Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html en-gb 30 Sun 13 Jul 2014 10:55:41 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html mattgeordiecat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=98#comment90 Sasuke_nffc - no mate. all it means is you don't watch much football. Mon 09 Feb 2009 16:19:01 GMT+1 ChrisdeBorg http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=97#comment89 Other than due to the current weather it's a bit off topic but does anyone know why the FA decided to use an orange ball in the 1973 Cup Final?Obviously they were not expecting snow in May (although maybe that could change this year...). One theory is that it was something to do with promoting the relatively new-fangled colour TV and/or fear of losing sight of the traditional ball against Leeds' all-white kit. Mon 09 Feb 2009 04:24:36 GMT+1 Roberto_Mexicano http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=96#comment88 Comment - 87:Unbelievable!! Are you really serious Chanachevu?!!!!I believe that racicsm is one of the most digusting things in our society, but to accuse Robbo of being a racist for his comments in this blog?! What are you on mate? Ridiculous! Sun 08 Feb 2009 21:26:07 GMT+1 Sasuke_nffc http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=95#comment87 great blog as usual robbo! keep it up mate...you're the only one on the bbc with an opinion on football worth listening to (reading?)The Joe Kinnear names-messing-up bit was genius, but doesn't it just show how completely anonymous that newcastle have been this year that I had to visit their section on the website to work out which players you actually meant? Realised that I didn't know the names of many of their players at all....Look forward to reading the next one! Sat 07 Feb 2009 15:24:52 GMT+1 chanachevhu http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=94#comment86 _And when did Charlie Insomnia suddenly become worth the rumoured six million quid Wigan paid for him?........_It's a tradition for Newcastle managers to be pismanunciators - just ask Kevin Dyer..._Anything but Dirk Blinking Kuyt.....____________________________sorry to say this but "YOU ARE A FREAKING old-style ENGLISH RACIST"I would love to see the day that you and your Newcastle spit such gibberish to a WHITE-ENGLISH player.... I am really waiting for the day, Sat 07 Feb 2009 13:36:54 GMT+1 AdamMoynihan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=93#comment85 You stole my blog title!(Kind of...)http://borderlineoffside.blogspot.com Sat 07 Feb 2009 13:35:37 GMT+1 Robbo Robson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=92#comment84 I'd have thought an eight-one drubbing would have been all the motivation them Man C Lads need. Sat 07 Feb 2009 11:24:09 GMT+1 Brian Renshaw http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=91#comment83 Robbo,Great stuff but the Manchester City lads tell me they have pinned your article up in the dressing room ahead of today's match along with Michael Platini's. They are a bit fired up, got job it's only Middlesborough they're playing..seems a bit of a waste to get fired up for this one.Kind regards mateBaz Sat 07 Feb 2009 08:33:29 GMT+1 SuperThunderStingCar http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=90#comment82 One way to get the whole mess under control would be to make players actually adhere to the contract they sign. If 50,000 quid a week for 5 years sounds good at the time you sign - guess what, that's what you get. No move until you pay your dues. Want to quit the team after 2 years because they didn't get you the piece of silver you hoped for? No problem - you just get your player license suspended until your contract is up. That way if a rich Sheik comes along he can throw all the money he wants - but you can't play for him unless he has enough money to start his own league in his own land - outside of FIFA. Sat 07 Feb 2009 06:09:40 GMT+1 ZEUSFC http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=89#comment81 This post has been Removed Sat 07 Feb 2009 05:49:13 GMT+1 fatfox http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=87#comment80 #27When a club has half a year's warning what the dates of the transfer window will be, then has a month of actual window, and it still manages to miss the deadline by a quarter of an hour, there's certainly something stupid going on. But I think you're pointing a finger at the wrong bunch of idiots! Sat 07 Feb 2009 02:06:04 GMT+1 Irishm2c2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=86#comment79 Been reading your stuff for some time Robbo. First time i've commented. Enjoyed it immensely, as usual. I'm a former semi-pro, nationally certified coach and referee of 25 years and I used to write a monthly coloumn for a foreign Soccer rag. Fri 06 Feb 2009 23:06:32 GMT+1 Robbo Robson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=85#comment78 #75You got away with 'sodding'. Must be a reference to the turf. Yes Boro are worse than you. And? Does it not still hold true that Joe Kinnear can hardly get through a sentence without finding summat to mispronounce? Indeed it does. And are not the barcodes struggling horribly to put together a semblance of a side and them that's left slagging off the club no end? Indeed they are. Save your huibris for the lemons who run your club. It's a disgrace that 55000 fans should be so badly treated. Fri 06 Feb 2009 21:19:00 GMT+1 Excumbrian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=84#comment77 Good blog marra. Disagree with you about Dirk Kuyt though. Fri 06 Feb 2009 20:05:38 GMT+1 NEARPOSTHEADER http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=83#comment76 So, mattgeordiecat, if Robbo has a dig at any other team besides the Barcodes, then that's ok? I don't think anyone can complain about crticism of their team/club with what West Hammers have had to put up with over the last couple of seasons.Still, makes a change from Liverpool fans whinging... Fri 06 Feb 2009 19:58:55 GMT+1 Thanks A lot BBC7 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=82#comment75 Robbo, not bad after a slowish start to the blog. Liked the Newcastle bit. Fri 06 Feb 2009 19:54:55 GMT+1 mattgeordiecat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=81#comment74 This post has been Removed Fri 06 Feb 2009 19:22:10 GMT+1 NEARPOSTHEADER http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=80#comment73 It has been suggested that there should only be a window in the summer and clubs will just have to make do with what they have for a season - not such a bad idea, but I kind of enjoy all the frantic activity in January.I daresay the St. Petersburg Mafia had a hand in holding up the Arshavin negociations.By the way, how can you get away with "bloody awkward" when a posting of mine that contained d*****d (as in 'god') was removed? It all smacks of BBC discrimination and not what I pay my licence fee for. I've a good mind to..... Fri 06 Feb 2009 18:43:14 GMT+1 Robbo Robson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=79#comment72 Not sure that people being bought and sold holds the attention quite like a play-off. The Arshavin nonsense, prompted more by Zenit (clearly Russian for 'bloody awkward') St. Petersburg than Arsenal was pretty pathetic and the rest of us have to take all this 'the paperwork was all done and dusted' line form the PL on trust. On the other hand the bloke who suggested that Boro's inactivity in the transfer market might have had something to do with my hatred for the damn thing might have just a small point. Fri 06 Feb 2009 18:32:44 GMT+1 NEARPOSTHEADER http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=78#comment71 Absolute tosh, Robbo. How the BBC can justify charging a licence fee to pay for this rubbish is beyond me. They should box your ears and send you to bed without any bread n' dripping.The transfer window is like the wheeler-dealer equivalent of the play-offs - matters should be settled during the whole season, but some bright spark decided to condense all the real action into a short space of time - and do we love the play-offs? Of course we do!An alternative is to have a 3-day transfer window every month or a 3-hour window every week or a 3-minute window..... Fri 06 Feb 2009 18:03:39 GMT+1 Robbo Robson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=76#comment70 I don't mind the loan system - for one thing, it's the only chance young English squad players get to play first team footy. Fri 06 Feb 2009 17:14:53 GMT+1 Friendlycard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=75#comment69 Brilliant blog as usual!And I agree with you totally about the transfer window. The old idea of a transfer deadline worked better. No player could be transferred after, say, the end of February. I wonder how many bad deals go through just because time is running out?What do you think about the loan system? It seems to me to have gone way over the top. Borrowing one or two players is OK, but some clubs borrow half a team! (Mind you, I can think of several clubs who'd do a lot better if they could indeed borrow half a team at the moment!)The rotation of loan players can take away any chance of stability. Fans (and especially young fans) like to identify with their players, but how can you identify with a player who is only there for a couple of months? Fri 06 Feb 2009 17:11:34 GMT+1 The_Toonster http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=74#comment68 Robbo, the bottom of the prem is exciting this season... nerve racking in fact if you're a part of it. The top of league is boring (as per usual. There is only one chance of any fans living outside of Kent being happy about the top of the prem, and that would be if the Villa could challenge for the title. However, while Man U continue to play by a different set of rules... I can't see that happening... and it makes me sad... so very sad. Fri 06 Feb 2009 16:50:13 GMT+1 Samwell2804 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=73#comment67 Another Fine article Robbo,very funny indeed today, loved the lil JFK team talk bit, as u can really imagine him being like that in the dressing room, even Good Old Bobby Robson could pronounce the players names better i reckon, and we all know, god bless him, that hes losing the plot ever so slightly?!"Lot 24 is this tall elegant egotist, made from South African timber and English willow. What am I bid? 85? 90? 95? Oh don't worry anything over 95 and he just gives it away." - brilliantwhat a farce this IPL is?! Fri 06 Feb 2009 16:02:37 GMT+1 Rockinbottom http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=72#comment66 Good blog again robbo!The whole not being allowed to resign for a clun less than a year after leaving seems a bit stupid doesn't it? I mean Keane is back at Spurs after 5 months, defoe after 11. Do you know how you fail to get "special dispensation?" Fri 06 Feb 2009 15:46:53 GMT+1 Neil Anderson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=71#comment65 This post has been Removed Fri 06 Feb 2009 15:38:24 GMT+1 dyrewolfe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=70#comment64 @Dragoneyes106:He did indeed. I think he wore a kilt for the occasion, if memory serves.Full story here...http://www.4thegame.com/club/middlesbrough-fc/news/43787/BERNIE+BARES+BUM+IN+BINNS+AFTER+BORO+BEAT+UNITED.html Fri 06 Feb 2009 15:33:03 GMT+1 basamta http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=69#comment63 @ 43 and 60what is good about the old day anyway?? its just that people arent quite used to change, even positive change (infact any change at all)the window makes sense of transfer, and not just bound it up in a mess like it was years ago- a case in question was when Chelsea signed geore Weah from Milan years ago, there was no window then, so he signed in the morning, flew in same afternoon, jersey ready, and he played the same evening. guess he even scored.now am a chelsea fan and that was tyt, but can u imagine the rich clubs not having a restrain, like City just buying kaka cos they wanna play stoke, or chelsea signing Alves cos Bosingwa is suddenly messing up??Aba!!!!Robbo, u re my person, but my summation is, leave the windows open for winter(for those who are intrested), everbody's got the doorway in the summer!abi, no be so?? Fri 06 Feb 2009 15:28:31 GMT+1 dyrewolfe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=68#comment62 @BognorRock:Not all of us think that way.I simply think its a bad idea as it encourages the more frequent movement of players, which (as with the managerial merry-go-round) results in less stability.IMHO the only clubs that really benefit are ones with money, who are struggling against relegation.Clubs that are skint (e.g. Boro) just have to hope they can hang on to their players.Most of the top 10-12 clubs (excluding the title-chasers), I would assume, are just looking to build a settled side and can do without other clubs trying to take their best players. Fri 06 Feb 2009 15:28:25 GMT+1 bell22 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=67#comment61 Great blog Robbo – loved the Loadzapants one, and the rest of the Newcastle teamAmazing that a few Liverpool fans find fault every single week with this blog and come on and moan. Take it in good heart or go home and look up the phrase ‘sense of humour’ Fri 06 Feb 2009 15:27:35 GMT+1 Leeroy Jenkins http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=65#comment60 I'm glad it's not just me that finds Lenny Henry's relationship with that rubber duck disturbing! Fri 06 Feb 2009 15:21:38 GMT+1 BognorRock http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=64#comment59 Totally agree with post 43The problem with the "football was much better in the good old days" brigade is that they don't think things through as to why changes occur. Its just a natural reaction with them that change = bad bad bad. If the transfer window had always existed then nobody would be complaining about it as its a good system, but because they didn't have it in the "good old days" it must be a terrible idea. Fri 06 Feb 2009 15:06:26 GMT+1 Neil Anderson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=63#comment58 dyrewolfe,Billingham eh, i was just across Billingham Beck Valley in Norton. off Junction Road to be precise. My local haunts were the Centenary, Norton Tavern and of course the Unicorn which had former manager Brian Robson as one of its resident drinkers. Must be something in the water or morelikely smog that forces people to take shelter in the nearest pub.I have met Bernie Slaven myself and he has always been a decent bloke. Did I read somewhere he had a bet over a middlesbrough result and as a forfiet had to pose nude in a shop window???? Fri 06 Feb 2009 15:05:18 GMT+1 dyrewolfe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=62#comment57 @Dragoneyes106:I'm also a former resident of Teesside (Billingham to be exact) and am well acquainted with Middlesbrough's "industrial" charms.Still strangely fond of the old place though.Probably my biggest claim to fame is that I once accidentally bumped into Bernie Slaven while he was doing a photo shoot. He was still decent enough to give me his autograph though. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:59:14 GMT+1 basamta http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=61#comment56 Robbo, if u were from my part of the world, i'll have said "o kare".dont think i can satnd missing ur blog, it beautifies amny moments of my day.and the Rafa/Robbie issue, that was tyt. only in a club like liverpool can any manager do that and still be hailed, even Coach ladan Bosso and Chief Onigbinde arent that stupid.now what do u think is the eventual fate of ur beloved Borro? it appears u re going DOWN BELOW!Tell me, wont Quaresma be a smashing hit for chelski? he's the only real talent we ve got now other than Stoch, everother person is a wack, including JTu re my star, hope when i swap lagos for london someday, u can endorse my boxers...lol!plenty love and respect to u, give no rest to ur pen, abi na keyboard.... Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:53:34 GMT+1 dyrewolfe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=60#comment55 @EdinbrughPremFan:You need to get a grip mate! Another dig at Liverpool?All Robbo did was make a reference to Robbie Keane's sale to Spurs at a significantly lower price than Liverpool bought him for (especially seeing as how he hardly got a game at Anfield).If you can't see that as being faintly ludicrous, then maybe you should try a certain well-known optician...If you really have been reading these blogs on a regular basis, you'd know Robbo also frequently targets Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal (with Spurs and Man City also getting more blog space lately).Just settle for the fact you're going to finish runners-up to Man Utd this season...or else try supporting Rangers or Celtic... ;-) Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:50:05 GMT+1 Chris Charles http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=59#comment54 7. BRRAT: Many apologies - that was me who put the wrong link in. It has now been corrected. Have to concur with most of you that the Tees Mouth is bang on form - and has been for a while (shame his team can't replicate the run of their No 1 fan). Comment 18 particularly tickled me. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:49:33 GMT+1 Neil Anderson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=58#comment53 dyrewolfe: As a former resident of Teesside i can tell you Teesside offers as much Glamour and sophistication as Beirut or Baghdad. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:48:30 GMT+1 Gibbo7111 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=57#comment52 Tintin categorically HATES having to wait for his chicken parmo. He HATES it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbfbW3KU1E4 Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:42:36 GMT+1 dyrewolfe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=56#comment51 @Super Genius:I don't think Robbo is bitter that Boro didn't sign anyone.The lack of transfer window action is primarily because they can't afford to and also because Teesside doesn't offer quite the same levels of glamour and sophistication as, say, London.I think we did pretty well simply by not losing any of our better players (though the way we've been going lately, perhaps Southgate should think about fielding the senior academy team). Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:41:52 GMT+1 Blue_Neil http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=54#comment50 Excellent again Robbo !Loved the Pieterson comment ! Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:36:31 GMT+1 EdinburghPremFan http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=53#comment49 Poor blog Robbo.......to be honest they seem to be going downhill every week now!! The transfer window works, it's a better system than what many sports have. If you talk about undignified, look at American Football (the draft).And every week, yet another dig at Liverpool. I mean look Robbo....you're a boro fan, your team have always been rubbish, they are currently rubbish, and they always will be rubbish!!That is all.Now in future I'm gonna just wait for Gavin Strachan's weekly blog instead of reading yours!! Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:36:24 GMT+1 Teiam - problem solved http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=52#comment48 Robbo this isn't anything to do with Boro not being able to sign anyone? I think the current window was a blessing, Keane getting sold was epic! Robbie-ry, classic! Wonder why Liverpool didn't get Spurs to put a couple of mil in the "charity" fund for the tapping up? Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:34:15 GMT+1 whatbill http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=51#comment47 THe tapping up thing is all a bit of a joke. Clubs moan when they're on the end of it, but at the same time are furiously tapping away elsewhere. Liverpool tapped up Robbie Keane in the summer but then Harry did a "reverse-tap" and got him back at a discount, and did the same trick with Defoe and Chimbonda. Madness... Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:30:29 GMT+1 Neil Anderson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=50#comment46 Robbo:Great blog, and your little pearls of wisdom do amazed me at times.By any chance do you drink in anywhere else other than the Blue Bell? I only mention this because the landlord must be paying you commission for every blog you mention the place in.Obviously the commission has changed from ale to draught cider now. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:28:05 GMT+1 MU_Andy_58 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=49#comment45 43. hackerjack You have a point about the old system and march fire sales etc.I would prefer one window in the summer as do several other posters, this means you need to get it right and live with it for the entire season.Again good blog Robbo Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:27:40 GMT+1 chips_in_the_queue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=48#comment44 Re 38. dhimmi?????!!Either a) you have some insider knowledge, because as far as i was aware those deals were above board and legit... (unless you're getting your phrases mixed up - Ferguson being asked what he thinks of a player and replying 'he's a fantastic player' doesn't constitute 'tapping up')or b) you are a little bit bitter.I kind of suspect the latter. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:26:53 GMT+1 kevthered83 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=47#comment43 Keep the transfer window....the deadline day excitement is one of (or two of really) the best days of the season, especially this year with the whole Keane and Arshavin fiasco's.As a side note, who will be Spurs number 1 keeper...Gomes or cudicini????And as a grumble, can BBC please get cup football back from ITV. Missing a goal after 118 minutes of boring football is criminal. At least in America when they screwed up the superbowl they got treated to some blue movies. What do we get...Chris Marshall and a German guy fighting himself. Injustice!!!! Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:24:49 GMT+1 hackerjack http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=46#comment42 Yawn, yet more crap about the transfer window.It was brought in to make clubs run themselves better, so that they can no longer buy themselves out fo trouble in March or flog a load of players as soon as promotion is off the cards.Anyone who can't see the point of it is either thick as two short planks or following the sheep who like moaning for the sake of it. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:21:56 GMT+1 D_OFloinn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=45#comment41 Kaka is a deeply religious evangelical who gives large portions of his wages to charity. He refused the move purely out of footballing principles. A pretty unique example.Now consider almost the entire Chelsea squad (leaving aside the obvious Terrys and Lampards) and you'll see the other side of the coin.And as for the delay, I said that was the beginning of it. The FA and FIFA are not really known for their decisive decision making are they. But nevertheless the sheer amount of money in the transfer market was a key reason for bringing in the windows. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:21:49 GMT+1 dyrewolfe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=43#comment40 Loved the alternative Newcastle team sheet.Colleen Nolan...Loadapantz...fantastic!Personally, I'd like to see just one, pre-season transfer window, so that managers stand or fall by the decisions they make at the start of the season.You might see less stroppy, wantaway players. Knowing they would be going nowhere until the end of the season might focus their minds a bit more on the job in hand. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:18:01 GMT+1 newcastlesmagpie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=42#comment39 Cracking blog as per usual.By the way the 'ITV live footie broadcast' link is wrong, it takes you to the Arshavin article! Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:17:16 GMT+1 Northern_Dancer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=41#comment38 Have you not noticed that despite the £100m on offer Kaka didn't move? How does this prove that Saudi Sheikhs can buy anyone they want?The transfer window came about 9 years after Coles transfer, hardly in direct response to it. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:14:42 GMT+1 dhimmi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=40#comment37 "Premier League can be very understanding when it needs to be."Such as turning a blind eye to Man Utd tapping up Berbatov, Carrick, Tevez etc. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:14:29 GMT+1 LallanaWonderland http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=39#comment36 If you like Robbo Robson's blogs, join the facebook group "I read Robbo Robson's blogs because they are genius"Would love over a hundred peeps!http://en-gb.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47427024123ps. Up the Saints... Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:13:01 GMT+1 SummersIron http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=38#comment35 You lost me for a bit with the cricket stuff, but this was otherwise an enjoyable read. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:12:53 GMT+1 yajustdonsavethose http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=37#comment34 "Spurs have been desperate for a keeper while the lad Gomes was flapping around like a bat in a wardrobe every time the ball got crossed into the box"------------------------not true at all. desperate for another keeper as gomes has been playing with an injury for weeks. if it wasnt for him, we would be more screwed than we already are. he made some terible mistakes at the beginning but since about october he has been quality. would be adrift without him. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:12:40 GMT+1 D_OFloinn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=36#comment33 £100m today is considerably more than Cole's £7m then.But if anything, it just proves my point. It was right after the real big money transfers like Cole's began that the window was brought in.There was a time when football clubs could only achieve success through building from the ground up. Today, one rich Saudi Sheik or Russian Oil Tycoon has the power to turn a mediocre side into world beaters merely through their wallets.Many PL owners today have no understanding of the game, and if the window was open throughout the season, what would stop them selling off players after one bad game in March, or spending 200m on a new squad in February when the congestion of the Christmas period lets them realise their first attempts at building a squad were rubbish? Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:10:59 GMT+1 dodiesmith http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=35#comment32 Robbo, you amaze me...had to look in the dictionary for "farrago" -- great stuff!"condense the whole farrago into one short month" (the whole hodge podge, or words to that effect!)I am SO glad that Robbie Keane was able to transfer back to Spurs...even though you were right about "daylight Robbie-ry") -- from 20 pence to 12....but at least he will be appreciated now. Have had a very hard time working out why he was kept on the bench (and yes, I am a Liverpool fan) -- public humiliation never did score goals.Know Rafa did not get Gareth Barry but something nasty has gone down at the 'Pool and I feel sad about that.Guess we will never know the full story.You can't please all the people all of the time, Robbo, but you ALWAYS make ME smile... even after a week of losing Gerrard. If he ever asked for transfer I would take to my bed with a cold cloth on my forehead....doesn't bear thinking about! Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:06:49 GMT+1 Mel0dymaker http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=34#comment31 This has to be a contender for the funniest article you've ever written. Quality. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:05:35 GMT+1 Northern_Dancer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=32#comment30 It's not only the last 3 years that people have looked to break transfer records halfway through the season. Do you not remember Andy Cole's British transfer record halfway through the season?What's £100m now compared to £7m then? The richest clubs signed the players they wanted, football hasn't changed. Fri 06 Feb 2009 14:03:57 GMT+1 Robbo Robson http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=31#comment29 It's a fair point #28 but then there's all the nonsense about 'tapping up' when such and such a club/manager is rumoured to have had conversations with such and such a player/agent and it turns out that they just happened to be dining at the same exclusive restaurant at the same time and all they spoke about was the pan-fried sea bream and the polenta dumplings. What's tapping up and what's having a natter? No one knows. Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:58:10 GMT+1 D_OFloinn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=30#comment28 19. At 1:34pm on 06 Feb 2009, Northern_Dancer wrote:"The alternative is too terrible to even think about"You mean the way it was about 7 years ago and the way which had worked perfectly well for about 100 years or so?_________________________________Yes, that's exactly what I meant. Because maybe you haven't been keeping track of the game, but 30 or 40 years ago (or even 2 years ago) clubs weren't trying to throw around £100m for a new player... Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:58:05 GMT+1 Vidinator http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=29#comment27 The window isnt when club should start looking for players because then it becomes a panic buy. That month should just be when the player actually moves and starts training/playing with his new team. For example Man Utd with the signings of Tosic and Ljajic, all the important stuff was out of the way before jan and Tosic was straight in on jan 1st. That way you can focus on matters at hand ie winning football matches, and say that your business is done for the month. Then your players can relax knowing they are not going anywhere and no russians are coming in to replace them at the last minute and the manager can sit back and watch his rivals mess it up eg selling a 20m player for half the price and not replacing him Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:53:46 GMT+1 Whiteoutloud http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=28#comment26 Great Blog Robbo,Your right that the Premier League have been very accomodating and understanding due to the cold snap we're having. What a shame it couldn't have been extended to the Football League, who refused the transfer of Liam Dickinson to Leeds because the paper work was submitted at 17:14 hrs.If the Premier League can be in charge of Wheel Clampers, then the Football League should be in charge of the Health & Safety Executive or even Traffic Wardens. Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:47:28 GMT+1 Parag http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=27#comment25 Robbo Uncle,that was great... you have been doing quite great lately... Love that "daylight Robbie-ry".how do you find these ideas, i wonder sometimes...i have had harsh words against you sometimes before, but not this time...parag... Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:43:52 GMT+1 socrates http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=26#comment24 Maybe there should be a price comparison website that managers can log on to in the transfer window?Then again, maybe there already is... Redknapp got Keane for 8m less than Benitez managed. Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:43:11 GMT+1 justcommenting http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=25#comment23 Can't understand why we don't just have 1 transfer window wihich runs from 1st May to 31st July.Loan signings could be available anytime during the rest of the season, but you buy a player and you've got him for the year (good or bad).Might make some managers think a little more about who they buy and what they're going to pay them if they don't have the 'safety net' of being able to move them on in January if it's not working.It would also give the Managers a chance to look at things a little longer term. is it only me who feels the number of managers sacked seems to increase the closer you get to the transfer window.If we didn't have this "better make a change in manager before the transfer window so they can buy in some new players mentality maybe chairman would think a little more about who they are hiring as well.Anyway, just another opinion.Always like the blogs Robbo....!! Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:42:06 GMT+1 joerred124 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=24#comment22 Last sentence above should have started "Being a red..." Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:41:20 GMT+1 Boucher1984 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=23#comment21 I like the transfer window. I think player's generally like it too.As a scenario, Robbie Keane. Joined his boyhood club in the summer in a supposed dream move.. only to find it doesn't really work and you are more than aware by January that his days are numbered. The January transfer window means he can move on and find football, without it he would have been stuck between the reserves and the first team with no football and would have been a loss to Rep of Ireland at the very least.Also, it's an exciting time. Though if you are an Arsenal fan like me, it's always painful. Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:39:29 GMT+1 joerred124 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=21#comment20 Boring as ever, not really got much to say so fills the blog with pointless non-funny analogies. Lunch-time reading nonetheless. Did agree with the last paragraph though, the transfer window should be scrapped so teams can replace injured players like Liverpool need to. Being a read completely biased, wouln't think the same if United were in this position. Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:38:43 GMT+1 Chizzle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=20#comment19 I like the idea of a transfer deadline day as it stops the possibility of clubs buying a player just in time to play a small handful of games. But the transfer window itself is a rubbish idea. It should go back to the old idea of open season on transfers until March.Actually, who thinks the idea of transfers could be made better by a separate table? Each manager has a position in the table based on how much they pay for players, how those players have performed in the season, and various other factors. Whoever finishes bottom of that table has to come out and give a public explanation as to why his buying skills are so shoddy. Although hearing Rafa Benitez making the same excuses season after season kind of puts me off the idea! Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:36:53 GMT+1 Northern_Dancer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=19#comment18 "The alternative is too terrible to even think about"You mean the way it was about 7 years ago and the way which had worked perfectly well for about 100 years or so? Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:34:24 GMT+1 AJBenno80 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=18#comment17 Excellent article as always Robbo. My favourite Newcastle "mispronunciation" was a few years back when Bobby Robson was in charge. Shola Ameobi had scored the winner and was being interviewed after the game. The interviewer asked, "So Shola, Bobby seems to have names for everyone, what does he call you?""Most of the time he calls me Carl Cort," came the reply.Genius. Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:28:08 GMT+1 AlfiesLeg http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=17#comment16 Robbo, I've gotta say love the blog. Totally sick and tired of people writing to moan about it... usually Liverpool fans mind, and let's be honest they've much to bemoan at the moment... poor pets.Not too many moaners today... is it Giro day??Anyway, must say I disagree with the comments on the transfer window. In fact I think it shouldn't even exist.... and I'll tell ye why.I think each team should start, compete and end each season with the same team, management and everything. If the board make bad decisions at the start they get relegated, good ones, they stay up.At the minute there's the big three (yes three) and no one else... As a United fan I'd be gutted to lose out to Cheski or the pool, but I wouldn't mind if it was Villa, Wigan or a few others. It would be bad, yes, but not that bad.The only way they'll get a chance is if the decisions made at the start stick for the rest of the season, regardless.... not gonna happen though, how can people make money outta that.On that, I also hate that "national teams" have foreign managers... doesn't make any sense. I'm an Irishman though... that would leave us shafted !! Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:27:52 GMT+1 DoubleDragBack http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=16#comment15 RobboReading you is like supporting Dunfermline - I really like you, and I'll support u whatever, but that was a shocker of a performance! Why start a football blog slagging off posties? Bizzare. Anyway, you're normally good crack so I'll forgive u this once but I'm expecting a rugged performance next week to make up for it. Here's hoping ; ) Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:22:04 GMT+1 unseenforces http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=15#comment14 spurs all da way.... Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:20:53 GMT+1 BognorRock http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=14#comment13 I like the transfer window. In total a club gets about 4 months a year to sign players which is surely enough. Plus its the same for every team so theres no unfairness.You really hate everything about modern football don't you Robbo? Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:17:53 GMT+1 Alexanderliam http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=13#comment12 flapping around like a bat in a wardrobe.Genius! Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:08:24 GMT+1 D_OFloinn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=12#comment11 The fact that that Benitez cannot now be "chasing down David Villa as we speak" is one of the most important reasons we have a transfer window.It has its faults, but it also forces managers to live with their decisions and prevents the wealthiest clubs from buying their way out of trouble. Liverpool's squad is shockingly weak, but that was not the view of their manager last week, and so now it is only right that he is forced to play some of his squad players that were held up as the equals of Robbie Keane a few days ago.It was a similar story at Tottenham, where the summer window was handled appallingly. If there was any justice in football they probably should have been relegated already by Christmas. Had they repeated their exploits in the January window, they certainly would have gone. As it is, they had a manager who knew how to improve their squad by then.Finally, can you imagine what Man City would get up to if there was an open season on transfers? The football would be a sideshow to a new £100m bid every week.The system of the transfer window has its faults, but the alternative is too terrible to even think about. Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:05:40 GMT+1 redandblackT-Save 606 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=10#comment10 hilarious!gutsy heiress?lol.back to form mate! Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:04:44 GMT+1 oglidewell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=9#comment9 We're often told that putting a cap on the number of foreign players would be against EU employment laws, so why isn't the concept of having set times of the year to move players against freedom of trade laws?I think UEFA just pick and choose whatever they feel like at the time. Rather like the FA and Prem. League when dealing with certain teams really. Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:03:42 GMT+1 Maerck http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=8#comment8 Very good. But what's wrong with the transfer window?As far as I can see you can bid for a player anytime but he can only move clubs during the window.If managers insist on waiting until the last minute to make a bid (Arsene) then how's that anyone elses fault? Fri 06 Feb 2009 13:01:45 GMT+1 Zippymk13 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=7#comment7 Back to back price comparison websites adverts instead of watching Liverpool V Everton, I'll second that :) Fri 06 Feb 2009 12:57:27 GMT+1 King http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=6#comment6 robbo mate.. excellent blog as usual... this is my weekly dose of laugh-a-loud article !the itv link on your blog is pointing to arshavin sale. you may want to ask the good bbc techies to sort it out.i was actually hoping more comments from you on your fav spanish son--rafa the fafa. But the toon jokerz always keep us happy as well :-).. kinnear is actin like a spoilt 6 yr old having fist cuffs with another over-hyped geordiei hope itv gets a hefty fine and follows rules like the beeb about no ads during live telly at least..last question though.: what wud you be your liverpool first 11? Fri 06 Feb 2009 12:51:48 GMT+1 Phil_the_Toffee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=5#comment5 Chers for the picture of the Kopites! Cheered me up no end! Any chance of an appeal for socks for the reds fans after they threw them onto the pitch? Bloody idiots... Good blog once again mate! Fri 06 Feb 2009 12:51:19 GMT+1 ZEUSFC http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=4#comment4 love the clampers quip... forgotten all about them! Fri 06 Feb 2009 12:50:44 GMT+1 jonnothecitizen http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=3#comment3 very funny stuff lollike the geordie team sheet crackkeep it up mate :) Fri 06 Feb 2009 12:41:12 GMT+1 ChelseaSaffer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=2#comment2 Love it robbo. Keep it up! Fri 06 Feb 2009 12:33:39 GMT+1 scottsewell http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=1#comment1 Fantastic blog as ever mate.Totally agree with what you have just said.The same goes ramilas1 in post #1.The second paragraph is soo true!!Keep up the good work. Fri 06 Feb 2009 12:33:38 GMT+1 Ramilas1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/robborobson/2009/02/shut_that_window.html?page=0#comment0 Quite good this week Robbo, liked the Lot 24 description.And ignore all the slagging off you're going to get in about an hour, when all the Friday lunch-time moaners and whingers get on here. Fri 06 Feb 2009 11:22:23 GMT+1