The new season - no place for moaners
There was an air of positivity over the Addick blogwaves last night and you know what? I feel it down here in Eastbourne. I've watched Pardew on Sky Sports
and I've read this interview
and feel much more heartened, excited even, yes bloody excited. It's the first game of a brand new season, bring it on and if you're going to moan in the car, on the bus or on the train on the way up to The Valley Saturday, then please stay at home. You will have your moment, I'm sure you will, but not this Saturday, eh.Chicago Addick
and family will all be driving up for the game and I am going to get behind those red shirts, like, well like it's the start of a brand new season.
As for the team, it does appear to pick itself Saturday, particularly with Moo2 suspended, Ambrose injured and Holland and Toddy unlikely to be ready. You never know we might start seeing some regular faces, maybe we can invent some player songs? Okay, I told you I was a bit excitable.
Sam Sodje I mentioned yesterday
more in hope than judgement, then my parents' Daily Mail
quoted me and today Pardew mentioned his name at the press conference. He didn't mention Nicky Bailey
though. A new player or two would certainly give us all a lift.
Swansea are, so people more familiar with the situation, a better team than Scunthorpe last season, which if true means they won't go straight down. Spanish manager Martinez added another four fellow countrymen to his squad in the summer, although their best business was keeping influential Dutch defender Ferrie Bodde.
What of the other teams? It is hard to look past the three teams that came down isn't it. Oops sorry, I just cut and pasted what I wrote last year. Seriously I think Birmingham have an exceptional squad for this league. Derby have found themselves in the same boat as us last term with 11 in and 8 out. Reading have a wonderful manager but I reckon others will follow Nicky Shorey
out of the Madjeski before month-end.
Many are tipping Neil Warnock's current and old teams. Nick Carle appears a good buy but I think the stripeys will miss Morrison and Hudson. I think the Blades have done much better in the transfer market and finished strong last season. A play-off place beckons I feel for the Yorkshiremen.
QPRhaha will I believe become this season's laughing stock replacing last season's bundle of laughs Leicester. I can't see Garry Johnson's Bristol City repeating their superb season, although Johnson remains a better manager than any of the three promoted.
Other contenders I think could be Coventry, I always rated Coleman although Freddy Eastwood will need to prove his worth. Wolves will always be there or thereabouts and they pack a lot of firepower. Two of the best signings have been made by Norwich with Wes Hoolahan and Arturo Lupoli giving the Canaries a real chance and Ipswich will be no slouches either. And finally Southampton's total football under Jan Poortvliet could go either horribly wrong or stunningly right.
See nothing to worry about. Come on we're stuck with them, so lets give them every ounce of support we can. New season, new start, renewed belief.