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Russell Berrisford

Russell Berrisford

Russell’s support of Derby County eventually led him to leave the country. He has lived in Canada since 2007 and currently writes about soccer for The Vancouver Sun.


English Premier League Teams Embrace Failure

Written by on February 18, 2012 | 5 Comments »
Posted in English Premier League

To paraphrase Tolstoy-

“Successful teams are all alike; yet every failing team fails in its own way.”

That is certainly true in the English Premier League this season where a number of clubs have found the ability to get things wrong in an increasingly innovative fashion.

To read more click this link to the Vancouver Sun.

5 responses to “English Premier League Teams Embrace Failure”

  1. Ed Gomes says:

    I find fascinating what is taking place at Chelsea. We’ve seen it before with Scolari, and to an extent with Mourinho as well. AVB comes out a talks about project at hand and says that players are either in or out. The biggest problem with project, is that he needs to clear out old legs. The same old legs that he needs to depend on while project is going on. We will once again see who wins, manager or player(s). This is a tough one for Abram since he must know himself that a turnover of the squad is needed, but he can ill afford to miss out on the CL.

    For me this Arsenal train wreck has been going on for a while. The reason it wasn’t as pronounced previously was because players wanted to stay and it was Wenger that shipped them out. For the first time players themselves have wanted to go while no real plan in place for replacements. Cesc’s departure was not a shocker, and neither was Nasri’s. I don’t think anyone was in shock by the time they left, yet Arsenal/Wenger had no backup plan. I think that we can agree that Arsenal would be in much better shape with those two players.
    For me Arsenal hasn’t had leadership for a long time. Wenger has been that for a while now, but he needs that leader on the field and back room. He just doesn’t seem to have that.
    For those who point to Viera he was shipped out when he got chirpy.

    Spurs will be done in by a manager that will leave them stranded. Then again maybe the players will prove that it was more about them than Harry.

    I would also like to mention Inter. WOW isn’t strong enough of a word. There’s actually a thought for Figo to possibly take over as manager. What? That’s crazy.
    I know that Mourinho has been blamed for leaving an aging squad behind. But, he got a better offer from Real, and Moratti kept it all in place. Please don’t mention how Rafa wanted to turn over the squad. At his first press conference he mentioned how he was going to be better with Inter than Mourinho after they had just come off a trebble. Also at Chelsea, Mourinho was ready to turn over the squad but Abram stuck with the players and shipped him out. Who knows what would have happened should Mourinho have been able to stay at Chelsea. Terry and others would have been long gone by now.

  2. Russell Berrisford says:

    Ed-Yes Inter fit nicely into the pattern as well.

    Mourinho certianly does seem to leave trouble behind him- but whether that is the result of his coaching style that has a very quick “sell by” date or the inability of other coaches to match him is up for debate.

  3. Ed Gomes says:

    I do think that Mourinho’s style does not bode well for any manager that follows him. Mourinho likes a club with strong veteran leadership. Its tough for a new manager to come in and win over those veterans after they’ve won everything.
    Rafael was a complete idiot. He sounded ridiculous in saying he would win more after Inter had just won the treble. Players also quickly noticed how the training that was set up wasn’t up to snuff.
    Love him or hate him, I actually tend to hate with respect, Mourinho will put in as much work verse the minnows as he does with the big teams. Players see his dedication and understand what he demands if them.
    I almost hate defending him, but I have no doubt that he could have turned over Chelsea and continue winning silverware.
    He was hated in Italy, and it wore on him.
    In Spain people may still hate him, but there’s also plenty of support.
    I think that he liked England so much due to fans loved him because he won. As long as they won, who cares how.

  4. soccerlogical says:

    As much as I respect Mourinho for all his success and get amused by his “eccentricities”, he is the last person I’d like to see as Arsenal manager (that is should Wenger decide to abdicate his detrimental reign).

  5. SL throws out a little bit of his usual bait with the bracketed comment at the end. Who will fall for it this time?

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