Equalling our worst finish in living memory. Let’s hope we start next season like a train - we’ll need it. But I am optimistic and happy to write this season off as just one of those things. Need to deliver the goods now though. And with our great keeper and defence with Morsy and a few judicious acquisitions we should be alright. Ahem. Innit.
I always think of them as a club very much like us - a once big club fallen on hard times trying to make it back to the big time who have taken plenty of punches. Just goes to show that it is *possible* to have a huge turnaround in form early in the season if you get the right Manager in.
He’ll want an assistant won’t he, someone who knows the club and the league and has contacts thru the country. Probably someone from the younger end who the club can develop maybe. You don’t suppose…..?
If you think about the vast staff we have now remember that he was doing *all* those jobs on his own. He worked hard for us while under the restrictions of an absentee landlord during the worst period in the history of the club. Good luck to him. Let’s hope Bryan isn’t about to follow.
Student loan interest rates expected to rise from 4.5% to 12% for high earners and from 1.5% to 9% for low earners from September. An average grad with £50k debt will incur £2,200 to £3000 in interest over 6 months, just in case young wallets haven't been hit hard enough.
What do we all think of the much-heralded players we bought in last year? For me there are only a few unqualified successes; Walton Edmundson Burns Chaplin. I’d say Morsy is very borderline as he misses so many games. Aluko and Evans have as many indifferent games as good. Burgess to be fair has come back very strong after a tough start. The rest have failed. Of the loans well, I’d break the back to keep Celina, Thompson has been a nett positive, Bonne ok a bad second half of the season but where would we be without his earlier form? Barry and Coulson catastrophic failures. It is of course the usual banter era irony (and hopefully the final one) that the best players of the McK era so far are a couple of Hurst signings and a youth player.
V. important paper published in the Lancet - the first peer-reviewed global estimates of excess deaths (the most reliable way to compare Covid deaths) over first 2 years of pandemic with findings that will surprise many & correct five widespread misconceptions / assumptions: 1/9