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06 Apr 2020 23:11:03
Plenty of debate on which areas of the team should be strengthed - but if you could sign just one player, who would it be? On the assumption that Mr. Pogba is offski.
I think in that case, a dynamic central midfielder is the priority. Saul? Grealish?

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07 Apr 2020 13:32:59
Saul, van de beer or sms in that order.

07 Apr 2020 13:56:41
Left Foot, you struggling with self isolation? Or maybe an alcoholic? Donny Van Der BEER.

07 Apr 2020 14:58:34
Saul Sancho or Mbappe.

05 Apr 2020 00:17:14
ed01 what is your thoughts on liverpool going down the same route as spurs and newcastle. as far as wages to certain staff. isee most of the fans outraged and rightly so. i think if united did it football to me would be dead. when you see small buissnessis going under and others having to wait months for payouts. do you think there should be repracussions like transfer bans as shappy said. if you can not pay your staff then you certainly can not spend millions in the transfer market. everybody elses thoughts too.

{Ed001's Note - I fully agree with transfers bans for any team going down this route. Not one Premier League club needs to do it, particularly Liverpool. Not yet anyway. The first thing they should have done is cut the wages of directors and playing staff. Every single one of them could fully afford to give up a sizeable amount of money, enough to more than cover the wages of the non-playing staff.

What Liverpool, and Spurs, Newcastle, Norwich, have done is wrong and sickening. It would never have happened if Shankly was in charge.}

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05 Apr 2020 10:46:19
well said edo1 and thanks for the reply.

{Ed001's Note - I would have thought players would be fine with wage deferrals so that the money can go to non-playing staff on a low income!}

05 Apr 2020 11:20:51
the world of today ed01 the rich get richer and the poor get poorer . its times like this that shows who the real heros are.

{Ed001's Note - very true sadly.}

05 Apr 2020 12:27:48
Well said Ed001 and to be fair the vast majority of Liverpool supporters are equally appalled with the Clubs decision.

I would imagine Klopp and his players are privately seething at this decision as well. Footballers are generally very generous with their money which they pump back into their communities or donate to charitable causes. Despite the ignorant and miss-informed opinions of people like the Health Secretary Matt Hancock most footballers realise their position of privilege and responsibility. His comments were incendiary and ill conceived and the fact that he hasn't called out other multi national corporations for doing the exact same thing speaks volumes. Footballers are a convenient and easy target but the quarrel should be with the Clubs and not the players.

The fat cat owners and greedy CEO's have merely undermined their own players by deciding to protect profit over people.

{Ed001's Note - especially when you consider that Henderson had just gone to great lengths to organise a charitable drive from Prem captains!}

06 Apr 2020 11:46:58
Ed01 have you seen the article by Matt Hancock on football365 regarding one particular player and wages?

{Ed001's Note - no mate, sorry. Why?}

06 Apr 2020 11:47:47
Lol just scrolled down and Danny has already quoted it. Haha.

{Ed001's Note - ah ok I haven't seen it myself.}

06 Apr 2020 20:53:20
good news about the uturn on wages ed01. and fair play to the liverpool supporters.

{Ed001's Note - it needed to happen mate, was not the Liverpool way and FSG should remember that it is representing the city and is not a franchise. That's why I will never have time for MK Dons, because they are not a true football club. They should have just set up their own team in MK rather than stealing someone else's.}

04 Apr 2020 14:41:55
There's a fantastic interview with an EPL player on FB365.

Earns a wage of £50,000 per week, and hasn't taken a wage in 3 years because he has no need for the money.

I know you're reluctant to post quotes from articles on other sites, but he gives the best breakdown of the obscenity of wealth in football.

To all those praising footballers for giving up some of their wages, this rips that argument to pieces.

"It's not a big thing. It really isn't, Johnny. When you're rich, it's just numbers. I want your readers to think about this in their own lives. Right? Get a perspective on what sort of income top-flight players earn and what it really, really means. Because it's just cold numbers otherwise, isn't it? I want them to imagine that they've bought a nice big house that cost £1million and it's paid for in full. You and your wife have got a BMW series 5 and a Land Rover Sport. Over £100,000 worth of cars. Imagine that. I bought all of that a few years ago when I was on bigger money than I am now with just 20 weeks' wages and bonuses. OK, I'm not bragging or showing off, you know that, I'm just saying how it is. I get free physio and medical care. Free gym. Even free trackies and trainers. "

"So imagine you're me. What are you going to do with £50,000 every single week of the year once you've got all that? Tell me? What? OK, you need clothes, a suit maybe, nice shoes. What's the cost per year for those? Even if it was £30,000 - and I don't see how it could be - you've still got £170,000 left from your first month's wages.

"Bills for food and lecky and gas are piddling. What can anyone spend £200,000 a month on? And I'm well below average in my pay. Imagine getting half a million or a million in your account per month? What people don't seem to understand is that when you've loads of money, almost nothing seems expensive. Do you get me, Johnny? Nothing. It's just a number. Any of your readers who think they could spend £200,000 per month every month for the next three years is kidding themselves. You can't. Normal people can't anyway. If you wanted to buy paintings by Warhol or someone you could shell it out, but the lads don't do that. My wife says footballers are all normal lads with abnormal money. She's right.

"So there you are with a big nice house, cars, no debts and the money is piling up. Why not give it away? It's a no-brainer. Why not help people who have nothing or not enough? No-one deserves all this money, and we're now not even playing football for it. We're doing **** all. I just don't understand why you'd not help less fortunate people. Ask your readers how would they live with themselves having millions in the bank and knowing that millions of people can barely pay their rent or have to use a food bank to feed their kids. You've got so much and so many have got so little. ".

{Ed001's Note - there is no problem with quotes, so long as people attribute them to the author or website they are taken from, which you have done.}

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05 Apr 2020 19:49:36
Great post Danny. I struggle when players who are earning £200k a week demand more, how much is too much? I remember when we signed Keane and a reported asked him why he had signed for us when Blackburn had offered him more, he shrugged his shoulders and said £4,000 a week, £6,000 a week as if he understood the lunacy of it all. Yet he also went down the road of ‘knowing my worth’.

It’s an ego trip for many, and I am sure there is a lot of giving that we don’t hear about, but the numbers involved are staggering. Crouch tells stories of footballers buying all sorts of expensive stuff because they have more money than they know what to do with. There’s something wrong somewhere.

06 Apr 2020 10:38:48
It’s unbelievable Tony. I think it’s just become the norm, and they’ve been raised in a game where you take as much as you can. Even Mata’s chairity is a piss take. 1%, most of the top players don’t need the other 99% either. During this crisis they’ve shown their true colours, and shouldn’t be able to look any supporter or club worker in the eye without feeling ashamed.

04 Apr 2020 13:57:23
Anyone think the season 🌊☀️ Should be cancelled now.

Start then start the season again when this is all of this is over? Early or late.

Even if it ends up starting in July at least we spread the games out a bit ahead of euro 2020/ 21.

Needs killing now so we can all move on.

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27 Mar 2020 22:36:32
Sorry for this, long time reader but only sent few posts to date but I can't let this go. I am a front line worker and this is going to get worse.
I feel it's important to address the stupidity of james mc cleans post today re his 'version' of Irish history he was about to home school his children! Abolute disgrace!

I am from Northern Ireland (same side of the fence too) and a lot older than this man, from not too far from where James says he is from and I have seen the worst of mankind in action over the years with bombs and guns but by god in the last few days I have seen the WHOLE COUNTRY come together and no one cares if you are Catholic or protestant!

This thing kills irrespective! We have underpaid men and women risking their lives to save the unfortunate that will sadly pass and they will see horrific images that may haunt them for years to come!

Then we have the likes of our professional footballers who get paid stupidity who sit back and put this tripe out on social media from their mansions whilst in supposed self isolation is just a bloody fisgrace!
Sorry⁰ for my gripes but football and sport is way down the line in priorities at the minute!
Sensible heads!

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28 Mar 2020 17:00:20
Well said Leonard, the man needs some sensible advice, he is at best insensitive.

29 Mar 2020 10:00:08
Thanks for your service Leonard. It maddens me to see the sudden surge of experts trotting our conspiracy theories and rumours from a position of zero authority. Ultracrepedarianism of the highest order, and it’s the front line that suffers.

29 Mar 2020 18:08:06
Word of the week there RWWD. 😁.

29 Mar 2020 18:13:05
Totally agree Leonard. I'm from N. Ire as well, and your right. Both sides of the community have been unified by our reaction. Nobody is talking about the usual gripes, parades, flags and threatening behaviour are all safely stored in isolation. It's incredibly sad that some people still feel the need to go out of their way to drag us back into our past. Let's hope he's in the minority and we can all come out of this with a greater sense of community and shared love for our neighbors.

30 Mar 2020 21:23:47
Cheers Ken. It’s easily my favourite word and I bust it out whenever I get the chance!

21 Mar 2020 00:12:54
Really think the UK aren't taking the Covid 19 virus seriously, tonight we see full pubs, and people partying. They should have announced this morning and closed them at noon to avoid the partying. Time will tell but it's like closing the gate after the horse has bolted. This is just the start of a long tough summer and we all need to play our part "Now" to slow the spread. Take care and please obey the medical advice.

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21 Mar 2020 14:29:14
I was reading this morning that there are loads of people who went to Cheltenham now complaining of flu like symptoms.

The problem with the great British public is if you tell them something is dangerous and they shouldn't do it but you don't ban it they seem to rush of to that exact thing you warned them against.

When I took the dog out last night I saw people in their 60's and 70's pilling into the pubs. They are the ones at high risk. I even saw one chap who I know who is 72 and has had a lung removed due to cancer in the pub.

22 Mar 2020 11:43:08
If that's the case Shappy then they are themselves to blame. I thought the young kids are at fault but if the elders are doing it then this country has no hope.

22 Mar 2020 20:22:22
It's called natural selection.

22 Mar 2020 21:47:02
its these idiots that do not listen that are going to put us all in total lockdown.

{Ed018's Note - total lockdown is coming regardless. It’s happening over here in the US. My state just got shutdown today. So expect it to come your way soon enough}

22 Mar 2020 22:23:13
has it been the same were you are ed18 idiots not taking advice, idiots panic buying and leaving the old and sick even more vunarable. ihave seen people i know who were supposedly decent push old people out the way to get the most stupid things.

{Ed018's Note - the first thing people were panic buying was the toilet paper and disinfectant products. When the bars/restaurants closed they started buying everything. It leveled off this week but with the news coming today that they are shutting the state down other than essential businesses I assume it’ll be rough again. I haven’t seen anything towards the old and vulnerable but I hope there aren’t people in my community acting like that. If I see it I will gladly confront the people}

22 Mar 2020 22:47:46
they have started limiting products to two of each one per person were i live ed18.two weeks to late. i actually have lung disease from my job as a builder. but me and my ex missus have gone out of are way to help are elderly neighbours get what they want. my youngest daughter is due to give birth in a couple of weeks and it has been a struggle just to get the bare essentials. i hope you and your family are doing alright ed18 and all the rest of the eds at this time.

{Ed018's Note - thank you. I appreciate it. We are doing well for right now. Likewise. Best of luck, I hope everything goes well for your daughter and please stay safe}

22 Mar 2020 23:00:29
same to you ed18 and the rest of the eds.

13 Mar 2020 21:00:31
Nothing more important than people's health. It's quite likely that millions of people will be infected without being very ill at all but can infect others that are more vulnerable.
Even for an older guy like me😁 these are unprecedented and uncertain times let's hope that things don't get as bad as some are predicting. With good practises i hope we can minimise its impact
I wish everybody well and that you and your loved ones remain in good health.
None of us will not be affected by covid19 in some way.
Its time to look out for each other and look out for your neighbours friends and foes alike.

{Ed018's Note - well said, while it will be mild for most people everyone has older family members they need to be concerned about. if everyone can take this seriously for awhile hopefully we can get past it sooner rather than later)

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14 Mar 2020 11:24:00
Yes, well said Ken, all the best to everyone and their families out there. Everyone will have someone at higher risk, even ourselves, also, remember there will be vulnerable who don’t look vulnerable.

14 Mar 2020 15:47:38
Top post and agree with all.

15 Mar 2020 06:06:29
Ken, Red Man, given you are both so old, make sure you take care of yourselves.

15 Mar 2020 10:51:46
Im not in the high risk category thankfully ajh but many loved ones are. Its a time to look out for all our neighbours.

15 Mar 2020 13:41:17
Unfortunately caring for others doesn't seem to be the mantra for most at the minute, hoarding of products and the selfish attitude of many is clear to see. Buy a bit xtra by all means but hoarding means others are left without. If you know any elderly or vulnerable people, ring them, help them with groceries etc do what you can. Now is the time we have to look out for each other and lose the self centred approach. Keep well everyone👍🙏.

15 Mar 2020 15:02:44
People should use common sense, social distance, the pubs in Ireland and England were mostly packed last night, but I see a lot of pubs in Cork have closed their doors this morning, people need to think of others now not themselves.

15 Mar 2020 16:12:29
I am not in the high risk category either, but family members of differing ages are. Stay safe, don’t panic, don’t hoard, think of other people, particularly how frightened people will be. Wash your hands. There are the best medical experts advising the government so we have to trust what is being requested.

15 Mar 2020 20:06:27
Wash your hands and sing happy birthday is what we are told to do.

It is so ridiculous that so many people are making fun of this virus.

16 Mar 2020 19:37:45
Red Man, ken, I was thinking with you both begin in your 70’s that made you high risk. 😳.

16 Mar 2020 20:55:38
Look 70 feel 60 am 50 act 40 wish i was 30.
😁👍.

12 Mar 2020 23:51:23
Mikel arteta tests positive for coronavirus. Arsenal game at weekend cancelled and pl to hold emergency meeting to discuss fixtures. Tonight could be the last time we see united for a while.

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