either porn and weed or put my knob in pig's mouth"

“It was either porn and weed or put my knob in pig’s mouth”

Conservative Party MP James Cleverly says he’s watched internet porn and smoked cannabis.

But Cleverly, MP for Braintree, Essex, did not tell BBC Radio Five whether or not he had turned to porn and drugs since joining the Commons.

Maybe its just part of the initiation ceremony?



Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: News, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Harry Styles: ‘I like knobs’

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The Sun says One Direction lead hair Harry Styles has a secret. The 21-year-old is “slim enough to fit into shapely women’s jeans”. Who these shapely women are and why they’re lending Styles their jeans is not investigated. But that’s not the big secret, in any case.

Styles puts knobs of butter in his coffee.

He says: “Bullet coffee. It’s black coffee with a spoonful of butter and a spoonful of coconut oil, all mixed up together. I west 26in wait women’s jeans. Boom.”

Anorak remembers in the old days when pop stars were slim on a diet of groupies and drugs. Now they use fat – which in today’s age of food scare stories might be more controversial.


Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Leicester City are the Premier League’s most efficient side; Arsenal shoot on sight; Manchester United are shot shy

If football is all about taking your chances, then Leicester City epitomise the mantra. The Premier League club have scored 23 goals from an average of 14.8 shots per match in the Premier League.

The Foxes are third place in the Premier League, one above huge-spending Manchester United, with 15 goals scored at a rate of just 10 shots a match.

Top of the table Manchester City have 26 goals at 18.7 shots per match.

Arsenal are the league’s most shot happy team, firing on goal 19.2 times a match with 21 hitting the target. The Gunners work to a different golden rule: if you don’t shoot, you can’t score.




Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: Arsenal, Manchester City, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chelsea balls: Hazard to Real Madrid, the Stamford Bridge poisoner, Mourinho lives in Roman’s head

Jose Mourinho sacked


More Jose Mourinho career news in the Express, which leads with an incredible insight into the mind of Blue’s owner Roman Abramovich.

In “ROMAN’S AGONY”, we read that  the Russian billionaire is “agonising over the prospect of sacking Jose Mourinho”. Oddly, Tony Banks follows that by saying Abramovich “desperately does not want to axe the manager:

From a mind in turmoil to a mind resolved in the time it took to read a Daily Express paragraph. Wow!

Inside the Express and over two page, Banks’ reports on Chelsea’s home defeat to Liverpool is headlined “The Special One is at a standstill”. Even in defeat, Jose remains the star turn.

The Sun leads with “CAP IN HAND”, a pun on the apparent news that former England manager Fabio Capello “heads the list of big-hitters keen on the Chelsea job”.  He, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti are “ready to  listen to offers”. Chelsea fans must wonder why their club is picking manager from a vintage merry go round. Over two pages, readers learn that “IT’S TIRED, OLD JOSE” – but he’s still younger than the Three Degrees of Desperation lining up to replace him.

The Mirror leads with news of the Chelsea first team player who said he’d “Rather Lose Than Win for Mourinho”. Who is he? Why did he say it? The Stamford Bridge poisoner is also the Mail’s lead story. He is the paper “mystery player”.

Over two pages inside the Mirror, we learn that Mourinho will remain at Stamford Bridge because “there’s no one else who can step in and sort out the mess”.

The Mirror’s John Cross needs to buy the Sun, which already has three names and hasn’t even got to Avram Grant.

But before Jose goes, the Mail says Eden Hazard “wants to leave”. In all, the Mail gives over five pages to Jose’s job. Martin Samuel points out that Chelsea players are not performing to their potential. The idea of Hazard heading off the Real Madrid on the back of “one brilliant shift” is fanciful. But it is “easier to change one coach than 11 players.”

Jose will stay. He’s the best man for the job. After all, what would the tabloids do without him?


Posted: 2nd, November 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Madeleine McCann: horrorible comments at Halloween

mccann pumpkinThe Sun delivers a photo of Madeleine McCann dressed as pumpkin. Is this news? The headline tells us:

 Missing Maddie’s pumpkin suit snap – Parents ask public not to give up hope

Antonella Lazzeri writes:

A POIGNANT picture of Madeleine McCann in a pumpkin suit has been posted on a campaign site as her parents vow to keep looking for her.

Indeed, it would take hard heart not to look at the innocent child playing and not fell a sadness. 

The snap shows her as a three-year-old just months before she vanished in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in May 2007. Parents Kate and Gerry posted it on a Find Madeleine page to mark Halloween. A caption urged: “Please don’t give up on Madeleine. To continue looking for Maddie is to acknowledge that hope doesn’t die.”

The Liverpool Echo has the same story. But it say:

Kate and Gerry McCann posted the Halloween picture on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page yesterday to remind the world that their daughter is still missing. The picture was posted alongside a short message that simply read “Happy Halloween”.

We all want to see an end to this story. The newspapers, especially the tabloids, want the happy ending – any ending – and then an interview with the parents. But the only fact remains unchanged: child goes missing. In place of any advancement of that we are left with the familiar composite mix of no-news, PR, money and emotion. And, as ever, we are reminded of the parents’ jobs in the Sun:

It comes just days after Scotland Yard announced that they were scaling down the hunt from 29 cops to four. Former GP Kate and heart doctor Gerry, both 47, of Rothley, Leics, have set aside around £750,000 from the Find Maddie Fund. The money will pay for their own private investigators if needed.

Are readers looking?> Does the story of ‘Our Maddie’ still sell newspapers? Below the Sun’s story, are a few comments. These are they in full:


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Hope does not die – and neither do accusations and a game of armchair detective.

And the Express has a clue:

Did this German serial killer snatch Madeleine McCann? Police probe new suspect?

No. The answer to any headline posed as question is always no.

James Murray writes:

A CHILD murderer who has confessed to killing two boys is expected to be investigated over the disappearence [sic] of Madeleine McCann.

Expected by whom?

German detectives believe they have a new suspect, known only as Silvio S, in the search for Maddy


Detectives in Germany also want to know if the 32-year-old double killer, known only as Silvio S, took five-year-old Inga Gehricke. Since she vanished on May 2 this year after walking into woods during a family barbecue in the Saxony-Anhalt state, some 50 miles from Berlin, Inga has been known as the German Madeleine.

Madeleine McCann has become the benchmark for all the world’s missing children. See:

Australia has an Our MaddieChloe Campbell Is Australia’s Madeleine McCann

Brazil has an Our Maddie – Madeleine McCann: Isabella Nadoni Is Brazil’s Our Maddie

Israel has an Our Maddie – Madeleine McCann: Israel’s Rose Is The International Our Maddie

France has an Our Maddie –Typhaine Taton Is France’s Madeleine McCann

America has an Our Maddie – America’s Madeleine McCann Turns Up Alive

Spain has an Our Maddie – Madeleine McCann: Mari Luz Cortes, Maddy 2 And Gerry McCann Writes

New Zealand has an Our Maddie – Madeleine McCann: Patronising Aisling Symes

South America has an Our Maddie A Madeleine McCann Found In Panama

Holland has an Our Maddie – Madeleine McCann: Milly Boele Is Holland’s Our Maddie

Australia has an Our MaddieKiesha Abrahams Is Australia’s Madeleine McCann

Says the Express:

Scotland Yard detectives seeking Madeleine, who disappeared in Portugal aged three on May 3, 2007, are following developments closely. It is expected they will ask their German counterparts to check the killer’s passport to see if he was ever in Portugal.

And that is the “exclusive”.

He would have been 24 at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance during a family holiday. Silvio was arrested on Thursday and has since admitted two child killings after his mother gave information to police.

Four-year-old Bosnian refugee Mohammed Januzi was snatched as his parents visited a government welfare office in Berlin on October 1. Last Tuesday police released CCTV footage of the child being led away from the building by a bearded man. Later Silvio’s mother called police because she was suspicious about the behaviour of her son.

And this has what to do with Madeleine McCann?

Madeleine McCann disappeared whilst the family holidayed in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz

Not Germany.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 1st, November 2015 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Al Molinaro: star of Happy Days and The Odd Couple has died

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Al Molinaro, the actor who played Al Delvecchio, owner of Arnold’s Drive-In on the hit TV show Happy Days has died. You might know him as Murray from The Odd Couple.

Spotter: The Hollywood Reporter

Posted: 1st, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, News, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Chelsea balls: first team player says he’d rather lose than win for Mourinho



Which current Chelsea player  told a BBC journalist after the Blues were soundly beaten by an average Liveprool side at Stamford Bridge yesterday he would “rather lose” than win a game for his irritated manager?

This is all coming via freelance journo Dan Levene, who covers Chelsea affairs on a regular basis…

Which is shocking – if true, of course – and not to mention absolutely pathetic.

For the record, the quote seems to have been mentioned in passing on the radio and so far hasn’t really been picked up by any other major news outlets barring the Daily Mail and a smattering of other websites. Take that as you wish.

That said, this is how it usually starts…

Posted: 1st, November 2015 | In: Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Keith Richards: scoring heroin in New Your City and life on the high seas with Thomas Cochrane

Portrait of 'The Rolling Stones' musician Keith Richards playing his guitar and smoking a cigarette, 1964. (Photo by Cyrus Andrews/Keystone/Getty Images)

Portrait of ‘The Rolling Stones’ musician Keith Richards playing his guitar and smoking a cigarette, 1964. (Photo by Cyrus Andrews/Keystone/Getty Images)


Keith Richards smells of sandalwood, write Patrick Doyle in Rolling Stone. I was lucky enough to spend some time with Keith Richards in the late 1980s. He was fun, generous and easy going.

Now age 71, Richards lives in Connecticut. He recalls life in New York before the move:

“On the odd occasion there was a [heroin] drought in the Seventies. We’d have to go down the East Side and carry a shooter. Just in case. A year or two after they were born, I said, ‘I can’t bring the kids up on Fourth Street.’ Not when there’s fresh air and some countryside not far away.”

Ah, those halcyon days:

“Cops used to slap you around the ear and send you home. Now they shoot you.”

Nowadays Richards reads:

He has a large library and is currently reading about the early 19th-century sea captain Thomas Cochrane. He told his biographer, James Fox, to read Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander, a historical novel set in 1800, to better understand his “friendship and adversity” with Mick Jagger. (“He felt it was something that explained his sadness,” says Fox.) He orders a vodka and tonic. As the waiter walks away, Richards speaks up: “Double ’em!”

Read it all.


Posted: 1st, November 2015 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Arsenal balls: Giroud is lazy and excellent in a lige blog with, video highlights

Arsenal beat Swansea 3-0 in Wales.

Before we see the game’s video highlights below, a word for fans who watch the game via the BBC’s blogs, the digital age’s Ceefax service.


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The BBC Sports Day Blog: “Anything Bafetimbi Gomis can do, Olivier Giroud can do worse. The Arsenal striker is found in space in the box by Alexis Sanchez but curls his effort wide of goal. It was a lazy, lazy effort.”


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The BBC Match blog: “CLOSE! That’s more like from Arsenal. Olivier Giroud, who has been in excellent goalscoring form, fires narrowly over from just outside the area after Alexis Sanchez’s clever pass.”

Lazy or excellent. You decide:

Posted: 1st, November 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Why 5+5+5 does not equal 15

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The third-grade child was asked to answer the sum 5×3. Common Core says the sum must be 5×3 as “five groups of three” not “three groups of five.”


Because thinking of 5 x 3 as, literally, “five groups of three” will help them when they learn how to divide. (That’s what the Common Core standard here is getting at.)

When they see a problem that says 5 x ___ = 15, they’ll be thinking “I need five groups of SOME NUMBER to get to 15.” In other words, they’ll be able to pick up division a little more quickly because they’re learning the proper way to think now.

I don’t know if that’s exactly what the teacher was doing, but it’s plausible.

What about the array problem? This one’s even more straightforward.

It actually matters which way you draw the picture. But it’s not something kids will understand until they start using matrices in algebra class.

Via Reddit

Posted: 31st, October 2015 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Arsenal: Wenger the dinosaur and what Raymond Verheijen knows about Wales

 Raymond Verheijen.


Dutch football coach Raymond Verheijen is all over the news. He’s been talking about Arsenal and the club’s injuries.

“Wenger was labelled a “dinosaur” by Raymond Verheijen, a fitness coach who used to work with the Wales squad and blamed Arsenal for the annual bouts of injuries” – Times

A dinosaur?

Speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, the outspoken Dutchman said: “If you look at the facts, what you see is that Arsenal are the number one by far in terms of injuries in the last decade in the Premier League…

“In the ’90s, Arsene Wenger came from France to England and he introduced revolutionary methods – methods that people were not familiar with yet in the UK. At that stage he was a revolutionary coach.

“He has been applying those methods for ten, twenty years and when you apply the same methods for twenty years, at some stage people will catch you up and they will develop further and then they will be ahead of you. From a revolutionary coach, you have all of a sudden become an old-school coach because you stuck to methods from twenty years ago…

“Arsene Wenger is responsible for fatigue and injuries and the medical staff can only cure the problem.” – TalkSport

Wenger repsonds:

“This guy looks like he knows absolutely everything. I am amazed that he knows more than all our physios and all our doctors”

Verheijen has spoken about other top sides before. His views are amplified in the mainstream media. But should they and we hang on his every word?

Manchester City 2010:

“During pre-season and the first half of last season Mark Hughes had all his players available,” Verheijen said. “City played each game with the same team. The team had the best Prozone [computer data] statistics of the Premier League during the first part of the season. The players had the highest number of sprints and the highest total sprinting distance of all the Premier League teams.

“After the arrival of Mancini things changed dramatically. He probably did not even look at the Prozone statistics and our best-injury record in the Premier League. He decided players had to do double sessions many times a week. Those sessions often lasted for two hours. Not surprisingly the players picked up eight soft-tissue injuries within the first two weeks of Mancini.” – Guardian

City replied:

“Mr Verheijen appears to have become a regular critic of Roberto Mancini’s training methods, perhaps not entirely coincidentally since his consultancy services at Manchester City were terminated by the club several months ago. We wish him well in his future practice,” a club spokesmen said.

Mancini’s City won a first league title for 44 years in the 2011-12 season.

Wales 2011:

Wales assistant manager Raymond Verheijen hopes the leadership of the national side will be decided on Monday by the Football Association of Wales. Wales were left without a manager after Gary Speed’s death last month . “Tomorrow FAW meet about future of Wales,” the Dutchman wrote on Twitter on Sunday night. Hopefully the board will respect Gary’s wish so [fellow assistant] Osian Roberts and I can lead the team to Brazil.” – BBC

Chris Coleman is made Wales manager.

Former Wales assistant manager Raymond Verheijen has accused the Football Association of Wales of destroying the “legacy” left by Gary Speed. Dutchman Verheijen served under Speed during his 11 months as Wales manager. “He [Speed] has left a legacy, although the dinosaurs of the Welsh FA, at least on the pitch, have destroyed [it],” claimed Verheijen.

“The legacy of Gary will be in the hearts of his players, of his staff members,” he said. “His [Speed’s] players one day will become managers and they will start managing and working based on the inspiration that Gary gave. “So, I think that within 10 years we will see Gary’s legacy at different clubs, at different levels and different countries. But for the short time I think with the Welsh national team, unfortunately, his legacy has been destroyed.”

In 2015, Coleman’s Wales end a 57-year wait to qualify for a major tournament by making it to the European Championships 2016.


What odds Arsenal win the Premier League this season?


Posted: 30th, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Manchester United balls: Van Gaal swats Scholes through Google Translate

Paul Scholes, the former Manchester United player, has been working a pundit. He tell the BBC what he think of Louis Van Gaal’s Man United team:

“There’s a lack of creativity and risk. It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised. But it seems he [Van Gaal] doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in. The style is not something that Sir Alex Ferguson would have adhered to….

“The hardest thing to coach is scoring goals and creativity. I was at the derby on Sunday and Rooney’s movement was brilliant but when he’s playing in that team there’s no one prepared to pass to him. I think after 20 minutes you’d be tearing your hair out. I played with some brilliant centre forwards and I don’t think they could play in this team — the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham. You don’t get crosses into the box or midfielders looking for runs.”

Louis Van Gaal responds in his intriguing way of being one of the few Dutchman who can’t speak English better than the English. Van Gaal heralded on United match by telling the TV pundits: “I shall be very disappointed when we don’t win.” Van Gaal is like listening to a man speaking through Google Translate. he says:

 “I think you have a fantastic expression here: sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me. I think Manchester United is always entertaining and I read also in the papers and I see it is boring but I don’t think there are more spectators in other stadiums than this ground… You ask me if I take risks? I take always risks!  I am not agreed with his opinion but I don’t want to defend myself because I cannot defend, because he is a legend and has a lot of resonance I hear. So I think when you are a legend you have to speak with the manager, or with his friend Ryan Giggs, or has to speak with Ed Woodward. But not with because he shall be paid by the media or something like that, and then you have to say something.

“I shall do everything for this club because I think with these fans, I have said many times, these fans are unbelievable. We are improving at lot but when you think it can be done within one year I have said it is process and it takes three years. That’s why I signed here three years. But when Mr Scholes thinks I can better go, then I go. But he is not the man responsible for that. That is the Glazers and Mr Woodward.”

A media row ensues.

Posted: 30th, October 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Watch German school children perform Kraftwerk’s classic Die Roboter

At the Lemmchen elementary school in Mainz, Germany, the cool kids are performing Kraftwerk’s Die Roboter.

Not all school concerts need be painful:


Kraftwerk - Roboter - Lemmchen primary school




Posted: 30th, October 2015 | In: Key Posts, Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Couple scammed by door-to-door fish-sellers bought new freezer

Would you buy fish from a door-to-door salesman? To Lancashire, where Marion and Alan Johnson, aged 85 and 88, agreed to buy £24 of fish from a man on their doorstep.

Marion explains what occurred:

“We had just been to the doctor’s and I wasn’t very well. When the men called, we just wanted £24 worth of fish and I asked him to put it in the kitchen as I sat in the living room. I paid on card but when they left and we walked in the kitchen I’d never seen as much fish in my life. I checked the receipt and we’d been scammed, paying £204. The fish wasn’t even labelled so we didn’t know what type it was.

“We didn’t have anywhere to store it so we had to go out and buy another freezer to store it. We ate some of it but then saw on Facebook people were saying it wasn’t safe to eat. There’s now just have loads of fish we don’t know what to do with and we feel really dumb because we fell for it.”

The scammers are swine. But the pat about the couple going out and buying a new freezer to store their unwanted fish in puts the tin lid on the story.


Paul Noone, head of Trading Standards for Lancashire County Council, advises: “The best place to buy fish is from a local fishmonger at an established shop or stall or from a regular local roundsman. You are taking a risk by buying on the doorstep from an unknown trader as this fish may be of poor quality, misdescribed, or overcharged. We are currently investigating cheap fish sold as sea bass, farmed salmon sold as wild, short-weight sales, and Preston cases where a vulnerable lady paid £404 for seven packs of fish, and a retired couple paid £360 for a bag of unlabelled fish.”

Beware of frozen cold callers.

Posted: 30th, October 2015 | In: News, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Arsenal balls: Kieran Gibbs on the right, Bellerin busiest man in football, Joel Campbell derided

Arsenal are battling with their annual long list of injuries. The Mail has a question:

Wenger has ‘trust’ in medical staff amid injury crisis…but how will his Arsenal team line up at Swansea without these men?’

Crisis. Eight players are injured. But Arsenal are big club with a deep squad of players. And the Mirror has an answer:


Gibbs wing Arsenal


Kieran Gibbs as a winger. What madness. What utter balls. Has the Mirror’s writer seen one-footed left-footer Gibbs play? Does Hector Bellerin, Arsenal’s right-back, stand a chance?

The Telegraph comes up with an even nuttier solution:


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Did Wenger consider that? No. He tells everyone who can play on the right side of midfield against Swansea:

Campbell and Alex Iwobi. Santi can play there as well but he has become very important centrally. The problem sometimes is that you can destroy two departments if you move one player out. We control the ball better with Santi in the middle.


Mention of Gibbs: none. Arsenal fans can relax a little.

Posted: 30th, October 2015 | In: Arsenal, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Kids dresses as drugs baron Pablo Escobar for Halloween (video)

In this video, the ankle-biter looking for candy this Halloween is dressed as Colombian drugs baron, Pablo Escobar. “TRICK OR TREAT?” he asks. There’s no right answer.


Escobar wore trainers?

pablo escobar halloween costume

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Madeleine McCann: nothing shelved, four at work and the Sun hacks the police

maddie the sunMadeleine McCann: a look at the missing child in the news.

The Sun (front page): “SUN EXCLUSIVE – MADDIE:McCann: We’ll never give up”

Is that news?

We learn via bullet points:

  • £750,000 IN FUND

Page 13: “NEVER QUIT”

We’re told that the police operation is to be “shelved”. As ever, an unnamed “source close to the McCanns” says: “They are very much of the mind, ‘We will never give up’ and they won’t. They have spearheaded the hunt for Madeleine themselves before and will do so again if they have to.”

We also hear from the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “Should the need arise for a private investigation to be resumed, they have made sure they have enough money left in Madeleine’s fund.”


Do we know that it has? The Met’s Operation Grange has been gathering evidence and reviewing all data. Four police officers will now work full-time on the case. The 25 who also worked on it have been put on other duties. Maybe one of them can look for Andrew Gosden or Steven Cook?

The Sun says the Met’s enquiry is “expected to be wound down  completely in the New Year”.

The paper wonders “how could an inquiry that to date has cost more than £11million seemingly achieve so little?”

The British taskforce, which at its height was 37-strong, has yet to make a single arrest, despite 560 lines of inquiry and 60 suspects.

Why is the Sun no keen to present this as a failure by the Met police? Why is the Sun, the paper in the eye of the police’s phone hacking purge  / witch hunt, keen to ask: ”

It also became mired in a spending controversy with some cops staying in the £200-a-night five-star Hotel Dona Filipa during visits to Portugal. Last year there were 67 flights to the country by cops costing £16,000, with overtime on top. So what were all these officers actually doing?

That hotel price is for peak season. The officers were then in the off-season. And:

By the latest count, the Met claims “7,154 actions had been raised” and 560 lines of inquiry identified. They had identified more than 60 persons of interest and 650 sex offenders were also investigated.

But the numbers mask the chaos going on behind the scenes.

Having found the police wanting, the Sun than adds a fact:

Madeleine’s case was always a special one. Never has a missing child received so much worldwide focus. Indeed, the average amount spent on investigating a missing child is around £2,400.

That’s because:

a) The media saw the missing blonde child and launched a voracious feeding frenzy.

b) Most children are found quickly

In other tabloids today: Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Mirror all nothing on Madeleine McCann.



Posted: 30th, October 2015 | In: Madeleine McCann, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0