Angry Fans

The Examiner’s football correspondent Liam Mackey likes a good argument when he hears it, and he’s got strong views of his own.

Today, and every Tuesday, he will be acting as referee on your opinions on the Premiership. Let him know what you think and he’ll argue the toss with you. We’ll be offering a free sports prize to the star contribution each week. This week Liam thinks most of our contributors are a few sandwiches short of a picnic as they argue over the Quad, whether the Premiership is the best tournament in Europe, whether “Fat Frank” gets the credit he deserves and speculate that Keano could be on a certain Russian’s shortlist.

Letter of the week goes to Mike from Cork for his warning that football fans should be careful what they wish for . . . because they might get it. Book’s on the way Mike.

RTE’s panel always give their honest opinion and if they get it badly wrong then so be it. You can’t say that about the British or other European channels.

I watched Munich play on German TV once. After the game one of the Munich players came in to the studio and helped analyse the game he had just finished playing in. Now I don’t speak German so for all I know he could have said he wasn’t trying a leg and that his team’s star player was over-hyped by the press and was in his opinion a complete waste of space.

But it is, of course, unlikely he said any of those things. In fact it’s safe to assume he said nothing worth listening to. Those who are critical of the R.T.E panel should be careful what they wish for.

Mike from Cork, by email

OUR SHOUT: Actually, Mike, your thoughts have given me something new to wish for — the entertaining prospect of the RTE panel being joined by Stan for some round table, post-match analysis of an Irish game. Biggest TAMs ever, I reckon. Meantime, have our Letter Of The Week prize. The majority of our correspondents this week are bonkers, but in a nice way, of course.

HI Liam, yes I definitely read the hidden message in your Champions League article re: Man Utd. (yeah, right). Sure, even Stevie Wonder would have seen through such obviousness, but lesser mortals probably couldn’t. I have a bad feeling that the only “light of a full moon” will be the glare off of Cork Blue and his bare buttocks in your face, on his never ending quest for his customary Red Card, you reckon, Liamo, boy?? Perish the thought of such bare-faced cheek. I hear you sing . . . ”stick your Blue Flag up your a**e” methinks?

Donal, Cork, by email

OUR SHOUT: Haven’t spotted Cork Blue yet. You’d better have the red card while we’re waiting.

MANCHESTER United 7 Roma 1. Is Ferguson the best manager in Europe? The results speak for themselves.

Martin Ruane, by email

WOULDN’T it be a good idea to switch the Champions League final to Wembley rather than loose 50,000 Brits in Athens?

Sean Deegan, Dublin, by email

I’M BORED already with the talk of the ‘all-English final’. Bit premature don’t you think. Milan aren’t actually a bad side, as they showed at the Allianz Arena. And they’ve got possibly the world’s best player in Kaka. And Pirlo is suddenly getting back to his World Cup form. This is not a breeze.

Peter O’Hagan, Kilkenny, by email

OUR SHOUT: Good point, Peter. United to win 10-2, so.

ISN’T it ironic that Alan Pardew looks like he is taking a wrecking ball to West Ham’s survival hopes. Apparently, Pardew had lost the dressing room and had to go. A month ago, it was the same story for Alan Curbishley but look at what has happened since then. While I’m delighted to see Curbs has started getting some reward for his efforts, I’m much happier that West Ham get what they deserve — relegated for the short sightedness to get rid of Pardew. Looks like another case of a club hitting the panic button too soon.

Micky Scully, Dublin, by email

OUR SHOUT: Micky Scully? Yeah, right. You are Chris Coleman and I claim my five quid.

I SEE that useless Frank Lampard has been at it again, scoring his 21st goal of the season. Here’s an interesting statistic that you won’t hear being quoted by Liverpool and Manchester supporters . . . that was his 60th goal in the last three seasons. The only two Premiership players to have bettered this for their clubs are not Wayne Rooney, not Louis Saha, not Peter Crouch but . . . Thierry Henry (30, 33 and 12: total 75) and Didier Drogba (16, 16 and 30: total 62).

Dennis Greene, London, by email

OUR SHOUT: Yeah but just imagine the statistics if he hadn’t blasted all those other shots into Row Z.

THERE’S been a lot of argument about whether the Premiership is the best league in the world, with lots in this country wanting to argue the toss about that and make claims for La Liga and Serie A. After last week’s Champions League matches and FA Cup weekend what you can say is that it’s certainly the best this season.

Pat Miller, Carlow, by email

OUR SHOUT: Fair enough, but what will you be saying when the Champions League trophy goes back to Milan?

BETTER take out a mortgage if you’re thinking of trying to go to the Cup Final. Even the programme is priced at €15. Hot dogs are €15. And you’re not allowed to take your own food into ‘New Wembley’. Most of the seats priced “affordably” are between €88 and €140. New ground, but an age-old rip-off

Peter McMasters, Dublin, by email

OUR SHOUT: Stop moaning. The prawn sandwiches are pretty reasonable.

How many ‘Quadfather’ headlines are we going to see before the middle of May?

Padraig Kelly, Cork, by email

OUR SHOUT: None here. Dignified old rockists that we are, we’re going on the Quadrophenia theme.

LOOKS like the 25,000 who stayed away from Old Trafford on Sunday got it wrong then!

Moss Evans, Galway, by email

OUR SHOUT: I take it you were there Moss. Moss? MOSS!!!

DID YOU see who was sitting two rows behind Roman Abramovich on Sunday? There’s only one Keano! Now that’s a rumour worth staring.

Phil O’ Shea, Cork, by email

OUR SHOUT: What? Keano to take over the Russian oil industry. Surely not. Still, after Quinny and Mick . . .

WHEN can we start celebrating Roy Keane’s return to the Premiership? It could be this weekend if the results go the right way. What a fantastic performance to turn round a rotten team like Sunderland.

Nick Glancy, West Cork, by email

OUR SHOUT: You mean it’s not “all credit to the players, like”?

BOYLESPORTS have got their head screwed on with that Sunderland sponsorship. That must be the best piece of commercial business of the season.

Paul McAllister, Cork, by email

OUR SHOUT: Mr Boyle says thanks for the application and CV. They’ll get back to you.

LOOKING at the nominations for PFA Player of the Year — Drogba, Gerrard, Scholes, Giggs, Ronaldo and Fabregas — why is there nothing for Essien or Cech? Fabregas, who’s got one Premiership goal this season, is part of a team which has won nothing and there’s no way that Giggs and Scholes have been better than Essien this season. Is this more evidence that footballers are thick?

Pat Ahern, Tipperary, by email

OUR SHOUT: I have no problem with Scholes being in there but Essien is a major oversight. The answer is: not thick, just contrary.

TODAY’S soccer players get paid obscene amounts of money to roll around the pitch in “agony” for no reason, only to magically recover once it goes their way.

David O’ Sullivan, by email

OUR SHOUT: Interesting point. Never heard it made before. Could open a lot of eyes. Possibly end of game as we know it. (Deep sigh).

SPRING’S in the air; four is still possible; there’s a thaw in the cold war and I had Silver Birch at 33-1 on Saturday. Sport doesn’t get better than that.

Cork Blue, by email

OUR SHOUT: Ah, my man! Winning 33 euro must have been a real thrill. Have a red card to celebrate.

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