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29 Dec 2017 15:27:13
One for Ed002, maybe. (although I fear a "that's why we don't talk money" response! )

With the astronomical fees being paid now, how (indeed are? ) are footballers insured by their clubs
a) against career-ending injury
b) against injuries from which they are never quite the same again.
I can't even imagine what the annual insurance costs on a £75M defender might be, given that injuries are pretty common. What sort of money do clubs spend here?



{Ed002's Note - (a) Yes, (b) No. I am not interested in discussing the costs.}

1.) 29 Dec 2017 19:49:29
Shame, I would have been very interested to hear that answer.

2.) 29 Dec 2017 21:11:22
I know the young lad from the academy was reportedly given 1ml payout after a car accident ended his career about ten years ago.

3.) 30 Dec 2017 09:15:28
How about

c) what coverage do clubs receive when players are injured on International duty - imagine Spurs without Kane for 6 months due to an injury on England duty - that would cost them CL football for sure.

{Ed002's Note - It depends on which country they play for. Countries like Germany, FRance, Spain etc. are well insured, the African countries are not so the club would need to take additional insurance if they wish.}



30 Dec 2014 20:14:47
Over on the rumours page you hinted that Lavezzi is an option under discussion?

I know you hate to discuss players (but after last night everyone will see your predictions for Can and Lallana were spot on. Balotelli too!) so. I am wondering if you or Ed001 see Lavezzi bringing anything that we actually need?
I can't see how he would fit in a squad with Markovic - and Origi - to arrive. If we want a hard working forward then we have Borini for that roll too?

Happy New Year


{Ed002's Note - I think you may well have misread what I said Prof.}

1.) 30 Dec 2014 21:20:46
That's a relief! Too much sherry and mince pies perhaps.

{Ed002's Note - The discussion today was between PSG and Inter Prof. It concluded that the transfer of Lavezzi could take place but first PSG need to talk with the player - who has returned to Uruguay without permission. Neither Napoli nor Valencia should be discounted from making a bid. Chelsea were offered Lavezzi in exchange for another player but declined.}



21 May 2013 08:41:33

I know you aren't so keen to talk money these days, for obvious reasons, but could you possibly clarify (in light of today's rumours).

"Free" transfers are not remotely free are they? I thought that simply meant that the old club didn't receive a transfer free but instead a (potentially) similar sum of money was passed directly to the player, often spread through the length of their contract. I recall that Joe Cole's large salary was organized this way?

In simple terms "free" does not mean free?


p. s. Where are you Chris in Tamworth. away fishing?

{Ed002's Note - Right. Typically an out of contract player will be given a "signing on fee" to join. Many clubs look to spread this cost over the length of a contract. Taking as an example Player K signing a two year deal with a £4M "signing on" fee, he would likely be given something like £1M up front and then his salary would be supplented by £30k per week over two years. If the club wished to sell the player on or terminate his contrctt after a year, then whatever remains will be due to the player.}


1.) Give a kid a chance instead of Toure!




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08 Jun 2018 08:39:02
At the risk of an RTFP response. could someone summarise Fekir to me. my quick you-tubing led to endless reruns of the same few goals in varying degrees of slow motion.

I couldn't even tell if he was an out and out forward or an attacking midfield type. where does he fit in our first choice squad if M-F-S are playing?


1.) 08 Jun 2018 09:16:13
Feking good player.

2.) 08 Jun 2018 09:16:19
ProfG, IMO, he is in the Coutinho mould but pacier. he has very quick feet, easily goes past players and has a sweet shot on him. great vision could play in the midfield 3 or up top and has a good passing range. he seems very one footed but that’s a minor as far as I’m concerned. hope that helps.

3.) 08 Jun 2018 09:29:52
Ask Lacazzatte about Fekir or ask Wenger about fekir! They scouted him for 2 good years and couldn’t buy him!

4.) 08 Jun 2018 09:44:11
Lacazzatte has been scouting Fekir for two years has he harry? What are you and Arsenal smoking these days?

5.) 08 Jun 2018 09:57:38
He obviously meant the Lacazette would know having played alongside him for a few years and Arsenal had been scouting him. Jeez, so many trolls and keyboard warriors on here at times.

6.) 08 Jun 2018 11:05:57
@Bigsqueeze73 the most recent game I saw Fekir play was helping France demolish our very poor Ireland side. Check out his goal from that game, it was a right foot rocket!

7.) 08 Jun 2018 21:32:14
Jurgen Meister, I didn’t say which foot. lol.



30 May 2018 14:58:46
Talking of Wingers, how has Sheyi Ojo been doing on-loan after the injuries? Close to our squad? Ojo, Wilson and Woodburn would be pretty good cover for front positions?

But it is a tricky balance: better off on loan or just fringes of squad. we don't seem to do manage that well at that as a club - look at Ward for example.


1.) 30 May 2018 15:17:13
Ojo got injured for a while and has struggled to get back in the side as they were in brilliant form in the second half of the season.



16 Mar 2018 09:35:41
Saving PDFs.

Most browsers will have a print the page to PDF option; I use it when travelling too!
In Firefox or Safari it is

File. Print. save as PDF

Then you have a nice PDF of the page for later.


{Ed001's Note - i never knew that. Cheers mate.}

1.) 16 Mar 2018 10:49:20
Eds at times u can change the file type lik from . PDF to . doc and all and open it. it works for songs videos etc. at times d MP4 will be downloaded as . mp3 u just rename it to . mp4 and the video will work!

{Ed001's Note - I have never even tried any of those things.}



28 Sep 2017 12:46:19
I see a problem with the intergalactic cup.

If (by chance) we vote Brendan Rodgers manager then he may choose to rest all the superstar players for the prestigious away game at Bellerophon- in order to keep them fresh for a Saturday league game?


1.) 28 Sep 2017 14:52:52
Don't worry, Kolo will sort it.



22 Sep 2017 22:34:30
Why is it you think coaches in football look for "players who follow instructions" when in most other sports coaching has gone completely the opposite way towards instilling constant decision making above all. Rugby Union and hockey prime examples - Drills and routine replaced by playing what is in front of you and making decisions. Rugby and hockey both changed because coaching and drills can only ever get you so far. You don't lose that much but you don't win enough when it counts either?


{Ed001's Note - because you see it constantly on the pitch, the ones getting picked each week are not the ones who are the best players but the ones who are best at following instructions. We have people like Pep, Mr. Micro-Management, lauded as the greatest coaches in the world, rather than someone like Bob Paisley, a genuine great, who did want his players to make the decisions. What we have now are coaches who think they are playing chess rather than managing. This is why everyone is on Wenger's case, as he sits and trusts his players to make the decisions during a game, rather than saying well done. Yet they get all excited about Klopp, Conte and Pep stood there constantly instructing players. Pep in particular is one, you only have to watch a coaching session of his or a match, he is constantly there demanding the players do exactly what he says. Then there is Pulis, Hodgson and Allardyce who all drill their players over and over to do exactly what they want them to do without any thought.}

1.) 23 Sep 2017 07:32:22
Graeme Souness said he pulled Joe Fagan after he'd joined Liverpool and asked I've been here a month and nobody's told me what to do. Fagan replied, we spent all that money on you and you need us to tell you how to play football.

2.) 23 Sep 2017 12:37:36
Nice one, Mungus. The coaches right now are micro-managers and even in business world, micro managing is becoming a thing of the past as many organizations (I worked for one in the banking industry and IT industry) are empowering their employees to take charge of situations cos they have been sufficiently trained on the policies and procedures. The same applies to football.

Paisley per Ed01, empowered his players to take charge of situations on the pitch as he trusted that they had been well-prepared for the game to handle situations that occur. The manager cannot do everything. This lot want to do everything and that is the problem.

3.) 23 Sep 2017 13:16:56
Isn't Ancelotti known to be more like that ed001? A figure it out yourself kinda manager?

{Ed001's Note - yes, mate.}

4.) 23 Sep 2017 13:27:06
I have to say I was quite keen on the idea of Ancelotti managing us. Don't get me wrong I still think we got the right guy, but I certainly wouldn't have been displeased with him either.

{Ed002's Note - Carlo Ancelotti would have been a good choice but he told the club that he would want to see the spine of the team (goalkeeper, centre backs etc. replaced in order to win the league whereas Klopp said he could win the league without making those significant changes - hence he got the job. Ancelotti is today complaining about the Bayern players failing to follow his instructions causing the issues against VfL Wolfsburg, although talking to an ex-player about the game this morning he blames Carlo for not adapting to the changing game - and the changing tactcs from Martin Schmid who should be credited with the work he did.

CA will likely be open to a return to the Premier League and that may well be earlier than planned.}

5.) 23 Sep 2017 15:05:13
That's interesting ed002. I knew of problems with Carlo and Bayern, and after ed001's comments about Guardiola being a control freak, it does seem a strange decision to replace him with a polar opposite manager like Carlo. I think if this Klopp situation were to turn ugly somehow, he would be a good shout. That being said, I hope we are a bit more patient with Klipperty; I don't like firing managers unless its absolutely necessary.

I take it you aren't too convinced on Ancelotti either ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Carlo Ancelotti is a really nice guy and a fine manager - but a very, very different type of manager to many.}




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30 May 2016 12:24:49
No sign of the Babel-copter though? Disappointing. A ride round the country, continually spotted by readers, would convince him for sure.




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08 Jun 2015 20:44:16
I think that if we had had Ings at the beginning of the season we may well have achieved top 4.

He is a far better fit to our "style" of play (although I have begun to doubt what that actually is. ) than any of the current (fit) strikers.

The issue for me are (1) the reduced opportunities for Sinclair and (2) what then is the role for Origi ? There are now three strikers behind Sturridge and that is without Lambert, Aspas, Borini and Balotelli. I can't see another being brought in.




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30 Dec 2014 21:20:46
That's a relief! Too much sherry and mince pies perhaps.


{Ed002's Note - The discussion today was between PSG and Inter Prof. It concluded that the transfer of Lavezzi could take place but first PSG need to talk with the player - who has returned to Uruguay without permission. Neither Napoli nor Valencia should be discounted from making a bid. Chelsea were offered Lavezzi in exchange for another player but declined.}



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I am sure Eds002 and 001 could add to this but perhaps you should consider this definition:

To Brendan (verb) - to leave a player in a position where they don’t know what their role or future is at the club by any number of means including, but not limited to:
a) neither selecting players, nor allowing them to leave
b) loaning, but not caring how players actually perform on loan or how to integrate them upon their return
c) not offering the majority of young players a route to develop

It may be brought about buy buying too many players for similar positions, but failing to operate a happy rotation policy.


{Ed002's Note - You missed the kick in the balls.}



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26 Aug 2014 05:43:14
Without wishing to crawl too much.

I joked earlier in the summer when asking if Ed002 was available as an adviser to LFC. . But having read that response, and yesterdays comment on the lack of transfer / youth strategy, I cannot help thinking that Ed002 could help Brendan considerably?





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02 Jan 2018 14:34:07
oops. embarrassing.




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02 Jan 2018 12:18:57
Am I being stupid?

Thunderbird 2 is piloted by Virgil. VVD is 6'4"
WonderDogSparky showed us the Thunderbird car delivered by Macca's garage when Macca announced the apparent signing of VVD before the season started. Sparky even shared a Virgil picture) . I can't speak for van Dijk's nightclub habits mind, but Ed002 clearly knows that scene well?

is there a subtlety I am missing?




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05 Sep 2016 08:59:12
Yes, I agree that referees lying cannot be good for the game!

But it is a very artificial situation whereby you can't take action after a match if the referee had a view/ interpretation of it in a match (which turns out to be incorrect/ sub optimal)? Better to make the rule sensible, rather than asking referees to lie or allowing violent conduct to escape unpunished?

In the case in point, few would doubt Aguero had committed a punishable act? Better a rule that allows punishment irrespective of the referees view / non view / on the spot interpretation?




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05 Sep 2016 07:28:14
I am confused. I had the impression he was suggesting they were asked to say they hadn't seen something in order for it to receive the CORRECT post-match punishment? It is the opposite of match fixing -it is correctly punishing violent conduct irrespective of what the on referee interpreted at the time? Albeit a mischievous solution to an artificial problem.

The best was to avoid that would simply be to remove the rule that if a referee sees something it cannot be retrospectively punished. Instead have the "citing committee" function more like rugby. If there is violence / serious cheating it should be dealt with, whatever the referees "on-the-spot" interpretation was?


{Ed002's Note - The point is that the referees should be honest if they have seen something.}



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07 Jul 2016 08:21:44
Many thanks for the insight, and indeed for the time you and the other Eds dedicate daily for the users of this site.