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Fant ett leserinnlegg på ANR som jeg tar meg den ære å publisere her inne. Tror dette er svaret på Hvorfor engelske klubber i større grad enn italienske og spanske sliter i Europa (cl - uefa)
In my humble opinion, the problem isn’t England’s big three, who are in the unique collective position of all being down in the dumps at the same time, but Englands next batch of 6, 7 or 8 clubs.
If we are honest, whether Carew said it or not, Liverpool probably wouldn’t make it into Spain’s top 4. Perhaps Arsenal and Man U wouldn’t either.
Not because Liverpool don’t have as good players as Spains top 4, but they are not exposed to the same high level of competition as Real, Barcelona, Valencia and Deportivo.
At present Spain’s fourth side is Barcelona, who won their group with two games to spare. The likes of Betis, Sociedad, Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo are all genuine championship contenders.
Even in Italy, the fourth team is Inter, who boast some of the world’s best players and are in a far better position to qualify from their group than our fourth placed team, Newcastle.
In fact despite their financial problems, Lazio and Parma would probably give Newcastle a run for their money.
Just as Celtic and Rangers cant be expected to do well in Europe when they only play at a high competitive level four/five times a year, Arsenal/Liverpool/Man U cant with only a few more.
I have three reasons for this:
1. In Italy you can only be a manager if you pass some comprehensive coaching tests first.
In Spain, much effort is invested into researching who the world’s best managers are, and they are then recruited.
This has seen a huge diversity of managers nationality: Dutch, Brazilian, Argentinian, Eastern European, Italian, Welsh, English, German and so on.
Yet in England we snootily look at the coaching tests and still put minimal faith in foreign managers.
How many South American managers are there in the Premiership?
Are the likes of Mick McCarthy, Joe Royle, David OLeary, Howard Wilkinson and George Graham really the best in the world to fill any managerial vacancy that arises?
Its not to say that a foreign manager is necessary better than an English one, but as you’d have a hundred times as many to choose from, the chances are youll be likely to find a better one than those five mentioned.
2. The players. Last January Leeds wanted to sign a defensive midfielder. They were informed about future World Cup winners Gilberto Silva and Kleberson, both of whom would have cost less than 3 million. They plumped for 8 million of talent in the shape of Seth Johnson. This is endemic in clubs that could be bigger.
Dean Richards for 8 million. Peter Crouch and Frank Lampard for ridiculous fees. Yet, look at what Spain’s top clubs spent that sort of money on Aimar, Saviola, Riquelme and so on.
Kily Gonzalez said the Premiership will never be strong unless more South Americans play in it. And he was right. All of Spain’s top 7 or 8 clubs have South Americans in key positions. Yet in England we still feel that they can’t defend and cant cope with the physical nature of the game. What rubbish!
3. The style of play. The English game is exciting to watch because it is fast, powerful and committed. But the essential ingredient of skill has been compromised to accommodate these factors. Valencia have skillful players playing skillful football against skillful opponents every week. England’s big three only have skillful players.
The boards of Villa, Everton and Tottenham do not help one bit either.
All you ever hear from the likes of Doug Ellis is how they simply cannot compete with the financial muscle of the big three.
This though, is baloney. Wenger was given very little money when he took over Arsenal, but he bought sensibly.
Vieira, Petit, Silvinho, Pires, Ljungberg, Kanu e.t.c. came in very cheaply. More money was invested in the training facilities and youth development so that potentially great players could realise that potential.
Only after the success of sustained Champions League interest was Wenger given the money to splash out on the likes of Wiltord and Henry (who still about half the Premiership could afford anyway). Liverpool similarly have not spent astronomically. And Man U started as late as 1998.
So I don’t blame Houllier’s tactics, Arsenal’s loss of form or Man Us selection for this week’s calamity.
I blame the likes of Doug Ellis, Enic, Kenwright, Ken Bates and Peter Ridsdale for either appointing crap managers and giving them blank cheques, or good ones but giving them no money to spend, or occasionally, both.
Karl Nitzsche from Amsterdam, Holland.
P.s. I just ordered the Arsenal shirt 2002-2003 signed by Bergkamp. Can't wait for it to arrive!
UP THE GUNNERS!!!
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