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Twitter Twits

31 May

Twitter – causing the controversy.

As the concept of networking grows, so does social media. Global brands such as Twitter and Facebook have grown in such large proportions such that Facebook floated on the stock exchange lastweekend at a valuation larger than Walt Disney and Amazon. With social networking ever-growing, so has its accessibility – even reaching out to the most media-friendly football players.

This is where the problem starts. Twitter and Facebook are  great to keep in touch with friends and such, and even for celebrities and sportsmen to be more accessible for their fans. And if used in the right manner its great. But when its not, well that leads to a whole host of issues.

Let’s take one main culprit for example – Joey Barton. The QPR captain has never been shy to outlay his opinion, on or off the pitch. And at numerous times has got him in trouble. His recent implosion at the Etihad Stadium coupled with his rant at Alan Shearer(how dare he) have led fellow tweeter’s heckling him with abuse. Louis Saha, Spurs’ on-loan striker has recently been in hot water with his own fans after congratulating Chelsea’s Champions League win – a victory that prevents Spurs from participating in next years competition.

Racial abuse is also highlighted on social networking sites. Danny Simpson was recently abused by fellow tweeter’s calling him the ‘N’ word, a theme that has seen other footballers face similar abuse.

I know certain manager’s have it as a club policy such that social media outlets are banned within the club. I tend to agree with this rather vigilant stance, as one slip-up is picked up by the tabloids to the point that Twitter has become a vulture’s feeding zone.

Why would a professional footballer put certain aspects of their personal life into the public eye? Even if the thoughts or comments may be harmless within their friend-circle, once it is in the public domain its a different ball-game. Of course there are many who use the social media platform’s to great effect, but they will always be running the risk of saying something deemed stupid by some readers. Unfortunately (or fortunately)  we’ve seen many footballers leave twitter due to constant abuse of their opinions, or more often – because of recent performances.

I think it would genuinely help footballers if every club were to adopt a ‘no-social-networking’ rule. So, follow me on twitter @beautifulgame9.

Comments and views welcome.

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From Hughton to Pardew

22 Apr

It was one of the darkest days of my life watching my beloved Toon be relegated under the stewardship of Alan Shearer at Villa Park in May 09. I shed tears in the thought of the club I love, being banished to the dungeons of the Championship. No more Old Trafford, Anfield or Stadium of Light, but welcoming Barnsley, Plymouth and Doncaster to St James’ Park. Little did I know, from that moment on, Newcastle United was reborn.

Chris Hughton soon took over on a temporary basis, and oversaw the club’s top players leave without any remorse. Michael Owen, Oba Martins, Damien Duff, Habib Beye and many others felt they had little time for the club and parted ways. Hughton, acted in dignity and honour, stabilised a club on the brink of imploding. Despite protests and anger amongst the Geordie natives, Hughton kept his head down, and got the club winning. And eventually, promoted.

Alan Pardew - Newcastle manager.

Summer 2010, Newcastle were back in the big time, and with the likes of Barton, Nolan and Carroll flourishing, we made a steady start. But then Mike Ashley felt was getting bored. And despite mass protest and all hell breaking loose, Hughton was gone. Replacing him was a man who none felt could do a job – Alan Pardew. It was thought that Pardew only got the job because of his gambling-relations with Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias, but that’s a story for another day.

Under much criticism, ‘Pards’ has since taken us to the heady heights of 4th, in contention for the Champions League, all in the space of 18 months. All this with the help of Graham Carr’s scouting nous, Newcastle are playing well, winning games, and upsetting the odds. Even old ‘Arry is getting worried! Whisper it quietly, Mike Ashley may be doing us some good (whether by luck or intention, I don’t know).

Could this be the beginning of a new dawn at Newcastle? Under Pardew’s leadership, the Magpie’s are soaring high. Who would have thought that 2 years ago.

And for the likes of Barnsley, Plymouth and Doncaster in the Championship – you weren’t so bad after all.

Comments Welcome.

Money Men

7 Apr

You probably know where this going. I’m writing this probably with some reflection of the game last weekend where the result need not be repeated. But at St. James’ Park on a fine Sunday afternoon, the fans were in for a treat. To see two of our former players, be embarrassed by a club supposedly inferior to them was a sight to see. This isn’t an article of sour grapes, pointing out the failings of ex-players, more to the issue that an increasing number of players see their names in headlights and leave their club in search of glory.

As we all know on January 31st 2010, a £35million bid was accepted for Newcastle talisman Andy Carroll from Liverpool. Much was made at the time of the price of the player, the timing of the incident, as well as whether he walked the plank or was he pushed. Whatever happened, its fair to say that his career has seemingly taken a plummet, and will take some real graft to get the recognition he had before. He could have written himself into the same lines of the likes of Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn. Instead he seems destined to share the embarrassment that is akin to Sean Dundee and Robbie Keane – the players that the scouse will remember with a sigh and a shake of the head.

Andy Carroll - Right choice?

Away from Andy Carroll, there is a long list of players that thought leaving for a supposed ‘bigger club’ with an injection into their own bank accounts would suit for the best. Well maybe, in terms of the number of zero’s at the end of their bank statements. But what happens on the pitch is the players’ bread and butter. Note, this isn’t a gripe to all those who have left my club, this is a genuine article looking at those who leave a club in search of personal ambitions.

Step forward Fernando Torres. Three years ago, he was supposedly one of the most feared strikers in the world, rifling goals in a team challenging for the title. Now he is one of the world’s most expensive flops. Again, another case of the ‘bigger club’ syndrome. Torres has looked a shadow of his former self, with the list seemingly endless of those who left for ‘a club with more ambition’.

Now I’m not here raving that the players mentioned above left purely for cold hard cash. There was probably an incentive of moving onto bigger and better things (probably being the key word). But this perfectly alludes to the point that one of the most valuable things in football is the adulation and idolisation of the fans. After all, despite all the money and goals, the fans tend to stick with the players that have stuck with them. That is why I have the utmost respect for the likes of Alan Shearer and Steven Gerrard (despite him being a first class plank). Footballers who declined moves to more successful clubs to stay with their club, their fans, their people. Money isn’t everything in football.

Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique can join the likes of Charles N’Zogbia, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Habib Beye, Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins. Look where they are now.

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side…

Comments welcome.

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