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David Gill gets top role

David Gill has been elected into the top executive board of members in the European Club Association which, many of you might remember, was formed under the auspices of the UEFA following the dissolution of the G14.

“I’m obviously very pleased to be elected,” Gill said. “The ECA has a very important role to play in the relationship with Uefa and other bodies within European and world football. We are the people who run the clubs, we understand the issues. All parties need to work together to come up with a set of rules and regulations that everyone buys into.”

Perez added that he was: “Very happy to be able to work for the clubs inside the big European football family.”

Florentino Perez’s influence (as someone known to favour a European super league) cannot be ignored, and it would be interesting to see what holds for the future of European club football in the coming years.



  1. NicoQB

    9 September 2009 at 23:51

    @Craig Mc: So by that you mean play Nani on the left with Evra to double mark Lennon? A bit risky imho, what with Nani’s suspect defensive motivations! 😆
    I’d rather play Nani on the right and Park on the lft, just for this match as I mentioned.
    @Grognard: From what I’ve seen of Lassana Diarra, he’s progressed in his offensive play. He’s still not an Essien, but he may well be a better passer than Essien. Just my thoughts. He would have been just what the doctor ordered for our dire midfield.

  2. Traverse

    10 September 2009 at 01:21

    @colver: We beat teh 9th best team in the world 5-1. Can’t do much more than that. Lets hope we play Brazil in November with a full quota of first team players to see where we are in comparison.

  3. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 01:44

    @NicoQB: We may well see Rooney play wide to help Evra.
    I know, I know, Rooney needs to play CF, but it’s an option that worked well for a few games last year.
    Don’t be too suprised by this!! 🙂

  4. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 01:55

    @Traverse: But as a friendly, it just won’t be a good yardstick. Don’t forget Brazil barely beat the US in the CC final this summer, and the US have looked anything but impressive in WC qualifiers since then.

    Winning qualification this early may in fact hurt us in the long run. Maybe we could revise a mini Home International tournament with Scotland and maybe Ireland. They would certainly give us a run for our money!! 🙂

  5. Traverse

    10 September 2009 at 02:01

    @Redrich: So if England lose people won’t make much of it then….. 🙄

  6. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 02:21

    @Traverse: It’s whether Capello makes anything of it that matters!! I’m sure the tabloids would be all over it though. 😆
    My point is that friendlies won’t prove to Capello who are the best players to represent us in SA. If Defoe has an impressive game, would you say then, that because he fared well against the Brazilians, in a friendly, he should be considered for SA. Similarly, if Rooney looks like shit would his place on the plane be in jeopardy??

    Competitive opposition really does separate the comers from the pretenders, and would be a much more useful tool to assess our talent! 🙂

  7. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 02:32

    @Will: I will call on you always to interpret modern, English street talk. I honestly had never heard of that one before!! 😯 😯

  8. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 02:38

    @Grognard: Hey, Grog, what you think about this Spurs game? I think we’re going with a 4-3-3 with Rooney playing wide right and Berbatov and Giggs making up the line! 🙄 🙄 🙂

  9. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 02:41

    @Redrich: <– Correction. Rooney playing wide left!

  10. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 02:45

    @NicoQB: I have no problem with those kind of players if they can also attack. Keane and Essien are examples of DMF’s who were box to box. I love players like that. It’s the DMF who plays like a fifth defender that i can’t stand and every team seems to have them these days. I suppose this is why I am not jumping all over the Darren Fletcher bandwagon. I respected and appreciate what he does, I just don’t particularly enjoy watching it. Hargo is an exception too because of his well rounded game and ability to defend without crippling players.

  11. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 02:50

    @Redrich: I agree. Park will probably start and play on the left side or Giggs will start and track back a lot because the thing that makes Spurs attack go without Modric will be Lennon. Evra can keep up with him and mark him out of the game if he concentrates on his defensive duties. But we know he won’t do that and chances are he’ll get caught upfield a few times or out of position on a cross into the box. I have no faith whatsoever in the Skinned Sausage.

  12. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 02:58

    @Redrich: Red, the game is at White Hart Lane and I have become to predict Fergie far too easily these days. He’s going to put on his chicken shit shorts and come out with a 4-5-1 or a defensive 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1. I honestly would be shocked and amazed if he was going to get attack minded with a 4-3-3. Although, he is the manager that invented the 4-3-3 as a defensive formation with Park as one of the wingers and Rooney the other as they both tracked so far back that they played like wing backs.

    In honesty I cannot blame him for being cautious because Spurs are very hot and full of confidence but their talisman and play maker Modric is injured and I think that makes them a little less of a threat as Krancjar will take time to settle in I feel. It’s taking a way their wide men like Lennon which I feel is the key. offensively I expect a big game from Berbatov. He needs to step up and do one on his old team and show us he can be counted on in a big game on the road. This is the kind of game i feel very happy coming out of there with a 1-0 win or a draw. Hostile crowd, good opponent and we need to keep doing well. Four games so far and no draws, I predict a our first draw this weekend. Call it 1-1 and the goal scorer will be Owen off the bench. If Evra does his job on Lennon, we will win.

  13. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 03:00

    @Redrich: I thought that’s what you meant. I agree by the way, although he could be placed on the right in order to put the more pest like park on Lennon. At least that’s what i would do. I just hope Anderson doesn’t play. Fletcher and Carrick in the middle should do the job.

  14. Red Ranter

    10 September 2009 at 03:45

    @Grognard: Smileys? Where did that come from? Did I say something about smileys right now? What are you on about? 😕

  15. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 03:59

    @Grognard: Well I think he’ll play defensively against any team of note. Lennon scares the crap out of me, and it wouldn’t suprise if SAF double teamed him all game long.
    You would think this is the game that Berbatov would step up and stamp his mark on the WHL faithful, do a little more than a nifty touch and bring down and put a few in back of the fucking net!! I dare him!! 👿 👿

  16. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 04:09

    @Grognard: 4-3-3, mate. Protect the flanks and concede CMF. If Giggs plays up, you would put Valencia on the right and float Fletcher in the middle (box to box). I would put a vote in for Nani playing left, cutting in with Rooney,when possible, and threatening from 30 yards!

  17. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 04:13

    @Grognard: The more I think of it, this is gonna be one hell of a game. Lots of end to end stuff and lots of goals.
    My prediction 3-2 United, if we attack!! 🙂

  18. Redrich

    10 September 2009 at 04:57

    @Grognard: Now if I said things here are the shits would that then mean we are the very best?? 😆
    With this kind of lingo, it’s no wonder the streets are a dangerous place!! 😆 😆

  19. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 06:47

    @Red Ranter: “what else can I expect from you [insert eyeroll smiley here]”

    That’s where I got it from plus the fact that you have mentioned it to me before regarding that specific smiley. It was nothing that upset me, I just got the impression my interpretation of that eye rolling smiley was different than your is all.

  20. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 06:50

    @Redrich: The thing I really dislike about Fergie is his unpredictability in squad selection and also the fact that i could see him doing something dumb like not even start Berba against his old team which we all would expect him to be fired up for and perform well against. I could see him going with one forward up front and that being Owen because of his speed and ability to play off the shoulder of the last defender in a completely counter attack game plan.

  21. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 06:52

    @Redrich: I would start Nani because I think Spurs are very ordinary defensively. But Fergie of late doesn’t attack other team’s weaknesses, he protects and plays conservative to protect ours. Therefore, I do not see Nani starting and i actually see Park starting instead.

  22. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 06:55

    @Redrich: 😆 😆 😆 Thats so true. I guess I should inform everyone that when I call United shit and Fergie a major disappointment what I really mean is United are awesome and Fergie is that greatest and still has the goods to succeed. When I say the team played badly and were a disgrace, I really meant they were world class and the cat’s meow. 😉 😆 😆

  23. spizzy

    10 September 2009 at 07:12

    @Redrich: Another one you might want to use is, I stink coz I’m the shit.

  24. Red Ranter

    10 September 2009 at 07:17

    @Grognard: I don’t have a problem with the eye roll really. It is there to be used and it can vary with context. And you and I are smart enough to know where it can indicate a harmless “whatever” and where it can indicate disdain. Anyway I didn’t have a problem with your use of the smiley in this particular instance.

  25. Red Ranter

    10 September 2009 at 07:32

    Also watch the main page for a new post – methinks a surprise is in store for you all. 🙂

  26. spizzy

    10 September 2009 at 08:04

    I for one would like united to have a go at totenham’s defense, no special tactics, just plain attacking football. Sure be mindful of lennon but let evra do his job and partner him with nani, let spurs change their tactics to try and stop us but let’s not cower and try defensive tactics, the league teams seem to have smelled blood after the rome debacle and the loss of ronaldo and they don’t really fear united, I remember burnley’s coach and how smug he was before we even played them, said he “We will just play our passing game”, so you can only guess how Arry is spoiling for a fight, coaches in the league have extra confidence when they play against united as opposed to chelsea or arse, we need to stop that, and make spurs an example, they have had a good start so if we could crush them it would really send out the message. Special tactics need not be applied, who is lennon really, and he alone shouldn’t be able to beat evra, vidic and evans. So IMO lets put an attacking team out there, let our best men represent us and let Arry worry about trying to stop nani, valencia and berba.

  27. Onkar

    10 September 2009 at 08:05

    @Red Ranter:
    Yeah I was truly surprised RR as I am not seeing any new post on the MAIN Page or HOME Page its still the David Gill Story….
    R u kidding or you are serious???

  28. Dan

    10 September 2009 at 08:11

    @Grognard: EXACTLY!

    Something i realized last season, fergie doesnt play to attack other teams weaknesses, he trys to protect ours!

  29. Red Ranter

    10 September 2009 at 08:13

    @Onkar: Look again.

  30. Karl

    10 September 2009 at 10:33

    @Redrich: @Grognard:
    Nevermind the streets. Try telling your lady that “she’s phat” 🙂
    fat = bad
    phat = good

  31. Merlinus

    10 September 2009 at 12:34

    @Red Ranter: Hmmm.. If i’m a parasite on a shark(as he proclaimed first), then he’s the old donkey’s arse – most definitely not the shark 😆

  32. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 18:06

    @Dan: I’d rather he spent money to fix our problems rather than implement dull and cautious tactics to protect them. All the more reason why what I have been saying about him lately is correct, even if it is cruel and lacks the respect the man has earned over 20 years. It kills me to criticize him but somebody has to. Nobody on this planet is perfect…..except me of course. 😉 😀 😀

  33. Grognard

    10 September 2009 at 18:07

    RR, Regarding post #231, I believe he was warned once already regarding the donkey’s ass comment? 😕

  34. Red Ranter

    10 September 2009 at 18:14

    @Merlinus: Mate, do you want to continue behaving like this?

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