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All Things Footie | Monday, June 27 | Jordan

Back and busy

A few things occured while I was away that nearly passed me by entirely.

Ashley Cole’s got his comeuppance for having a money-grabbing scumbag of an agent, Kenyon (via Chelsea) has for thinking he can get away with breaking the rules, and Mourinho for being his usual arrogant (but not entirely disagreeable) self. From where I stand, I think Mourinho’s probably the least at fault, and I can understand why he’s appealing. His club have asked him to come and meet a player (whether he knew who, and whether he thought Arsenal had given him permission or not we don’t know), and he’s turned up. He didn’t arrange the meeting—that was Kenyon and Cole (via Jonathan Barnett).

The whole situation is very simple: Barnett is a money grabbing scumbag (as already established in the previous paragraph) who has no place in the game, Kenyon is a filthy cash-whore who’s only involved in football to see how many fans of how many different clubs he can piss off in the course of a career, Mourinho and Cole are pawns in a game of money laundering and dishonesty that both are too good for.

Everybody’s gotten excited about the Womens European Championships: and quite frankly, while some of the players and teams are OK, for girls, I can’t see what the fuss is about. I watched a couple of matches and the quality was generally pretty shocking; I wouldn’t pay to see it, though some of the bitchy tackles were quite amusing. More hair pulling and muddy wrestling to the ground and less long balls, please. So long as it’s Sweden vs. Sweden in every round anyway.

Robin van Persie has gone and been arrested for allegedly raping a girl in Holland. I think we all know how foolish one can look if one starts pronoucing and passing judgement in a very serious case like this before ANYthing is known about circumstance or evidence, which is presumanbly why Arsenal (and I) are keeping schtum. One thing that does surprise me though is the amount of time it seems necessary to keep van Persie locked up without some form of bail.

All of the above I wrote last week. TO be honest, I’ve forgotten where I was going. My absurdly busy schedule right now is slowing me down to a writing pace somewhere between Pascal Cygan and Jaap Stam.

I flicked through the Metro today and saw a who zero words written about the beautiful game. So what if it’s Wimbledon week, there’s some one-day internationals going on, and some British egg-chasers are getting a roasting in New Zealand; it’s not good enough dammit and it won’t stand.

Talk of ‘Brazillian teenage sensastion’ Robinho going to Real Madrid: I’ve seen the video clips, and heard the hype, but I’ve watched him play for Brazil a few times and he’s not looked all that special. I’d like to see more of him. Talk of Chelsea agreeing a fee for Shaun Wright-Phillips, a fee in the order of £18m. I like Wright-Phillips, he’s a very exciting young player who’s come on leaps and bounds over the last two seasons, but frankly, 18m is taking the proverbial. It’s a prime example of why sensible managers and clubs look abroad:

For £4m, Manchester United have bought a player with bags of international appearances, a starring role in a side that reached the World Cup Semi Finals and a fair bit of experience in Europe (along with a semi-final appearance in the European Cup). And he’s still pretty young. And I’m not even mentioning the marketing potential that’ll effectively make Ji-Sung Park a free transfer. Wright-Phillips has impressed for his age, picked up a handful of international caps and has absolutely no experience of playing for a top side; yet you could get 4 and a half Ji-Sung Park’s for the price Manchester City want for him (or is it just the price a careless club will/can pay?). Ridiculous whichever is the case.

Aleksander Hleb is another fine example, a top player with loads of experience, young and with countless international appearances, and at worst he’ll cost half of Wright Phillips’ fee.

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