The Blues' major shareholder and de facto owner, Farhad Moshiri, had made the former Hull City boss his top managerial target following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last November but failed to get Watford to agree to let them hold talks.
Offers of compensation as high as £12m were said to have been offered by Everton but the Hornets held firm in the desire to keep the Portuguese. Results nosedived in the following weeks under Silva and, citing the Blues' interference as the catalyst, the club's owners sacked him in January.
According to reports, Silva remains Moshiri's main choice to succeed Sam Allardyce who is expected to be formally dismissed tomorrow but, while there is nothing stopping Everton's from seeing through their revived attempts to hire the 40-year-old from a legal perspective, it could inflame tensions with Watford and prompt them to press home their claims with an arbitration panel that their former boss was "tapped up".
In the unlikely event that they are penalised to the fullest extent, it could see Everton start next season in arrears with a points deduction, although a more likely outcome might be a cash settlement between the two clubs. A conciliatory offer from the Blues was apparently rejected following the first negotiations held last month.
The situation is complicated further by the fact that Silva is fighting Watford for unpaid compensation of his own to the tune of £750,000.
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1 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:04:57
2 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:07:53
Did Everton really make an illegal approach? Is this any different to what Man Utd did to us, or when Spurs appointed Pochettino?
We made approaches, they were leaked to the press, and Silva did everything he could to make it clear he wanted to come.
Money will just change hands and there will be no points deduction. It's just a question of how much Watford will fleece us for.
Alternatively, Moshiri might go for the easier option of Fonseca now he's got no chance at Arsenal.
3 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:09:10
As if Watford don't do it. Every club taps up. It can't be controlled.
Hope he's worth all the hassle!
4 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:10:48
5 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:16:00
6 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:16:17
Can't see any other reason a club that's had 13 managers in the last 10 years, would have the balls to file a complaint. Money! They screwed up on the 12 million. NOW they want it?
Everton is going to make some announcements this week. Manager out. Manager in, top-o-the-list. Watford file a complaint. NOT when they fired Silva and openly blamed Everton. Not then. NOW, when Silva is about to be introduced.
As bad as our season was, I'm leaving it be for a moment to send up a request for a blessing on the heads of every Watford supporter. Stuck with that shit-show of an ownership.
7 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:18:33
Anyway, its all a bit like Niasse being banned for diving. Everton deducted points for desiring another club manager then everyone forgets about it when the shite do it six months later.
Being an Everton fan really encourages paranoia.
8 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:21:33
9 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:24:45
11 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:27:44
2014–2015 Sporting CP
2017 Hull City
What a catch for a club with ambition. Still does seem to last more than a year. Maybe he will have us relegated by Christmas.
13 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:30:12
15 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:31:28
He won trophies with Estoril, Sporting and Olympiacos. He was also the first man to beat Porto at the Stadium of Light for 6 or 7 seasons, this was the first in a three match run of defeats that saw Fonseca sacked from a previously unstoppable Porto.
Why do people spout lies?
18 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:35:50
20 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:42:24
£ 4 m (I'm too sick to look up exact figure) plus £6m and £12m. Someone has made an estimated £22 million cock-up big time.
This Summer is going to a Media field day. Moshiri is being seen as a soft touch. In September, we have to have a team up and runnng. The whole situation is bloody ridiculous.
21 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:42:29
22 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:46:11
23 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:46:14
Southampton: 2 seasons mid-table, even Koeman got more points than him.
His record shows how shit he obviously is.
I mean, Poc is now what, going into his 4th season at Spurs and no silverware. He is obviously crap.
Can Silva do what Poc is doing at Spurs for us? No idea but he is highly rated in the game, as Poc was. Sometimes trusting in the talent of a manager is better than picking at previous jobs and supposed failures.
24 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:46:29
12:01AM BST 01 Apr 2003 Demolition began at Benfica's Stadium of Light here yesterday, bringing to an end half a century of glorious football at one of the world's greatest arenas. Dubbed both "the Cathedral" and "Inferno" for the fervour of its fans, the stadium was home to Portugal's most successful club - and their greatest player, Eusebio - and was the launchpad for George Best's rocket to stardom in the Sixties. The new Luz stadium, being built just next door, will host the final of next year's European Championship final
By Richard Bright in Lisbon
12:01AM BST 01 Apr 2003
Demolition began at Benfica's Stadium of Light here yesterday, bringing to an end half a century of glorious football at one of the world's greatest arenas.
Dubbed both "the Cathedral" and "Inferno" for the fervour of its fans, the stadium was home to Portugal's most successful club - and their greatest player, Eusebio - and was the launchpad for George Best's rocket to stardom in the Sixties.
The new Luz stadium, being built just next door, will host the final of next year's European Championship final
25 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:51:24
Edit: I see you have corrected that, Steve. By the way, 'Luz' is the name of the area in Lisbon where Benfica's ground is located. It does mean light in Portuguese, but it should not be translated.
26 Posted 15/05/2018 at 23:58:18
27 Posted 15/05/2018 at 00:01:36
The context was that Benfica were Champions and Porto was expected to challenge. The Porto board felt three defeats in a row as inexcusable and so sacked Fonseca.
The point being that these are supposedly the two front runners. When they have gone head to head, Silva wins. With comparable clubs in the same League, Silva usually finishes above Fonseca. In fact the only time Fonseca finished above Silva was when Fonseca got 3rd and Silva got 5th. Fonseca had a small but established Super Liga side, but it was still a remarkable achievement and it was enough to land him the Porto job.
David, Sunderland still nicked the name for their Stadium off Benfica.
28 Posted 15/05/2018 at 00:01:55
We should tell Watford to sod off and counter-sue them for a billion for stealing the Zcars intro - for tapping up our history and heritage. If the FA then deduct points then it will only confirm what we already know - that the FA are in the pocket of the RS and have it in for us.
Derek at #7 - it's not paranoia it's reality. "The truth is out there". Expect Everton to get another ban from Europe because of the troubles at the onion patch before the Man. City game. If it had been Everton, EUFA would have banned us the next day instead of delaying any hearing until after the dark side have secured another trophy following a dodgy penalty shoot out.
29 Posted 16/05/2018 at 00:18:28
But what's it gotta do with Watford? He got sacked.
30 Posted 16/05/2018 at 00:28:35
31 Posted 16/05/2018 at 00:34:52
Here is his trophy cabinet:
Segunda Liga: 2011–12
Taça de Portugal: 2014–15
Superleague Greece: 2015–16
Segunda Liga Coach of the Year: 2011–12
He has won things and has improved teams and more importantly players wherever he has been. And after getting promoted at Estoril he led them to fifth place in their top tier. He also has a better record than Fonseca in a head to head.
I'm warming to Silva. Wouldn't mind Fonseca but doesn't know our league. Benitez would improve us but Liverpool history ('Everton are a small club'). Arteta is a risk but loved him in a blue shirt-he is going to Arsenal anyway. Sean Dyche- very Moyes (not necessarily a bad thing). Eddie Howe, boyhood blue, good coach, attacking but defensively suspect.
32 Posted 16/05/2018 at 00:39:28
Need to do your homework before coming on here and embarrassing yourself with such utter bollocks.
33 Posted 16/05/2018 at 00:45:18
If they are going to hand bans out for simulation, they need to also ban players who picked up a yellow card for simulation.
34 Posted 16/05/2018 at 00:47:18
The Premier League urged the clubs to mediate rather than launch their own probe, and there was a meeting between Everton and Watford in April in an effort to resolve differences.
At the same meeting Watford felt they had received an assurance Silva would not be pursued by Everton this summer. That guarantee does not look solid now, with Silva the preference to take over once Allardyce's brief reign is formally ended.
35 Posted 16/05/2018 at 00:49:42
36 Posted 16/05/2018 at 02:26:33
37 Posted 16/05/2018 at 03:47:18
38 Posted 16/05/2018 at 03:48:19
He will be pleased to see some balanced and informed opinions coming amidst a lot of tripe (Steve Ferns et al) and Phil Walling provided useful context reference to looking on the bright side.
We are rid of Allardyce, we have a genuine owner with class and an exciting new young and talented manager coming in. Enjoy the moment, and support the Club's endeavors.
COYB (and you Phil -you might enjoy yourself!)
39 Posted 16/05/2018 at 05:07:23
Reading as many posts as I can, and really enjoying your managerial insight, Ive a question for you.
Who is the more “attacking” manager - Silva or Fonseca?
I simply dont have the knowledge base, hence the question.
Watching Watford it seemed to me to be very counter attacking, and youve alluded to Silva favoring a jail-break on cocaine approach.
I think Fonseca is a bit more pragmatic?
I know youve probably answered this question either directly or in the main on your various posts, and a cliff-note version response would be appreciated if you can.
40 Posted 16/05/2018 at 05:07:57
41 Posted 16/05/2018 at 05:11:06
One rule for...
42 Posted 16/05/2018 at 05:20:57
We did nothing wrong. We wanted to hire their manager, made them an absurdly generous offer, they threw it back in our faces (as was their right) and that was the end of it. However, if Silva preferred to come manage us, that's their problem.
43 Posted 16/05/2018 at 05:39:02
44 Posted 16/05/2018 at 05:55:33
Good job you read the thread!!
He has won things
46 Posted 16/05/2018 at 06:24:05
If we do take Silva, I suspect money will change hands and it will all blow over.
47 Posted 16/05/2018 at 06:29:38
Porto and Olympiacos were established trophy winning sides (it was Olympiacos 43rd title) that said you still need to manage them to win it.
His win ratio in the premier league is dire and I seem to remember many on here using that stick to beat previous managers.
Silva would defo be better than Sam but is that the total of our ambition getting somebody better than Sam.
Whatever happens needs to be quick so we can move on and we all need to get behind whoever is appointed.
48 Posted 16/05/2018 at 06:38:29
Silva was appointed as Watford Manager for £1.5mill a year; he signed the contract, which Everton knew, but they still made illegal approaches without Watford's consent.
Silva met with Everton officials and agreed a deal, for which Everton then, to cover this up, slapped in a cheeky bid. In fact, they offered 3 deals, with the last deal standing at £20mill. Watford's owners turned it down knowing that both parties broke the rules. Watford's season was going well, and they were sitting in the top 6.
From that first bid to the last, Watford never won a game, and Silva refused to distance himself from the Everton job. Due to Silva's behaviour and the downturn in results, and Everton's refusal to back off, Watford sacked him.
Watford's owners since his sacking have refused his claim of Watford owing him £750k for his wrongful sacking, and it's going through the Courts.
So who should pay for this? It should not be Watford, but Everton, because meeting him and doing a deal behind the owners' backs is breaching his contract and Everton have broken the rules too.
Everton thought they would be clever before slapping in a bid, but they have been found out, derailing Watford's season in the process as they now had a manager that wanted to go, and was not committed to his job at Watford. The owners stood firm against him breaching his contract and against Everton's illegal approach.
Now what part of this is Watford wanting money for nothing? Everton and him broke the rules and he shouldn't get a penny. Compensation should be paid for the derailment of Watford's season and Everton's illegal meetings with him.
49 Posted 16/05/2018 at 06:44:57
If Moshi really wants Silva he has to hand over the money and move on. We can't have a drawn out saga. If he wants Silva then he has to be in place at some stage before 1 June.
50 Posted 16/05/2018 at 07:07:45
They then sack him when their season goes pear-shaped and tried to blame us. (If that's true then who tapped up Koeman?). We have to blame someone don't we?
Now he's free and we might hire him, months later, they come creeping, looking for compensation. What for? We didn't nick their manager, they fired him! That was their choice, nothing to do with us. They really are pathetic.
By the way, I'd rather have Fonseca, so I have no axe to grind re Silva. But, fairs fair. We were up front about our desire to hire Silva and it would be pretty difficult for them to prove any wrongdoing either by us or by Silva unless things happened that haven't been made public, but somehow I think they are simply chasing the gravy train in this case.
Tell them where to go. Do your worst, you pathetic little club!
51 Posted 16/05/2018 at 07:15:07
52 Posted 16/05/2018 at 07:29:55
53 Posted 16/05/2018 at 07:35:46
54 Posted 16/05/2018 at 07:42:06
55 Posted 16/05/2018 at 07:59:45
56 Posted 16/05/2018 at 08:02:49
There are so many legal reasons why that nonsense wouldn't stand up in any court so I don't know why Moshiri and co don't just tell them to feck off.
57 Posted 16/05/2018 at 08:02:50
There are so many legal reasons why that nonsense wouldn't stand up in any court so I don't know why Moshiri and co don't just tell them to feck off.
58 Posted 16/05/2018 at 08:13:02
59 Posted 16/05/2018 at 08:37:07
60 Posted 16/05/2018 at 08:39:05
People have to see the potential in someone.
A young manager who has the hunger to try to match and beat the big boys with an attacking style of play.
Not just moan that we haven't appointed Pep coz our motto says we should.
I'd be happy with either Silva, Howe or Fonseca.
61 Posted 16/05/2018 at 08:43:12
62 Posted 16/05/2018 at 09:07:22
No doubt, this difficulty will be overcome by a large wedge of compo going Watford's way - and it won't be the Messer's money, will it ?
The Club stands at risk of going broke if this idiot abroad keeps shelling out 'to get hold' and 'fet rid' !
63 Posted 16/05/2018 at 09:08:47
My guess is this is all around interpretation of the one-year break clause in Silva's contract, which I believe comes into effect on 1st June.
64 Posted 16/05/2018 at 09:13:44
65 Posted 16/05/2018 at 09:19:51
Either way it looks like Silva coming in. I'd be excited by either him or Fonseca. Seems to me like Silva has some unfinished business in this league and I think that will be a handy motivation.
66 Posted 16/05/2018 at 09:49:19
67 Posted 16/05/2018 at 09:51:35
68 Posted 16/05/2018 at 09:54:11
69 Posted 16/05/2018 at 09:54:51
This is the happiest I've been for months
70 Posted 16/05/2018 at 09:57:59
71 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:02:41
Just to make sure that they are a perfect club themselves and have never tapped up a player or one of their many managers.
Interview the clubs they got their last 10 managers from.
72 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:04:17
Please let's get these next decisions right. I could not stand another hideous season like the one we've just endured. Soul destroying.
So, if only for my sake Mr Moshiri, pick the right people for this big shake up. Clear out some of the crap on our books, and bring in some diamonds who want to win.
Make me happy again. It's not a lot to ask for, is it?
73 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:18:55
74 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:27:26
75 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:32:21
76 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:37:53
Jim White says we as fans have too much say. If it weren't for us there would n't be any football club and players and managers earning an immoral amounts of money just for being in football, when there are people out there working 40, 50, 60 hours too pay a mortgage and feed a family. WE HAVE GOT EVERY RIGHT TO PUT OUR POINT OF VIEW.
77 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:39:49
How to use the Internet 101: never read comments sections. This goes for all websites, especially the BBC and Yootoob
78 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:43:44
79 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:52:43
80 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:57:34
81 Posted 16/05/2018 at 10:57:47
Perish the thought that we have ambition, and a very ambitious owner.
They criticise sacking Sam because they know it means we are not lying down. We will not accept seventh.
We are building a club that can compete with the top 4 in a few years time.
Supporters and sycophants of the the top six dont like it one bit.
82 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:08:37
83 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:12:14
I am sure they will ask why sack him when he has got us to 8th in the league, well you can quote the opta stats. We are 19th in shots in a game, 19th shots on target, 19th in dribbles so in each category there is only 1 team worst than us. We don't expect to win the league but we do ask to sometimes for us to be entertained. Our loyal supporters in spite of Allardyces poor football have renewed their season tickets in record numbers, how many clubs fans would do that after the season we have had.
Looking forward to your cosmic waves at 6.15 George.
84 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:13:32
85 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:14:39
86 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:25:54
87 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:32:11
Trouble is we still have poor players we couldnt give away and still seem naive in our transfer dealings. Whoever we get has a major task to get us comfortable survival whilst developing the squad and an attractive playing style.
88 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:44:36
Did anyone else ever read this? I don't think I ever read this until today.
89 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:51:57
90 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:52:33
91 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:55:02
Surely it's akin to losing a job or being made redundant, the Company don't have any jurisdiction on what their ex employee does to seek another post.
As for possible points deduction, it gets even crazier!
There is mention of Keith Harris too being on the Board, which beggars the question ' where's Orville ' probably doesn't give a duck. :-)
92 Posted 16/05/2018 at 11:57:06
93 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:00:17
I could not think of anyone better to speak on behalf of the Blue bretheren. I will be watching and I know I will be entertained - unlike watching Everton this season!
Give em hell George - and bombard them with your posso cosmic blue waves and if that does not work - hit them with the stats!!
94 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:04:04
95 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:05:34
96 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:07:25
One of the many excellent points that he put forward was that after the win against Huddersfield, Allardyce's first game in charge, we were 10th in the table.
He went on to say that Allardyce thus moved us up two places from when he first started to the end of the season.
He also quoted the damning stats over shots, shots on target, possession etc.
Not surprisingly the "experts" on the show very quickly glossed over the points raised and moved on to shite that supported their stance.
97 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:07:45
Will try my best as always on Granada tonight.
Posso waves and Blue Cosmic Grooves all the way.
98 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:12:39
Allardyce wouldn't go for that, so effectively negotiated himself a circa £6m payoff after pushing for an 18 month contract knowing full well that he was gone at the end of the season.
I said on here several times, at the time he was hired, that Moshiri only gave him an 18 month contract because Allardyce would accept nothing less.
Anyway, history, thank fuck! (Might be an idea NOT to say THAT on Granada).
99 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:15:31
What next enroll for crucifixions before every home game, I mean come on guys havent we endured enough over the last few years.
Mind with all the changes at board level maybe they plan to change our name to Masochists FC.
100 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:16:11
101 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:18:25
102 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:21:48
103 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:25:25
ODDS OF 25/1
104 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:28:22
Emery is 25/1
105 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:30:48
106 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:35:04
What planet do these turds in the media live on? Do they listen to what they say? 1. We were NOT definitely heading for relegation. 2 BFS should not hold his head high anywhere, as he was filmed being a crook. 3. You have just answered the question as to why he should never have been at Everton if you think interest in BFS will be high amongst Championship clubs!! So you don't expect him to be shooting to the top of the list for the Arsenal job TC? What about a return to your beloved West Ham if he is so fu**ing great?
I am so happy today that this stain has been removed from our club. The important work starts now and I hope we make a sound appointment. Whoever it is, they need to make a statement about how the perception of the club needs to change.
107 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:39:48
108 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:41:52
109 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:42:09
Ahead in popularity of both Silva and Fonseca.
110 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:43:55
111 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:44:08
112 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:45:13
FOR A LUNATICI!!
113 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:46:45
114 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:49:36
Is Silva a significant step up or another risk similar to Martinez?
Personally would like to see a higher level of achievements from an overseas manager.
If weve got the funds to compete top 4 then someone whose been to European finals and won leagues is where we should be aiming. Look at the top 4 managers-isnt that where we are aiming? Need that level to attract players to move us forward.
This next appointment critical for Moshiris level of ambition.
115 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:53:38
116 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:54:53
117 Posted 16/05/2018 at 12:55:12
I really can't give much insight as here in Brazil I follow principally the Brazilian league.
I note (on research) he has won the Argentinian league in both of the 2 seasons he has managed the club, but their league structure is a very strange set up - 28 teams no less, who play each other just once for a 27 game season. Weird.
I have, however, seen them play live twice on TV recently as they are in the same group as Palmeiras - the Brazilian team Gabriel Jesus helped win the Brazilian title for before completing his switch to City - in the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the CL.
Now Palmeiras have started the season in good form and could reclaim the title they lost to bitter Sao Paulo rivals Corinthians last season (that said, Corinthians beat them 1-0 on Sunday to register their first defeat of the still fledgling season).
But back to Boca Juniors. ANY Brazilian-Argentinian clash at ANY level in ANY sport always has an edge.
In the two games with Palmeiras I watched on TV, in their home game Palmeiras absolutely battered them, but only scored in the 90th minute.
Then would you believe it, deep into injury time a certain C. Tevez popped up with a thoroughly undeserved equaliser. A couple of weeks later, Palmeiras travelled to Argentina and again were by far the better side, this time winning 2-0.
As a result, BJ are in 3rd place and in danger of missing qualifying to the KO stage of the Copa Libertadores.
Nothing I saw shouted out to me that BJ play any sort of innovative football or that they are managed by a footballing genius.
118 Posted 16/05/2018 at 13:04:12
119 Posted 16/05/2018 at 13:08:57
120 Posted 16/05/2018 at 13:58:19
I wish Fat Sam well. He did serve up some crap ( well actually he served up some of the most painful football I have ever seen) but it not like the team deteriorated after his arrival. We were horrendous all season. He pulled us out of what was becoming a death spiral and we need to give him a nod for that.
The managers I would be interviewing tomorrow would be Mikel Arteta, Fonseca and Eddie Howe. My hope would be we take a punt on Arteta.
121 Posted 16/05/2018 at 14:09:12
Conte (if he leaves Chelsea)
Not Howe, Not Dyche, Not Moyes.
122 Posted 16/05/2018 at 14:30:37
123 Posted 16/05/2018 at 14:39:12
Anyone in the know have any inkling on timing and have we been lining anyone up?
124 Posted 16/05/2018 at 14:44:40
A lot will surely depend on who is bought in to improve the squad. And perhaps as importantly, who is dumped. Keane looks beyond repair to me – every forward in the Premier League has noticed his lack of mobility on the turn by now, and he appears as flawed as Per Krøldrup when we wasted money on him. IMO he needs moving on asap.
125 Posted 16/05/2018 at 15:22:38
There are a number of managers who could do the job. My preference would be for a hungry young manager (like Moyes was once) who will not let under-performing player drag down his own reputation.
126 Posted 16/05/2018 at 15:39:32
Well Brands is in so things should move quickly on the manager front.
127 Posted 16/05/2018 at 15:42:59
129 Posted 16/05/2018 at 15:44:59
130 Posted 16/05/2018 at 19:38:06
131 Posted 16/05/2018 at 20:24:32
132 Posted 16/05/2018 at 22:25:21
He obviously wants to play a team with pace and not have someone slowing down the game and losing possession in midfield. I know its crystal ball gazing but won't be surprised if I am right for once!!
Baldrick's cunning plan is finally coming together. Let's hope we don't all end up looking like turnips.
133 Posted 16/05/2018 at 23:10:09
I saw an Irish league team reach the quarter final ( losing unluckily) of the old European cup. I suspect you are watching a standard of football monumentally higher than I am but I would be interested to know justbhiw good home playing Brazilians are.
More importantly, I am planning my World cup betting. I have extrapolated a Germany Belgium final ( 25/1) and have ruled out a strong South American presence. I would, for financial reasons, appreciate an analysis of Uruguay and Colombia. I will, of course, donate to a charity of your choice if you can help!!
134 Posted 16/05/2018 at 23:28:37
135 Posted 16/05/2018 at 23:50:38
* Whilst Brazil Serie A is the 'richest' league worldwide outside the big 5 in Europe, the overwhelming number of players are paid a pittance and on very short contracts (think MONTHS, not even years)
* Get this: 82% of professional footballers are paid...Samba beat drum roll...US $250 a MONTH!!! A little better than the national minimum wage of $220 a month
* 14% of players (that'll be those in the top 2 leagues) earn between $250-1250 a month
* The very best players earn $2500-$125,000 . the latter figure is a complete outrider. Only ONE player earns that (when the data was taken to which I'm referring, it was possibly Robinho, he of City who thought he'd signed for Chelsea!)
* Players are frequently cheated out of their salaries by clubs. At the end of one season, the night of the last game of the season, one of my local clubs reported the following day that their offices had been broken into (no evidence of forced entry), the safe cracked and the outstanding wages owed to players stolen. Given it is on a main avenue, behind heavily barred and guarded fences 24-7 with CVTV, let's just say it was not very plausible. The players never got their money
* Pimps in Brazil - literally! - prey on the poverty of families with a 'talented' footballer, 'buy' their contract with promises of taking them to Europe to earn a fortune to transform the family's life . only for the young hopeful to disappear into the global sex trade. There are THOUSANDS of Brazilian footballers plying their trade (and other vices...) in every corner of the globe.
* I enjoy the Brazilian league. The games are certainly competitive, no shortage of technical skill, but scouts from Europe are all over the country and any half decent talent is taken into the locally run academies very early. I think Barcelona alone has 6 academies established in Brazil - it's a big country!
* The league is made up of overwhelmingly Brazilian players. I laughed at the start of last season when great concern was expressed that there are 60-odd foreign players now plying their trade across the 20 teams in Serie A. Chelsea alone probably have at least that number on their books across all age groups at any one time!
* Many fading stars return from Europe to comfortably play on for another 3-4 seasons into their late 30s. Whilst they no longer cut it in the top European leagues, they still look among the best players in Brazil. That tells you a lot about the overall standard. I honestly don't see any 'Cor! I wish Everton would get him' players of the right age.
* As for the WC, I honestly wouldn't go near any of the South American sides betting wise other than Brazil, Andy. Dani Alves is a big loss for them - he and Marcelo on either flank are fundamental to how the GREAT manager Tite sets them up. I would not be surprised to see them go all the way.
* Assuming Brazil does have a good WC, I would not be in the least surprised if someone like Real Madrid went for the manager Tite. This is a very impressive man on many levels. Eloquent, intelligent, great man manager (he doesn't have a permanent designated captain for the national team - he constantly rotates the arm band, saying he wants every player to be captain in every game), tactically incredibly astute.
136 Posted 17/05/2018 at 00:23:28
137 Posted 17/05/2018 at 00:27:52
139 Posted 17/05/2018 at 13:14:13
In Italy it is not unheard of to have five or even more changes of manager in a season. For example, they sack manager A after 10 games. In comes manager B. He does no better so in comes manager C. Then they decide that manager A was actually better, so he comes back in. Then he gets sacked and suddenly B is back in charge.
Basically managers in Italy have a contract, they have to honour that contract. If Arsenal wish (as is proposed) to hire Juve's Allegri or Napoli's Sarri, then they have to buy out the contract.
Everton should insist that Big Sam is placed on gardening leave. Then come spring, if it's all going tits up, we call him back in, get him to save us and dangle a nice little bonus for him if he does the job.
Only messing, I wouldn't want Allardyce back at the club no matter what. However, Koeman and Martinez should have had their contracts bought out (as in the Italian system) or we should have mutually agreed to relinquish (cancel) the contracts when they found new jobs.
140 Posted 18/05/2018 at 15:38:51
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22:41 - 15 May 2018.
141 Posted 18/05/2018 at 15:46:08
142 Posted 18/05/2018 at 15:48:10
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