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  1. langfordvilla May 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm . Reply

    Hull 3- 0 DOWN,

  2. OriginalLondonLion May 4, 2015 at 10:44 pm . Reply

    Good post. I am old enough to have been at VP when the ducks quacking on the pond in Yarm kept Bobby Robson’s Ipswich players awake all night so they lost to Boro and Villa won the league. Oh forgive me – didn’t you know that ducks decided the title? Also I was on the terrace in Rotterdam when Withe shinned the winner. So – can it happen again?

    You have to believe in a monumental slice of good luck. Not for us, for Arsenal, Chelsea, Citeh and Manure. We have already seen Manure landing in the Moyes, and Chelsea will one day replace Mourinho, and Arsenal will see Wenger retire. It is not so easy to make a seamless change and maintain the standard.

    The other part of the problem is not rolling over to have your tummy tickled while the big four steal the players that threaten their top four places – even if they buy them to stick them in the reserves. Just say no and hold the stars to their contracts. But no, I almost despair at Swansea and Saints selling their strikers – and the end of my belief that it is possible to displace the big four team in transition will happen if Spurs sell Kane.

  3. Deferenz May 5, 2015 at 12:29 am . Reply

    Great article. It sums up my own thoughts on the subject perfectly. Vast commercial empires and colossal fortifications is a great way to describe the dominance the top four or five teams have on the PL. As things stand there is no way that the other fifteen teams in the PL can compete at the same level. The seemingly bottomless pits of money, the love in with the media and the uncanny rub of the green means that the rest of the league doesnt have a chance.

    OLL mentioned above the despair at Swansea and Saints selling their strikers. I read earlier today that Bony is unhappy with the amount of playing time he is getting at Citeh. Really? What did he think was going to happen; he was going to replace Augero? Everybody and their dog could of told him he was going to be a bench warmer. But this annoys me too. The big teams cream the talent from the rest of the league and then stick it on the sidelines. Look at Zaha at Palace, bought by Man Utd and dumped in the who knows where. Yes, he’s back at Palace now but what a waste of good playing time. Same with Sinclair at Citeh. For a large extent it was the same with Young; although he is now getting good playing time. The list just goes on and on. Players get their heads turned, get their big move, and then to various extents disappear off the radar.

    Contrast the PL with the Championship. I actually followed this league this season and it was mental. There were about 10 teams fighting it out over the season to get promotion and it went right down to the last few games to establish the top two and the four play off teams. I would never have thought that Bournemouth would be the champions and score close on 100 goals in the process, or that Brentford would make a surge to get in the play off spots denying Derby, who had looked nailed on promotion candidates at one point, in the process.

    In my opinion the Championship looked to be a real battle open to all the teams there. On the other hand the PL is a battle that is only played out between the top four or five and feels very much a closed shop. I mean what have things come to when the relegation battle at the bottom is far more interesting and competitive than the battle for the title at the top?

    I wonder if the football bubble will burst? Will we ever see proper competition in the PL again? We won’t as things stand and it is very sad.

    UTV.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath May 5, 2015 at 3:06 am . Reply

      Good post in some ways our season would be more exciting in championship. At least we would be one of 10 teams that could get promoted and no top 4 teams dominating every game. Downside is we might get promoted and suffer all over again.

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