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12 Aug 2017 09:14:22
Good day Ed's

Apologies if this has been covered or if its a silly question.

How does a scout manage to find personal info on an interested target for e.g before united signed Dong Fangzhuo how does the agent go about finding out what type of character he is outside of football to ensure that it's aligned to uniteds culture etc.

Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - it really depends and varies from club to club and scout to scout. In the old days the scouts would watch them in training, go along and meet their families and speak to their friends. These days it is not as easy to speak to the families and friends, though they do still use another old time trick of going to away games and getting in with the fans of that team. Away fans tend to be more of a hardcore bunch than the home fans, they usually have little snippets of stories about the player's behaviour off the pitch.

I know one scout who keeps close ties with night clubs in the area he covers, to find out any incidents of misbehaviour etc.

Mostly in this era though, it is social media mining that provides the data. There are a couple of companies that just sift through social media accounts, both the players and other peoples', looking for information about them. Hence why the homophobic comments from Andre Gray came to light, even though they were made many years ago. It was because he was being checked out by an interested club.}

1.) 12 Aug 2017 11:22:55
Thanks for your prompt repsonse Ed.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}



01 Mar 2017 16:28:25
Hi Ed001,

I hope you've been doing well and enjoying the weather in Spain.

Quick question, are there any players or player you genuinely believe could have been as good if not better than Messi or Ronaldo if they had the same work ethic, drive etc as those two?



{Ed001's Note - I am not in Spain mate, which is good because they had the coldest and wettest winter for many years there while I was there!

There are loads of players who could have been as good or better. Ravel Morrison springs to mind, for an instance. However they very rarely reach professional level with such a high skill level without the work ethic. I would assume because they are that much better at a young age than all around them, they tend to coast. Odegaard has been nothing but a problem for Real Madrid since they signed him, as another example. If he had knuckled down like Ronaldo did, then he would be in the first team already, he is that good he could have walked into almost any team at 16. He joined Madrid for the money and his career has ground to a halt because of it.}

1.) 01 Mar 2017 22:18:01
Thought he was quality but not sure if I would have rated him that highly.



20 Jun 2016 19:42:19
Hi Ed001 and Ed004

Is Axel Tuanzebe well thought of and does he have a future at Man united?

Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - sorry I don't know. I have not heard his name mentioned one way or another.}

1.) 20 Jun 2016 22:50:48
Tuanzebes a naturally gifted CB, and better than TFM as a CB, was vital for the Reserves last season. Could have a future with the squad but we'll have to wait and see how Mourinho integrates players from the youth system into the first team, if he even does that that is.

2.) 21 Jun 2016 01:40:26
Should mention wouldve been more vital if not for injury.



02 Jun 2016 10:22:57
Hi Ed001

Do you know of any really good books on how to be a football manager? Preferably a book that goes in depth something that Marcelo Bielsa would opt for.


{Ed001's Note - I don't know of any to be honest, sorry.}

1.) 02 Jun 2016 16:40:33
Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathon Wilson could be a good point to start learning about tactics, how they evolved and how they are used.



24 May 2016 18:23:17
Hi Ed001

I Need some advice here.

How do you manage to watch so many football games over the weekend without upsetting your fiancé? I've been given an ultimatum, I'm only allowed to watch 2 matches per weekend and we not even engaged, can't imagine what's going to happen once we married lol.


{Ed001's Note - erm well that is a sore point, it was ok because the weekend here is Friday and Saturday but she only got Fridays off. It doesn't matter any more as she is now an ex-fiance but it wasn't the watching footie that was the issue. I can get away with it because it is work related and they understand I watch them for work. So every woman I enter a relationship with knows what I do and that I will be watching footie if it is on. They get used to it. You just need to train them early doors.}

1.) 24 May 2016 19:18:26
Sorry to hear about it. Guess I need to start training mine asap.

{Ed001's Note - yes start by rewarding her with little treats each time you get to watch footie. That way she associates you watching footie with good things for her. Like doing something nice for her that you wouldn't normally do. If she normally does the dishes, make a point of doing them before the footie. It is worth the compromise to make it work. Mostly they just don't want to feel like they don't matter to you as much as the football and want some attention, so don't forget to mention how nice she looks out of the blue. We all know you will have to lie through gritted teeth to do it, but it is worth it to keep her sweet ;-)

2.) 24 May 2016 20:46:33
When your married you can promise her the night of her life and she'll end up going to bed early with a headache. problem solved.

3.) 24 May 2016 21:11:40
Just at the moment before an argument begins just say "you know what? Your absolutely right". Watch them become clueless before steam comes out of their ears.

4.) 24 May 2016 20:13:49

You are the master, got to hand it to you!


{Ed001's Note - well it is very similar to training a dog to be honest, so there is a bit of that ;-)

5.) 25 May 2016 08:14:27
Ronnie for some or other reason I picture you to be this naughty 15year old ginger.

6.) 25 May 2016 13:02:30

Trendy mo fo, yes, I am!

Back to football, talking of what Mourinho done at Chelski, bringing in 6 or 7 players could be a good thing?

Some need to go anyway, with the likes of Jones, Rojo, Fellaini - not Man Utd players!

Our team need building around Martial, De Gea and the youngsters!

{Ed007's Note - What a bunch of pussies! And shame on you Ed001 - washing dishes? You've had a lucky escape there pal if she had you doing housework.}




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02 Nov 2017 06:04:46
Hi Ed001,

If AM were to drop out of the Champions League group, would it be likely that he leaves in January?


{Ed001's Note - it is perfectly possible he does anyway. The only reason he stayed in the summer was because Atleti were unable to do a deal for Diego Costa.}



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19 Sep 2016 15:07:02
Rock the Red, Blind is a much better centre half than CDM. So i totally disagree with you, I would rather have blind at centre half than Smalling.




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15 Aug 2016 11:35:38
Mourinho was interested in Darmian before we signed him so either his homesick and is unable to settle in Manchester, its not that his an awful player. He showed a glimpse of his talent at the beginning of last season.




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26 May 2016 09:04:05
Willian works hard and has lots of energy that's about it, otherwise his useless. There's much better right wingers out there. Chelsea's top players were terrible this season which made Willian look good.





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12 Aug 2017 11:22:55
Thanks for your prompt repsonse Ed.


{Ed001's Note - welcome.}



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20 Jul 2017 06:54:12
Tuanzebe I feel can become a very good DM, he has all the right attributes to make the position his own. Maybe its a blessing in disguise if we unable to sign any of our DM targets so his able to step up.




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08 Jun 2017 19:15:58
Hi Ed001

Hope you doing well?

We all know Tuanzebe is a talented player but do you see him as a future DM? At the end of last season he seemed very composed and a good passer of the ball.

Thanks as always.


{Ed001's Note - from what I saw he looked a centre back, though he could be the Matic-type player Jose favours in midfield. That is a role he can play. I always saw Fosu-Mensah being the one to assume that mantle though.}



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17 Apr 2017 10:40:15
It was more 3-5-2 than 4-4-2.




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17 Jan 2017 12:28:10
The best thing he did was selling Welbeck.