I believe this fiasco tonight shows once more, maybe even on another level, how much money have ruined football.
Surely that type of disrespect would, back in the day, result with benching the player for the rest of the season, no matter what. But having payed so much money for him a few months back, makes that impossible now. Sarri saying afterwards it was his fault, misunderstanding, it just says it all.
I'm with FMS, sometimes I think why do we even bother.
All the time mate and I'm pretty sure we've discussed it before.
Chelsea's keeper refusing to go off, rumoured player power getting Puel sacked when he has that club pretty much where they should be.
If we weren't having such a good spell with players who seem to care along with a manager who seems to have a different outlook on the game than most then I'm not sure I would be that interested.
Totally with both of you on that. When you read stories of the criminal dealings of clubs like City and how they get away with illegal activity in full view of authorities that are more than aware of their practices but do NOTHING about it then it's a very helpless position to be in. The players have become willing participants in this dirty game egged on by a ring of agents and multinational sports companies that are demon like in their sheer lack of and abuse of trust, honor and dignity. We only have to cast our minds back to last year when Coutinho acted with rank duplicity to try and force a move to Barcelona. While he was undoubtedly influenced by his agent, it was no less a marker of just how spineless and willing these players are to dance to the tune of the sleazy faceless money men rather than dance to the tune to the ones who work day in day out on the training field to better them as footballers and human beings, turning them into the stars they are - the managers.
The only real level of engagement I have in football, the only access point where I feel I can empathise and relate to football professionals is the manager. I've seen Rafa come and go from Liverpool and I see the work Jürgen is doing for our club that makes my heart swell. Their obsession, dedication and determination for the cause as much for the community they represent as well as for themselves and their players is the single tent peg that keeps many of our interests grounded amidst a howling storm of corruption, greed and deceit that top flight football has become. But, sadly, that's not the case with every manager as we've seen with the career of a certain Jose Mourinho.
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