September 02, 2016

Pounding the Euro

Pounding the Euro



BILLY'S CONTRACT assesses the fallout from Brexit




I don't know if any of our readers saw the Gary Lineker interview with Jurgen Klopp the other night on the new BBC Premiership show. Irrespective of your team's colours Klopp, not unlike Slaven Bilic, who possesses the look of a serial killer, comes across as one of football's few nice guys.

Lineker asked Klopp what he thought was the reason for England's dreadful performances in the European Championships. Jurgen the German did not go down the same old route as everyone else, suggesting that it was down to bad management, team selection, player fatigue, tactics or lack of them, or even Wayne Rooney, but it was possibly down to the EU referendum and Brexit. I thought it was his Deutsch off-beat sense of humour when I heard this, but he kept a straight face when he made this statement saying that the outcome of the Brexit vote might have unsettled many of the 'England boys'.

Now I can understand the EU debate winding many people up, such as the political classes, businesses, unions, students and the great unwashed (students again), but professional footballers, particularly Premiership ones - not a chance!
The greater majority of them are so far removed from reality that if they were given a reality check they would probably go down to the bank and try to cash it!
"if they were given a reality check they would probably go down to the bank and try to cash it! "

Then I got to thinking that I might be a bit unfair on England's finest. Brexit could have impacted on some of them psychologically. Although there was not the financial crash or the Third World War that was predicted by many when Brexit was confirmed, Sterling on the day did fall heavily from a recent high to a three year low. Those who invested heavily in Sterling wanted rid. Opinion was divided - many people wanted to drop Sterling altogether, and put something else in its place. Others wanted to hold on to Sterling,  hoping to see improvements and a better performance within the Eurozone than we had seen in the previous few days.

Not long after the England football team had returned home early - yet again - the FT index made significant gains and despite previous 'poundings' the City stuck with Sterling and were rewarded as Sterling finally held steady and stabilised a little, and then in early August gained in confidence when he was awarded Man of the Match against Stoke City.

Sterling's value increased further by three points a couple of weeks later with two goals against West Ham in City's 3-1 win at the Etihad. Jurgen might have a point after all.

In the next edition of Monkey Business we consider the implications of Brexit on the NHS and why Doctor Pepper Guardiola gave Joe Hart a major bypass.