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By HA94
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Beckham retiring at the end of the season. Thought he had another season or so left in him.
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By charla
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Mancini's ad thanking supporters is a nice tough. I feel quite sorry for him really.
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By The Deadly
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Great job by Yeovil getting promoted to the Championship. A shining example to small clubs everywhere that big things can be achieved.
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By Bonanzoid
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St. Johnstone qualified for the Europa League for the 2nd season running by snatching third on the final day. Chuffed as baws.
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By Wykey
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Bonanzoid wrote:Well, as a Liverpool fan I'm obviously going to be biased.


Despite most of the things wrong with the club being his fault?
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By Topher
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My contributions to this thread are as short as my footballing knowledge, but one thing I've picked up from news stories recently and the last time there was a high profile management change (Liverpool possibly?) is that the chairman of Wigan seems like a thoroughly nice bloke who thinks an awful lot of his manager.
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By The Deadly
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Topher wrote:My contributions to this thread are as short as my footballing knowledge, but one thing I've picked up from news stories recently and the last time there was a high profile management change (Liverpool possibly?) is that the chairman of Wigan seems like a thoroughly nice bloke who thinks an awful lot of his manager.


Yeah good chairman Dave Whelen. Never broke the bank and they had a great run in the top division. The right thing to do is to let Martinez move on and get a couple of million in compensation. There are some great managers out there and I'm sure Wigan with the right manager in place will be in the Premier League come the end of next season.
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By chrysostom
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The Deadly wrote:Never broke the bank


While he may not have broke the bank, he did outspend his rivals whilst in the lower leagues to get in the premier league.

I've always thought Dave Whelan was a nice guy who understood that Wigan were a selling club. Fun fact, he had a deal wrapped up to sign Man Utd in the 80s, but his wife told him it would be bad for his business.
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By The Deadly
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Yes at a lower level they did spend big but I meant they haven't done a Portsmouth and spent money they didn't have. The Portsmouth story is just awful. The fans of that club deserve a medal.

Edit: I too hate Tony Pulis. I hate him because he insists on running away down the tunnel at half time and full time for no reason whatsoever and I hate the way his teams play football. Pure dirt.
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By Yudster
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Why do people hate Tony Pulis and what's wrong with that letter?
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By Yudster
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I want to know why people think that - I don't know anything about him, but he's obviously inspired plenty of people who have nothing to do with his team to dislike him, I wondered why.
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By chrysostom
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"unlike Roberto Mancini in his local paper last week, I can't afford to take out a full-page advert." - Yes, yes you can afford to take out a full page advert - you were probably paid around £30-40k per week and have just recieved a massive payoff. It's just another part in his UKIP 'man of the people' approach to life.

Why do people hate him? I can't speak for everyone, but for me:

1. He plays anti football, takes a horribly negative approach and encourages dangerous aggression on the pitch from his players. This is undeniable, and the reason he has ultimately been sacked. People hate seeing teams play awful football, it was maligned under Sam Allardyce - but Pulis' brand of long ball is undoubtedly worse. At least Sam had Okocha, Djorkaeff, Giannakopolous etc. to break through that style. Pulis was pure punt & hope.

2. AARON RAMSEY. In the aftermath of Shawcross snapping Ramsey's leg in half, he refused to contenance that the challenge was aggressive - telling Arsene Wenger to keep his opinions to himself. Defending Shawcross without treating the situation with the decorum it should have recieved in the immediate few days following the incident. His responses, anti Arsene stance and casual xenophobia led to the fans booing Ramsey when he came back to the Britannia.

3. He spent loads of money on players who would fit into his limited system. Financially he was not a good manager - and Stoke spent heavily during his premier league tenure - over the last 5 years they have spent (net) the 3rd most in the premier league, spending £89m (recouping £8.5m) while moaning that other teams spend more so they can't be expected to win.

4. He hated Arsene Wenger and took a dig at him whenever possible (he even said "I like foreign managers, I just don't like Arsene Wenger", leading to a greater feeling of animosity towards Arsenal and in turn, Ramsey. He turned a deaf ear to the booing of Ramsay for having his leg snapped for years even with direct questioning. Finally he addressed it by saying 'I get abuse from fans too'.

5. He's mad. He brawled with James Beattie naked in the Emirates dressing room, will never take that bloody cap off and always wore a tracksuit. I hope he never manages in the Premier League again, and that his breed of manager will slowly die. In short, Pulis is a wanker, he wears a wanker's hat.

There's much more here: http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/tacticsan ... 8#?cc=5739
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By chrysostom
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Oh, not to mention that he developed the Rory Delap throw in technique. God I hate him. He has to be in the top 3 of my most hated managers of all time.
Last edited by chrysostom on Thu May 23, 2013 10:01 am, edited 1 time in total.
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By charla
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chrysostom wrote:[i]
"5. He's mad. He brawled with James Beattie naked in the Emirates dressing room, will never take that bloody cap off and always wore a tracksuit. I hope he never manages in the Premier League again, and that his breed of manager will slowly die. In short, Pulis is a wanker, he wears a wanker's hat.

There's much more here: http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/tacticsan ... 8#?cc=5739


Told you it was the hat!
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By Yudster
#496444
I see. Well I don't like him either then.
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By charla
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chrysostom wrote:Oh, not to mention that he developed the Rory Delap throw in technique. God I hate him. He has to be in the top 3 of my most hated managers of all time.


Who are the other two and what order?
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By chrysostom
#496448
charlalottie wrote:Who are the other two and what order?


I don't know actually - I just didn't want to commit to saying he's my most hated manager.

Modern day Kenny Dalglish would have to be in there...maybe Colin Wanker too

Redknapp with an honourable mention?
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By The Deadly
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Modern day Kenny was more funny than annoying though. Some of the bollocks he'd come out with was hysterical and to this day I honestly think he is stuck in the early 1990's.
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