When International matches are taking place and the press stories are over filled with the same boring crap of Harry Kane playing his first game for England, or another article about him being like Shearer from another has been pundit. One thing is obvious, there isn’t too much decent news for sports journalists to get working on.
Therefore, you get stories about contracts and disputes within clubs internal politics rather than actual football. I find it amusing that even though these contractual issues will run on and on for both Walcott and Sterling for the length of the season they are making back page headlines to incentivise fans before the hugely anticipated game this Saturday.
I can personally speak from an amateur football article writer point of view that if you have nothing that is interesting or pretty much very little in content from a football perspective its best to say nothing, as it would have an adverse effect on people reading those opinions in the future.
I see now that journalism in the UK especially has lost its heart. There are in my opinion a handful of football writers that speak based on how they see it and their true opinions rather than writing solely for how they want to be perceived and perhaps to what they think the buying public want to read.
With only days to go before what has to be the biggest Arsenal v Liverpool game at this stage of the season in years the stories I would want to read would be much more on an analytical basis, or player or club focused, maybe portraying days of old, classic games, potential outcomes just something more.
- [Team news] Arsenal line up vs Wolves – Arteta’s dilemma with three out
- [Player ratings] Molde 0-3 Arsenal – Balogun scores as Gunners cruise
- Arteta reveals contract talks for starlet who’s part of Arsenal’s ‘DNA’
Okay, perhaps the title is too far a push for both sides, but for these giants of our game both to be vying for a Champions League place with so much at stake it rarely occurs at the business end of the campaign. Barring Liverpool’s defeat to Utd, we are the two in form sides in the league so this should be a cracker.
I don’t want to be reading about speculative bullshit about Walcott being wanted by Brendon Rodgers or vice verca with Sterling as I can tell you now nothing like that has been discussed in the week before this game. Rodgers alone you would only need to use last year as an example and to see his commitment to the run in to know that he wouldn’t be getting side tracked at this stage of the season with these types of issues.
If its a journalist to tell me the ‘News’ then I want the news for that day, not for yesterday and not for time in the future. If there is little news for that day which is clearly the case of late then use your journalistic creative mind that has given you this skill and differs you to the average man (like me) on the street when it comes to football writing. Unlike me, you would have huge amounts of data and resource at your peril and would be able to make a full and comprehensive opinion on a player or a match rather than just taking an easy way out and looking to cause nonsensical conflict before a game about contracts and other yawn-ingful stories.
So, I would say to readers, especially during International matches, switch off from the media. Very little is worth wasting time on.
I will hopefully be back later this week with ‘My Opinions’ on the game. I would suggest that you also have your own too.