Category: Other Blogs Written by ATL11
Like his appointment in June 2013, Roberto Martinez’s resignation has been a long protracted event. Everton’s Web Site this afternoon confirmed his departure on http://www.evertonfc.com, stating Roberto has left with mutual consent, after a meeting this morning with Chairman Bill Kenwright.
Roberto’s 9 month tenure, in the fans eyes never really got off the ground, the football community saw it a little different. Recent results had started to improve as Bob started to place his mark on the Everton team.
The fans after a positive relationship with Bob, soon started to deteriorate. This deterioration started with a defeat to Carlisle United in the Capital One League Cup and a slow Premier League start, with only 2 wins against Cardiff (on opening day) & Stoke. This meant a mid table Premier League position, this position not helping the relationship between the Fans & Bob.
This mid table position was maintained through autumn, a glimpse of what could have developed through Bob, with a 3-1 victory against Liverpool @ Anfield. Something the Football Community pointed out to unimpressed Everton Fans was never achieved by David Moyes. Moyes himself having a tough time at a 5th placed Manchester United.
As winter drew closer, results slightly improving with victories against Crystal Palace & Southampton, a single defeat to Arsenal, but numerous draws, saw Everton 9th in the lead up to the Christmas Fixtures.
The first demonstrations against Roberto, started after a heavy defeat at Goodison in late December against a strong West Brom. Just a few fans highlighting their concerns to the board outside the ground after the final whistle.
January saw these demonstrations grow stronger after the Christmas & New Year Period, saw Everton drop to 10th. A poor performance at Goodison, saw Everton scrape a 3rd Round FA Cup draw with 2 late goals against League 2 Mansfield Town. Though they won the replay at Field Mill easily later in January, the Everton Fans were not impressed it took 2 matches to get past a team in the Conference last season.
Ironically it may have been snow that denied Roberto a chance to push away the demonstrations. Their 4th Round FA Cup match against Slough Town FC postponed at Holloways Park, denying Roberto an opportunity to appease the fans & a potential 5th Round FA Cup tie.
2 defeats on the spin in the Premier League in late January & early February, to Swansea & Sunderland, the later at Goodison, was the fans final straw. Even though Everton were positioned 12thin the Premier League, 6 points away from the Relegation battle & still in the FA Cup, this didn’t stop a coordinated march on Gwladys Street.
It’s believed this march was the trigger for Roberto to resign from his post as the Everton Manager. He leaves Everton after just 9 months in charge, fans now asking for David Moyes to return, much to the bemusement of the football community.
Back to reality & June 2013.
Sorry if this is a little cynical & yes it’s jumping the gun even on from Roberto’s appointment. I really do hope it doesn't happen (well except for United being 5th), but it is my fear; shall we just see what happens? By the way, my other fear is that Steve McClaren will be Wigan’s new Manager, and he’ll not last as long as our imaginary Roberto at Everton.
Category: Other Blogs Written by johnny_bogroll
Category: Other Blogs Written by This Northern Soul
The journey of two-West Standers following the England cricket team in India
Four o’clock in the morning, four o’clock in the bloody morning! That’s the sort of sacrifice that us bloggers make for you, our adoring public. Well, sort of. For me it’s a case of flicking a switch that publishes this article whilst I’m still (hopefully) fast asleep, for Johnny Bogroll it’s a case of falling out of bed at a reasonable hour, finding a curry cafe place for breakfast and turning up at a cricket match.
Those of you that remember Johnny’s trip to the World Cup in 2010 will know that he’s not the safest of travellers, but a week, in the biggest city in India, nothing could go wrong, could it?
Part 1: Welcome to Mumbai
As a pretty well travelled person, I’ve always believed I could pretty much handle any travel experience. I’ve been arrested in Iran, assaulted in the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan, thrown out of a bus into a deserted bus station in downtown Johannesburg at 4 in the morning and been to North Korea more times than I’ve been to Leigh. All situations I took in my stride, so India would be a walk in the park wouldn’t it? Wrong. Nothing in all my years of travelling could have ever prepared me for the intensity and craziness of Mumbai.
Earlier this year a mate of mine mentioned going to watch the cricket in India for the upcoming England tour. I’d always fancied watching the cricket abroad and never been to India before so jumped at the chance.
So we arrived in Mumbai after a 15 hour layover in Abu Dhabi (the most boring place on earth. And basically just a business park in the middle of the desert). The taxi leaves Mumbai airport for our apartment and that’s when it begins. A non-stop hit on the senses, a multitude of madness coming at you from all angles.
Rabid dogs roaming every street, rats ambling around without a care in the world completely devoid of any fear, monkeys intimidating and robbing people, slums as far as the eye can see, right next to flashy high rise apartment blocks. The traffic is a tidal wave of cars, trucks, rickshaws, motorbikes and cycles that just doesn’t stop; the horns beep continuously like an eternal drone.
Kids are wandering the streets tugging at your pockets asking for food, people are lying motionless on the pavement covered in flies…they’re either dead or not far from it. The trains are just as you imagine them – sardines have got it easy…and then there’s the people hanging out of the doors and clinging on to the roof. The smells everywhere are overpowering, from shit, sweat and piss through to spices, incense and flavoured tobacco, back to (and mainly just) shit, sweat and piss.
I’d heard all this about Mumbai before but words just can’t do it justice – it’s only when you see it when you realise the utter chaos of it all. It is crammed full of people like you wouldn’t think possible. The suburb we are staying in is not as densely populated as most areas of Mumbai but in just 14 square miles there are 1.5 million people. To put that in perspective…that’s roughly the size of Wigan, with a population of 80,000. Just imagine there being 20 times more people living in Wigan than there are already.
Coming tomorrow in part 2: Gatecrashing England’s hotel.
Category: Other Blogs Written by This Northern Soul
Part 2: Gatecrashing England’s hotel
It’s almost too much to take at times. Trying to cross the roads, trying to block out the noise, trying to breath when crushed on a train with crotches being pressed into you from every angle. If there is one thing however that makes it all worthwhile – it’s the food. The best Indian restaurant back home isn’t a patch on the food you get served over here, the flavours are just incredible in anything you eat.