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Mails: Mourinho out, Southgate in at Man Utd…

Send your mails to theeditor@football365.com… Southgate for United As a massively frustrated (and nowadays mostly angry) Utd fan, I find myself thinking more and more about who’d be the best fit to replace our dinosaur in residence. I’ve had enough of the tentative, insipid, monotone football we’re playing and spend my days longing for something more up-tempo, some heavy metal, or even just a tune to whistle along to. I fantasise about a contemporary manager who has the balls to put their faith in youth. I dream about a scenario where the (abundant) attacking talent on show is let loose to jam. And I bet the players are probably pretty up for a leader who doesn’t thrive in the public eye as a front man. There was a mail recently from a fellow red proclaiming genuine world cup fever as a reaction to the monotony of our past couple of seasons, and I was feeling it in a big way. Is it too early to suggest the manager that we’re craving might be in our midst this summer? Only the next 4 weeks will tell whether I’ll be lauded or lynched for suggesting this, but i’m getting in there first anyway. Once he’s done in Russia, is there potential for a new conductor at the theatre of dreams in the shape of a certain Gareth Southgate? Alex   Bad boys, bad boys… It made me laugh about Graham Simons’ email in today’s morning mailbox. He basically got giddy that Arsenal are going to be the bastardy team that can bully teams at will. I’m sorry but how can he come up with this conclusion? We have not even seen Unai Emery’s Arsenal team kick a football, yet! Bloody hell. It’s just crazy to somehow predict about results, let alone the mentality of a team, just judging by transfer window activity (most of them still not even confirmed, yet). So far Arsenal just bought ageing fullback Lichtsteiner (lol) maybe he is the bastard but damn still too early too tell. Never heard of him being a full hard man in Juve or Switzerland national team… Also, did Graham forget that Unai Emery is not really a textbook manager for shithousery a la Simeone or Mou? Let me remind you he masterminded the biggest cock-up in European history (see PSG blowing 4-0 lead against Barca) and somehow made super expensive team in PSG fell to a limp defeat against Madrid? Also somehow his debut season in PSG got bullied by youthful energetic Monaco side? I have nothing against Arsenal. But, please stop this nonsense where you suddenly think your team become bad boys overnight purely based on ageing fullback signing and a new manager, especially after long era of Wenger. Arsenal have been jokes for past couple of years, it’s best to tone down the banter materials. Vincentius (excited for World Cup), Cambridge   World Cup fever Long term reader, first time writer. Really enjoyed Daniel’s article today on the success of the World Cup despite the club game (in this country at least) always metaphorically stamping it’s foot and demanding praise for simply not having soiled itself today, like a really wealthy toddler. What amazes me, is that this still happens, even though FIFA seem hell bent on ruining the World Cup. If your competition is the Big 4 leagues in Europe and the Champions League, with all the gaudy and brash gold-plated guff that comes with it, it should be fairly easy to make an international competition, between nations of varying sizes and wealth, a more wholesome and edifying experience. I’m not so old and stupid to think that the Corinthian Spirit is anything other than a £50 bottle of branded Cachaça available to purchase from the Paulista club shop, but you could, given competence, honesty and integrity, get somewhere *close* to that. I mean, if FIFA have proved anything over the last 20 years, it’s that they can do what they like. They’ve just chosen to do *this*. Questionable host countries sponsored by Coke and McDonalds…and yes, no country is perfect, and no sporting event free of contradictory sponsorship, and millions of people just don’t give a tuppenny –toss about any of this stuff and wish everyone would just shut up and enjoy the football…and I will, but I’m not sure how great I’ll feel after the event. If this mail has a point (and I think we can all agree, it doesn’t), it’s that football never ceases to amaze me. It can triumph over everything and make us feel like kids again. Even self-sabotage. Even when it probably shouldn’t. Have a good one, everyone. Jeremy Aves   Walker maths I’m starting to think I’m going mad… Kyle Walker is an above average wing back, and one of our best players. England are playing 3 centre backs to make up for a certain lack of quality in that area. Kyle Walker is super fast and good at bombing forward. His weakness is brain farts and defending under pressure. And he’s now been converted to a centre back?? So If I’ve got my sums right, an 8 out of 10 wing back has been converted into a 6-7 out of 10 centre back (of which we have a few) to allow England to play a 6-7 out of 10 wing back in his place. Genius… Matthew (ITFC)   Fan fears I wholeheartedly agree with the many other mails and opinion pieces around just how likeable this current England team and manager are. I am an Arsenal fan and despite the relative lack of representation, this is the first England team that has my support across the board. At the last tournament I despaired at watching a lumbering Rooney, a one dimensional Henderson and an overrated Hart stepping out onto the pitch to represent my country. Now all three of these have been banished (Henderson now has two, albeit still pretty limited, dimensions) and the team is chock full of players I want to succeed individually and collectively. But as much as this all sounds exciting and relentlessly positive….we all know it will be ruined…….by our fans Along with many others, I fear that all that fun will disappear as soon as the shirtless, thuggish En-ger-land fans start appearing on our TV screens. Ripping up city centres, singing about the IRA, Ten German Bombers (just a 75 year old reference) and all the other wonderful tourist behaviour that makes us all so darned proud to be English. Johnny Nic wrote a...

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Published By: Fottball 365 - Monday, 11 June







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