To cries of WHAT? NO! around the globe, James Richardson has left The Guardian Football Weekly. The end of an era. A sad day. Football weekly was simply the best. As Richard Whittall put it so well:
When I finally capitulated and gave the Guardian podcast a listen, I remember feeling as if I’d stumbled on the sort of conversation I’d always wanted to have about football… Hosted by Italophile pun-spinner James Richardson and side-kicked by Irish buzz-kill Barry Glendenning, featuring a rotating cast of international scribes like Rafa Honigstein and Fernando Duarte, the show regarded football both as a matter of life and death and a mere trifle, in other words, as it is. And, contrary to my expectations, everyone was as funny as hell—I would be often caught sniggering like a schoolboy while listening to the pod on the streetcar in my Toronto neighbourhood.
Lucas Leiva is leaving Liverpool. Time to remember his finest hour… the fairground challenge vs. Jordan Henderson:
Unlucký, unlucký, unlucký.
Alex Manninger has retired. Usually when a player retires I think “how time flies,” but this time it was more “golly, he really played a long time.” In my youth he was the only Austrian in the Premier League.
The latest England squad features the return of Defoe, but no place for Andy Carroll. I would love to see England play 4-4-2 again with a front two of Defoe and Carroll. Ah well.
Claudio Ranieri trying to explain why the reigning champions are in danger of going down:
We have two problems. Conceding goals, and not scoring.
The latest Guardian Fottball Weekly lacks Jimbo, but Jimbo’s foil, Barry (“buzz-kill“) Glendenning had one of his best lines. Sachin Nkrani was talking about how miserable it must be for Sunderland fans to be always losing, and asks Barry if it wouldn’t actually be preferable to be relegated, and spend next season actually winning some games in the Championship:
Nakrani: If you keep losing every week… it must be bloody miserable
Glendenning: It is kind of entertaining, to be honest.
Classic Barry— the football fan who enjoys seeing his own team lose.
Liverpool’s 4-3-3 hasn’t been working so well in the absence of Sadio Mané— especially against defensive teams. It would be interesting to see them try a 4-4-2. They could play Moreno and Clyne as wingers: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Moreno, Can, Henderson, Clyne; Sturridge, Origi. Then Lallana, Firmino, and Coutinho could be used as impact subs (LOL).