Isco said he'll decide this week and according to Bautista and Hunter if he'll choose Real he'd earn more money. But he'd have to compete with Callejon, Benzema, Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo, Di Maria and maybe Bale or Suarez. Also they change their managers every year and after all... Real won only two or three trophies in last five seasons (like City). I'm confident.
I'm not sold on Southgate either but he has been studying a lot of newer coaching methods since his management days so maybe he's improved.
You're right that Hoddle most likely isn't recognized for the class player he was, my Dad always says he was ahead of his time in this country, but at U21 level I think that might be less of an issue than when he has to deal with senior pros.
Scholes wanting to manage has surprised me given his personality but I see your point if he'd be willing. Honestly I think Gary Neville may well be the next great English manager if he can translate his passion and intelligence for the game from punditry to management.
Haha, You really keep up on the news eh hunter?
I'm always very skeptical what I read. I used to do professional gaming, and the amount of times I enquired about players even if I wasn't interested. I mean why wouldn't you ask? You never know how much a club values a player, and I find that the news always sensationalizes this.
I'm more curious to see how the clubs figure out how much player is worth, most notably a lb or rb.
100% with you on Neville, always liked him I think Carragher could be a good gaffer to.
Yeh my dad was always the same about Hoddle and tbh watching videos of him in his prime you can see why. If he were around today he'd be held in the same esteem as Wilshire in the way Jack is seen as our one shining light. Hoddle wouldn't have looked out of place in the current Barca side.
I heard someone on the radio the other day about putting Dario Gradi within the youth set up I have to say I'm not adverse to that, Gradi's done wonders with kids at Crewe. I dunno if it's one guy we need for the under 21's or a team of coaches if you see what I mean, maybe a less profile guy in charge with the big names being the coaches.
Sounds like United are going to be signing Thiago from Barca. Good signing for you guys.
I'd be very happy with him, he looks like a midfielder that could slot into our midfield & revitalise it completely.
Also hoping the Strootman stories are accurate as well, if we could land both, keep Rooney happy, Kagawa fit & hold onto Nani or sign someone versitle/similar, then I feel there can be no excuse for us mounting a serious challenge under Moyes.
Ugh is there a worse side to watch than Uruguay? All that talent, a lot of flair players, yet their so cynical. The great thing about the confederations cup has been teams going for it and looking to play attacking football, then you have Uruguay who get an absolute stonker of a goal, sit back and take off one of the best players in the world for a centre back then go 5 at the back for half of the 2nd half.
I'd also love to know who that guy in the number 10 shirt for Nigeria was, it said Mikel on the back of his shirt but I don't believe it! He was always looking forward, playing some lovely passes and scored a great goal.
Thiago would be an immense signing for us, he'd add not only quality but flexibility to our midfield.
I'm so-so on Strootman but I agree on the rest, if we keep Rooney and Nani or even just Rooney I don't see us being in for another attacker
Personally I see Thiago as a little bit more of a gamble because of his size/frame, it's 50/50 with players of his size, regardless of ability, can adapt to the physicality of the Premiership. I don't see him as being risky as I feel he'd be fine, however Strootman seems a little more suited to the English game at this current point.
Thiago could be a difference maker for us, but I'll believe all these stories when I see him in a United shirt. It does appear he seems keen to join us & De Gea is doing his finest to convince him of joining, however my understanding of him is that he is only looking to leave Barcelona if he can't be assured a fair go in Barca's midfield. He could be using United's interest to force a new deal or force crunch talks that will force Barca into agreeing that he'll get at least xx amount of starts for them.