Posts Tagged ‘Luis Suarez’

Fergie Bits Back At Suarez

Alex Ferguson has responded to claims by Luis Suarez that Manchester United control the politics in the English game.

Ferguson who wants the issue put to bed said of the comments “It’s not going to go away if Suarez keeps on making headlines out of it. It was nothing to do with Manchester United.”

Liverpool boss at the time of the incident, Kenny Dalglish, was sacked at the end of the season and Fergie believes it was his support of Luis Suarez that ultimately cost him his job. He said “I think John Henry has obviously looked at the Suarez incident and felt it wasn’t handled in the right way. I think that must have been part of it. It certainly wasn’t a nice thing to happen, you know.”

The United boss also claims he wasn’t surprised at his fellow countryman’s sacking.

Suarez was banned for eight matches by the FA and Liverpool boss always backed his striker, among his continued backing of Suarez in the media it was also Dalglish’s idea that the Liverpool squad would wear t-shirts in support of their banned teammate.

Suarez’s comments may have come of a surprise to many after new Liverpool boss, Brendan Rogers, said it is time for Suarez to move on and for the whole issue to be consigned to the past.

Ferguson was speaking in Durban, South Africa as United kicked off their pre-season with a 1-0 win against AmaZulu.

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Suarez Blasts English Football Politics

The Liverpool striker has claimed that Manchester United run the politics within the English game and that was the deciding factor in the Evra race row. He stated “Within Liverpool, many people were convinced that Manchester politics was behind the Evra episode.”

Suarez speaking to Uruguayan TV also suggested that the ‘Evra episode’ was created to ban Suarez he said “In fact, I think it was all arranged against me again, as it had happened with the punishment.”

Speaking of English football politics he said “In England, Manchester United has this political power, and you have to respect that and shut your mouth”.

Suarez was handed an eight match ban after being charged with racial insults towards United left back Patrice Evra and was also fined £40,000.

 

Suarez may want to be more careful in his next interview as he may find himself in more hot water with the FA.

 

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Liverpool – A club in turmoil?

There is no doubt about it that Liverpool F.C is one of the greatest clubs in Britain, dare I say it, the world. A club decorated with major trophies from FA Cups to First Divisions t0 Champions Leagues. They are known and respected by almost every football fan from around the globe.

Yesterday Kenny Dalglish was sacked as manager of Liverpool. “King” Kenny is regarded as a legend at the club having won multiple trophies as both player and manager in his first stint in charge but failed to live up to his name this time around. The news brought mixed emotions for the Liverpool fans, some said it was the right thing to do, others believed he needed more time. The owners were convinced though, they felt that despite winning the League Cup and guiding them to the FA Cup final were they narrowly lost to Chelsea, that their league performance was simply not good enough. Dalglish was the third manager to lose his job at Anfield in just two years.

This year saw rivals Everton finish above Liverpool for only the fourth time since 1962 despite the Toffees spending far less money. Is this a sign of things to come?

It now seems like a lifetime ago since Liverpool lifted the Champions League in Istanbul. That was just 2005. They also made the final two years later only to be bet by Ac Milan 2-1, but unfortunately for Liverpool it doesn’t look like they’ll replicate that for some time to come.

The club spent over £136 million from Summer 2010 – January 2012. Giving the amount invested into the team they were expected to challenge for the top four in Dalglish’s first full season in charge, they didn’t even finish close.  They came eighth,  a total of 17 points off the top four. The Reds lost as much as they won last season, 14 games. Definitely not acceptable for the money that was invested into the team.

Dalglish’s men had a bit more success in the cup competitions though and came close to doing a cup double. Would that of kept him in the job?

Will the owners be able to continue to pump money into the club without selling? I seriously doubt it. Top goalscorer Luis Suarez is heavily linked with a move to PSG so they could be faced with a real dilemma, keep arguably the best player or try make a healthy profit on the Uruguayan. Charlie Adam and Dirk Kuyt are also rumoured to be leaving Merseyside this Summer.

Will Suarez still be a Red come next season?

Plenty of managers are being linked with the Anfield job as you would imagine. The main names being thrown around are Andre-Villas Boas, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, Frank Rijkaard and former boss Rafa Benitez.

Whoever takes over is going to have his work cut out for him. The fans want European Football again and ultimately, eventually, a Premier League title. Although that would be a long term goal.

Are Liverpool starting to decline and become just a top half side who won’t realistically challenge for a top four spot for some time to come or can they rebuild and break it? With the right man in charge you never know.