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02 May 2014 17:50:16
Rumour that Guardiola is pitching hard now for our job. No thanks. A Spanish version of Moyes.


1.) Seriously?

2.) Even by my high standards that is some post. Congratulations sir

3.) Basingstoke

You are a genius:)

4.) I'm still not sure what to make of Pep. Signing wise he's proven to be pretty poor and his teams don't ever seem to have a plan B. He did a great job at Barcelona but had a fantastic squad when he took the job. I think Bayern have taken a step backwards with him at the helm.

I'd probably take him over LVG but would still prefer Klopp.

5.) Pep Moyes or Big Dave Guardiola?

Great post Basingstoke!

6.) Ummm what?

7.) Hilarious nice one Basingstoke :)

8.) Lol I have absolutely no idea what's going on.

9.) Hard to see him compared to moyes but defo not a manger I want to see at utd hate the football he plays boring pass pass pass

10.) Guardiola's football was spectacularly successful at Barca, yet relied heavily on Messi. When Messi didn't play you saw the same football from Barca as you did with Bayern the other night. No plan B and not penetrative enough. There is criticism of Pep but he has a very successful method and whilst Barca were not as thrilling as others they won everything and took us to pieces with ease. The key is that Pep needs a Messi to make it work and he doesn't have one at Bayern.
Everyone knows my preference is Klopp then Ancelotti, yet Pep is an intriguing one however I feel we would have to buy Messi to make it work. Hum, can't see uncle Malcolm signing that cheque even if Messi has looked nonplussed at Barca this season.

11.) No thanks to Guardiola. I like my football to be entertaining.



02 Feb 2014 13:08:12
Assuming that Liverpool win their next match, our chances of 4th place will be gone.

We allegedly have £150m still to spend, so under these circumstances, the first £5m should be spent on compensation for the inevitable Moyes exit.

Who should be the interim manager?

Who of these should be the next full-time manager?


Bielsa, Van Gaal, Simeone, Hiddink, Heycknes

Martinez, Pochetino, Laudrup, Prandelli


{Ed004's Note - Firstly I do not think Moyes will or should be sacked but going along with your prediction I'd go for Bielsa, Heyneckes or Fergie to take overt until end of season and Klopp to take over at the end of the year. Then with that money sign cb, lb, 2 cm's and a winger}

1.) Moyes will be in charge for at least 18 months, the club will stand by him even if we finish outside the top four. We will have over £150m to spend over the next 18 months. Moyes will be deciding who comes in.

2.) Basingstoke

Heyneckes, has pedigree, unlike Moyes, until the end of the season and see how he does. Given his age then it can't be a long term appointment. Klopp in summer would be my call as the board will not countenance Mourinho.

3.) Agreed Red Man.

Sydney. No sensible business is likely to allow this managerial shallowness to continue when it is so obvious that a mistake has been made.

Whatever views one has about the Floridians, the simple fact is that they know how to run a business and the simple fact that we will be in a position to outspend many others in the next few windows speaks volumes about their commercial sharpness in the age of FFP.

How likely is it that they will stand by this shivering wretch?

4.) Forget about Mourinho. The perfect opportunity to get him was in the summer. I think the whole world knew from March onwards last year he was leaving Real but he wasn't seen as SAF replacement in spite of their friendship and fantastic track record. He's at Chelski now til he wants to be Portugal national manager.

Klopp and Mourinho were the 2 outstanding candidates post SAF given Guardiola already committed to Bayern. Klopp would be everyone's ideal man I'm sure but Moyes here for first ten games of next season as a minimum. If we haven't started to pick up by then the Glazers will pull the plug as their brand just won't be as attractive to investors if we ain't in Champs League for 2 seasons.

{Ed002's Note - Neither Klopp nor Mourinho were ever going to move to MU in the summer. Mourinho's return to Chelsea had long been known.}

5.) Ed02, don't ruin their dreams. If they say we should have got Kloop or Mourinho, then we damned well should have got them!

6.) We should have got a top manager with a winning pedigree there would be many on a list before you got to Moyes

If we couldn't have attracted a top manager in the advanced notice we have had then there are bigger questions of the club to be asked. If they could only see Blanc and Moyes that is very concerning indeed




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Rather steep pricing.




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This is correct.

As I have said elsewhere the club could be generating over £150m of free cash flow in the near future. The business model is now accelerating - driven in part by generic tv deals managed by the Premier League etc; driven much more quickly by the in-house commercial team. They have managed to segment the market very skillfully.

We will be in a quite different position to our peer group clubs whose surplus generation is generally far less effective and whose cash coffers have been filled by tv deals.

Fortunately winning and therefore player recruitment is the key.

That should keep us at the top, and winning excitingly.





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31 Dec 2015 10:05:44
Here is the chase, #2. It will be appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - I typed that less than five hours ago Basingstoke - perhaps later this afternoon (depending on my getting other stuff done, my wives getting back from London and not deciding to stay out eating and drinking, & my deciding to not pop down the pub for an hour or to so early.}



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Arsenal lost today.




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Interesting, well-balanced post.




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99% of Manchester United supporter live outside Manchester.

Speaking as one of them I am appalled by any sort of spurious reflected glory based on residence or regional purity. Smacks of racial purity.

Old Trafford is not even in Manchester.