This Season’s PFA Nominations Are Farcical

The nominations for the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association)  player of the year award were announced earlier this week and surprise surprise 5 of the 6 nominations were Manchester United players, the other player been Steven Gerrard of Liverpool.

These awards are chosen by the body who has chosen to represent players during and after their careers and act as a Trade Union representation. But it has to be said the choosing of this years nominations show bias to one of the Premier Leagues top teams and their players.

Several players have performed exceptionally well this season whilst playing for the less glamorous teams in the Premier League. Namely Shay Given, Brede Hangeland, Phil Jagielka, Tim Cahill or big four team players like Dirk Kuyt or Frank Lampard.

The selection made shows they haven’t paid attention to the rest of the league and no wonder Sir Alex is happy. I’ll accept Vidic, Gerrard and even Van Der Sar and Giggs have arguments for inclusion, but Ronaldo and Ferdinand have not performed to the standard of been included in the top six players in the league this season.

Next they won’t give David Moyes the Manager of the Year Award and it will all be proved to be not about performance, resources available and problems overcame. It will be seen that they judge the awards on so-called popularity, marketing possibilities and public image.

Come on Gordon Taylor (PFA Chief Executive) and your committee members do the players you represent justice and fight for so proudly. Choose the players who have performed this season, not just for the club they play for.

Today sees the start of The World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. I am a snooker fan and admire the skill needed to play the sport to the highest level. The tournament runs from 18th April through to 4th May.

The favourite as usual is Ronnie O’Sullivan, a true sporting legend and a genius with a snooker cue and a green baize to play on. The sport would be lost without him.

Though I do disagree with his argument for ‘jazzing’ the sport up, a la darts, but it does need revitalising and the interest of youngsters today renewing. This will have to be done quickly or this sport could die on its feet.

For what its worth my betting tips for this years Championship are; the English talent, Mark Selby, World Number 4 with odds of 8/1 and the Chinese sensation Ding Junhui, World Number 11 whose priced at 16/1. Hopefully my luck will be better than my Grand National betting.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading and as ever I welcome your comments and opinions.

Cheers and keep reading my articles

Gaffers  

P.s. Congratulations to Oscar De La Hoya on a fantastic boxing career. This week saw Oscar announce his retirement from the ring, following a glittering career including Olympic gold at Barcelona ’92, 10 world titles at 6 different weights and defeating 17 world title holders in the process. Enjoy promoting fights Oscar you truly are the ‘golden boy’.

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