The Official Liverpool Thread - Part 2


What a shameful way to treat a club legend.

Stupid Scouse Bastards.

He was clearly coming to the end of his top-level career, so maybe it was the right call to move him on.

But there's a right way & a wrong way of doing it. Offering him a 1 year extension and then withdrawing it is definitely the wrong way, especially for a guy who put in over a decade of high level performances for the club.

Modern football is big business but we forget how, in the 70s and 80s, clubs often handled the exit of "past their best" footballer very badly indeed.
 

Hank Scorpio

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He was clearly coming to the end of his top-level career, so maybe it was the right call to move him on.

But there's a right way & a wrong way of doing it. Offering him a 1 year extension and then withdrawing it is definitely the wrong way, especially for a guy who put in over a decade of high level performances for the club.

Modern football is big business but we forget how, in the 70s and 80s, clubs often handled the exit of "past their best" footballer very badly indeed.

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Bruce and Robson both dumped pretty unceremoniously by United
 
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Bruce and Robson both dumped pretty unceremoniously by United

Keane too. Football is ruthless m8

In such cases clubs/managers often cut the player and barely give them enough time for a proper goodbye at the training ground.

It seems like they are are worried about the effect on the squad of seeing a disaffected/shellshocked player being sent to pasture, especially if the player has build up strong relationships & power base at the club over the years.

Lower down the tree it's even worse. Guys getting told by text etc. Sure, lots of footballers have the chance to make serious wedge - but they're also human and not well equipped deal well with having their support structure whipped from under them at short notice.

For every big, celebratory exit full of pomp & ceremony (Gerrard & Terry come to mind) there's countless players who are barely given a handshake good bye. It seems that players only ever get a decent farewell if the player:

  • Recognises that their legs are shot & they don't press for one last high-wage extension
  • Has enough profile that the club can use the farewell as "content"
 

Hank Scorpio

Full Member
Keane too. Football is ruthless m8

In such cases clubs/managers often cut the player and barely give them enough time for a proper goodbye at the training ground.

It seems like they are are worried about the effect on the squad of seeing a disaffected/shellshocked player being sent to pasture, especially if the player has build up strong relationships & power base at the club over the years.

Lower down the tree it's even worse. Guys getting told by text etc. Sure, lots of footballers have the chance to make serious wedge - but they're also human and not well equipped deal well with having their support structure whipped from under them at short notice.

For every big, celebratory exit full of pomp & ceremony (Gerrard & Terry come to mind) there's countless players who are barely given a handshake good bye. It seems that players only ever get a decent farewell if the player:

  • Recognises that their legs are shot & they don't press for one last high-wage extension
  • Has enough profile that the club can use the farewell as "content"

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Offering a contract , then withdrawing it was particularly smalltime from the club.

He was worth a 12 month deal. They came nowhere that year with an inexperienced Redknapp and Barnes playing a new position.
 
Trent dropped from the England squad by Gareth. Can’t say its undeserved.

Hopefully it’ll give him the kick up the arse he needs.

Disappointed he won’t be able to pick up the finer arts of defending from Shaw and Maguire though.
 

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