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Date:Tuesday February 6 2007
Time: 11:22AM


Let's hope we can show him that Club football management is different from national football on Saturday.
06/02/2007 12:04:00
Doesn't pearce talk a load of patronising national pride bull****? He should worry about man city's league position rather than the youth of today. Put 'em all in the army for six months. its the only language they understand. In my day......
The Rabbi
06/02/2007 12:43:00
07/02/2007 04:52:00
Sorry Rabbi no, whats wrong with exorting your team to play with pride and patriotism? Why shouildnt england player be allowed to be patriotic? What is worse is those who want to make feeling patriotic a crime in this country, the patriotism = racism brigade. We always say an England manager should lead by example and when one does he gets accused of being patronising. I think a patriotic ( partronising if you will) England manager is a good thing. Personally i have a lot of respect for the guy, i admit he was too slow to react on the Thatcher incident and obviously on this Saturday i'd like to see him go home very unhappy. But generally he tells it how it is, (* take note Harry) is honest, doesnt make excuses for players & poor performances (*take note Harry) and the man has a bit about him. He is also right part of the issue in this country is kids put club before country which was different a few years ago. He is known to be a disciplinarian but so are most great managers and lets be honest some players need it. Tell me what is wrong with youngsters going through the U21's dreaming of playing for England. The one thing that hasnt been discussed is .. is he up to the National job as yet, does he have the tactical nous, personally im not sure.. So attack a amn for his footbaling record not because he wants his country to do well. So in my humble opinion, no Rabbi he doesnt... Any way at least he aint pathetic Steve McC
07/02/2007 10:00:00
I've put me soap box away now
07/02/2007 10:09:00
If Pearce can instill the same pride and passion into his squad as he himself had as a player I don't think that's a bad thing. Just my opinion of course!
07/02/2007 11:30:00
Dear russellm and bmb. there's nothing wrong with being patriotic, I just don't think Pearce should be in charge of the England U-21 side. he's hardly set man City alight since he became coach. The way in which the FA appointed him was a joke, having told peter taylor that he couldn't do the job part time to concentrate on his job at palace, they then give the job to someone in a similar position. The main reason most players put club before country is that the clubs pay their wages 52 weeks a year and have to pick up the pieces when they return from international duty injured. yes i agree Pearce is very honest in his assessment of matches, but frankly who cares? its very good for the press (some of Pearces biggest supporters because he gives them plenty of column inches) but most football fans can see for themselves what Pearce is saying. As for Pearce being a disciplinarian, good for him. He's hardly going to change a load of young players attitudes in the few days he gets to spend with them before each match. As for pearce being ready for the England job then no I don't think he is. While we may mock Steve McClaren, he did (somehow) manage to win the carling Cup with Middlesbrough and then lead them to the UEFA Cup final, something most English born premiership managers could only dream of, including Stuart pearce (his team were knocked out of the carling Cup this season by Chesterfield which is impressive). While I admit McClaren's record so far hasn't been up to much, he unfortunately is the best of a bad bunch. Pearce is just another English manager. i think we should put this one to our friends at manchester city to see what they think?
The Rabbi
07/02/2007 12:49:00
By Saturday evening we will either be back on track or off the rails in the shunting yards.
07/02/2007 13:29:00
Rabbi, first i must make myself clear i am not accusing you of being part of the patriotism is racism brigade. Anyway moving on to your secod comment. You make a point above that i find myself in agreement with i.e. is he capable? I have said before and above, i dont think so no. Regards his selection you are WRONG Rabbi Peter Taylor & the England FA DID think it was possible to do the job on a part time basis! It was the Perma Tanned Simon Jordan owner of CPFC who did not. Re Kids a few youngsters might just benefit from some discipline and being dropped if they dont behave, how can you dismiss that without it being tried, on a personal level as part of our company policy we take difficult youths and for a few hours a week give them training and structure and it works Rabbi, bit by bit you see change. so back to footy, perhapse wanting to play and attitude on and off the pitch should even be part of the criteria for selection ( not the case under Taylor). re club before country, what you speak of is not an issue in germany, Italy, Brazil, Argentina and deffinetly not France, starngely teams that win the world cup. I also note none of the above comments were made in your first posting which was nothing but a personal attack on a patriotic commited ( sorry my mistake patronising)player. As for Maclaren, yep he won the cup at a time when Steve Gibson was one of the richest chairman around. He also got it tactically wrong, went two or three goals behind, then threw caution to the wind in the UEFA and got away with due to old Massimo Macaroni being on fire form, then Boro came upon a team that had stamina and skill and that was the end of that. He was absolutely 100% involved in the failed England set up, said nothing for four years yet criticised after, he is famously disingenuous and a political animal. MacC is little different to the previous regime in that he has his favourites and form need not enter into selection criteria. I understand even old crooked Tel is willing to avoid the business possibilities and wants out having watched our Steve perform. Anyway i'm off to watch the match, which being a patriotic bloke ( with my indian curry and german beer) i hope we win.
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