So it’s been a few weeks since I have put fingers to keyboard and wrote a FETWW column. I had to get over the pain and misery of “that” game two weeks ago. I wasn’t actually hurting over it; it was more shock and amazement how with 10 minutes to go we could let in 3 goals. Now they are a good attacking team but come on. Also, while I have been away Carlos Tevez has been up to his old tricks and Titus Bramble has got one headline that nobody ever wants. Prior to lighting up the Manchester derby, mad Mario burnt his bathroom by setting off a firework. Mental! The thing that puts all this into perspective is the attitude of one, Billy Sharp. Nobody, including myself, knew who this lad was until Tuesday evening. Two days after his new born son died, the player told his manager he wanted to play and duly scored a goal that dreams are made off. A goal he dedicated to his son. I am sure this immense piece of courage has had players from all around the world sit up and take notice. Billy Sharp you are commended for your courage and spirit in the face of the worst loss possible. Now what was that Carlos?
This week’s honor roll goes to………..
Nile Ranger (Newcastle United) - This is the second time that Ranger has made the list. First off he poses with a gun and his hood up, thinking he is some sort of gangster. The kid has a chance of a lifetime and after that little incident you would think he would wise up. Not a chance. This month Ranger will be in court more times than he has played for Newcastle this season. The boy is only 20, and will face magistrates twice in two days. Ranger was arrested for assault leaving a man with a broken jaw and he was also cited for violence, driuk-driving and being drunk and disorderly. Prior to the season starting the forward was told to find a new club; you would think he would sort himself out. Of course not, he is an overpaid soccer player with a massive ego and now no one will touch him with a ten foot barge pole. Earns about $20,000 per weeks (saves $40,000).
FETWW Advice – Grow up son, there are plenty of kids dreaming of getting where you are now. Don’t throw it away.
Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) – Probably the most exciting thing to happen to Villas this season is Bannan’s crash. Of course over paid, big ego soccer players think they are above the law and decide to break it in a whim. Bannan, a scheming midfielder for the Villans and the Scottish National Team was involved in a car crash this past week. Correct, he was drink-driving or as Randy Lerner would say DUI. Bannan, like Ranger is young and dumb and getting paid a lot of money per week for something that he loves doing. If you get paid that much surely you could hire a driver to take you anywhere you wish. So Bannan joins his manager McLeish in the FETWW column. Earns $20,000 per week (saves $40,000).
FETWW Advice – You booze, you cruise, YOU LOSE.
Johnny Evans (Manchester United) – Now this kid has had enough chances to stake a claim for a starting spot in the United XI on numerous occasions. He just isn’t up to it. Now this may just be me picking on a player that hasn’t lived up to the high standards of what we Reds are accustomed to. Let there be no doubt there are others, but over the past few weeks he has been dire or what the Americans say “You suck”. He comes from the same geographical area as me. I call it North of Ireland, he calls its Northern Ireland but that doesn’t fuel my dislike of him (I would use hate, but Hugo always told me not to hate anyone, it’s too strong of a word). I have loved Big Norman, Gillespie (to an extent) and Georgie Best, so religion doesn’t come into. United is Religion. So Johnny next time you see Hugo Hamill in Belfast, thank him will you. Earns about $80,000 per week (saves $160,000).
FETWW Advice – Johnny on your bike lad, you just ain't United!
Blackburn Rovers – Now fans pay their way in to watch games and spend a lot of money on club merchandise. Rovers’ security staff has been instructed to remove any protest banners ahead of Blackburn v Chelsea at Ewood Park this weekend. An email sent to protesters stated that it was a health and safety issue. After Hillsborough, the safety issue has changed the landscape of English football and I understand the reasoning behind the decision. The fans are the lifeblood of the club and sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. Blackburn is not a big team. They had one good season and that’s that. I think the fans should be able to voice their opinion but at the same time get and stay behind their club, because if they do get their wish of Steve Kean’s resignation, how long will it be before the next manager is rushed out of town. The best thing for fan’s to do, would be not to turn up to games and severely hurt the revenues and finances of the club, thus making a great statement to the board. Tough to gauge a fine on this one but lets just go for the board. If nobody goes to the games they would lose a lot, so let’s go with Earns $1,000,000 (saves $2,000,000).
FETWW advice – Just get on with it. Let them have their banners!