I know I have been slack in recent times in regards to my football interests; but making money comes first so don’t expect that to change any time soon, but for now; here’s a rare footie blog.
The season is over for my home town team Plymouth Argyle who finished the 2013/14 campaign in 10th place which is respectable given that the previous three seasons saw The Pilgrims staving off relegation to non-league. That said, 10th is disappointing after running in the play-off places back in March before going on a run of losses and draws, Argyle clearly still need a proven goalscorer!
Seven players will leave Argyle over the summer, Romuald Boco, Maxime Blanchard, Jake Cole, Neil Trotman along with youth team graduates Luke Young, Isaac Vassell and Matt Parsons. Manager John Sheridan would like to keep Durrell Berry, Andres Gurrieri, Matt Lecointe, Curtis Nelson and Nathan Thomas as well as Pilgrims Stalwart Paul Wotton. Of that list only Curtis Nelson has signed.
Let’s hope that John Sheridan and his squad can take it a step further next season and get promoted; automatic promotion would be nice, but I will take promotion through the play-offs.
Moving into Liverpool, what the hell has happened? Two weeks ago, top of the league looking odds on to win the title but a 0 – 2 loss to Chelsea at Anfield and throwing away a three goal lead at Crystal Palace in the final 11 minutes sees Liverpool toppled. Manchester City capitalized by winning both their games in hand to move to the top of the table with a two point advantage going into the final fixture of the season this weekend. Liverpool’s fate isn’t even in their own hands anymore!
The math is simple; Liverpool need to win their game against Newcastle and Manchester City need to lose to West Ham; or draw with the Hammers while Liverpool score 14 goals without reply against Newcastle. The latter is ridiculously unlikely and let’s be honest, the former is unlikely as well; let’s all get together and pray for a miracle, e.g West Ham have the game of their lives and beat City!
At least Liverpool will be back playing European Football again next season no matter what happens after a two year absence. But I do wonder whether Liverpool have blown their best chance to win the Premier League, next season I doubt that Manchester United will be so dismal, coupled with the challenge of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal, next season will be much tougher for the Reds.