Tuesday, April 22

I Like The Guy, But It Hurts To See Good Men Fail


"Still behind him?"

This was the message I sent a fellow red on Monday, about one hour before rumours of David Moyes's sacking started to emerge.

I wanted it to work, I really liked the guy. But something about Sunday's performance against Everton felt like the lowest of the low.

How, after having a full week further than Everton to prepare, did we look naive to the attacking threat of Coleman and Baines? Any fuckwit who half-follows the Premier League will know about those two this season.

It was just so depressing. I backed Moyes all the way, but I can't help but think it's the right decision to get rid. Business-wise, of course it's sensible.

Football-wise, it probably makes sense; he's not shown enough tactical or even mental prowess to turn things around. Is he screaming at the changing room, encouraging them? No, probably not.

Simply, it just feels too big a risk to go another season with him.

I'm really sorry to see him go and it would have been magic - a last Ferguson milestone - for it to work. But we have to accept it hasn't worked out.

He might get it right, he might get the players to perform for him. But he might not. We don't know. And that's the problem.

I don't think we've become a Tottenham or Chelsea by hiring and firing like it means nothing. 7th is just unacceptable.

I must say Ed Woodward's handling of the sacking has been yet another fuck-up. Why is he briefing journalists? He's humiliating the class of Manchester United and humiliating Moyes, and he should be ashamed. When is he going to leave?

If I was CEO, I'd have sacked Moyes on the day those cunts across the motorway get their title-cos-no-SAF-around.

Anyway, after not seeing one Utd game with Moyes in charge, I am sorry to see him go. It just hurts to see good men fail.

Wednesday, March 26

I’m Really Starting To Like The Guy


Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest football manager of all time. We should kiss the fucking ground every fucking day that we lived through his reign. He took Manchester United to the greatest heights of all. And as a United fan, I’m more grateful than he could know.

Being the biggest football club in the world, however, can be troubling. We attract a lot of people, and where there’s a lot of people, a lot of those people will inevitably be fuckwits. By which I mean, utter fucking morons who don’t even deserve to call United their team.

These are the people who feel entitled and spoilt and believe United have a divine right to win the league. We don’t.

That left us the very second Ferguson left us. It is no doubt a strange feeling and hard to get used to, sitting outside the top position - let alone in 7th. But the thing is, these fuckwits want our new manager out before he’s even been in the job 10 months.

There are many reasons as to why we are in 7th. Our rivals have stepped the fuck up; the players haven’t stepped the fuck up; Moyes has indeed made some poor decisions.

And it has been way fucking worse than anyone would have thought it.

But I don’t want my team to be another fucking Chelsea or City or Tottenham and sack their manager when it’s not going right. I want my team to remain relaxed - maybe even live life on the edge the next couple years - and wait for Moyes to get it right.

We don’t have a right to win anything and the more the fuckwits believe that, they can fuck off and support a team who does. It’ll be a hard couple of years, but if Moyes isn’t the guy, he deserves the time to figure it out.

We won’t become a small team after 20 years, this is not the end of Manchester United and it’s ridiculous to think otherwise. The empire Ferguson built can take a couple years without gold. We will come back stronger and hopefully Moyes will take us there.

... And all this pressure and talk of him needing to go, I’m really starting to like the guy.

Thursday, December 5

Albums Of 2013 - No. 10 to No. 1

1. Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampires of the City'
They haven't just reached the Next Level; they've conquered the art of songwriting, created their own city and filled it with heart and intrigue. Never have they been this serious, this fun, this good.




2. The National 'Trouble Will Find Me'
If you can't feel good because of miserable indie, there's something wrong with you.





3. Jon Hopkins 'Immunity'
Mmmm, pretty.





4. Frightened Rabbit 'Mechanical Bull'
Why aren't these taking over the world?!





5. Arcade Fire 'Reflektor'
We are lucky to be living in the age of Arcade Fire.





6. HAIM 'Days Are Gone'
Debut album of the year.





7. Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories'
Kings of Dance show us how it's done.





8. Arctic Monkeys 'AM'
Most exciting band around.





9. Wave Machines 'Pollen'
Most underrated band around.





10. Franz Ferdinand 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'
Paying us back on all the promise.

Albums Of 2013 - No. 20 to No. 11

11. A$AP Rocky 'Long Live A$AP'
Sorry, 'Em, 'Ye, J and Drizz'. This is it.





12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Mosquito'
Probably their best ever album.





13. London Grammar 'If You Wait'
Something special about these three.





14. Kings of Leon 'Mechanical Bull'
The machine is back on track.





15. Everything Everything 'Arc'
Engrossing angst and special twitching.





16. Local Natives 'Hummingbird'
LA even has great bands now, too.





17. John Newman 'Tribute'
Adele: The Man Version.





18. White Lies 'Big TV'
Their most complete album yet.





19. Daughter 'If You Leave'
It could be one long beautiful song.





20. Swim Deep 'Where The Heaven Are We'
More proof indie isn't dead.

Albums Of 2013 - No. 30 to No. 21

21. Frank Turner 'Tape Deck Heart'
Now he's the songs to match the arenas.





22. Fidlar 'Fidlar'
Why aren't these HUGE?!





23. The Strokes 'Chances'
Certainly their best in a while.





24. Chapel Club 'Good Together'
Too dissimilar to debut. But still solid.





25. Fall Out Boy 'Save Rock and Roll'
Save r'a'r? No. But a decent attempt.





26. Foals 'Holy Fire'
Very, very good. Great still in the works.





27. Sigur Ros 'Kveikur'
Props for trying something new.





28. Rudimental 'Home'
Diamonds in a pile of raving shit.





29. Miles Kane 'Don't Forget Who You Are'
He's getting there.





30. MGMT 'MGMT'
Not quite the first, but better than the second!