Some Newcastle journalists detonated their charge on Unai Emery. Will he meet the team again on Thursday before taking over Brighton?
Emery goes around
The Newcastle reporters’ flashback was especially amusing in the aftermath of Unai Emery refusing the chance to replace Steve Bruce at St James’ Park.
No one was more confident, more assured of the impending leadership appointment than Craig Hope of the Daily mail.
“Newcastle United expect to appoint former Arsenal boss Unai Emery as manager this week,” he wrote in a story which was rendered moot within hours.
“Emery has told Staveley he wants the job and, if the final details can be worked out today, the owners want him to meet the players at Tyneside tomorrow.” Training will be postponed until the afternoon if necessary. ‘
Newcastle may have to delay him a bit longer if they want Emery to be in charge. Like a year or two at least.
“There is still a chance that the process will extend beyond the weekend, in which case it is hoped that he will at least watch his new team from the stands at Amex Stadium.”
I have the impression that it could “unfold beyond the weekend”. And that schedule will be a tough turnaround for Emery: Newcastle play Brighton at 5.30pm on Saturday night, with Villarreal at home against Getafe on Sunday lunchtime.
“We understand that talks accelerated during a series of Zoom calls on Sunday, and Staveley believes she has now asked her man to lead the team out of the relegation zone.”
Ah. Did someone forget to check what they were spoon fed? This is what happens when you blindly swallow everything your top secret Newcastle source tells you without questioning it.
“Emery’s early appointment – sources stressed their confidence even in light of Roig’s comments – will represent a sort of coup for Staveley, who has been tasked by his Saudi partners to lead the search to replace Bruce. “
Silly sources. But still, great “get”.
Mediawatch understands that situations and circumstances are fluid and that what was correct on Tuesday night may not be correct on Wednesday morning. But it’s different: They “expect” to name him, want him to meet the players in the next 24 hours and at least watch the weekend game. And what about Emery’s current club president saying he’s not going anywhere? Ignore this. It’s b * llocks.
Forgive the pun, but it’s painfully clear that it was all more out of hope than expectation. Maybe try talking to both parties next time instead of just repeating one another’s point of view.
Thanks to Neil Custis for avoiding mentioning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even when passing up to the 24th paragraph of his match report at Manchester United for The sun. The previous 23 have been dragging uncomfortably in his seat at the thought of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mediawatch particularly liked this line:
“But when Ronaldo is on the pitch nothing is ever lost.”
Except against Aston Villa. And Leicester. And literally ten days ago, when Liverpool beat him and his teammates 5-0. They then felt a little “lost”.
‘EUR KIDDING’ screams the front page of a Daily Mirror the withdrawal from football so deeply shocked by Pep Guardiola claiming that “tonight’s Euro against Brugge is MORE important than the Manchester derby at Old Trafford”.
It’s 2021 and football journalism is still bewildered by the cliché that the next game is the most (the PLUS?) Group in the Champions League.
With Antonio Conte at Tottenham, supporters will be desperate to hear the frank thoughts of his predecessor. No, not that one. Or this one. Or this one.
“Tim Sherwood believes the Europa Conference League will be the first stepping stone for new boss Antonio Conte to turn Tottenham into trophy winners,” Tony Banks wrote in the Daily Mirror.
Sherwood, who was Spurs chief between 2013 and 2014, is a huge fan of the Italian after winning Serie A with Juventus, and said: “I can see them winning a trophy this season.
“The Europa Conference League is here to be taken. The only other real competition is Roma.
There are 11 undefeated teams in the Europa Conference League after three group matches. Tottenham and Roma are not among them.
Only a good footballer could say that a team which ranks third in their group could win a trophy because “the only other real competition” is a team which has just lost 6-1 in theirs.
Plus, to describe Sherwood as “Spurs boss between 2013 and 2014” is absolutely incredible. One way of trying to make a tenure that didn’t even last five full months look like a dynasty.
The prospect of Atletico Madrid returning to Liverpool on Wednesday is especially amusing considering David Maddock is previewing for the Daily Mirror.
Mediawatch would forgive you for not realizing its relevance. But it was Maddock who described Atletico as “not very good, not very good at all” and “like a team of Sam Allardyce” in February 2020.
He also called them ‘mind-numbing’, ‘shocking’, ‘excruciating’, ‘turgid’, ‘absurd’ and ‘almost obscene’ – despite Atletico’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a result Maddock deemed to be. an absolute “injustice”.
Fast forward to November 2021 and the two teams face off again in an important Champions League game, with Maddock on the case:
“Kieran Trippier says he’s never been afraid to go to Anfield with Spurs… and he’s not about to start now.”
Well yes. Why would he ever have “feared” to go to Anfield with a team of comparable quality? And why would he start now with a team of comparable quality?
It is added that Trippier and his team-mates “are not afraid of the formidable reputation of Liverpool” and “are not discouraged by the defeat in Madrid two weeks ago”.
It’s almost as if Atletico a) were La Liga champions, b) had the misfortune of losing 3-2 to Liverpool last month, c) had Probably played in noisy atmospheres before, and d) beat Liverpool 3-2 at Anfield last year. What exactly would they have to “fear”?