THE mists of consistency are starting to clear after the early stages in the race for the Premiership Title, with a few of the pacemakers gradually fading after having rather promising starts to the season. Prime movers amongst these would have to be West Ham, who, having been in the top five or six for a lot of the early weeks, began to struggle in recent times, and they are at present the latest visitors to the dreaded bottom four in the table.
The fluctuations in soccer form have never ceased to amaze me over the years, for, how often have you seen a team getting up a head of steam early on in the season, only to fall by the wayside as the season progresses.
For instance, West Ham won their very first game this season, and were riding proudly in the top six or so for a fairly decent period.
You will have heard that famous old saying, “ask not for whom the bell tolls, for now it tolls for thee”, or words to that effect.
What it effectively means is that the time of reckoning has come when concerted action must be the order of the day in whatever task is facing those involved. more »
Well, as expected, our World Cup dream came to an end last week against the efficient Germans, and, taking everything that happened during this rather troublesome campaign, it was probably only justice that we were bombed out, especially after our two insipid performances in those vital matches against Sweden and Austria.
Well, as mentioned last week, for the benefit of those at the moment hard-pressed Man Utd fans, the present manager David Moyes ought to be given every chance to prove his suitability for this very prestigious manager’s post, given the cold fact that very few managers in the history of the game have went into a club and took it on a winning spree immediately.
Well, the Premiership is beginning to gather up a fair head of steam, and maybe its about time that we had a little gander at some of the early season form.
While obviously it is much to early to be nailing one’s colours to the mast, nevertheless, the astute soccer follower can really pick the bones out of what exactly is going on, even at this embryo stage.
At last, the dust has settled on the Trappatoni era as manager of our national team, with him and his management team receiving satisfactory severance packages for their trouble. more »
Well, the trap, to quote a well-worn out phrase, has finally been sprung on the enigmatic Trappatoni, and his side-kick Tardelli, and it seems that they both have come to an amicable agreement with the FAI before taking their leave of these shores, and while it is always traumatic to see any manager removed from his post, nevertheless one could say that it was an almost inevitable kind of situation that seemed to be on the Irish soccer horizon for a rather long day now.
Well, it has to be said that the lights are dimming on our World Cup dreams, after another in and out performance against Sweden last Friday evening at the Aviva, when we again disappointed against a rather pedestrian Swedish team, who looked throughout that they seemed to be happy to come away with a draw from the visit.
Well, here we go, into the breech that will probaby decide our participation in the World Cup in Brazil, for, on Friday, 6th September, we entertain Sweden in the Aviva Stadium, and on the following Tuesday, we have our tough away game against Austria in Vienna.
Looking plainly at these two games would indicate that while it would indeed be glorious to procure six points from the confrontations, it would indeed seem to be a very tall order to accomplish that fact.