rover6 Posted April 26, 2009 Share Posted April 26, 2009 Allardyce hit-it-long heroes bounce on their way to Eastlands where they find Man City and Mark Hughes waiting to stick the knife in the bubble. The Taffy Che Guevara, as no-one calls him, Mark Hughes has struggled to turn Lawrence of Arabia under the watchful eye of oil-rich men from the Middle East. If I was them, I wouldn't bother with a football club and invest the money prudently, especially in the current climate but then, I guess, that they have a few pennies. Man City has become a bit like Tintin comic books these days. When you think you've solved the mystery of the racket involving a Swedish numpty masquerading as a respectable public figure, backed by a ex-dictator from Thailand (turns out that the Swede was actually a mannequin cleverly disguised as a person - England was rescued but Mexico lost) a bunch of shady Arabs turn up with billions to inflict new meddle on this green and pleasant land. What is more, they bring with them a little Brazilian lad who looks vaguely like a black Robbie Williams. They really must have something serious up their sleeves. Thus discomforted, I return to football matters. Rovers' win over Wigan means that they are nearly safe. Man City are mid-table which means that they are safe from the Europa cup. There was much gnashing of finger nails over the last month as City threatened to haplessly throw away their season by qualifying for the competition but a few crap results meant that this was avoided. It has come as something of a surprise to me that Hughes has been so lethargically Sven-like in his management at City (although he hasn't committed a Bianchi). I can only put it down to Hughes not commanding the same level of respect amongst the City players as he did at Rovers. At Rovers, the leaders were real Hughes men, they were like his offspring. Nelsen, Ooijer, Bellamy etc. they were signed by Hughes and loved him. Not so sure that applies to the the City big gobs. I also think that Hughes' inability to sign good central midfielders may have played a part. He failed badly at Rovers (which is partly why we are in this mess) and, as far as I know, hasn't signed a good central midfield at City. Erm, wait, that De Jong, is he playing well...He was certainly overpriced. It still bugs me that Hughes hasn't had the guts to sign Mokoena from us. That's the least he could do. City have actually picked up. They played well in the second leg against Hamburg and in their last outing they beat Everton, the team with the best manager in the world. It seems that Robinho is in-form and Elano back in favour - two reasons for Rovers to be slightly worried. Stephen Ireland is surely going to be one of the best midfielders in the Prem if he continues his progress. And in Felipe Caicedo (or whatever his name is) Man City have a striker who doesn't score which follows in a fine tradition, if you think back to Jo and Vassell at city. He was a Sven signing, needless to say. They will obviously try to out-play Rovers with snobbish passes along the ground, in that ridiculously old-fashioned manner that some teams have. I really can't believe that people are so stuck in the past. I bet they've never even heard about Gamst's world record stamina feat set in his Tromso days and eulogised about by one of his stalkers on this MB for months on end. These stone-agers don't even appreciate the efficiency of the long throw or the hit-and-hope. It makes you wonder how they survive at all. After all, these things are sports science recommended. Ordered by the doctors, what more could you want? Rovers can play old-school when they want - just to mock the on-the-ground footy fools. After all, we've got Diouf who was African Player of the Year once, clearly proving that he is an outstandingly gifted player who has just fallen on hard times. He'll be discovering an alternative theory of relativity any day, just you wait. There's David Dunn as well who is well skilful but sadly his skill is best known by the moment that he tripped himself over trying to play a square pass with a deceiving use of the wrong foot. Gamst can entertain on his day but is such a modest guy that he'd rather not. I could go on but there wouldn't be any point. Besides, the modern game is about efficiency, especially, if you can't afford footballers. Look at Everton and Villa - okay, you'd rather not because you've got to go out later and can't afford to be drowsy but you get my point. Direct football is not skill-less - it takes skill to play an accurate long ball, to control accurate long ball, to create chance from accurate long ball, to score the goal from... Or you could just not bother with the accurate long ball and just hit the ball long and see what happens, as they do in rugby. When it works, you pretend that it was intended and the illusion of skill is created. So much more efficient. In the end, Rovers' Premier League survival depends on these games and as football is an unfamiliar concept to many amongst our current bunch (it makes you wonder what Rigters has done not to be involved) it's safest to play the game involving the least skill possible. It seems to be working too, after Paul Ince's near successful attempts to make the Rovers' fans forget the name Brian Kidd. Yet, I worry. I worry that football ain't what it's cracked up to be. Call it a life crisis but I've got football fatigue and haven't been following footy that closely recently (which goes a long way to explaining the standard of this preview!). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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