Football Billsboard: John Jensen, you’re fiiiiiiired.

Posted on September 29, 2011

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John Jensen fired. As a Blackburn fan, I have been disappointed with our start to the season. A fine win over Arsenal aside, it has been negative after negative, compounded by a 3-1 loss at Newcastle last week with no positives taken. John Jensen, formerly our Assistant Manager, has taken the bullet for this poor start, as he was sacked today. There seems to be a new wave of blaming assistant, as Erik Larsen was sacked as Mallorca assistant this past week as well. Michael Laudrup followed by resigning himself after that, and one can only hope Steve Kean will follow his lead. (http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11661_7210388,00.html)

Money isn’t everything. It seriously is not. Despite spending a gazillion dollars on bringing Samuel Eto’o and Yuri Zhirkov to the club, Anzhi Makhachkala sacked their coach Gadzhi Gadzhiyev after a run of only one win in six games, and have appointed Roberto Carlos as caretaker manager. I can only see this experiment ending in tears for the Dagestan club unfortunately, however nice it would be to see a Russian football power emerge from outside the big two cities. With 5 games to go in the Russian season Anzhi lie 7th in the table, 11 points behind leaders Zenit, but they are only 6 points off a Champions League qualifying spot, and only 2 from a Europa League spot. We shall see. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/sep/29/anzhi-makhachkala-coach-roberto-carlos?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theguardian%2Ffootball%2Frss+%28Football%29)

Pastore scoring, PSG winning. Javier Pastore scored 2 cracking goals at the weekend as PSG finally hit their stride, beating previous league leaders Montpellier 3-0 away from home to take joint top spot in the league. Kevin Gameiro, another big money summer signing, scored the 3rd goal in the rout. PSG are at the beginning of a real project, and I would not be surprised to see them dominating the league and making serious advances in Europe in the next few years. Marseille’s struggles continued at the weekend as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Valenciennes, and they had goalkeeper Mandanda to thank  for that after a superb game. They recorded a good 3-0 win over Dortumund in the Champions League last night however, so maybe its all about Europe for Marseille this year. (http://www.ligue1.com/ligue1/article/pastore-brilliant-as-psg-brush-aside-montpellier.htm)

Congratulations Helsingborg. Helsingborg secured their first Swedish league title in 12 years after beating my boys GAIS 3-1 away from home. They now have a 10 point lead over AIK and Elfsborg with 3 games to play. Nobody was predicting a Helsingborg championship at the start of the season, and their success is a testament to a strong team ethic and fitness, brought about by coach Conny Carlsson. (http://www.stockholmnews.com/more.aspx?NID=7829)

And finally, this is how the Carlos Tevez saga should be sorted. To quote Richard James of www.deadlyrhythm.com fame; ‘I honestly hope City say “fine Carlos, well fuck you. You HAVE to train with the reserves until your contract expires. Don’t turn up for a training session, you are fined 2 weeks wages. Any murmurs of disruption, you are fined 2 weeks wages. You have to turn up on match day and sit in the stands and if you don’t, you are fined 2 weeks wages. Oh, and this is going to be like this until the end of you contract in 2014. Like fuck are you going to be transferred somewhere else.”

That’s all folks!

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