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I had two ideas for a piece on James Rodríguez. One was that he embodies the short-term thinking that has held Ever… https://t.co/Psuhj7hNUE
Retweeted by Rory Smith @PhilHay_ This is very kind of you but now you have reminded me of my regrets that I didn't call him Diego Throughball. @JGftbl1 @thejoshhartley @PhilHay_ They probably do, to be fair. I just don't know if it's condescending to point o… https://t.co/hhVXtciAyc @thejoshhartley @JGftbl1 @PhilHay_ In my defence I am looking down on a much bigger group than just our readership @JGftbl1 @thejoshhartley @PhilHay_ There you go, your first five are free https://t.co/tR5IGrWd0A @ToffeeTVEFC Ah, apologies. I thought it was Goodison Road. Will get it changed. @em_umoh It is SUPPOSED to be about having fun though @GiantGooner Yes that is also trueI had two ideas for a piece on James Rodríguez. One was that he embodies the short-term thinking that has held Ever… https://t.co/Psuhj7hNUE
9/24
2020
@KarthiSport @PhilWilliams I didn’t. He was, as ever, a quiet inspiration. Except that this time I told him and he… https://t.co/7QlIQ4Cs06 @lunganjara @thetimes @TheTelegraph__ @theindependent That’s really nice of you but it does kind of make you think they can’t ALL be wrong.
9/23
2020
@philtait1on1 @_PaulHayward The actual worst is when a British journalist for an American paper uses it because it’… https://t.co/YfzsBkvcsP @_PaulHayward What I find oddest is the complete blindness to all the common usages of it now: Soccer AM. Soccer Sa… https://t.co/Bd4TWFB8PM @ilkleytown @FootieArchitect @RiponCityAFC @RiponCityLadies @WetherbyAthFC I did, but given that I’m (sadly) not in… https://t.co/4lP2sqHrzl @tobymoses @dstaley56 @Okwonga @mattbutler503 So I can see why he’d be thinking that taking a “small” amount out of… https://t.co/bgFqlSL2kc @tobymoses @dstaley56 @Okwonga @mattbutler503 It is, but they’re quite a good example. Burnley thought there was a… https://t.co/wLOJHjzWQi @tobymoses @Okwonga @mattbutler503 Depends on how big the black hole is, I suppose, but yes, there’s no reason they… https://t.co/Wa0pzcWuDF @dstaley56 @tobymoses @Okwonga @mattbutler503 I mainly think it’s a bit unfair on Dyche, if I’m honest. I think you… https://t.co/2cxvB4CKfG @tobymoses @Okwonga @mattbutler503 Now the owners, on the other hand, are a very different story... @tobymoses @Okwonga @mattbutler503 Most clubs make tiny profits, if at all, in the scale of major businesses. I wan… https://t.co/sHUgFrkdJT @tobymoses @Okwonga @mattbutler503 No, neither do I. But also the “they make a load of money” logic ignores the bas… https://t.co/oc5L8FQ8KV @tobymoses @Okwonga @mattbutler503 I agree with that. I think the PL should support lower league clubs. I don’t lik… https://t.co/917BaBnOZc @Okwonga @mattbutler503 I don’t think that’s what he’s saying. He’s asking why we’re demanding football does this a… https://t.co/0nMBOuU5Er
9/22
2020
@FootieArchitect @RiponCityAFC @RiponCityLadies I’d go right, but sadly - for me - and fortunately - for Ripon - my… https://t.co/NEvUXAExic
9/21
2020
@Cam3ronLFC @PhilWilliams Get a toddler and a dog, you’ll find it’s remarkably easy not to watch football. @PhilWilliams I do it whenever I can. My Dad does it every week, Saturday and Sunday. I’d highly recommend it.That piece includes an excellent anecdote about the time Chelsea tried to buy Thierry Henry over lunch, one of a pl… https://t.co/wz9xfI9nvxThis summer has felt like a return to the old days of Chelsea, when they marauded across the market with money to b… https://t.co/NIBxoQqIPq @Aaryan150698 @sidlowe Fair point: Solari was still coach against Ajax, wasn’t he? Apologies. @KohlenSchaufler I’ll take four Champions Leagues, but yes, fair point. Keegan, like John Charles, would be up there.The way Real Madrid treated Gareth Bale was, when you think about it, quite weird. But the fact that he’s now seen… https://t.co/pLVnlfNKIs
9/20
2020
@Stato_Grant My instinct was that he'd start well and then fade a little - especially that this is going to be a re… https://t.co/WCViWOQzqG @Stato_Grant Yeah, Allan is the one that strikes me as smartest, but I think we overlook that the primary purpose o… https://t.co/p9HQcRU5q1 @UpperGwladysBlu It's not the parallel I'd have drawn, but if Liverpool are at the forefront of your mind, then sure, why notObviously still a work in progress - the flaws in the first half showed that - and a 10-man WBA obviously not the m… https://t.co/ab2cpzEgQQ @TheMengisKhan This 20 minutes has certainly been enough to convince me they're going to outstrip George Burley's I… https://t.co/PKC3yhD0xc @DavidLawTennis Such a wonderful story, winning the title in their first season backExcellent first 20 minutes from WBA at Goodison. Robinson, Pereira and Diangana have a real understanding. Great th… https://t.co/Fy76qI5kkK
9/19
2020
@reym12 Oh yeah - that’s a good point @TheM_L_G Club run by people whose aim is to develop players and sell them on has developed a player and is selling… https://t.co/SCI9KzMjsO @roscoe_2000 @_pauljoyce @DominicKing_DM It’s close. @ma95sousa @_pauljoyce @DominicKing_DM I did a story on Parma’s takeover this morning. That’s my breaking news quota for the year. @ilyushakot Just fitness, I suppose. Seemed to disappear entirely last year.You don’t need me to tell you, given that @_pauljoyce and @DominicKing_DM are running it, but think a deal for Jota is pretty close.These kind of signings are really hard. Liverpool need a player who can operate across three (or four) positions, w… https://t.co/QMdCmiL63y @patrickendrick Be interesting to see how it goes. Krause struck me as smart and well-intentioned. Parma feels like… https://t.co/ZG3dNNjrQmIt represents the final stage, really, in what is a remarkable redemption story. Parma technically didn't exist fiv… https://t.co/cRi58EbccrA fifth American owner in Serie A: Krause Group, owners of an Iowa-based convenience store chain and also Barolo, h… https://t.co/ptRvakxf4W
9/18
2020
@dermotmcorrigan Would have thought Miranda's form for PES United would have got him a move @Blades_analytic Tbh I don't think any club, really, regards age as the total taboo that it's sometimes depicted as… https://t.co/94dBIs3nM7 @Blades_analytic Strikes me that we sometimes miss the point of having a model: it's not a dogma that you *have* to… https://t.co/0YRKGteIlK
9/17
2020
📝 New contracts for Grealish and Aubameyang ❓ Gareth Bale - Premier League bound? 🏆 #CarabaoCup updates Join 🎙… https://t.co/5q90WO6VUo
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9/15
2020
@nedboulting I’m not but this is excellent television
9/14
2020
@mikemartintweet My guess is you’re right: definitely on the corona-as-injury thing (which makes sense to me) and p… https://t.co/H5v0gWYm9w @misterglenbaker I think that’s what’s odd, that they haven’t even agreed a procedure in case you have to. Obviousl… https://t.co/nOeCWpXYCCImpressively, despite six months of witnessing the literal worst-case scenario happening, nobody in football seems… https://t.co/YsfW0uIF1E
9/12
2020
@John_Colver @TIM_Official And...drink of the Gods, yes?
9/9
2020
@ma7moudshadi @HLNinEngeland Yes, that’s a very fair point. But even then: there’s been a change in the nature of t… https://t.co/u5TKSMugyl @MelissaReddy_ And the other is that there's a proportion of fans even of clubs who are spending who don't seem to… https://t.co/FeReC6DHd3 @MelissaReddy_ The two things that have really struck me this year are that most of the replies to confirmed deals… https://t.co/su0TjImwh4
9/7
2020
@AGargett @Knox_Harrington You say that, but to many I am an “insufferable clown”, so it’s swings and roundabouts, really.🙌 As we gear up for the return of the #WSFL we thought we would share some more coverage 🗓 Back in 2016, The New… https://t.co/4t7RhsuU7M
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8/29
2020
@PhilBlundell who doesn't? I've been watching Bunyodkor for years, and actually thought that them signing Rivaldo b… https://t.co/8eut6vh1YS @PhilBlundell Six months at Marseille, six at Fiorentina. Then you swing north: a season split between Rosenborg an… https://t.co/s1mRHrRTEB @PhilBlundell You can make a case that he owes it to football to spend the next few years playing for two different… https://t.co/LHKqHc7feT @LFEservices These are all valid points and it is wonderful to me that they are being made by one of my favourite service stations. @PhilBlundell I have just texted someone to say this. He should go to Napoli and play for free.Swap Inter for Juventus and I think this is probably right, as things stand. But there's also a bit of a test for M… https://t.co/QRpJrHlOcuMan City and PSG are probably the most realistic destinations for Messi *if* he ends up leaving Barcelona, but Inte… https://t.co/6Rayw0MLNc
8/25
2020
@setpiecemenu @afmoldtimer @FootballManager Virtual Rory is...not a lookerThe thing about young money is that it eventually becomes old power. Neymar’s tears last night won’t last. PSG are… https://t.co/gUXxA6PIgw
8/24
2020
@AndyMcCrimmon Possibly, but also, not really. He's the ultimate superclub player, whatever happens. Statistically… https://t.co/QxnAgnes4YKingsley Coman (age 24) 2014: Ligue 1 champion (PSG) 2015: Serie A champion (Juventus) 2016: Bundesliga champion (B… https://t.co/gNSdvBjLvG @BundesPL @tobygilles Yeah, he's insanely quick for a man that large @Luke_Colombs @marcomaioli1 Yes! @hotshot_parmo It is! @gsian i think of it literally every time i see niklas sule @ducnans i am a man of many layers @stehoare hahahahaWhy does Niklas Sule, the largest footballer, not simply eat all of the other footballers?But if you're more of a Bayern persuasion: this is very definitely the biggest game of Hansi Flick's managerial car… https://t.co/Hy5BBhDi0yThink it's probably fair to say this is the biggest game of Neymar's career: a chance to prove PSG is not just his… https://t.co/uUpRPptZXtNeymar the lost boy, Neymar the grown-up, and how sometimes the line between a meme and reality is more permeable t… https://t.co/oka4wMBPc2 @RahulSundar37 No, sadly not. But then we don’t so much work together as work against each other, so it wouldn’t really work. @JohnnyTheNic @chrislepkowski I find the fact that might happen absolutely fascinating. Genuinely calls into questi… https://t.co/Pt6DpdHEte @GrownStudent I think a lot of regular league football looks like that. We just don’t normally watch so much of it. @sukhhayre I’d say so. But also: there are fans. They’re just not in the stadium. @RahulSundar37 And that is my trick @tombirch89 Not sure that actually makes sense, you know @JohnnyTheNic @kevinhatchard The PL’s vulture capitalism doesn’t explain why pretty much every league played on, th… https://t.co/Oj6WQFamUs @jcreedy @Daveybear1 @PeterStevens82 So your reaction is no more or less legitimate than anyone else’s. And it is,… https://t.co/dclFW5REiw @jcreedy @Daveybear1 @PeterStevens82 This is said completely courteously and with no disrespect at all, but it does… https://t.co/zwU4xWtAEkI saw Danny Baker tweet the other day about how watching football behind closed doors makes it seem like just busin… https://t.co/p3ABILSKQs
8/23
2020
@stephenkb (I’ll untag Clive because he’s busy) There seems to be more esprit de corps in women’s football: fans se… https://t.co/XRNACAwtiY @stephenkb Also, and I’ll tag him, @CliveTyldesley said once that his job wasn’t just to commentate to the ardent f… https://t.co/xoAZ0XFNuV @stephenkb All broadcasters do it, and I wonder whether the defining factor is who you support. My sense has always… https://t.co/a93BGxUFVL- Miracle of Istanbul - Barcelona's Remontada - Lucas Moura at Ajax - Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona What is the greatest… https://t.co/oNANZOeCWN
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8/22
2020
@Ciaran_O It was hard to get a word in edgeways, tbf, but I don't think sportswashing doesn't exist, I just think w… https://t.co/zZTuz7vq8i
8/21
2020
Will be with @acjimbo and @ChelceeGrimes on @btsport presently to discuss...well, the Champions League, I’d imagine… https://t.co/g6lMUsW05m
8/20
2020
@LarsPollmann Yes, that's probably fair. So we get a good one three times a decade...
8/19
2020

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