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Thursday, September 09, 2004

All the best, Souness

so mr. graeme souness is taking over from Sir bobby? honestly, i was just as suprised as everyone on mr. shepard's 'next best thing'. suprised as i am...maybe bringing in souness might not be a bad idea after all. well...i have to admit i wasn't a big fan of mr. graeme's tactical capabilities. yeahh..he's won some trophies here and there. better than a bare cabinet, rite? this might be stale news already, but since blogger was down yesterday (funny..my post was still published - refer below), i'd have a go at it today. anyways, the fella doesn't start work till next week, so i gotta bid him good luck before that.
i knew of the name graeme souness as the kerinting, tom selleck look-a-like that played for liverpool in the early 80's. never watched him in action, though. just from old issues of Shoot and Match that was buried under my cousin's bed when i was a kid. later on, he became the manager of liverpool and was soon replaced after the Reds were inching towards their gloomy years in the 90's. i never heard much about him from then, but sometime in the late 90's, as i was watching european football on ESPN (masa tu pakai Mega TV), i noticed this familiar kerinting guy walking on the touchline of Galatasaray. wow...ada gak englishmen yang jadi coach kat europe. i was impressed. masa tu bukannya ramai english playing abroad. ince, gascoigne and platt were the ones that crossed my mind then. lepas tu..tak dengar dah lagi from this chap, sampaila blackburn rovers, yes...the rovers that won the league from manchester united and got relegated a few years later only to come back to the top flight 2-3 years back. and they came back with the help of mr. graeme himself. pretty impressive, huh?
i feel souness is suitable (not saying perfect) for the job, simply because he's a strict disciplinarian. he's the no-holds-barred kinda manager and is no stranger to controversy. for me, that's good for the Geordie dressing room that now looks to be filled with f***ed-up egos. i trust that he'll show no sympathy or remorse to anyone (and that includes you, Mr. Shearer) to fill up his starting line-up form. tactically, he may not be the best...but the fact that he's won some trophies here and there shows that he might be the guy to end the long drought in the trophy cabinet. his passion and love for the game can only be matched by the Geordie faithful at St. James. what else can u expect from a Scot, eh? so maybe it's fitting that Graeme Souness be taking over at Newcastle United Football Club, one of the biggest club in England. All the best to you and your staff, and here's to the start of great things to come....

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