RDC Williams

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  1. Jose has brought this down on himself. What broke the camel's back was not joining United. Nor was it the digs at our playing style - I think we can all smile wryly at the charming hypocrisy of that. What will eventually make fans revolt is digs against them and he started that when he was still here. Since he's been at United he has had several digs at us directly with his comparative language ; we have always been extraordinarily supportive of him (I myself went to protest outside Stamford Bridge after his first dismissal) and we don't deserve that kind of treatment; he can pretty much say what he likes about the club, Abramovich, our current manager or our playing style, because any intelligent observer can understand that this is born of the twin motivations of feelings of rejection and a need to ingratiate himself with his current club. What he has no licence to do is to have a go at his adoring Blues fans. He is a complex man and indeed a man with complexes. It strikes me that, not for the first time he is displaying a self-destructive bent; there is no need to alienate us, but he seems to have a need to be a victim and the most effective way to manifest his complete rejection is to stop us singing his name and make himself feel that we are ungrateful. He doesn't seem to get much satisfaction out of winning and reminds me of gamblers who get depressed when they win big. What drives him is the struggle and perhaps deep down what drives his arrogance is a deep seated insecurity. His current disenchantment with Blues fans is also obviously due to our replacement of him in our affections with Antonio Conte. It's like looking at your ex's new partner and seeing her happy and never looking better ! I would not, myself, chant negatively at him (not yet), but I can certainly understand why some fans would and do.
  2. Hi Duffo, I'm not sure if you are still visiting CFCnet, or if you get message notifications, but I thought I should let you know the sad news that Jon Hawkins passed away yesterday. I know that you were friends, not to say mutual admirers, so I knew you would want to know. Jon told me you were suffering from cancer, so I hope you are doing ok.

     

    Cheers,

    Richard

  3. I, in common with everyone around me in the MHU and the majority of the stadium, clapped Gerrard off today. In the light of his post match churlishness I still don't regret it because it has shown us in a good sporting light and him as having no class or empathy for football supporters. He obviously has no idea how much of a compliment that 30 seconds represented. It is not afforded many players by fans of the opponents and he is a damn fool for not appreciating a rather complex piece of behaviour by a set of people often characterised as simple. That applause was an olive branch, a recognition, a wink to the unreasonably harsh nature of his constant barracking by Chelsea fans, a nod to his achievements and a goodbye to an adversary. It was an attempt to say, " we have slagged you off, but that is the nature of opposition; take our respect with you." He has thrown that back in our faces, which is his choice, but I think it is sad that he can't understand the significance of the moment - for him, not for us. We behaved with surprising nobility and I am proud of our fans.
  4. [quote name="Droy was my hero" The real problem is not your negativity, but it the suggestion that Man U were able to do anything with their possession - or indeed tried to do anything. Had Man U wanted to make a game of it they might well have found themselves 3 or 4 goals down and then even you and Red Robbo would have had nothing to say. Blimey, I'm going to agree with Prescott and Droy in one day ! Perfect analysis, this. Man Utd were a long way from being marauding attackers today; had they been, we would have won by more. I was staggered by how many back passes they did and how circumspect they were in the face of a physical challenge, especially Fellaini, who normally dominates his opponents physically even when he is otherwise ineffective; in this game he was bullied by Zouma and outplayed by Matic. Get with the beat guys, Burnley had more efforts on goal than Man U and they even scored !
  5. A rare moment of clarity and veracity from Prescott . The few muppets on here who are saying United were the better side today obviously have a very facile view of the game of football. I said after the game from my seat in the MHU that our performance today was one of the best of the season. We were in total control of the match, ceding possession but never position. I am often nervous about conservative tactics in the face of a slender lead, but this was a perfect execution of a tightly woven strategy and we were pretty comfortable for the entire match. There was very little tension and much triumphalism in the stands. Mourinho knew that Man U would come out hard and fast, as indeed they did. He knew that we needed to draw their sting and after 20 minutes we had. Teams are always going to have chances, but the defence-shredding Man U attack made only 2 clear cut opportunities. Special mentions go to Zouma (first half on Fellaini, second half more conventional defensive shield), Azpilicueta (absolutely outstanding), Hazard (his usual self) and Cahill, who has overcome his awful, overconfident patch. I thoroughly enjoyed this match; I knew how it would be, but the degree to which the inevitable tactics (the right tactics, given our relative positions in the league) were implemented by the team was breathtaking. We took United out of the title race today and I fully expect us to do the same to Arsenal next weekend : Arsenal are not stronger in attack and may be weaker in defence that Utd. I was critical of our tired performance against the striped scum last week, but don't let anyone fool you into thinking our victory today was anything other than a masterclass from a brilliant tactician and a near flawless execution by an exceptional team.
  6. Where is that fabled Anfield support now, then? In the imaginations of the apologists of course. Flat track supporters - can't and don't step up when the going gets rough. The only remnant of the Anfield roar is a vaguely familiar howl of protest and the famous Liverpool whine.
  7. Excellent refereeing. St Stevie has been getting away with this stuff for years, on and off the pitch.
  8. Long-winded? Moi? You'll be calling me pretentious next.
  9. Absolutely no contest. If Anfield burnt to the ground tomorrow and Liverpool never won another match it still wouldn't be good enough for me. They are the most loathsome, odious club in the history of English football, engendered by the sense of entitlement partly endowed upon them by the amateurish, partisan, intellectually destitute sporting media, but greedily grabbed by the thieving, self pitying, amoral psyche of the fans.
  10. Don't be an arsehole. You are making yourself look extremely primitive and stupid. The idea that suicide is a selfish act is the stuff of the ignorant; before you spout this nonsense do some research into the nature of depression: it is a life-threatening illness which can't be subjected to the rationale of the mentally healthy; for its sufferers it is all-consuming, like a blanket of despair and pain, distorting reality and admitting no rational thought. It's not just feeling a bit down, sad, or blue. What I do agree with is that Carlisle is a knob: sick people can be unpleasant too.
  11. If we were worried about that we should have kept him.
  12. There were some boos from the Matthew Harding Upper, but a more widespread and sustained round of applause. At the end of the game pretty much the whole stadium gave him a great ovation of "Super Frank" and showed the loyalty of the Chelsea fans. There was a bit of a row after the players had left the pitch: a guy at the back of the MHU at gate 11 was going absolutely berserk about Lampard, effing and blinding and calling him a fat c**t, generally carrying on in a sustained way until 5 or 6 fans initially told him to shut up. The 5 or 6 quickly turned into 50 or 60 and matters became quite heated and a bit physical. For my part I applauded him on and joined in the ovation at the end: he owes us nothing but respect after we let him go and that's what he is giving us, so I can't blame him for prolonging his career at the top level in the Premiership and for playing professionally while he is at City. He is our greatest ever player (though not our best ever footballer) and as such I'm glad we had the class to cheer him.
  13. You obviously don't go to games then, because Liverpool fans are the most odious bunch of carnts in the whole football pyramid with the possible exception of Millwall. If Liverpool never won another game and their stadium fell down tomorrow, never to be rebuilt, it still wouldn't be good enough for me. The only thing approaching the odiousness of the fans is the myth of the fans : the YNWA media fuelled horse shite; I've been at games where their 11 very much walked alone and the silence of their fans was funereal. I loathe Liverpool and would view it as a personal disaster if they ever won the Premier League.
  14. Coming back here would be a risk for Jose, but he is not risk averse and the up side for him could be massive: following a mediocre pair of managers who have produced a mediocre pair of league positions (and I refer to AVB and FSW here, not Robbie, who didn't even get a season and still delivered 2 trophies) he would have the opportunity to prove his first tenure was just what he always does: win ! Everyone wants him back, and even the Chelsea haters can see the synergy.