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 Post subject: Re: Who Says Managers, Players & Journalists Are Dumb?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:21 pm 
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Mick Dennis writes a mildly iffy but largely 'meh' piece in The Daily Express about how nice it is that Roy Hodgson and his staff are so straightforward, honest and crucially, seem to have a plan.

However, he does go rather off-piste in the middle, comparing former assistant Franco Baldini with current occupant of that position Ray Lewington.

'Baldini is a nice bloke. But he is from Regello, near Florence. What did he talk to Wayne Rooney about? The forests of Tuscany?'

Well quite. We don't imagine any two people from different countries have ever been friends, worked together or even been civil to each other in the past.

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Jamie Redknapp writes in The Daily Mail about how happy he is that all the England players seem to be singing the national anthem at this tournament.

'Something has changed. It may be the influence of an English manager, Roy Hodgson, after 11 years under the direction of Sven Goran Eriksson, a Swede, and the Italian Fabio Capello, when being English did not seem to count for much.

'It looks to me like Roy has got into their heads and reminded the players that playing for their country means something.'

This is all very well Jamie, but singing the national anthem or otherwise doesn't seem to have much impact on other international sides. After all, Spain have won the last two tournaments, and none of their players sing their anthem...

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Positive thing about England so far.

The players actually look like they get along with each other probably because the media haven't dumped pressure on them they've even been seen to smile during matches.

We've had luck go our way something we haven't always had go our way in tournament football.

Singing the national anthem or not doesn't really bother me if it helps you to focus by listening to the fans sing it rather than join in just to please the white van men of England.

The reality is we've played 3 games and apart from the Sweden game which I thought a draw would have been a fair result we've not really looked that dangerous but we're through so who give a flying f*ck.


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Jamie Redknapp writes in The Daily Mail about how happy he is that all the England players seem to be singing the national anthem at this tournament.

'Something has changed. It may be the influence of an English manager, Roy Hodgson, after 11 years under the direction of Sven Goran Eriksson, a Swede, and the Italian Fabio Capello, when being English did not seem to count for much.

'It looks to me like Roy has got into their heads and reminded the players that playing for their country means something.'

This is all very well Jamie, but singing the national anthem or otherwise doesn't seem to have much impact on other international sides. After all, Spain have won the last two tournaments, and none of their players sing their anthem...


I'm probably missing the joke here, but the Spanish National Anthem doesn't have any words in it. Does it? :huh:

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yes, we know the Spanish national anthem doesn't have any words.

That was the point. It was a comment designed to illustrate the basic pointlessness of ascribing any sort of success to the English players singing 'God Save The Queen.' Many apologies if that wasn't clear, or if you didn't find it funny.

But please, for the sake of everything that is holy, stop writing in telling us that the Spanish national anthem has no words.

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Our old pal Oliver Holt writes a column in The Daily Mirror today that says how nice it was that, as it turns out, there hasn't been a load of massive racisms at the European Championships.

He writes: 'So what do you think? Maybe we owe Ukraine an apology. Maybe we even owe Uefa president Michel Platini an apology.

'Put it this way, no England fans have come home in a coffin.'

A quick point, but by 'we' he should have said 'I'.

He wrote on May 22: 'As if ultra-right football hooligans weren't enough to contend with, visitors will need to be on the lookout for a corrupt and brutal police force known to target individuals because of their skin colour.

'In one recent case, police pulled over an ethnic Azerbaijani and drunkenly beat him with batons for several hours while shouting racial abuse at him.

'The officers took it in turns to beat him after each became tired.'

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