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 BRYAN MCMANUS, CHRISTOPHER BOUD AND CHRISTOPHER GALLAGHER.
1. CELTIC HAVE TRAVELLED TO GRAN CANARIA THIS WEEK FOR A WINTER BREAK. THIS IS NO MORE THAN A PUBLICITY DRIVE; THE TEAM WOULD HABE BEEN BETTER TRYING TO BUILD MOMENTUM IN THE LEAGUE.
Bryan McManus: FALSE – Managers across the UK bemoan the fact they don’t get a winter break so this is perfect for Celtic. The climate will be great for morale, the break allows the team to bond and also lets Ronny and his staff have more training sessions to help them develop the style of play he has been speaking about since day 1, a couple of bounce games against decent opposition will be good to see, in conclusion its a brilliant idea and I love Ronny Deila!
Chris Boud: FALSE – With the club fighting to win four trophies a winter break is of definite use. Whilst it could be argued that participating in friendlies detracts from this supposed break, the merits of taking the squad away from the horrendous weather in Scotland and giving the players a rest from competitive games can only help the club’s push for a domestic clean sweep and success in Europe.
Chris Gallagher: TRUE – I do think it’s more than just a publicity drive, I think Deila needs time with his team to look at differing points on tactics, positional awareness and other key components…..BUT time would have been better spent gaining momentum in the league. It would be a different story if Celtic were cruising but it’s not worked out like that.
2. MANY CELTIC FANS ARE GROWING FRUSTRATED AT THE LACK OF TRANSFER ACTIVITY SO FAR IN THIS TRANSFER WINDOW. CELTIC SHOULD RESIST THE URGE TO BUY AND INSTEAD DEVELOP THE CURRENT GROUP OF PLAYERS, ESPECIALLY YOUTH PLAYERS TO FIX WEAKNESSES IN THE CURRENT FIRST XI.
Bryan McManus: FALSE – As much as I believe Ronny and John Collins will develop our youth the team is crying out for an established playmaker as well as making sure we get Guidetti signed up.
Chris Boud: FALSE – Whilst I absolutely agree that Celtic should look to develop youth players that does not mean that the club cannot strengthen the squad by acquiring players in the transfer market. it’s early doors yet so i don’t feel there should be much concern at the lack of movement but hopefully the club will make some additions to the squad in the next week or so.
Chris Gallagher: FALSE – Celtic need to strengthen, especially at the back. This Window is key for Deila and he needs to be on the front foot about targets. Celtic need fresh faces and ideas, Armstrong is a player we could build a team around. Make it happen
3. FRANK LAMPARDS DELAYED MOVE TO NEW YORK HAS BEEN HANDLED POORLY BY ALL PARTIES AND THE PLAYER SHOULD MAKE THE MOVE TO THE MLS QUICKLY TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION.
Bryan McManus: FALSE – The MLS is pish! Lampard probably went there because he thought no big team would be prepared to give him decent game time, he’s clearly enjoying his role at City so should stay and play at as high a level as possible for as long as he can.
Chris Boud: TRUE – We Europeans might like to mock the MLS but the fact is that Lampard agreed to join NYCFC [there is disputes about what was signed and when it was due to take effect but it was publicly stated Lampard would join on January 2015 and no-one, including ‘big’ Frank, corrected this] and as such fans have bought season tickets, strips and so forth on the basis that Lampard was joining. Now on one hand anyone choosing to support a club, buy a season ticket and merchandise on the basis of Frank Lampard joining the club probably deserves everything they get but on the other hand, Frank Lampard is a lying bastard.
Chris Gallagher: TRUE – The whole affair shows a lack of respect to the MLS. Why did he agree to join them in the first place I’d he still had EPL ambitions?
4. ALEX NEILS APPOINTMENT AS NORWICH MANAGER HAS COME VERY EARLY IN HIS MANAGERIAL CAREER AND HE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER REMAINING AS HAMILTON MANAGER FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON CONSIDERING THEIR CURRENT FORM.
Bryan McManus: FALSE – As much as a shock as this appointment is its fantastic for Alex Neil and Norwich should be congratulated for having the foresight to appoint a young manager with so much potential. Alex Neil has done brilliantly with Accies his play off win after being 2 down from the home leg against Hibs last season was remarkable and he has had his team playing some cracking football in Scotlands top division this season. Its brilliant that he has grabbed his chance and I hope he is a huge success.
Chris Boud: FALSE – It can’t be disputed that Alex Neil is young manager with plenty to learn however he has earned this move with a fantastic record. Earning promotion with Hamilton and then leading them to the top half of the Scottish Premiership has been an outstanding achievement. He has done this with a limited budget and managed it with a team playing arguably the most entertaining football in the country. Most Accies fans will be sad to see him go but they won’t hold it against him.
Chris Gallagher: FALSE – It’s too big an opportunity to turn down, look at poor Billy Reid, he could be daein’ aw that ticky tacky pish wae Swansea in the EPL just now
5. BARCELONA ARE CLOSE TO CRISIS ON AND OFF THE PITCH AND RUMOURS ARE GROWING THAT LIONEL MESSI COULD LEAVE THE CLUB. MESSI NEEDS TO PROVE HIMSELF IN ANOTHER TOP LEAGUE YO CEMENT HIS LEGACY AS A GREAT OF THE GAME.
Bryan McManus: FALSE – This is the worst question in the history of this feature.
Chris Boud: FALSE – Utter nonsense. Messi doesn’t need to cement his legacy as a great in the game, he could retire tomorrow and he will be forever considered one of the greatest. He would help his chances of being considered the greatest player of all time by performing in another league/team but I really don’t want to see Messi in a Man City or Chelsea top.
Chris Gallagher: FALSE – Messi doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone. He’s the world’s greatest player and moving to Chelsea will not improve on that fact. Enrique was a poor appointment, that’s all it is. New manager will greatly improve the entire situation.
6. DAVID MOYES’ REAL SOCIEDAD SIDE RECENTLY BEAT BARCELONA IN SAN SEBASTIAN TO MOVE FURTHER AWAY FROM THE RELEGATION ZONE. MOYES HAS MADE THE CORRECT DECISION IN MOVING TO SPAIN AND WILL BE A SUCCESS AWAY FROM THE MEDIA SCRUTINY OF ENGLAND.
Bryan McManus: TRUE – Its a great move for Moyes and will allow him to show he’s a decent manager (not a top manager but a good one) its a similar path to Steve McLaren going abroad and Moyes has already taken a leaf out of the bold Shteve’s book by having an embarrassing interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8TqsgPBuwc
Chris Boud: TRUE – Moyes is a great manager and has proven himself over the last decade. His stint at Manchester United has obviously dented his reputation however van Gaal after 20 games is three points better off and that’s having spent over £150 million. La Liga isn’t an easy place to manage but Moyes has the ability to rebuilt his reputation.
Chris Gallagher: TRUE/FALSE – I like Moyes a lot and they way he was treated at United last season was nothing short of a disgrace. Will he be a success? Time will tell, but I think he would have been more suited to the Bundesliga.
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