The Premier League Returns!

IT’S BACK! 

They call it the best league in the world and, of course, it is hard to disagree. A plethora of talent is disbursed across the whole league, on any given day a team challenging for the title can be beaten by a side struggling in the bottom three and it all kicks off at 19:45 as Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates.

Of course, this season is not just another season, it marks 25 years since the very first Premier League season and Manchester United fans across the world will be hoping that the Red Devils can mark this season with the same title-winning performances as they did all those years ago.

It will be a tough ask for them now they are back in the Champions League but like the last few summer transfer windows, they’ve not been afraid to splash the cash. They currently stand at having spent an eye-watering £179.5m on three players.  It’s hard to see them finishing outside of the Top 4 this season, but you never know.

By far and away the biggest spenders of the window have been Manchester City and this will heap the pressure on Pep, as the board and fans alike will expect instant and long-lasting results. There can be no fade away, no bad patches, no dips in form. This will create a new pressure for the squad he is building and it will take the likes of Otamendi and Kompany in the dressing room to make sure this does not affect the team performances. It will be a tough ask but they have a very capable squad.

Turning to the reigning and defending champions, Chelsea. They have had a very mixed summer, losing Matic, trying to offload Costa and missing out on Lukaku before settling on Morata. The general thought of the football world is that they cannot defend their title and there are also reports that Antonio Conte is not a happy man and may even consider resigning. This would be a massive shock and not something I expect to happen. They should still finish Top 4, comfortably, but they cannot afford to rest on their laurels.

Of course, they aren’t the only teams involved in the Premier League and the standout transfer window so far has been for Everton. They have bought quickly and filled in key areas of the squad. Davy Klaassen is a fantastic addition and also bringing Wayne Rooney back is a real confidence booster for the club.  There have been no other real fantastic windows for clubs, although odd signings have peaked the football fans interest. Namely Lacazette coming over to England and joining Arsenal, it is worth noting he had a decent debut in the Community Shield and will hopefully settle well in England so we get to see the best of him.

This time of year always calls for predictions. Here at Taylor’s Football Talk, we have had a few discussions and the general consensus is that nobody can agree on a title winner. There have been tips for both Manchester clubs and having looked at the signings, I feel like Manchester City ought to win the league but I believe the red side of Manchester will be the ones celebrating, as Pep needs to tweak his tactical style, which I am unsure he will want to do.

At the other end of the table, it is generally agreed that Huddersfield will feature in the bottom three come May 2018 and both Brighton and Swansea have featured on more than one prediction. My own personal predictions are as follows:

  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City
  • Chelsea
  • Arsenal

There are now two notable absences from the Top 4; Liverpool and Spurs but this is not without justification. Tottenham are playing home games at Wembley and this will affect their phenomenal home form from the last couple of seasons and Liverpool could well lose Coutinho before the end of the transfer window.

My thoughts on the bottom three are:

  • Brighton
  • Swansea
  • Huddersfield

I am a Burnley fan, and I have some serious concerns about this season but I believe the Clarets will survive by the skin of their teeth. Also Newcastle will be in the mix, as will Watford. Ultimately, I believe that if Swansea lose Gylfi they will struggle to pick up the necessary points to stay in the league. Other than that, I feel a lack of Premier League experience will hurt Brighton and Huddersfield, which will undoubtedly impact their points tally come the end of the season.

As so many others will be, I am so happy the Premier League is back. Make sure you’ve got your fantasy football teams done, crack open a cold one and enjoy the season long rollercoaster!

Speculation, it’s all just a Gray area.

Burnley Football Club have achieved so much more than we should have done at this stage of the season, we have 31 points and are only three points off surpassing our efforts from a couple of seasons ago. It truly has been a phenomenal season so far.

We have been amazing at home, having got 29 of our 31 points at Turf Moor with our away form being nothing short of awful. There have been signs of improvement recently but the most recent performance away at Swansea was poor and saw a dramatic late goal that ensured all points were thrown away.

Our fantastic season has had a few key players, and with Burnley being a club of a small stature in comparison to other Premier League teams, there will be increased speculation as to whether we can keep hold of the players we have.

The key players that are coming under transfer speculation are Tom Heaton, Michael Keane and Andre Gray. All three have either featured in, or been heavily linked to, the England squad and with this will come increased transfer speculation, as purists will argue that little old Burnley should not have three players in the England squad.

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It is clear to see why Everton would be interested in Tom Heaton as the ‘keeper position has been the weakest area for them since David Moyes left the club and Roberto Martinez attempted to replace the ageing Tim Howard with the unremarkable Joel Robles. Stekelenburg has been brought in by Ronald Koeman but again, he has not set the world alight and is easily replaceable.

Tom Heaton has been a phenomenal servant to Burnley since joining on a free transfer  from Bristol City, he has become club captain and a fan favourite. In addition to that, he has to have been our most consistent performer over the past three or four seasons and is a key component to our team.

You have to wonder, would it be possible to replace him? Ability wise, you could possibly look at Jordan Pickford from Sunderland but he looks destined for a bigger club than Burnley and also, he wouldn’t replace the influence that would be lost should Heaton leave. I don’t think we would get an offer with a fee great enough to tempt the Burnley board to sell.

Verdict – Irreplaceable and least likely to leave the club.

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Andre Gray, what a conundrum. Until the last couple of weeks I hadn’t seen his name linked to a move away from Turf Moor but now I barely see anything else. Tottenham Hotspur are considering a bid of around £30m to secure the signing of our key striker, which, if we’re honest, is an astronomical amount of money.

Andre has had a mixed season to say the least, his season has had fantastic highs and miserable lows. Old tweets came back to haunt him just hours after scoring his first Premier League goal against Liverpool in a 2-0 win earlier this season, so the ‘bad-boy done good‘ story was surpassed by the story of a Premier League striker being embroiled in homophobia.

Despite suffering a four-game ban for the abhorrent tweets, Gray has still managed 8 Premier League goals this season, which is a phenomenal return. A brace against Swansea, and a first ever Premier League hat trick for both Gray and Burnley against Sunderland have been the highlights.

There have been concerns about the striker’s consistency this season and his deal does run out in the summer of 2018. If we do receive an offer of around £30m for the striker, it would be very hard to turn down. He is our best striker and that is without question but I think Gray could be replaced, there are strikers out there that could come in and get goals with just as much frequency, so it is possible he could be sold.

Verdict – Replaceable (just about). As likely to leave as he is to stay, however if a new deal is not signed by the end of June, I’d expect to see Gray packing his things and moving on.

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As with Tom Heaton, Everton are the club that are most interested in signing Keane. Whilst there has been talk of him going back to Manchester United or even joining Manchester City, I think the Toffees would be a perfect fit for the centre half.

We have seen Michael Keane mature immensely whilst being at Burnley. He joined as a young centre half with all the potential of a top Premier League player, he had a fantastic pedigree and has gone from strength to strength whilst playing first team football.

He is a player that has outgrown Burnley with our current stature and therefore needs to move on. He has given his all during his time with the club, he has popped up with some vital goals (away at Hull being the most recent) and really should go on to be England’s best centre half. I don’t think any Clarets fan would begrudge him a move away but it is important any potential deal in the summer does not turn into a fiasco.

It is important to remember we signed James Tarkowski for a reason, to replace Michael Keane. Tarkowski is a tank; big, strong, powerful and almost as good on the ball as Michael Keane. He is a ready-made replacement for Keane and this should facilitate a faster sale.

Verdict – Nailed on to leave. Whilst he is our best defender, and with the exception of Steven Defour, probably our best player on the ball, he is not irreplaceable. We should cash in during the summer and focus on strengthening other areas of the pitch (midfield).

Will these players move come the summer transfer window, nobody really knows but with expiring contracts and as it’s now easier than ever for a player to manufacture a move away from a club anything can always happen. As Sean Dyche has said, other managers looking at our players and tempting them away with media releases is something we cannot control but I have faith in Dyche and the Burnley board to do the right thing for the club, as they have always done.

Personally, I believe that both Andre Gray and Michael Keane will leave the club in the summer but with reported sums of around £20m-£25m it might not be the worst thing in the world to have them leave. Arguably, neither are irreplaceable and we would effectively have £40m-£50m to spend on a striker, as we have a somebody ready to step up and take Keane’s place.

What do you think? Will we see any of the much touted trio leave Turf Moor this summer? I would really appreciate your thoughts on this, so get in touch!

League One clubs sticking up for fans!

Football today is ruled by one thing, money. The top flight clubs seem to have it in abundance, yet some of them make the fans pay through the nose to support their club.

The fan is the little man, the smallest, yet most vital cog in the football machine. Without fans, the game would not exist, well not in its current form anyway. Bar a few clubs, ticket prices have generally sky rocketed over the past few seasons and have often been the causal factor in large numbers of debates and protests. I mean, who can forget the 77th minute protest by Liverpool fans at Anfield against Sunderland, which seemed like a brilliant idea at the time but was attributed as the main factor the Reds capitulated and dropped a 2 goal lead to draw the game.

All in all, fans are generally taken for granted, so it’s wonderful to see them being given something back for their long-standing commitment to the club they follow. Unfortunately, it is not one of the Premier League big boys forging the way in this matter, but two League One sides that have made football headlines in the last few days and all for the right reasons!

I’ve heard of a ‘kid for a quid‘ advertising before, where a child can get into the ground for a solitary pound if they are attending with a full paying adult. I must say, I have never heard of any fan being able to attend a game for £1. Until now. Up step Rochdale to hopefully change the way clubs think about generating interest and giving kids the opportunity to soak in some live football. It means that you could take the entire family, grab a pie and a drink for each person a
nd you’ll probably spend less than £25 based on a family of four. Phenomenal!

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The game in question is being played tonight and is against Port Vale, so if you’re in the local area get yourself down. I think this is such a big step forward and many clubs could learn from it. The additional interest and media discussion regarding Rochdale is helping the club become more recognisable, it should see a bumper crowd fill Spotland and hopefully will prove to be a long-term success.

The next League One side causing a stir for all the right reasons is Bradford City. The ex-Premier League club have been in and out of the limelight for some years, and not always for positive reasons. Being up north the cost of a season ticket, in theory, should be lower than down south, and this is purely based on average income of people in the relevant areas. However, Bradford City have not just set a reasonable price, they have effectively offered the opportunity to watch all of the home league games in the 2017/2018 season for around £6.50 per game, absolute madness!

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It’s always important in remembering that taking stances like this allows many more people a way into football, to pay £149 for a season-ticket and therefore 23 league games, is brilliant. Almost any person will be able to afford such a ticket and this will therefore make the Bantams a much more accessible prospect, rather than face losing any support to either local rivals or any of the Premier League big boys.

Both of these schemes will hopefully boost attendances, and generate the next generation of staunch football fans. I’ve always been a firm believer that it is far better to have a higher attendance, as this gives the best chance to create a phenomenal atmosphere and think this should be done by keeping ticket prices as low as possible. Obviously, it is not possible for all teams to do this and for example, a League Two side would probably only see a negligible benefit by lowering the ticket price.

I am not naive enough to believe this sort of thing would be a long-term strategy but knowing these clubs are thinking of the fans and taking that into consideration gives you a little bit of hope, just when it seems to be dripping out of football.

There is very little else to say, other than ‘thank you‘ and ‘congratulations‘ to the Dale and Bantams boards respectively. Long may this continue and, hopefully, other clubs will take note of your example and begin to follow it.

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Claudi-oh! Where did it all go wrong?!

I’ve purposely waited for a couple of days to let the dust settle around Leicester City and to see what pundits and fans alike have been saying about the controversial sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

The general reaction is that the sacking of Ranieri was disgusting, left people feeling that modern-day football had gone mad and that Leicester City have now seemingly become the most disliked football club in the entire country. This thought process is completely understandable given last seasons achievement but does it take into account the cold, hard facts of the current situation Leicester find themselves in.

It is important to remember that Ranieri took charge in what looked like an extremely strange move from the board. In the summer of 2015, after performing one of the greatest escapes ever seen in Premier League history, Nigel Pearson was sacked. He was replaced with a perceived failure in Claudio Ranieri and many pundits tipped him to lead Leicester City straight into the Championship. We now know they needn’t have worried about anything, as Leicester City had the most remarkable season and lifted the Premier League title.

Fast forward nine months and as Ranieri has said himself, his dream has died‘. I must get it out there right now, I for one am not shocked by this decision. Leicester City are a team on a downward curve, quite a steep downward curve at that. Ranieri has not been able to motivate and invigorate the squad to keep them away from trouble, and I think the Leicester City board got massively ahead of themselves.

When a decision like this is made, it is extremely easy to get up in arms and be filled with anger within the immediate aftermath, however, football is a business. As much as it is business driven by the fans’ love, passion and loyalty, it is still a business. The bottom line is that Sky have changed the game in terms of money being offered to Premier League clubs, and in the past summer, Leicester City players were handed huge contracts. The increase in wages, married with the dip in form, has created a perfect storm in the Leicester boardroom and something has to change.

The sacking of Ranieri does prove that football is heartless, and that is extremely hard to stomach as a large number of football fans fell in love with the game from an early age and have grown up doing so. To think that something you love could be so cold is difficult, but as explained above, football is a business. You cannot imagine somebody in a high-end company not being scrutinised for such a shift in results and the performance of the staff that work under him, although that is different and markedly so, the very lowest level is very similar.

It could be argued that the timing is massively off, and maybe there aren’t the managers available to come in and make the necessary difference at such short notice but the easiest way to change things is by sacking the manager. Of course Ranieri deserved more time, but that should not have been based on last season, as that was a freak season that was never going to be repeated. The fact is that managers live on the edge, there are probably a handful of managers in the top two divisions that know they are safe, regardless of a few bad results but not many.

Much has been made of the fact that Ranieri had supposedly lost the support of key senior players and it was this that ultimately resulted in his sacking. As is often said, there is no smoke without fire. It could be argued that Ranieri never really had their full support, as many of them were unhappy with Pearson’s dismissal and the relationship they had with Ranieri was never put under any strain due to the fantastic results. Once this relationship has been strained, it appears to have broken pretty quickly.

The board have made a statement saying there is not only one issue at the club, but many. Whether that is player power, projected monetary issues if relegation is realised or generally poor performances, they have not clarified. All that matters is that Ranieri was part of a magical season, one that invigorated love for football across the nation and that is amazing. Was he the sole reason? No. Is he quite possibly the most friendly, inviting and warm manager that has been in the Premier League in recent years? Yes. That is what makes this all the more sad.

Where next for Leicester City? Apparently the current caretaker manager is in the frame, as is player favourite Nigel Pearson. All that can be said for now is Addio Claudio, hope to see you again soon.

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Zlat’s all folks!

Today saw the final of the English Football League (EFL) cup, where Manchester United scraped their way to the trophy by beating a valiant Southampton side 3-2.

If I’m honest, the word ‘valiant‘ does not really do Southampton justice, perhaps considered as plucky underdogs before the game, it should be noted they hadn’t conceded a goal in the competition prior to Zlatan scoring a free kick in the 19th minute.

Southampton started brightly, continually pressing Manchester United and forcing them into more and more rushed passes with possession frequently being lost. It culminated in a disallowed Gabbiadini goal in the 11th minute, Cedric had cut inside following a mistake by Rojo and played a ball across the front of the goal, which Gabbiadini slotted home well. The decision was understandable, as Bertrand was in an offside position when the ball was played across, but it was a mistake that would prove pivotal.

This was a well crafted move from Southampton and showed just how well-drilled Claude Puel had his side, using their width and the lack of willingness in Martial and Mata to continually track the runs of Bertrand and Cedric to great advantage.

The first goal of the game was from a free kick that was rashly given away by Romeu, he had no business to slide in on Ander Herrera in a position that was just under 30 yards from goal. Zlatan did what Zlatan does, but not without a little help from Forster who was slightly late in setting off to try to make the save.

Southampton then resumed their pattern of play, continuing to be the better side, as they were for much of the final. Against the run of play, Jesse Lingard slotted home in the 38th minute. It was an extremely composed finish from a player that is yet to prove he is of sufficient ability to be a consistent Manchester United player for years to come.

Despite being the better side, it appeared as though Southampton would be heading into half-time 2-0 down, however that was not the case. On the stroke of half time, Southampton pressed home their advantage of having good width, matched with a great delivery from the right hand side by Ward-Prowse. Smalling missed the near post interception, and Bailly attempted some form of ‘Moonwalk‘ which Gabbiadini slipped behind and finished neatly through De Gea’s legs.

During the first half, Tadic kept finding space between Manchester United’s central midfielders and their centre halves, something that saw Michael Carrick introduced at half time for an understandably quiet Juan Mata.

This change did absolutely nothing to stem the flow of the game, Southampton again started the half brightly, creating good pressure and having a flurry of corners. It was from one of these corners that Gabbiadini tucked home what should have been his hat trick. It was an extremely composed and great finish, hit on the swivel and past an onlooking David De Gea.

From this moment, neither team really grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. Controversy was almost afoot in the game, when Romeu and Herrera went up for an aerial challenge; Romeu’s elbow connected with Herrera’s face. The Saints midfielder had already been booked, and the Manchester United players again made their feelings very clear to Andre Marriner, but the referee stood firm and simply warned Romeu. The right decision in a cup final.

Manchester United found themselves in a similar situation, where Lingard had a little nibble at the heels of a very dynamic Nathan Redmond. It was almost identical to his first half booking but Marriner simply warned Lingard and allowed the game to continue. I thought the game was officiated extremely well by the referee, despite the pivotal offside decision.

All in all, Southampton were the better side, but finals especially are not about the performance and all about the result. It was an 86th minute corner that saw Southampton being undone. They had pushed players forward in the hope to win the game, and whilst admirable, this left them light at the back and Manchester United moved up the field with great purpose. Martial showed very good footwork and played the ball out to Herrera, all the while, Zlatan was drifting into what must have seemed like an acre of space in the middle of the box. Herrera needed to deliver and he did, drifting the ball perfectly on to Zlatan’s head, and from that moment there was never any doubt. The back of the net rippled, and broke the hearts of Southampton fans and players alike.

The ‘Ibrahimovic effect‘ has been profound, the big Swede has got 26 goals already this season, which for a free transfer is phenomenal. He has to be one of the best signings ever made by a Premier League side, the goals he has scored, impact in the dressing room and on the pitch have been vital. Mourinho made some big statement signings in the summer, with the club breaking the record transfer-fee on Paul Pogba, but it is consistently Ibra that shines and it’s frightening to think that he has missed some guilt edged chances throughout the season.

Mourinho becomes the first Manchester United manager to win a trophy in his first season, and that is some feat. Granted the squad that has been assembled has cost a lot of money and until recent cups, hasn’t delivered a great deal but you can’t help but feel Mourinho is getting a grasp of the task at hand and how he will move the Manchester United squad forward, and how he will go about winning their first title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

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FA Cup Glory? No thanks, I’d rather have a pie.

The Sun and controversy have never really been too far away from one another. That has struck once again, with Wayne Shaw (now ex-Sutton United) at the middle of a media frenzy regarding an 8/1 bet for him to eat a pie during the fifth round FA Cup game.

I think it is important to really start with the fact that Wayne Shaw has now resigned from his position at Sutton United, which is a great shame as he would have been a true part of FA Cup folklore, being a 45-year-old goalkeeper that is the antithesis of the modern-day professional footballer.

Upon seeing the original tweet from Sun Bets, my initial reaction was that of the club being underhanded and having set the stunt up for extra money and in an attempt to garner as much attention as possible! My view has slightly changed since the story initially broke and more information has come to light regarding the situation.

Wayne Shaw, I believe, did not feel he was doing anything wrong by partaking in this possible light-hearted action, but in the strict world of football that is not the case. It may have been naivety on Shaw’s part or maybe he was egged on by the club or their new part-time sponsor, to ensure that there would be a continued interest in the club.

It is extremely disheartening that a club would go to such levels to try to progress their stature within the game, when they had already done so well on the plastic pitch. You would also hope that a man partly living his dream, and lining up (albeit on the bench) against one of the biggest sides in Europe would not risk his position by helping a few mates gain an extra bob or two but you cannot rule it out. That would lead me to be most suspicious of The Sun or Sun Bets more specifically, as this was most likely a PR stunt orchestrated by them.

All of this has taken a much more serious turn, at Shaw’s expense, as he now finds himself without a club. At the age of 45, he will not find himself another club but he will find himself a huge amount of support from the various Social Media websites. The Sun have a HUGE amount of responsibility for this, as the market they offered was frankly disgraceful. The market was offered purely on the basis that Wayne Shaw is an average bloke with a bit of excess weight, on that front, they deserve all of the extra negativity this will bring! The Sun needs to take a lot of steps now to help Wayne Shaw to move forward, whether they will or not, is a different matter.

Nevertheless, ‘Piegate‘ will rumble on for a few more weeks and really does highlight a potential issue in the novelty betting market. Gary Lineker has posted a tweet saying that we would all be on the gravy train if we were in a position of being subject to an 8/1 betting market.

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Great pun aside, I genuinely think this is an inappropriate tweet to send out, Gary also nonchalantly goes on to dismiss that this situation is comparable to arranging cards & throw-ins, which is possibly fair but it isn’t a huge jump to make.

Of course, the above has detracted from the magnificent story of Sutton United, the Vanarama National League and could somewhat impact the achievements of Lincoln City. The differences between each respective story should not be so vast, as prior to this weekend the players have achieved the same feat, however the people behind the scenes have now highlighted the huge differences in the professionalism at each club.

Luckily for the Vanarama National League, Lincoln City are flying the flag for non-league sides and will do so against the same side that knocked Sutton United out last night.

Whichever side you take, whether it is the fault of The Sun, Sutton United or Wayne Shaw himself, it really serves to show the FA needs to work extremely hard to explain the issues this scenario can create and to educate anybody that may be subject to this sort of “opportunity” in future.

FA Cup Glory? No thanks, I’d rather have a pie.

The Sun and controversy have never really been too far away from one another. That has struck once again, with Wayne Shaw (now ex-Sutton United) at the middle of a media frenzy regarding an 8/1 bet for him to eat a pie during the fifth round FA Cup game.

I think it is important to really start with the fact that Wayne Shaw has now resigned from his position at Sutton United, which is a great shame as he would have been a true part of FA Cup folklore, being a 45-year-old goalkeeper that is the antithesis of the modern-day professional footballer.

Upon seeing the original tweet from Sun Bets, my initial reaction was that of the club being underhanded and having set the stunt up for extra money and in an attempt to garner as much attention as possible! My view has slightly changed since the story initially broke and more information has come to light regarding the situation.

Wayne Shaw, I believe, did not feel he was doing anything wrong by partaking in this possible light-hearted action, but in the strict world of football that is not the case. It may have been naivety on Shaw’s part or maybe he was egged on by the club or their new part-time sponsor, to ensure that there would be a continued interest in the club.

It is extremely disheartening that a club would go to such levels to try to progress their stature within the game, when they had already done so well on the plastic pitch. You would also hope that a man partly living his dream, and lining up (albeit on the bench) against one of the biggest sides in Europe would not risk his position by helping a few mates gain an extra bob or two but you cannot rule it out. That would lead me to be most suspicious of The Sun or Sun Bets more specifically, as this was most likely a PR stunt orchestrated by them.

All of this has taken a much more serious turn, at Shaw’s expense, as he now finds himself without a club. At the age of 45, he will not find himself another club but he will find himself a huge amount of support from the various Social Media websites. The Sun have a HUGE amount of responsibility for this, as the market they offered was frankly disgraceful. The market was offered purely on the basis that Wayne Shaw is an average bloke with a bit of excess weight, on that front, they deserve all of the extra negativity this will bring! The Sun needs to take a lot of steps now to help Wayne Shaw to move forward, whether they will or not, is a different matter.

Nevertheless, ‘Piegate‘ will rumble on for a few more weeks and really does highlight a potential issue in the novelty betting market. Gary Lineker has posted a tweet saying that we would all be on the gravy train if we were in a position of being subject to an 8/1 betting market.

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Great pun aside, I genuinely think this is an inappropriate tweet to send out, Gary also nonchalantly goes on to dismiss that this situation is comparable to arranging cards & throw-ins, which is possibly fair but it isn’t a huge jump to make.

Of course, the above has detracted from the magnificent story of Sutton United, the Vanarama National League and could somewhat impact the achievements of Lincoln City. The differences between each respective story should not be so vast, as prior to this weekend the players have achieved the same feat, however the people behind the scenes have now highlighted the huge differences in the professionalism at each club.

Luckily for the Vanarama National League, Lincoln City are flying the flag for non-league sides and will do so against the same side that knocked Sutton United out last night.

Whichever side you take, whether it is the fault of The Sun, Sutton United or Wayne Shaw himself, it really serves to show the FA needs to work extremely hard to explain the issues this scenario can create and to educate anybody that may be subject to this sort of “opportunity” in future.