Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A Football Post

Well, I'm still seething about the World Cup, and I place the blame firmly on the shoulders of Mr Eriksson. We paid this man 25 million pounds and he can't even take enough strikers with him.

Let this be a lesson to all those who believe that you need to pay vast sums to get the right top people for a company or other organisation - Eriksson got about ten times the salary of the French coach.

I went to Lillywhites last night - England shirts have 70 percent off! I didn't see any Walcott shirts, but probably they're not ready yet.

Anyway, on a brighter note, Southend United are up into the Championship this season. The team have been out in Bermuda, as part of the "good-bye" to Bermuda and Southend player Shaun Goater, who is retiring. They've just beaten the Bermudan national side 3-2 in a friendly , and I've got to say it seems a very classy and thoughtful way to thank the squad for last season's efforts and to prepare for the season to come.

The club have just made two new signings, who coincidentally have one international cap each - the Leeds striker Michael Ricketts, and Motherwell left-back Stevie Hammell. I must admit I hadn't heard of Hammell before. What's interesting about Hammell's signing was that it was the quality of life in Southend that clinched the deal. The Evening Echo quotes him as saying:

My little boy is just 7 years old and his eys just lit up when he saw the seafront and the rides and amusements. Equally importantly, my girlfriend liked the place too, especially all the shops in the High Street


Peter Pigeon said...

But you would probably pay to coach the French team. Managing English payers must be pretty bac, but as for dealing with our press...

Roger Owen Green said...

I've always thought it was a bit of piling on to indicate the full length of the contract. Somehow, it seems - even though it's not stated as such - that they're getting, e.g., 25 million pounds per anum.

I mean, it's tough enough that NY Yankee infieleder is getting over $25 million annually (!), but everything was about his $252 million, 10-year contract.

Yeah, I know fixed contracts may diminish motivation in some players, but for others, I think it's a motivating factor to be worthy of the pay.

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