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Football stars are getting too big for their high-priced football boots!!

Football stars are getting too big for their high-priced football boots is the fW opinion!!

The pre season has seen a lot of forced moves or lots of noise about nothing! There has been lots of forced moves such as Robbie Keene & David Bentley. We have also seen lots of noise about moves that have so far not happened. It seems that integrity is out of the window and contracts seem to mean very little in the business-related world of football.

Patrick Vieira leaked stories about big summer moves every season during his time at Arsenal. Then in 2005 Arsenal lost their patience and sold him to A C Milan where he had a very indifferent period of his career – the pre Madonna’s of today should have a look at his career since he left Arsenal where the fans had awarded him superstar status before his antics started.

We are going to focus on the two big stars that have not moved this summer after leaving stories all over the world press that they would. Christiano Ronaldo & Dimitar Berbatov.

First is Cristiano Ronaldo. Last season he won the premier league and champion’s league with Manchester United. He was also voted the PFA player and young player of the year thanks to his fantastic season at Manchester United. You would think that this would leave him with a real buzz and owing much gratitude to the club and Sir Alex Ferguson. You would have thought he would look forward to winning more the following year with the Red Devils. No not Ronaldo, he then started to leak stories about joining Real Madrid in a multi million euro move – well thanks for that! He has now dramatically committed to Manchester United – well thanks a billion. We personally feel he should have packed his bags. He is currently ranked in the top 5 footballers in the world, how long would that have lasted if he spent 30 % of the season sitting on the bench. Hello Mr. Cristiano – how many Spanish teams were in the semi finals of the Champions League last season? It took David Beckham to turn the fortunes of the great club you dream of – and look how they treated him!  fW want you to have a good sniff of coffee and sack your not so good advisors before mouthing off again at the end of this season to the European press. Have some respect for the greatest league in the world!! We all have dreams, but he is only 23 years old – so  fW are sure we will see him at Real Madrid some time in the future. Alex Ferguson has again shown us why he is one of the greatest managers of all time in the way he handled another complex situation with a young football star.

Second is Dimitar Berbatov. We all know that Gaz is a massive Spurs fan. Gaz has spent most of the last two weeks infuriated over the way Manchester United are stalking the best player Spurs have had up front in years. We will not mention those three new swear words - Robbie Keene & Liverpool! Berbatov has and will continue to be a pure genius striker, he has shown footy excellence and class while playing at Spurs since May 2006 - but can the man sulk or what!! He spent the first three months of last season looking like he wanted to throw his very big toys out of a very big pram – also scoring very few goals. He then got his head down in December and ended up scoring 23 goals last season. This also impacted the whole Spurs performance last season in our view, resulting in them finishing eleventh where they had finished fifth the two previous seasons. He now has his so called brother and manager dropping hints that he will move to Manchester, Real Madrid or Barcelona. We are appalled at the way he has conducted himself and the disrespect he has shown Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Tottenham are now under pressure to try and ensure that they are not seen as a club with limited ambition, and this means that they to try and hang on to the top players, letting Berbatov move to Man U will be seen by the fans as a lack of ambition. Legendry players such as Chris Waddle have also come out in criticising Berbatov for not committing to his four year contract. Berbatov still remains at Spurs but it does look likely that he may still move before the start of the season. It will be interesting to see how Juande Ramos handles the next few weeks. We need to keep our eyes on this one, but  fW hope that Spurs show ambition by keeping him at White Hart Lane.

Let’s not forget that this is meant to be about us the fans. We spend out hard earned money each week as we have real passion for the game. We all want our clubs to do well and have the best players – but we want them to play for us not just have lavish life styles and fast cars.  fW want all clubs to get back to the grass routes, develop their own players and push them towards international glory – why are be supporting these overpaid ego’s?

We are interested to hear your views on Berbatov and any other footballing matters. E mail us at with you news and views on any football stories!!


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Rangers in Administration

How can one of the top two teams in Scotland end up in Administration?  Why are football clubs so badly run?  There is so much greed in football this is why clubs like Rangers and Portsmouth end up in Administration.

I am a Bristol City supporter and I would hate to see my club in administration or go bust and disappear but why is it the football clubs are immune from normal business practices?  We are in a recession that has seen some well known, well loved brands disappear from our high streets, so why are football clubs allowed to continue.  It is about time the government stopped stepping in and allowed clubs to go bust and disappear.  That has to be the only way to get the message out to the rest of the operators of the football clubs that this is a business and must be run like one.  Need to learn to balance the books and stop paying ludicruios wages to average players.

I don't want to see anyone's club go bust but at the same time this nonsense must stop.

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