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It's All Europa's Fault

It's All Europa's Fault

Well next season hasn't even started yet but it seems we are laying the seeds for prioritisation again.

Martin O'Neill has Europa issues, apparently 'those in charge' haven't paid enough attention and have failed to reduce the number of ties teams will have to play.

The obvious outcome of this failing will be that fixtures will become congested and the new shiny UEFA Cup replacement will become devalued by managers fielding weakened teams.

Hey hold on a minute, isn't that what we did!

Anyhoo O'Neill has argued that the review of last seasons competition gave Uefa the opportunity to reduce the number of matches required by simply removing the round of 32 stage.

However, Uefa instead decided to reduce the number of teams from five to four per group, but increase the fixtures by making it a home and away format.

Quoted in the Telegraph our manager said:

'There are too many games. One thing they could have done was that whoever comes out of the group stage would be in the last 16, like the Champions League. The last 32 is a round too many. I accept there are more teams and that there are teams that drop out of the Champions League and go into it, but you can devise a system that those teams that come out of the group should be in the final 16.

'It should have been redesigned with that in mind because you can see the problems teams in the Champions League have had. Manchester United, going all guns blazing for every single competition, go to a semi-final of an FA Cup and play a weakened side. United can possibly get away with that but there's fixture congestion at the most important time of the season. And that's the Champions League. So you can imagine what it's like with the extra Uefa Cup games.'

The new format means we will have to play an additional 17 games if we are to win the competition so next season, unless we spend all summer signing quality players, what will suffer?

Will it be domestic Cups again, Europe again?

God forbid we ever qualify for the Chumps League, that would probably be too many games aswell. What happens if O'Neill gets his way and Celtic and Rangers are allowed to join the Premiership - that could be four more matches we'd have to play.

Oh well at least we have a few more derby games next season to look forward to!

Failing that for you gamblers you should get decent odds on us from the bookies, if the media are starting to write us off before the season even begins maybe we can lower our expectations so much over the summer that finishing in the Top 6 would be like winning the World Cup?

I quote from the Telegraph:

'Unless O'Neill brings in a large number of new players this summer - something he is not expected to do - it seems unlikely that they will have the squad depth required to compete in both the Premier League and Europe next season.'



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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday May 12 2009
Time: 2:51PM

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God forbid professional footballers who are payed millions to play football have to actually play it more than once a week.
lerneravfc
12/05/2009 15:08:00
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God forbid professional footballers who are payed millions to play football have to actually play it more than once a week.
lerneravfc
12/05/2009 15:08:00
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Of course he's talking about prioritisation - he's a professional manager, not a terrace hero. There isn't a decent manager in football who wouldn't make that decision given the same situation. I'd like to know how it would have suited the critics if MON had played his strongest team in Moscow, won, and then had precisely the same results as we've had since? You all act as though it was guaranteed that we would win the Uefa Cup if we had got through Moscow. Let me tell you that I would have been VERY pi**ed off that we had 'thrown away' our chance of breaking into the top four just to take a gamble on winning the Uefa Cup, especially given the quality of the teams left in it. I for one STILL believe that our manager's GAMBLE was the right one, and I'm glad he had the guts to make it. But if you believe we should act like the Scots at the World Cup, and fail gallantly every time rather than doing a balanced risk assessment and prioritising, that's up to you.
BobTheBuilder
12/05/2009 15:56:00
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Of course he's talking about prioritisation - he's a professional manager, not a terrace hero. There isn't a decent manager in football who wouldn't make that decision given the same situation. I'd like to know how it would have suited the critics if MON had played his strongest team in Moscow, won, and then had precisely the same results as we've had since? You all act as though it was guaranteed that we would win the Uefa Cup if we had got through Moscow. Let me tell you that I would have been VERY pi**ed off that we had 'thrown away' our chance of breaking into the top four just to take a gamble on winning the Uefa Cup, especially given the quality of the teams left in it. I for one STILL believe that our manager's GAMBLE was the right one, and I'm glad he had the guts to make it. But if you believe we should act like the Scots at the World Cup, and fail gallantly every time rather than doing a balanced risk assessment and prioritising, that's up to you.
BobTheBuilder
12/05/2009 15:56:00
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As for players being able to play more than once a week, Lerner, you are as usual entirely missing the point. Of course they could play more than once a week if they were playing parks or semi-pro football. We've all done that haven't we? But nobody, no matter how much money you pay them, can compete against people who have more recovery time between matches.
BobTheBuilder
12/05/2009 16:00:00
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As for players being able to play more than once a week, Lerner, you are as usual entirely missing the point. Of course they could play more than once a week if they were playing parks or semi-pro football. We've all done that haven't we? But nobody, no matter how much money you pay them, can compete against people who have more recovery time between matches.
BobTheBuilder
12/05/2009 16:00:00
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Agree with the sentiment of prioritising the league BTB but having made it so clear to everyone, it put too much pressure on our players and other teams could see that and used it against us. We have fallen at the penultimate hurdle dramatically!! Still have the faith that the team and MON have all learnt from this dramatically and am looking forward to next season even if we do have an extra couple of games....
Villan444
12/05/2009 16:22:00
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Agree with the sentiment of prioritising the league BTB but having made it so clear to everyone, it put too much pressure on our players and other teams could see that and used it against us. We have fallen at the penultimate hurdle dramatically!! Still have the faith that the team and MON have all learnt from this dramatically and am looking forward to next season even if we do have an extra couple of games....
Villan444
12/05/2009 16:22:00
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dramatically!!!!!!!!!
Villan444
12/05/2009 16:23:00
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dramatically!!!!!!!!!
Villan444
12/05/2009 16:23:00
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