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  1. Frederick

    Euro 2020

    The A Shot at Glory thespian brings an everyman's amiable curiosity to the job; not only that, he's every bit as good in a panel setting as he is in the co-comm thunderdome. His chemistry with Jon Champion, in particular, is very winning and didn't half make some of those dour Christmas Amazon games zip along. As for Andy's posting in the wilds of the Great White North, I'm afraid chalk it up to John Oates syndrome (note: I reject the premise that John Oates isn't fantastic on his own, personally, but I'm using a known cultural shorthand. Also, I recognise comparing Clive Tyldesley
  2. Frederick

    Euro 2020

    Clive Tyldesley was definitely ready to roar "TIMBERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!" with appropriate effervescence in the event the young defender bagged himself a goal last night (Jonathan Pearce would've likewise done the moment justice). Meanwhile overpromoted Sam Matterface and his gravelly mouth full of sandpaper would've, of course, undersold the occasion while Guy Mowbray has time and again shown he lacks sufficient lung capacity for the big moments. Is it too late to bring in Kevin Keegan as a co-comm or does Euro 96 nostalgia only extend so far with the powers-that-be?
  3. Frederick

    Euro 2020

    Job done. Group stage football in a nutshell really: occasional glimpses of skill and verve but largely a tepid affair lacking ambition. That said, only wild horses could drag me away from a weekday afternoon date with Scotland-Czech Republic.
  4. Frederick

    Football

    I'll go cagey draw with Croatia, a scabby win over the overenthusiastic Scots ala Wales Euro 2016 (a McGinn booking before the 10th minute, naturally) before a functional victory against the Czechs that gets the #ItsComingHome crew foaming into their Deliveroos, while the smugo podcasting class distract themselves with bigger thoughts, e.g why Spurs should sign North Macedonia's right-back based on a couple of tidy throw-ins in one game, how France-Germany affects Daniel Levy, and why Finland-Russia is a game Arsenal fans should pay particular attention to because Arteta's ninth choice central
  5. Frederick

    Football

    Has Ancelotti's backroom staff for Real being confirmed yet? With Big Dunc chasing him, Hazard would be as fit as a butcher's dog!
  6. Frederick

    Football

    Their recent tonking of Sevilla caught my attention (while the victory over Arsenal raised the barest of chuckles given its sheer inevitability); Lord knows an outfit with Bacca, Moreno and wee Paco should have a certain agreeable flavour to it. That being said, the Europa final was absolute pants till the banter ending. 120+ minutes in the company of BT Sport's deep bench of cack pundits didn't help.
  7. Frederick

    Football

    Double post???!!!
  8. Frederick

    Football

    Youth Cup win a nice exclamation mark to the best Villa season in years (can't be reiterated enough how doomed we seemed pre-Project Restart (and a fair way into it, too)). If you don't believe in miracles, consider the fact that Matt Targett has been one of the best left-backs in the league this season. One never quite knows what the market will or won't be like for Jack, but taking that off the table for a second, with some canny moves in the summer I see no reason why we can't finish higher next time out. Failing that, can we at least beat Burnley (and ten other teams but definitely make Bu
  9. Frederick

    Football

    Commiserations Michael. I'm sure by now somber inquests are a staple of every Sunderland supporter's diet, is there a consensus among the brethren on where blame rests for another failed campaign? Does LJ, for example, evade any culpability given the preceding miserabilist reign of Parky? That sudden downturn in form in April was a real head scratcher from the outside looking in. Something that came up the other day that hadn't occurred to me before was that Sunderland haven't done the Big Club Loitering in the Doldrums thing of hoovering up the better players of the smaller overachieving
  10. Frederick

    Football

    Do love me some Mart Poom, I'd bracket him in that Marcus Hedman tier of goalies that for a brief shining moment in the early 00s seemed to have a blue chip move a few paces away (I'm discounting the Poomeister's later tenure at Arsenal as he was only ever intended to be back-up). Unlike many a flowery Euro dandy that rocked up at the Stadium of Light over the years you know Big Marty never complained about the weather in Sunderland a day in his life. It's a shame Estonia haven't qualified for the Euros as he'd no doubt be a steadfast pundit even in his non-native tongue.
  11. Frederick

    Football

    Without trying to diminish a Young English Manager, it was awfully decent of Fulham to resume their early season rubbishness just as there seemed a possibility of a decent relegation scrap. Hopefully the lads and lasses on the sofa can ensure Scotty gets 990 games to perfect his craft like Brucey.
  12. Frederick

    Football

    No doubting he's been a galvanising supply teacher for a meek minded/supremely talented if underachieving squad but whether he'd make a good fist of it at, say, Bremen is an entirely different prospect. I won't begrudge him the right to move on but (from my admittedly partisan POV) I'd be more impressed if he stayed, at least for a time, and grew his tactical acumen.
  13. Frederick

    Football

    Gonna tell my kids this is Crick and Watson.
  14. Frederick

    Football

    Any particulars to explain the recent wobble? The defeat to Wigan in particular looked a real groaner.
  15. Frederick

    Football

    Looks like a pretty boy actor seeking credibility by playing a racist cop in a miserable little film that's a big hit at Sundance but which fails to gain Oscar traction (incidentally, such a film would be more entertaining than anything said or written about the iNjUsTiCe of dear wittle Trenty Boo not making the England squad).
  16. Frederick

    Football

    Congratulations, Michael! Truly an oven ready performance from LJ's lads and hey, at least we can say we got battered by the eventual winners!
  17. Frederick

    Football

    "No, my child, you misread the prophecy. I speak not of Moyes, but Lambert."
  18. Frederick

    Football

    Obviously I meant to say PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern and Man City.
  19. Frederick

    Football

    Good to see some Will Grigg drama on January deadline day again, get in the Netflix cameras before the price ends up pipping Neymar's!
  20. Frederick

    Football

    Arriverderci to his Franklyness. He furrowed his brow, mistakenly barked his commands in pitch perfect Latin instead of English and German, held mostly fruitless grudges and obsessed over Declan Rice to levels that would have had any average citizen sent to an asylum; but still, an enjoyable tenure overall. Chelsea definitely have shades of being the big bucks version of latter day Wenger era Arsenal, good for a monthly slap around of some lesser light team and a cup run or two, but softies at their core. Tuchel obviously infinitely more credentialed, but not exactly a day at the beach, so com
  21. Frederick

    Football

    I'd like to see our Joseph back in the hot seat sooner rather than later, not least because I fear he'll write a novel or burn down a fish & chip shop if he's got too much downtime. "Youri, is that you, fella? Yeah, it's Big Sam. Yeah, good, thanks. The thing is, lad, I'm getting the band back together for one last job. Yeah, I know, you're 52 years-old, but so is Fernando Hierro, and he's already sliced Charlie Austin's leg off in training. Come on, your C.V'll look empty 'til you've played alongside Jake Livermore. Hello? Hello? Bonjour? Little Sam, what's wrong with thi
  22. Frederick

    Football

    Goodnight, Lucien. Anything other than an absolute drubbing yesterday and I doubt this happens, but it did (oh, sweet unforgiving baby Jesus and the three wise men, how it ever did), and I'm not going to fight it one way or the other. A good man with some admirable traits, no doubt, but performances have by and large been hard to love for quite some time, with yesterday a simply pathetic denouement to his reign.
  23. Frederick

    Football

    No way are we going to do the sensible, obvious, essential thing and follow up a decent win today by blasting Burnley and West Brom, but today was a nice antidote to the nonsense defeat at West Ham. Either way, we're light years better than we were last season.
  24. Frederick

    Football

    I get that Madrid needed to clear the decks of a lumpy squad and save some wonga during these Strange & Uncertain Times, but if Militao is part of the remedy, then maybe I'll stick with the illness. Asensio, I just don't get it. I probably never will. Varane, wakey wakey, old bean. Jovic, does one choose to laugh or cry? They'll still probably win La Liga, such is the state of things, but I suggest we all get ourselves an Eden Hazard endorsed Cadbury bar and watch Sociedad instead.
  25. Frederick

    Football

    Praise so begrudging it feels threatening, inane conspiracy, casual xenophobia, awkward glances at David Jones, fair to say my Graeme Souness bingo board was fully covered yesterday.
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