Mr Jamie O'Rourke's Blog (23)

Shrewd or Sad?

After mounting speculation, few could claim to be shocked when Kenny Dalglish was relieved of his duties this afternoon but in my opinion, it’s a sad day for English Football.

I’ve said before that I believe Kenny Dalglish was the wrong appointment for Liverpool and I maintain that. He was the ideal man to steady the ship and give the place a lift following Roy Hodgson and the Hicks and Gillett debacle but a short-term fix was all he should ever have been.

Last summer the…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on May 16, 2012 at 20:17 — 1 Comment

Wonderful Roy

So there you go. After what feels like a life time waiting for the FA to announce that Harry Redknapp will be the new England manager, they go and appoint Roy Hodgson.

Confused? Surprised? Baffled? Yes me too. Waiting for the punchline? Yes, me too.  

You see whilst some had mentioned Hodgson as a potential candidate, most viewed him as a fall back should, for whatever reason, Redknapp knock the job back. We now learn from the FA that Hodgson was the first and only manager they…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on May 1, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

To Dive or Not to Dive?

 

Picture the scene. It’s the Final of the European Championships and unbelievably, England are there. We’ve somehow circumnavigated the usual quarter final penalty shoot-out defeat and we’re on the cusp of victory.

At nil-nil with 10 minutes to go, Ashley Young bears down on goal and is caught by the fullback. I say caught, gently brushed or stroked may be a more appropriate description but he goes down like he has been rugby tackled by an New Zealand All Black and the referee…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on April 18, 2012 at 13:57 — No Comments

Bottled It



Another trip to Wembley. Another defeat to Liverpool. Another chance missed. 

As the dust has settled on the weekend’s Semi-Final, the overwhelming feeling of disappointment feels like it’s getting worse rather than better.

Like all other Evertonian’s I’m hurting and I’m not embarrassed to say it.

I’m already dreading Cup Final day and that inevitable feeling of “it should have been us”.



I wrote on Friday night that a win in the Semi-Final against our…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on April 16, 2012 at 11:45 — No Comments

Love Thy Neighbour?

I’m writing this article because I can’t sleep.

Why can’t I sleep? Because tomorrow is THE day. Ever since Everton secured their place in the FA Cup Semi-Final with victory over Sunderland, this weekend has been etched on the mind of every football fan from Merseyside and beyond.

And it’s almost here. Almost.

I can’t wait but I can….if you know what I mean? 

You see it’s not just a Semi-Final tomorrow; it’s a Semi-Final against them. Our rivals we affectionately…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on April 14, 2012 at 0:14 — 1 Comment

Smell's Like Team Spirit

 

As we approach the business end of the season, the top of the league has an alarming familiarity to it. 

Last night’s victory against Blackburn has left Manchester United 5 points clear at the top of the league and clear favourites to lift the trophy once again.

It was a seminal moment in the title chase. For the first time in a long time there is daylight between the Manchester clubs and with united in the ascendancy, you wouldn’t bet against them increasing that…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on April 3, 2012 at 10:23 — 1 Comment

Is the Kings Crown Taking a Wobble?

 

Warning: Please read with caution if you are a Liverpool fan. For the majority of you, you will disagree with me. For those don’t disagree, you will probably feel incapable of agreeing with me because I am a “bitter blue”. But rest assured, these views are not just those of an Evertonian but shared by most football fans throughout the country.

Kenny Dalglish was a fine player. Many will say he was the greatest player that Liverpool Football Club has ever…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on April 2, 2012 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Hillsborough - The Fight for Truth

On 15th April 1989, 96 people went to a football match and never came home.

They didn’t go to war, they didn’t go out looking for trouble, they didn’t go into hospital due to illness, they went for a day out to support the football team that they love.

They never returned.

I was at Anfield on Tuesday night for the Merseyside derby and it was my first visit since the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy.

I’ll never forget the first time I went…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on March 17, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Video Nasty or Technological Wonder?

It’s coming. Like it or not, its coming.

For all the traditionalist’s out there – or as I heard them described over the weekend, “Luddites” – cover your eyes and ears now because sooner rather than later, video technology is on its way.

The weekend’s events at the Reebok have perhaps expedited the process, with the FA very quick to point out that it’s not their fault but FIFA’s, that we haven’t got video technology already.

I personally am against it. I may be a…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on March 11, 2012 at 14:16 — 6 Comments

10 Years Not Out!

This week David Moyes reaches 10 years in charge of Everton Football Club.

A momentous achievement for so many reasons.

With only Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger with a longer tenure, Moyes and indeed Bill Kenwright should be applauded for the longevity of his appointment.

Everton were in trouble when Moyes came in and it was a remarkably brave decision for Kenwright to place his trust in 38 year old manager who although relatively successful at Preston, was…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on March 9, 2012 at 19:35 — 1 Comment

Russian Roulette with a Trigger Happy Chairman

So off sails another Chelsea manager into the sunset, after an all too short tenure, counting his Roubles

Hardly a surprise was it? It was always a case of when rather than if, as the season progressed and following defeat to West Brom the axe was perhaps inevitable 

I’ve said before, that I thought the AVB appointment was one destined for disaster and it’s proven to be the case. The job was simply too big for the young manager and was the wrong job, at the wrong…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on March 4, 2012 at 20:01 — 3 Comments

Managerial Madness

 

Before I start, let me make it clear, I have little or no sympathy for managers who are sacked. Most people sacked from their chosen profession, do so without a handsome pay-off and find the blot on their CV makes future employment more difficult.

Manager’s who are sacked for under performance, almost never walk away without compensation and in most cases, can regain employment relatively quickly. Even if they can’t get back into management immediately, media opportunities…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on February 24, 2012 at 15:59 — No Comments

The Media - Friend or Foe?

There is no getting away from the disaster that was the pre-match routine in the weekends Manchester United v Liverpool match but Liverpool have since done all that they could to remedy the situation and credit must be given to the club for the same.

The statements released from Ian Ayre, Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez on Sunday – whether prompted by their American employers or not – were just what the situation required and the speed, in which they were issued, will hopefully help…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on February 13, 2012 at 14:00 — 7 Comments

Harry Redknapp – The Greatest Manager in the World….Ever!

 

Firstly, let me start by saying generally I’m a fan of Harry Redknapp and I’m not a fan of Fabio Capello. So all in all it’s been a decent week.

However, without wishing to bring an air of negativity to the feel good factor that seems to be filling the country with renewed optimism at the moment, should we really be as excited as we are?

Are we not just setting ourselves up for the usual fall we experience following England?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on February 10, 2012 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

The FA Get It Right - Well Sort Of!

So, John Terry won’t be England captain at the European Championships in the summer.

No great surprise really. Once the Court date was reconvened for after the tournament, it was largely expected that the FA would feel his position as captain was untenable and few would disagree. But the big question is have they gone far enough?

Before those aboard the “innocent until proven guilty” bandwagon jump up, please answer me this. If you were accused of racism in your place…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on February 5, 2012 at 10:34 — No Comments

Andy Carroll - Square Peg In A Round Hole?

One person joked on twitter during the Man City semi-final first leg at the Etihad that should any Liverpool player be caught passing to Carroll, they would be booked for wasting time.

Funny but also a shame. Let’s not forget, this is one of England’s hottest young prospects.

At £35m Andy Carroll represented a remarkable gamble for Liverpool Football Club and so far, you’d have to argue that it is a gamble that hasn’t paid off. But whose fault is that? Can a square peg fit in a…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on January 14, 2012 at 10:00 — 6 Comments

January Sales & The Cupboard is Bare!

Well it’s confirmed. Another transfer window opens and Everton, yet again, appear to have no money to spend.

When Mikel Arteta was sold late in the day back in August, it was widely reported that a chunk of the transfer fee would be made available for David Moyes to spend in January. It was open to debate whether that “chunk” represented anything substantial but all the same, it was expected that Moyes could go shopping.

That was until yesterday, when…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on January 11, 2012 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

A Dangerous Precedent?

 

Well that was a surprise. Wayne Rooney’s appeal against his 3 match UEFA ban has been partially successful, with the ban reduced to 2 games, with the third suspended.

Whichever way you look at it, Rooney – and indeed Capello’s England - have been exceptionally lucky with the decision.

What was the basis of the appeal? He was sent off for kicking out and violent conduct comes with an automatic 3 match ban. Surely it was cut and dry wasn’t it?

So how did he manage…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on December 8, 2011 at 12:30 — 6 Comments

Change in Mood At Goodison Park Or False Optimism?

 

Wait for it…….Everton have signed a player.



No, it’s not a new player per se but Marouane Fellaini’s new 5 year deal at Everton should be greeted with very much the same level of optimism.

 

With the current plight of the club and the recent transfers of Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta, a mass exodus was widely expected, with the likes of Fellaini, Jagielka, Baines, Rodwell and Barkley all expected out of the door sooner rather than…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on November 17, 2011 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

Fabio - You Won't Fool Us!

 

So, all along Fabio Capello wasn’t going to play John Terry against Spain. The recent allegations surrounding the Chelsea and England captain were irrelevant, as we understand he had decided beforehand that he wanted to “…see something different in the two centre backs (selected)”

 

He will however, barring injury, start and captain the side against Sweden on Tuesday.

 

That’s right; he’s experimenting against the current European and World Champions by…

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Added by Mr Jamie O'Rourke on November 12, 2011 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

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