David Robert Joseph Beckham has announced today that he is to retire from football.

Beckham has turned himself into a football legend with 394 appearances for Manchester Utd, then moving abroad to Real Madrid making 115 appearances.  He then moved to the United States with his wife Victoria Beckham and children appearing 118 times for LA Galaxy, where the club announced Beckham made the club an immense profit on shirt sales.  In the latter stages of his career he moved to AC Milan in Italy making 33 starts before ending his career in France at Paris St Germain.

Since he started his career at Manchester Utd, Beckham has become a role model to young children and his country appearing for England 115 times which is a sensational achievement.

As a kid, he was spotted by Sir Bobby Charlton  at a soccer school in Barcelona.  He moved on to sign schoolboy terms at the age of 14 at Manchester Utd joining players like Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.  He went on to make his first-team debut against Brighton in the League Cup in 1992.

His fortune of 165 million easily makes him the richest athlete ever in English sport including sponsors and salary payments over the last decade.

His personal life with highly popular wife Victoria Beckham sometimes over-shadowed his contribution on the pitch because he was constantly in the lime light for his lifestyle off the field.  He also modeled for companies and organisations like Emporio Armarni, H&M and many more.

The publicity, in my opinion, was the reason he ended up leaving Manchester Utd as Sir Alex Ferguson quoted that ‘no player is bigger than Manchester Utd Football Club’.

So, where does Beckham go from here?  A world renowned name, a player that is idolised by his fans and fellow footballers, I’m sure there will be an opened door for David Beckham in the football world because of what he has achieved.

Could I see David Beckham being the next England coach or manager?  I think so due to his diligent work ethic on and off the pitch and his passion for the game.

He has captained England so he has the experience, knowledge and respect to do such a highly prestigious job.  All the attributes anyone would want or be looking for.

He also has his own soccer academy football school operating from two sites in London and Los Angeles, United States.

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Young children would love the

opportunity to use the academy as they would expect great things from such a high profile player.

David Beckham will certainly be missed for his attributes on the pitch, especially his stunning free kicks and long pass range where he had his own unique style and technicality to show what a tremendous player he was.

Lets see what the future holds for the retired David Beckham.

Talk Soon

Mark McCammon

Play-off Final Cup

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We already know Newport County will be the newcomers to the Football League from the  Blue Square Premier Conference after beating Wrexham 2-0 in the Play-Off Final.

Newport’s hard earned season payed off and it will be interesting to see how they will do for such a small club in the Football League.  My Prediction for the winners of the Blue Square Premier Play-Off’s was clearly wrong as I had gone for Kiddermimster Harriers because of their great run of form in the league and they narrowly missed out on automatic promotion by two points to Mansfield Town.  They just seemed ‘unstoppable’.

The League Two Play-Off Final is on the 18th May at Wembley between Bradford City and Northampton Town.  Bradford yet again have another Wembley appearance after defeat to Swansea City in the League Cup Final.  Highly impressive for a League Two team knocking out Premier League opposition on their long hard fought journey to reach the final.

Northampton will be looking to take advantage as it has been a long season and a bit of a disappointment missing out on automatic promotion.  I must say that I’m going to go for a Bradford win as they’ve tasted Wembley already this season and they know what kind of atmosphere to expect so the experience may play an advantage.

The League One Final is going to be a hard one to call between Brentford and Yeovil Town.  I have already played for Brentford and have experienced a Play-Off final with them where they suffered defeat back in the 2002 season.  I understand the pressure.

Brentford came close to promotion on the last day of this season versus Doncaster Rovers.  With myself being at the match, I must say it was the most dramatic finish to a game I have ever seen.  Brentford Winger Marcello Trotter crashed his penalty against the crossbar, only for James Coppinger of Doncaster Rovers to get slipped through on goal from the rebound to go straight down the other end and score.  This was the last kick of the game which finished 0-1 to Doncaster who sealed automatic promotion and the league one title.

Both managers will want this as Brentford have had a 10 year wait for another great opportunity for promotion, while ex Bristol City manager Gary Johnson, now at Yeovil, would want to relieve the heartache he suffered at the loss to Hull City in the Championship play-off final back in 2008.  Having played under Johnson when I was under his management at Bristol City, this will be a game that he will not want to lose because of his love, pride, and hunger for the game.

I predict a penalty shoot out even though Yeovil Town have done the double over Brentford this season.  I expect that both teams will be too frightened to lose.  Anything can happen in a penalty shoot out so who knows.

Moving onto the Championship Play-Off Final, Crystal Palace and Watford would be after the 120 million pounds worth battle for the Premiership place.

Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palcae on loan from Manchester Utd, showed his class as he stunned Brighton and Hove Albion with a headed goal and a thunderbolt strike to seal victory 0-2.  Zaha is the player Watford would have to watch out for and he seemed to be on song in front of goal at the most crucial times in the match.

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola is certainly up for this game as he ran half the length of Vicaridge Road to celebrate with his players as Troy Deeney finished off the game in the dying minutes, firing home to win the second leg 3-1 and the tie 3-2 on aggregate against Leicester City.

With both managers being as passionate as they are, I’m still going to go for a Crystal palace victory.  Just simply because Ian Holloway has done it before at Blackpool and looks like he has Wembley success written all over with a striker in form ‘Wilfred Zaha’.

Lets hope all the league Play-Off finals are exciting as ever and I wish success for all the teams that are promoted into their new division.

Speak Soon

Mark McCammon

Manchester United Premier League Winners Parade

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Manchester Utd earlier today had their title parade to mark off what had been a fantastic 26 years for Sir Alex Ferguson.

We also saw Paul Scholes marking his final season for the reds who initially ended his career in the 2010/2011 season but returned to the side January 2012 after he admitted that he missed playing.   Scholes had tallyed 717 appearances in all and I expect this auspicious parade was an emotional one for him.

The town was lively with a huge turn out of up to 100,000 passionate supporters.  Red flags and banners were all over the houses and street corners as the double decker bus left Sir Matt Busby Way – the road named after another celebrated manager – at about 18.30 BST.

The only down side was that Wayne Rooney got booed by a section of supporters during the parade, I think people must remember the contribution Rooney has made to probably the biggest club in the world.  He may have his reasons to hand in a transfer request which got rejected by the club, but who knows what goes on behind the scenes and the reason why he handed it in.

Sir Alex most of all deserved this special day with the endless success he has delivered to the club,  hopefully the moment didn’t get overshadowed by the Rooney saga.  The role is now handed over  to David Moyes which was announced earlier in the week.

Moyes has a huge task and would surely want to follow Sir Alex’s footsteps.  As a manager with his success at Everton, I’m sure he’ll know what to expect and he will be wanting to get his first season with the reds off to a flying start.

Next door neighbour’s Manchester City today had sacked manager Roberto Mancini and will be looking to challenge Manchester Utd into the 2013/2014 season.  There will be  new managers at two of the biggest clubs at present, how will they adapt?  Will pressure hit them?

Anything can happen in football with injuries and transfers that could affect the managers and teams performances.   Sir Alex managed to bring the best out of his players week in week out and no matter what the circumstances were ‘He Produced’!.

It’s amazing how the supporters got behind the team.  Sir Alex continuously thanked them for their support throughout his 26 years and you can see that they mean a lot to him.  His words were “Thank you for your support, I’ve had a fantastic time at this club and it will be in my heart forever.” Stand by your new manager.”

Those are words deep from the heart and I’m sure he will still have a big say within the club to help them continue their success as he will be taking up the director and ambassador role when he retires as manager.  I can understand why because he is marked as a true legend and it must had been hard for him to let a position like this go.

Lets see how both the Manchester Clubs will do next season with their new managers and what a season I expect it to be!

Lets Talk Soon.

Mark McCammon

Mancini

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Wigan marked themselves with FA cup glory as the player nick named ‘Prince Harry‘ came to the rescue with a dramatic winner in the 90th minute.

Ben Watson’s late header stunned Jo Hart as the game looked to be heading into extra time but the injury time goal couldn’t have come at a more than perfect time.

This result was surprising as Manchester City were hot favorites prior to kick off to at least get some silverware in the cabinet due to their recent disappointment finishing runners-up to their neighbours Manchester Utd in the Premier League.

First of  all, lets talk of how proud the Latics owner Dave Whelan and manager Roberto Martinez must be with his teams awesome display yesterday. This is a team that is in a relegation dog fight and myself having experienced a relegation battle before, they may have been entering the game low on confidence to a team lying second in the table.

This could lift Wigans confidence with their two remaining fixtures this season needing maximum points from the games for survival.   If they do get relegated they will follow QPR and Reading down to the Championship, but their consolation would be Europa League football for winning the FA Cup.

Roberto Mancini’s position at Manchester City could be under threat with the high expectation level the club demand. Their run of form in the premier league even though they are in second in the Premier League table seems not enough for the owner and fans and also the defeat to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Final looks as though its put the icing on the cake for Mancini.

Malaga FC manager Manuel Pellegrini  is the bookies hot favorite if Mancini stands down as the manager which looks inevitable.  But will this solve the problem?.

Manchester City have had manager after manager and its Mancini to of had only won the title.   Is it a good thing changing the manager frequently?. Mancini has spent a whopping 291 milllon pounds and has again requested from the board another cash injection to spend big, if he does leave the new manager may not fancy the players currently under contract at the Etihad and will want to invest in his own players whether he feels the players are good enough or not.

I don’t think its a good thing changing the manager all the time, you have players and supporters to think about, there is harmony in the changing room which can lead to unrest. The style of play and new tactics will be bought into place which the players would have to adapt to and that’s why my opinion will never change that money cannot always buy success.

It will be interesting to see next season who the manager will be but let’s hope football doesn’t get even more excessive than it is now regarding wages and transfer fee’s.

I miss the good old days where the young English youth prospects came through the ranks and established themselves to a high level of football and maintained it to pursue a long old successful career, for instance teams like Man Utd and Liverpool bringing through great talent.

Lets hold tight to see what will unfold.

See you tomorrow

Mark McCammon

Bale Messi Ronaldo

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Tottenham Hotspur Fc have urged Gareth Bale to sign a new contract at the club to end all the speculation that is gathering around him at present.

The Welshman has been linked to Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester Utd. Bale has come on in form leaps and bounds ever since signing from Southampton Fc back in 2007.

It took him three seasons to get voted by his fellow professionals for the PFA Player of Year award on Apr 17 2011 and again winning the the huge honour this campaign for the  PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

Bale had to shrug off hard competition from his fellow professionals including  Luis Suarez of Liverpool the runner up for the PFA Player of the Year and Robin Van Persie taking third place.

In my opinion Luis Suarez would had been in pole position for winning the player of the year if he didn’t bite Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea Football Club back in April. The governing bodies have to set an example of fair play which they did and sanctioned Suarez with a 10 match ban.   Hopefully Suarez will now learn from his mistakes as this is not the only incident he has been in the spotlight for.

Robin Van Persie came close but not close enough but managed to help guide and crown Manchester Utd  the championship title.  Van Persie scored 25 goals in only 35 premier league appearances.

Gareth Bale has been questionably marked in the class of Cristiano Ronaldo(Real Madrid) and Lionel Messi(Barcelona). I personally think this is a rash call considering both Messi And Ronaldo have a superior Goal ratio to Bale.

I Think Bale needs a few more consistent seasons and to also set the World Cup alight for his country(Wales) and then he could be considered a world class talent and compared to the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.

Will he be at Spurs next season?  Who knows. Andre Villas-Boas(Tottenham Hotspur Manager) would have to fight to the death to try and persuade Bale to put pen  to paper and depending on what contract Bale will ask for who knows where he will be.

Premier League players like Wayne Rooney(Manchester Utd) and Yaya Toure(Manchester City) are the Premier League’s highest payed players pushing the bracket over 200k per week!.  If Bale is out shining players of this calibre, who can call what he would be asking for wage wise, and the million dollar question is “Can Tottenham Afford Over 200k Per Week” for one player?

The answer to that question in my view is yes!  ‘If  Spurs want the Welshman that badly and see him as an indispensable asset they will pay it!’.

Andre Villa-Boas has urged him to sign the contract. Bale is at a club where he is absolutely adored by the fans, playing with high confidence week in week out. Feared by most of the Premier League’s opposition’s. Would life be better for him if he made a transfer away from White Heart Lane? Would he adapt to his new teams’ style of play in the Premier League or abroad?.

These are the decisions Bale would have to make rather quickly as Spurs are pilling in the pressure for him to sign a new contract and with the immense interest from elsewhere it will be interesting to see what happens, but I must say ‘what a great position for Bale to be in’.

Will Bale Stay White Heart Lane Next Season?

Is He to Worth 100 Million?

Feel free to leave you opinions

Let’s Talk Soon.

Mark McCammon.

Sir Alex

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Sky News confirmed Sir Alex’s retirement at the end of the season after 26 successful years in the game. His personality will make him a tough person to replace after confronting the backlash of many a controversial altercation.

Who will replace him? Can they live up to the high expectation level Sir Alex Ferguson has set or achieved within his legendary era at the club?

David Moye’s (Everton Manager) and Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid Manager) are sky bets hot favorites to replace the Scots man.

At over a decade Moye’s has produced a phenomenal record and gained respect from the fans with his glowing humble attitude which has put him in the forefront position for the role.

In my opinion I think Moye’s would be an ideal replacement with his diligent and high knowledge of the game for what he has done for Everton Football Club over his successful time with the Toffee’s.

This is a huge step up from Everton. We’re talking about Manchester Utd here, a club which everyone debates whether they’re the biggest team in the world ahead of  Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and many more.

A Club that has been dominating for year after year with Ferguson clinching 13 Premier League titles, he also delivered Utd to two European Cups,  five FA Cups, and four League Cups, and a European Cup Winners Cup.

This is surely a near impossible mission to replace! The expectation level will be high and mighty.  The players Sir Alex has brought through over the decades with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo,  Paul Scholes and David Beckham have been exceptional.  Can the new manager attract, or develop through the youth team players of this calibre?  In my opinion, ‘Highly Unlikely’!.

The reason why I think Jose Mourihnio wouldn’t fit the terrace at Utd is because of the fact that he is a previous Chelsea manager that won the title over Manchester Utd back to back in 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 season which brought immense rivalry between the two sides.  In my opinion he will find it hard to win over the Manchester Utd fans with the clashing relationship that was generated between the two.

Mind you, Mourihnio is renowned for his open and blunt personality which the public domain thrive for! Action, Drama, and controversy. He had a superb record with his time at Chelsea and even has a European Champions League title under his belt with his previous club Porto Fc back in 2004 which set his career alight and opened the doorway to his success at Chelsea Football Club.

Sir Alex Ferguson has his final home game on Sunday 12th May 2013 Manchester Utd Vs Swansea City  at Old Trafford.  I Would expect this to be an emotional moment for the fans, players and staff and most of all the Legendary Sir Alex Ferguson himself. The whole world will be watching this final moment in what has been a fantastic career full of achievements by a person that has set a high bar for all managers within this beautiful game of football.

Who Will Replace Sir Alex? Only Time Will Tell!

Lets Talk Soon.

Mark McCammon.