Chelsea boss Mourinho's refusal to guarantee Ashley Cole place opens England door to Shaw

Jose Mourinho gives Saints star  Luke Shaw a World Cup boost

Jose Mourinho gives Saints star Luke Shaw a World Cup boost

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LUKE Shaw’s World Cup chances were handed a further boost as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho refused to guarantee Ashley Cole playing time in the closing weeks of the season.

Just a few months ago Shaw seemed destined to have to wait patiently behind Cole and Leighton Baines until after the World Cup, when many expect him to be handed the England left back role for many years to come.

However, the teenager’s chances of going to Brazil appear to be increasing by the day after hints from Roy Hodgson that he would give Shaw a chance in the upcoming friendly against Denmark and the news that Cole looks set to continue to struggle for games.

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Cole was expected to play in Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Manchester City due to defensive fitness concerns, but instead Mourinho continued with Gary Cahill at centre-back and Cesar Azpilicueta played at left-back.

Cole has made four starts since the turn of the year – when right-back Branislav Ivanovic was injured – after struggling to reclaim his place following an earlier rib injury, with Spain right-back Azpilicueta thriving on his ‘wrong’ flank.

The 33-year-old England centurion is out of contract at the end of the season, although Mourinho has spoken of his wish for an extension to be offered.

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It is uncertain if Cole would accept, with lucrative offers likely to come his way, with his suitors reportedly including Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls.

Cole has been first choice for over a decade at Arsenal and Chelsea, but now his England squad place is under threat with Leighton Baines first choice and Shaw, who has been linked with a big money summer move to Chelsea, and Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal also in contention.

Asked if Cole could be given a run in the team in the coming weeks, Mourinho said: “I don’t know. I’m very happy with the way Azpilicueta is performing.”

Mourinho has insisted throughout this World Cup season – in relation to Juan Mata, for example – that the tournament is not his concern.

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He believes some international bosses have tried and tested favourites, whether the players are playing or not.

But Roy Hodgson’s loyalty to Cole could be tested when the England boss names his squad for next month’s friendly with Denmark, with Shaw in line for inclusion.

Mourinho, pictured below, added: “I cannot think in national teams at the same time as thinking about my team.

“There are national team managers that are very clear: they go with their players. It doesn’t matter if their players are playing in the club, (if) they are not playing, they go with their players.

“All these years as a club manager, I found lots of them like this.”

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8:00am Wed 19 Feb 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

It would be great to see Shaw get a chance in the National team, it would be a great expirence and a big confidence boost (not that he needs one). I like watching England so much more when Saints players are included. The Ricky Lambert show vs Scotland was epic :).

Who thinks shaw will still be a Saints player next season? If he is it can only be a good thing for England, the more players from the same team in the England side must help. West Ham fans like to say that west ham won the World Cup,Saints could win the next Euros...
It would be great to see Shaw get a chance in the National team, it would be a great expirence and a big confidence boost (not that he needs one). I like watching England so much more when Saints players are included. The Ricky Lambert show vs Scotland was epic :). Who thinks shaw will still be a Saints player next season? If he is it can only be a good thing for England, the more players from the same team in the England side must help. West Ham fans like to say that west ham won the World Cup,Saints could win the next Euros... SouthLondonSaint
  • Score: 27

8:11am Wed 19 Feb 14

CeekaySaint says...

Being on the plane to Brazil would be nothing less than Shaw deserves....an outstanding prospect playing some outstanding football....he's right up there with anyone Saints has ever produced....good luck to the lad.
Being on the plane to Brazil would be nothing less than Shaw deserves....an outstanding prospect playing some outstanding football....he's right up there with anyone Saints has ever produced....good luck to the lad. CeekaySaint
  • Score: 26

8:19am Wed 19 Feb 14

damoose says...

After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so!

That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London.

While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions.

Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers.

A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg.

The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’.

If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday.

LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann
After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so! That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London. While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions. Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers. A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg. The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’. If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday. LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann damoose
  • Score: 28

8:34am Wed 19 Feb 14

eastsidemush says...

Need a good win/performance from Saints this weekend.
Hopefully this would go a long way to get rid of the bitter taste in the fans mouths from last Saturday.
Need a good win/performance from Saints this weekend. Hopefully this would go a long way to get rid of the bitter taste in the fans mouths from last Saturday. eastsidemush
  • Score: 19

9:20am Wed 19 Feb 14

North Wales Saint says...

damoose wrote:
After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so!

That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London.

While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions.

Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers.

A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg.

The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’.

If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday.

LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann
Why are they dealing in small chess pieces? Is there a market for them in East London that we don't know about?
[quote][p][bold]damoose[/bold] wrote: After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so! That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London. While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions. Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers. A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg. The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’. If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday. LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann[/p][/quote]Why are they dealing in small chess pieces? Is there a market for them in East London that we don't know about? North Wales Saint
  • Score: 4

9:54am Wed 19 Feb 14

killared says...

@SouthLondonSaint

I'm liking what you are saying about Saint winning the Euro 2016 but let's get real here that's not gonna happen ! There's nation out there miles ahead of us in Football and youth academy. The FA are just a bunch of dinosaur who try to improve English Football but keep failing us!. We were once a great nation of football not anymore the only reason why we are ranked high in the UEFA its because of the EPL.
@SouthLondonSaint I'm liking what you are saying about Saint winning the Euro 2016 but let's get real here that's not gonna happen ! There's nation out there miles ahead of us in Football and youth academy. The FA are just a bunch of dinosaur who try to improve English Football but keep failing us!. We were once a great nation of football not anymore the only reason why we are ranked high in the UEFA its because of the EPL. killared
  • Score: 6

10:21am Wed 19 Feb 14

Confucious says...

Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department.

There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake.
Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department. There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake. Confucious
  • Score: 2

10:27am Wed 19 Feb 14

Jesus_02 says...

killared wrote:
@SouthLondonSaint I'm liking what you are saying about Saint winning the Euro 2016 but let's get real here that's not gonna happen ! There's nation out there miles ahead of us in Football and youth academy. The FA are just a bunch of dinosaur who try to improve English Football but keep failing us!. We were once a great nation of football not anymore the only reason why we are ranked high in the UEFA its because of the EPL.
I completely agree that the FA are Dinosaurs and it’s slightly ironic that the EPL is both the reason for our high standing and such a good illustration of how far off the pace England are.

Its positive from a Saints point of view. We have really spotted the gap in market and gone for it. We had a good academy before, but we are continuing to develop which is exciting.

Shaw is excellent, and potentially one of the best LBs in the world, but right now he is still learning his trade. He is great to watch and as a Saints fan it makes you proud to watch but does he really deserve a place on the plane above Cole or Baines?
[quote][p][bold]killared[/bold] wrote: @SouthLondonSaint I'm liking what you are saying about Saint winning the Euro 2016 but let's get real here that's not gonna happen ! There's nation out there miles ahead of us in Football and youth academy. The FA are just a bunch of dinosaur who try to improve English Football but keep failing us!. We were once a great nation of football not anymore the only reason why we are ranked high in the UEFA its because of the EPL.[/p][/quote]I completely agree that the FA are Dinosaurs and it’s slightly ironic that the EPL is both the reason for our high standing and such a good illustration of how far off the pace England are. Its positive from a Saints point of view. We have really spotted the gap in market and gone for it. We had a good academy before, but we are continuing to develop which is exciting. Shaw is excellent, and potentially one of the best LBs in the world, but right now he is still learning his trade. He is great to watch and as a Saints fan it makes you proud to watch but does he really deserve a place on the plane above Cole or Baines? Jesus_02
  • Score: 4

10:30am Wed 19 Feb 14

Jesus_02 says...

Confucious wrote:
Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department. There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake.
Wow... the other surveyor will be REALLY angry with you
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department. There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake.[/p][/quote]Wow... the other surveyor will be REALLY angry with you Jesus_02
  • Score: 6

10:44am Wed 19 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

damoose wrote:
After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so!

That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London.

While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions.

Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers.

A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg.

The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’.

If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday.

LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann
Manor, geezer, manor.
[quote][p][bold]damoose[/bold] wrote: After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so! That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London. While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions. Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers. A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg. The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’. If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday. LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann[/p][/quote]Manor, geezer, manor. warrens 76
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Wed 19 Feb 14

worried of n e hampshire says...

Confucious wrote:
Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department.

There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake.
don't talk about my wife like that!
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department. There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake.[/p][/quote]don't talk about my wife like that! worried of n e hampshire
  • Score: 2

1:24pm Wed 19 Feb 14

jls217 says...

Who gives a monkeys what ole Mind Games Mourinho thinks about the England LB position (delete England insert Chelski). The only thing he needs to know about Shaw is that he's not for sale.

Wonder at what price Poch might be tempted though? Here's a teaser Ryan Bertrand plus 25 million. I reckon Poch would be losing sleep over an offer along those lines.
Who gives a monkeys what ole Mind Games Mourinho thinks about the England LB position (delete England insert Chelski). The only thing he needs to know about Shaw is that he's not for sale. Wonder at what price Poch might be tempted though? Here's a teaser Ryan Bertrand plus 25 million. I reckon Poch would be losing sleep over an offer along those lines. jls217
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

jls217 says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
Confucious wrote:
Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department. There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake.
Wow... the other surveyor will be REALLY angry with you
That's exremely actuarialistic of you and I for one am deeply offended.

Can you please PM me explaining what an they are and what they do in case I'm one?

How come all their wives are hounds then?
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department. There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake.[/p][/quote]Wow... the other surveyor will be REALLY angry with you[/p][/quote]That's exremely actuarialistic of you and I for one am deeply offended. Can you please PM me explaining what an they are and what they do in case I'm one? How come all their wives are hounds then? jls217
  • Score: -2

1:32pm Wed 19 Feb 14

jls217 says...

damoose wrote:
After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so!

That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London.

While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions.

Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers.

A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg.

The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’.

If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday.

LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann
I saw the programme and I'm fighting for Justice for Sam.

It clearly showed it was his lad who's the wrong 'un. Sam is as pure as the driven snow - honest!
[quote][p][bold]damoose[/bold] wrote: After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so! That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London. While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions. Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers. A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg. The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’. If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday. LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann[/p][/quote]I saw the programme and I'm fighting for Justice for Sam. It clearly showed it was his lad who's the wrong 'un. Sam is as pure as the driven snow - honest! jls217
  • Score: 2

2:03pm Wed 19 Feb 14

St. Case says...

Confucious wrote:
Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department.

There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake.
Huh? What drugs are you on? No way they are legal!
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Given his amazing success at football, I think it was a really good decision by Luke not to try and become a quantity surveyor in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department. There are only two quantity surveyors in the actuarial section of the Department of the Environment's statistics department and they both drive rubbish cars and have duck-@rsed wives who look like their hobby is stepping on rake.[/p][/quote]Huh? What drugs are you on? No way they are legal! St. Case
  • Score: 2

3:54pm Wed 19 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

damoose wrote:
After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so!

That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London.

While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions.

Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers.

A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg.

The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’.

If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday.

LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann
if we had a kevin nolan in our team on saturday the result would have been so different
[quote][p][bold]damoose[/bold] wrote: After Saints FA Cup exit in Sunderland, many fans wished that they could go back in time, and thankfully for them this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so! That’s right, Mauricio Pochettino and his merry band of travellers head to 19th Century East End London. While Jose Mourinho’s comments after the Hammers held them to a 0-0 draw was in reference to their style of play, it can’t be ignored that there really is no better setting for such aspersions. Pochettino will be greeted by Sam Allardyce, a man who couldn’t be more suited to the role of an East End villain if he tired. Picture his gruff, stout face encompassed by facelength sideboards and bowler hat, scowling as he emerges from the shadows. Over his shoulder his enforcer, Kevin Nolan, flat cap and pocket full of loose change ready to add extra weight to his blows. Even the owners are extravagant fur coat emblazoned pawn dealers. A drama like this is only short of one thing, a peeler of questionable reputation turning a blind eye to the misdemeanour’s of the street. Oh, hey there Mark Clattenburg. The scene is set, and all it now requires is an unsuspecting group of Southern country gents to unexpectedly enter their ‘manner’. These scoundrels will stop at nothing to survive and will know every trick in the book. They are still complaining about Matt Taylor being correctly sent off the last time we met (three years ago) and this will be another case of ‘Oliver Twist’ taking on the ‘Artful Dodger’. If Saints can get out of East London unscathed, still walking and with even a share of the spoils, they can get back to 21st Century Southampton with more than a little delight. Make no doubt about it, this will be a scrap on Saturday. LMFAO good write up by Chris Rann[/p][/quote]if we had a kevin nolan in our team on saturday the result would have been so different mickey01
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4:47pm Wed 19 Feb 14

saintbobby says...

For me as long as Saints stay in the PL for years, then that is a major achievement. Every year the target of 42 points, once obtained, counts as a very good season. Anything else, like winning the FA Cup (I wish) must be regarded as a BONUS.

Now to do this Saints should regard our players as Not For Sale as we have the financial backing we need - and long may it last.

This has not been the policy and we sold Theo Walcott, Alex Ox-C and Gareth Bale. The latter then gets sold for £87 million so think what we lost, although I believe there was a sell-on clause here.

Therefore, given our situation NOW, I reckon we should put sensible prices on our best players and let's start with Luke Shaw. We want to keep him and having signed a 5-year deal, it is reasonable to assume he is happy.

So, Manure and Chelski, don't even think of trying without offering a minimum of, let's say, £50 million plus a sell-on clause, plus fees for England appearances etc, etc. We are Southampton and we are here to stay.

Sounds a lot? How can it be when the money is around and especially when you see it reported that Wayne Rooney is expected to sign a new contract worth up to £300,000 PER WEEK.

Big clubs, therefore, if you fancy any of our best players, then if you want this club to sell, boy oh! boy, you are going to have to pay big, realistic and sensible money! OK, chaps?
For me as long as Saints stay in the PL for years, then that is a major achievement. Every year the target of 42 points, once obtained, counts as a very good season. Anything else, like winning the FA Cup (I wish) must be regarded as a BONUS. Now to do this Saints should regard our players as Not For Sale as we have the financial backing we need - and long may it last. This has not been the policy and we sold Theo Walcott, Alex Ox-C and Gareth Bale. The latter then gets sold for £87 million so think what we lost, although I believe there was a sell-on clause here. Therefore, given our situation NOW, I reckon we should put sensible prices on our best players and let's start with Luke Shaw. We want to keep him and having signed a 5-year deal, it is reasonable to assume he is happy. So, Manure and Chelski, don't even think of trying without offering a minimum of, let's say, £50 million plus a sell-on clause, plus fees for England appearances etc, etc. We are Southampton and we are here to stay. Sounds a lot? How can it be when the money is around and especially when you see it reported that Wayne Rooney is expected to sign a new contract worth up to £300,000 PER WEEK. Big clubs, therefore, if you fancy any of our best players, then if you want this club to sell, boy oh! boy, you are going to have to pay big, realistic and sensible money! OK, chaps? saintbobby
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5:43pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

It will scare Chelsea off what 35 million!
It will scare Chelsea off what 35 million! Fatty x Ford Worker
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