TRUE OR FALSE – OUR REGULAR FEATURE WERE 90 MINUTE CYNIC CONTEMPLATES RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL AND GATHER THE OPINION OF THE CYNICS. OUR QUESTIONNAIRE EXTRAORDINAIRE IS LOUIS MCCAFFREY AND THE MEN BEHIND THE ANSWERS THIS WEEK ARE CHRIS SERMANNI, CIARAN HARRAN AND IAIN DOUGAN.
1. CELTIC HAVE SIGNED GARY MACKAY-STEVEN ON A PRE CONTRACT AGREEMENT FROM DUNDEE UNITED. THE CLUB HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING AND SHOULD WAIT TO GET THEIR MAN FOR FREE.
Chris Sermanni: FALSE – I’m not convinced by ‘GMS’, and I’m not sure he will be much of a signing. However, I think we require new players who will be able to play in Deila’s front 3 effectively. I would be happy if we cut loose some of the dross we have in wide positions (namely the underperforming loanees) and used the money to bring him in early given that he should (or could) be part of our long term plans.
Ciaran Harran: TRUE – It was important to sign him and not lose out to other clubs. If we need to wait until the summer to get him and not be held to ransom by United for a fee (rumoured to be £250,000) to sign him just now then that’s better than losing out totally. However now that we have him signed, we could offer United what they would pay to Mackay Stevens for the rest of the season and a little bit extra to free him up which would release funds for United to bring in a replacement.
Iain Dougan: TRUE – I think this works out well for both Celtic and Dundee United. United clearly wanted him to the end of the season and were willing to risk a fee to achieve this. Celtic are already fairly well served in this area, albeit with loanees who are unlikely to stay beyond May. It also means that Liam Henderson has less competition for a start – he’s done really well since he was re-introduced by Deila and I’d like to see him get an extended run.
2. RONNY DEILA AND JOHN COLLINS MADE AN APPERANCE AT IBROX TO WATCH THE RANGERS VS. HEARTS LEAGUE MATCH. DUE TO THE CURRENT TENSIONS AT THE IBROX CLUB THIS WAS A BAD DECISION AND THEY SHOULD TRY AND ASSESS THE RANGERS SQUAD WHEN THEY PAY AN AWAY FIXTURE.
Chris Sermanni: FALSE – Collins and Deila were amongst the most popular people in the directors box for Rangers fans.
Ciaran Harran: FALSE – No-one should feel intimidated to enter a stadium and do their job. Teams play differently away as they do from being on their own turf so it’s important for the management team experience the opposition in person. It also helps him to experience firsthand the kind of vile atmosphere that is created at Ibrox, albeit it will be ten times worse at Hampden on 1st Feb. I would think that the rangers fans have more important things to worry about than Deila being there, probably didn’t know he was there until they seen the hilarious photos on the web.
Iain Dougan: FALSE – Deila and Collins were well within their rights to go and see a future opponent play – particularly when they were against strong opposition like Hearts. Sevco being a complete laughing stock at the moment doesn’t override the basic entitlement of rival managers coming to see them play.
3. JOSE MOURINHO HAS COMPLAINED THIS WEEK THAT HE AND CHELSEA ARE TREATED DIFFERENTLY BY PREMIER LEAGUE REFEREES. BASED ON SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE GONE AGAINST CHELSEA THIS SEASON, HE HAS A POINT.
Chris Sermanni: FALSE – Jose is a fantastic manager, it’s just a pity we need to listen to the boring bastard talk. He absolutely doesn’t have a point. Shut yer hole Jose!
Ciaran Harran: FALSE – Every team in the league has had bad decisions go against him, some unbelievably worse than Chelsea. I’s part of the game that officials do not get decisions right 100% all of the time. Mourinho is just having a moan as there is nothing else for him to moan about. He’s not getting his own way and has thrown the toys out the pram. Grow a set and get on with it wee man!
Iain Dougan: FALSE – There have been some howlers this season in the Premiership and some of these have impacted Chelsea but to suggest it is some form of conspiracy is crazy. This debate will rumble on in many forms until FIFA bite the bullet and find sensible ways to assist referees with technology. The implementation of goal line cameras has shown how effectively it can be done when properly thought through.
4. THE SIGNING OF WILFRED BONY BY MANCHESTER CITY FOR A REPORTED £28M IS EXCESSIVE FOR A PLAYER WHO WILL FIND IT HARD TO EARN A STARTING PLACE.
Chris Sermanni: TRUE – Bony is a decent player, but he will never be first choice for City. It’s depressing that a £28m player is signed as back up. Especially as we are counting the pennies over signing Mackay-Steven in January.
Ciaran Harran: TRUE – No way is Bony worth £28m. But when you see some of the over inflated prices clubs are paying for average players nowadays, £28m might not seem so much. It think the bigger scandal is the terms that the player was demanding, that was excessive for a player who realistically will spend most of the time on the bench unless some players leave City. £200,000 a week, who the fuck is he kidding!
Iain Dougan: TRUE – I think he’s a great player but for me it has the hallmarks of other strikers who have gone to Top 4 teams such as Ba and Remy who have gone on to spend the majority of time on the bench. If the Top 4 are paying £28m for a reserve striker what hope do the rest of teams have in competing with this? Transfer inflation is getting sillier and sillier – the market isn’t working and you wonder when a governing body will step in to do something about it (answer – never).
5. PAUL POGBA IS THE TOPIC OF INCREASING SPECULATION THAT HE MAY LEAVE JUVENTUS THIS TRANSFER WINDOW. POGBA HAS OUT GROWN THE TURIN CLUB AND MUST LEAVE TO REALISE HIS POTENTIAL.
Chris Sermanni: TRUE – Pogba is not quite the finished article many think he is, but he is still young. If he has any designs on making an impact in Europe at the highest level, however, he should leave Juventus and move to a bigger club (So should Vidal, who is still better than Pogba). Juventus aren’t capable of winning the Champions League, so depending on how you classify ‘potential’, he should go.
Ciaran Harran: FALSE – Pogba is only 21, has plenty of years ahead of him and has no rush to leave. Being at Juventus he is winning trophies, which as a player you want. In time Pogba will want to move on to bigger and better things. I wouldn’t say he has outgrown Juventus as he is playing with a number of outstanding players who are helping him perform as much as he is doing it himself allowing him to develop further as a top class player.
Iain Dougan: TRUE – For Pogba to be mentioned in a similar bracket to Europe’s truly great players then he needs to win a European trophy. I think the likelihood of doing that in Munich, Madrid or even Paris is much greater than his chances of winning one in Turin.
6. LUIS ENRIQUE IS UNDER PRESSURE AS BARCELONA MANAGER. HE MADE A STATEMENT WHEN HE ARRIVED THAT NO PLAYER, ESPECIALLY MESSI, IS BIGGER THAN THE OVERALL TEAM. DESPITE BEING A CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT, THIS IS THE CORRECT STANCE TO TAKE.
Chris Sermanni: TRUE – If Enrique wants to work at a high level after Barca, then it is the only option. No player should be able to call the shots over any manager.
Ciaran Harran: TRUE – Football is a team sport and needs everyone pulling the right direction. No-one is bigger than the team, not even Messi! A player thinking that they are bigger than everyone else has a negative effect, creating disharmony in the dressing room. Enrique is just trying to stamp his authority at the beginning so everyone knows where they stand.
Iain Dougan: FALSE – I can understand what he has tried to do in terms of coming out with an authoritative statement at the start of a new role but in the case of probably only Messi and Ronaldo their talent is so phenomenal that manager’s need to accept that they are bigger than the team. In the case of Messi, if the rumours of a clash with Enrique are true then there is only going to be one winner and the hierarchy will continue to support Messi.
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