Some spring in the step of you Tyrone hooers this morning!
The money in the game means the worst PL teams have more cash than the top Italian clubs. English clubs scour the world for players so local players get squeezed out. Standards are probably higherI like the 3rd round of the Cup MOTD and always have - reflecting on why I do so leads me to thinking that it was really a sort of round-up of where the lower leagues were at in terms of competitiveness. This is probably agreeing with what Rufus, wobbler, J70 and Seanie are saying; we're now barraged with football to the extent that we'd never seriously consider looking at League-1, League-2 or LOI matches on the telly, much less getting off our arses to go see local league football (in the flesh), which is sad. It's no wonder, I suppose, that LOI is at such a low ebb.
People are bombarded with football these days. I can't even be arsed watching my own team most of the time, and I'm paying for it. My team scores or wins, and it barely registered anymore. I couldn't care less if I tried. Football is unrecognisable to even around the start of the PL. Unrecognisable, unpronounceable players from far flung places earning vast sums. No wonder the Irish and British teams struggle internationally.
Surely the widening of the player base is raising the standard of the European leagues though?
The English league used to pretty much only feature the best of the British Isles, with the odd European player here and there. Arnold Muhren and Frans Thissjen were notable for being foreigners 35 years ago, and they only crossed from Holland! Ardiles and Villa very highly exotic recruits for Spurs. But they were not the norm. Even Liverpool, with Grobbelaar and Johnston well established foreign players (albeit from former colonies), still went domestic when they recruited their star team in the late 80s. Bergkampf and Klinsmann really started the flood into the Premier League in the mid-90s (Cantona was already there, but he came into the league as a last chance outcast).
So has the standard of British Isle player dropped in the last 20 years, or has the standard of the league into which they're trying to break risen?
(Not saying its a simple question BTW!)
a county board job offered to member of the casement social club..
Are you sure it wasn't braveheart?? Lol