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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!

On behalf of the team here at EFT I wish all our readers a very happy new year.

This site is entering our fourth year and we hope that we can continue to write articles of some interest. Your comments are always welcome - keep them coming as your feedback is a vital part of our site.

Best for 2009!

T

7 Comments:

Anonymous Striker said...

Like wise Elite Team!

No doubt, the blog will continue to be what it is, one of the best critical & debate engines on English Football ( World Football) on the entire web!

Great 2009

1/01/2009 7:40 pm

 
Blogger T said...

Nice one Striker - have a great 2009!

1/02/2009 5:39 pm

 
Anonymous GunnerPete said...

I wish all the team at Elite a great personal New Year, and hope the high quality continues.

Whilst watching our stiffs at Barnet recently I met an old Arsenal player who I knew from the late sixties. We first met during that period I hate to remember in which AFC won precisely nothing for 18 years. I, like many, many, others still traveled far & wide to support them, but deep down knew the best we could hope for was a top half finish. The player in question (no names) suggested to me that the only problem Arsenal as a club have is the construction of the current board. He genuinely believed that Arsene wants to sign up to three players but has his hands tied due to (a) finance and (b) the lack of goodwill from the board. He also stated that the new CEO will want to show how powerful he is by re-negotiating a lot of the contracts, especially of the current highly paid super stars. This he thought will cause a lot of unrest.
In a nut shell he predicted that we will either see Arsharvin & Upson arrive and 3/4 players go or we will only secure two average cheapo buys from other overloaded squads. He maintained that Arsene should be given a certain amount of extra money from the boards own pockets to help him firm up the present squad until the seasons end after which time the money can be repaid with sales of players purchased for nothing and developed by Arsene, now sold for large fees.

Neither of us can believe the wages and lifestyle of players today. My friend is not bitter but has had to work very hard since retirement from the game because in his day the players had no proper unions or agents or club facilities to ensure another life after football.

It must be galling for him and many others to see very average players being paid in thousands per week and showing such disloyalty so quickly after their lives have been transformed by the club. He believes it will all come crumbling down in the future because it is mainly media sustained. He also hopes that the new scurge of UK football ' the dodgy billionaires arriving en mass to buy our clubs' will somehow end allowing the clubs to get back down to development of youth rather than the purchasing trophy after trophy.

Who knows? We wished each other well and both headed to the comfort of our cars. I also noticed that no one else seemed to recognise him at all, which I found sad. Still he is happy and content and just as enthusiastic as I am and most of my generation. My hope for this new year is less injuries to our players so we can see just how good we are with a full team, and more patience from the younger fans.

1/04/2009 11:59 am

 
Blogger T said...

Fantastic comment GunnerPete, and a Happy New Year to you (by the way you should set-up your own blog and get it on Newsnow - it would be a fine read for all Arsenal supporters).

I can only echo your wishes for Arsenal this year - can't put it better than you have.

Look forward to your comments as the year progresses.

T

1/05/2009 9:27 pm

 
Anonymous Super Crowd said...

Yeah.. everything about football..
Nice to know this blog.. :-)

1/06/2009 4:25 am

 
Blogger RedsMan said...

Not sure whether you are being facetious or not, Super Crowd. The crux of this site does predominately seek to maintain good honest football opinionated dialogue with an exchange of views and write-ups of particular football interest. Maybe there is perhaps a little of something non-football from time to time, just like one would make a usual dish but add one or two ingredients outside of its normal realm.

We encourage an exchange of opinion and facts, a number of which cannot be denied here. A number of viewers appear to be slightly disillusioned with the prerequisite we know everything on football and its current events. I've answered that in saying if we had the run-down, the 'down-low', the ins and outs on football matters, we'd be highly invaluable. Such knowledge would, most definitely, not be free in the public domain.

Football fans attend football matches. For 90mins they see all on the pitch, before, during, and after. When such people come here to convey and exchange views, that is like feeding fuel to this fire. That is what we stand for. I feel the sooner a lot more see that, the better this site can become.


RedsMan.

1/06/2009 5:45 am

 
Blogger T said...

Thanks Supercrowd!

1/08/2009 10:58 am

 

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