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Football News: UEFA Ramp Up Man City Argument as Petr Cech Sets Records For Arsenal

UEFA Ramp Up Man City Argument as Petr Cech Sets Records For Arsenal
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1. Please please Mr Jenkins, go get Bielsa!
The mad genius of Marcelo Bielsa has suddenly emerged as the favourite in the betting for next Swansea City manager on Sunday night. While the 60 year old former Argentina, Chile, Marseille, Atletico Madrid and Espanyol manager does not speak very good English, that never stopped Kenny Dalglish having success in the English league. It does show that no one actually knows what will happen, as Huw Jenkins is very much his own man when it comes to running the club. The fact that Gus Poyet and David Moyes, such polar opposites in style of play, are still in the betting odds, says a lot about how little the bookmakers know. I really do hope that Bielsa is chosen and takes the job, it would make the Premier League all the better for having him as a part of it.

2. Pot slags off kettle
In a pathetic attempt to get attention, Dutch winger Eljero Elia has hit out at Mario Balotelli for being a pathetic attention seeker. Like Balotelli, Elia has failed to settle anywhere, due to his poor attitude and inconsistent performances, which is why he is back in Dutch football at Feyenoord after a move there on a free transfer from Werder Bremen. He has spent time at Southampton, Juventus, Hamburg, FC Twente and ADO Den Haag already in his career, each time leaving under a cloud. Now Elia claims he has matured and learnt his lesson, which is why he is once again attention seeking, as he attempts to prove he is not an attention seeker.


3. Cocu signs new deal
After leading PSV Eindhoven to the Eredivisie title last season, Philip Cocu has been rewarded with a new contract. With PSV focusing on youth development, they have looked to tie him down to lead the club through. So far PSV are in 3rd place in the league, just 3 points behind leaders Ajax, and are into the knockout stages of the Champions League, where they will face Atletico Madrid.

4. Alan Shearer way back at Blackburn
Sadly for Blackburn Rovers fans, it is not referring to a 30 goal a season striker firing them to another Premier League title, instead it is a road named after the former Rovers striker. Alan Shearer Way has all the excitement of Shearer the pundit, rather than Shearer the player.

Though it has been pointed out that there is already a street named after him:


5. Clearly no teenager
Petr Cech kept yet another clean sheet at the weekend for Arsenal, to equal David James record of 169 in the Premier League. Unlike David James, who took 200 more games to set the record, Cech does not also hold the record for most goals conceded in the Premier League. It just shows how misleading the clean sheets record was, as Calamity James only held it due to playing so many more games than most in the Prem, rather than due to his own ability!

6. There is a team less likely to win a match than Villa
Hard to believe but Hellas Verona are making Aston Villa look like a good bet to pick up wins. After 16 games in the season, Verona have yet to get a single league win. Even so, the Serie A side still managed to pick up more points, as they have fought their way to 7 draws so far, including a draw against AC Milan at the weekend. What would happen if Villa faced Verona?


7. Maybe Man Utd should sign this man?
Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez notched a hat trick this weekend against Borussia Moenchengladbach, to take his season's total to 15 in the last 12 matches. That is 5 more than the entire Manchester United team managed to notch in the same number of matches. I think United missed a trick there when they sold Chicarito to Leverkusen, they should have set up some kind of swap deal to get Hernandez in return.....

8. Wilson ends loan deal after social media war of words with supporters
Cardiff City goalkeeper Ben Wilson has ended his loan deal with AFC Wimbledon following a bitter exchange of words with fans on Twitter. The young stopper managed 8 appearances for the Dons after arriving in October on an emergency loan following an injury to first choice keeper James Shea. After facing criticism on social media, the keeper responded by saying "you're still paying to watch every week and helping towards my wage, I'm laughing and you're losing out". One Dons fan responded by writing: "I'm glad you think its funny, the teams already got enough c**** who don't care". Wilson's reply was to say: "got enough of them as supporters like you also". Probably not the best way to endear yourself to fans, calling them c***s, probably time Cardiff took their youngsters aside for some social media training!


9. Good news for Liverpool fans
Following the furore surrounding the decision by the BBC and FA to move their FA Cup clash with Exeter City to a Friday night, for TV coverage, which meant travelling fans would not have been able to return on public transport, the club have decided to lay on coaches at a cost price of £23. It really does highlight the lack of care taken for the game's lifeblood here in England, especially when compared to the Bundesliga, where match tickets include travel.

10. Citeh fans miss out again
The ongoing argument between Manchester City fans and UEFA shows no sign of abating as the fans once again face missing out on seeing their team play an away leg game in the Champions League due to the opposing team having to play in front of an empty stadium due to racism amongst the Dynamo Kiev fans. Last season the Citeh fans missed out on their away clash with CSKA Moscow, but the fans were incensed after a significant number of CSKA fans were able to attend as 'UEFA guests'. That led to the booing of the Champions League anthem that has seen City face censure from UEFA.

Written by Tris Burke December 14 2015 17:35:16