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10 reasons to cheer leaving the Premier League

1) 'Premier League' on Sky Sports - It occurred to me more than ever last night, whilst watching last night's Champions League Final and suffering The Hairy Hand Man's Gang incessantly hyping up the game, that Sky Sports really are the scum of football.

From lingering around grounds with their wagon, cameras and propensity to target the biggest no-toothed, slack-jawed mongrel they can find in a replica shirt, through to coining the self-love fest that is 'Grand Slam Sunday' they've become so detached from the match going fan that it really is beyond insufferable. They are almost American in their desire for the razmatazz.

In a 20 team league where 16 clubs are barely worth a mention, their employment of some of the most f*ckwitted presenters around, namely Keys, Gray, Redknapp and Souness (not to mention Martin bloody Tyler) is a further gripe. And don't get me started on Phil Thompson. The things I could do to the Scouse gimp with a pair of garden shears goes beyond the unmentionable.

After 16 years of the soulless satellite sods, it's fantastic to see the back of the gang. Whether it's ITV or BBC who hold the rights to the highlights, it'll be far better than 'Keysie' and co.

2) New Grounds - Of the 19 away grounds in the Premier League, we potentially get maybe two new away trips a season (less if the clubs coming up are 'bounce backs'). Whilst the media (Keys and Co again) love the hype of the Anfield atmosphere on a European night, it's hardly a cauldron on a Sunday at 1:30 when they are performing their now routine howking of us.

So many trips have lost that edge, atmosphere and excitement that used to exist. Only Stoke this season was really worth a visit, with the presence of the knuckle-draggers from the Potteries a much livelier affair than the moribund regulation trips to half-empty and half-arsed Blackburn, Wigan and Bolton.

Of the grounds in the Championship, there will be the likes of WBA, Boro, Coventry, Reading and Sheffield United who we've visited recently. However that still leaves a whole host of new trips to have a gander at.

3) Points win prizes - Once again we come back to the point of the league which only three clubs can win. Whilst Arsenal are a permanent fixture in the top four, they're not really in with any shout of winning it. That leaves three teams that can win the trophy. Much like the supermarket business being dominated by a big four, so is the PL.

Scrapping for the leftovers off their top table doesn't really make for a lot of enthusiasm, no matter how much the race for a Europa League place is hyped up.

The Championship remains one of the most open leagues around. It'll be nice to be actively competing for a trophy again, rather than being cannon fodder.

4) Away day winnability - Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, Anfield and Arsenal. All grounds where we've just routinely gone to be sacrificial lambs. No win at Anfield since 94, since 73 at Old Trafford, since the 80s at Stamford Bridge. Highbury was a slightly happier hunting ground but the succession of 3-0 hidings at the Emirates means that getting a point at any of those four gets celebrated like a win. Desperate.

We now drop into a league where every game at every ground is winnable. It'll be a refreshing change to see sides set up to go and win rather than shoving 5 into defence and 5 into midfield.

5) Pricing - 50 for Chelsea, 46 for Spurs, bloody 40 quid for a trip to the sh*t tip that is the Reebok. Obscene.

With the recession showing no signs of abating, a season of 20-30 tickets is a welcome change for the scheisters who charge corporate prices for everyday fans.

6) Blooding the youngsters - Half the criticism of the existing crop of crap was that they didn't care. The chance to see some prospects come through who have that unbridled energy so sadly missing from the cloggers like Nolan and Butt is going to be a real bonus. So what if they make a few mistakes along the way - at least they care!

7) Seaside Trips - Blackpool and Plymouth make a canny change from our current runs out to Fratton Park and Kosovo upon Wear. The carnage on an away weekend to Bloomfield Road doesn't bear thinking about.

8) Back into Europe - Tackling the Taffs means trips across the border to Cardiff and Swansea. Despite running the gauntlet of the Soul Crew and Jack Army, we can at least peddle the myth of two trips to Europe. After all - the mackems managed it with Cardiff for years.

9) JCLs out - Hopefully some of the first casualties of the relegation will be the braying JCL corporate whores that fester in our ground. The same people who used 'going to the footy' as some sort of statement akin to turning out at try hard bars like Tup Tup Palace or The Apartment with their money shot haircuts and bright pink shirts. Hopefully the cull of these to**ers will lead to the lost generation starting to get to see the team.

10) 46 games - Equals more home games and away trips - result!




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Writer: Ross Molyneux Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 28 2009

Time: 8:53AM

Your Comments

Wonderful piece. Simply wonderful.
Mehzeb
I have to agree with it all, especially the bit about ****witted presenters, Keys, Gray, Redknapp , Souness, Martin Tyler.
xpertweb.co.uk
lol looks like yo're trying to persuade yourself. "Its not going to be tough. its not going to be tough. its not going to be tough."!!!
JT_daniel
After the game a female (cockney) man u support said "...I'm just not used to this..." to a sky sports camera. am i sensing some Man u supporters buying a liverpool season ticket next year?
geordie_mark
Agree about the 'sky top 4', it will be just the same next year. I admire you looking on the bright side tho, just dont go on if you end up winning the championship, it wont count as winning a trophy. If it did then 16 other clubs would be fighting to go down just so they can win a pot too.
jimmy-yid
Sky truly are the root of all evil. Won't miss them mucking about our kick off times at the last minute for them to beam the humping we get live to the nation.
BaldEagle
Fair enough...point 3 tho..go do your research again. Arsenal led the table for most of last season and ended the seaaon in 3rd position, 4 point short of the champs..just in case you didnt know...they do compete OK.i happen to be a gunner who lives in the toon and so i'm slightly gutted to see newcastle going down..but its not the end of the world.
number14
Agreed, The Premiership is one of the most overrated leagues in Europe. It is only occasionally interesting, whilst the Championship is far more exciting. If you ask pundits who will be Premiership winners next season, the list is very small. Ask who will be promoted and there is a wide variety of quite justifiable answers.
Blacksheep
What a silly way to justify relegation..how can u say the championship is more interesting??? ok then, i hope u spend the next 10yrs there. The list of team that can win the premier league is always going to be small..the same goes for the italian, spanish leagues too
number14
The premier league has been dominated by 4 teams mainly because of the gulf in quality..managerial and player alike. its not necessarily the money teams spend...because the tottenhams and newcastles spend enough to get them close to the top four from where they can consolidate and move upwards but the stupidity of their backroom will ensure that they always remain mediocre...how can one explain newcastles relegation with the amount of money they spend yearly???
number14
Hahahaha the prem is overrated! Talk about sour grapes. Next you'll be saying "we didn't want to stay up anyway!". I appologise if I sound a bit heartless towards Newcastles situation but I have HATED for years how Newcastle fans bang on about how BIG a club you are when in reality you've won sweat FA for decades! And all the Shearer worship drives me nuts. He won more at Blackburn than he ever did with you! And all the rubbish about Shearer saving you was rediculous, I was starting to think he'd aged 10 years in reverse and was playing up front for you! He's totally unproven as a manager and just cause he was alegend as a player doesn't mean squat. You really need to get someone with experience in if you want to bounce straight back.....then again do you really want to be in the boring old prem again??
MJBSpur
MJBSpur, how much experience did Roy Keane have as a manager when he took over at Sunderland?
Blacksheep
Thats the point exactly Blacksheep..how long did Roy Keane last at Sunderland???
number14
Shearer is overated..and (most) newcastle fans deluded...and Shearer will soon prove to the world that he should have just been a pundit..
number14
Well Said Number14! Don't get me wrong, as a player Shearer was a Legend - all beit he should have played for a top side and won a few more medals - but all this fuss about him as a manager is a load of rubbish. If he was so great and thought he could save his beloved team why didn't he take the job before Kanear did? He waited till you were all but relegated and then finally took the job cause he knew he'd either be blameless or a hero....massive cop out if you ask me! You'd be better off letting Dowie take front stage.
MJBSpur
Number 14 and MJBSpur, and what did Keane achieve in his first season with no experience at Sunderland? Promotion. As for his tenure he was there for about 2years 4months but the only reason he left was because of disagreements with the new owner. Nobody has provided any information as to why Shearer will be a poor manager once he has had a chance to build his own side.
Blacksheep
yep promotion..and a few months later and 50-70million down the drain he chickens out..takes the easy way out and leaves him team in limbo...getting promoted just proves a coach is decent..the real work is is STAYING promoted..or at least sticking to your guns...talk about good coaches and i'll show you Steve Bruce as an example....seriously where does all the Shearer-adulation come from? lemme see...from the same place all the Cant-handle-pressure-and-will-buckle-when-going-gets-tough-KEVIN Keegan comes from...u guysa re HILLARIOUS..u sure know how to pick em...!
number14
Its the refreshing nature of the change I think that everyone's looking forward to, as well as cutting out all the cancers from the club playing staff. Rather a season of winning in the Championship than another slim escape from relegation in the PL.
BaldEagle
dont get ahead of yourself baldy you wont win the championship
TimBoro
Maybe not TB but we'll manage more than the 7 wins we got this season. You must feel some relief at not having to go to the Riverside every week next season and not get beat.
BaldEagle
Hey baldy my man dont count on more than seven wins in the Championship, Leeds were full of hot **** when they went down and look what happened.
TeddyLyon
 

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