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GNev: No Egos With England

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, was asked by Roy Hodgson to join his team of coaches for the Euros, despite having no experience. After retiring, Neville walked in to a job with Sky Sports as a pundit and has been a roaring success. It is presumably because of his excellent pre and post match analysis that Neville was seen capable of providing something to the set up for this tournament.

Neville has been an animated character during the games but thinks he needs to chill out a bit more before he will be ready for management, suggesting he’s happy where he is with Sky Sports during the season.

“You kick every ball. You head every ball. I need to calm down a little bit before I even consider management!” he said. “I’m just blessed to be here. I feel privileged to be here and to have been asked to come and be a coach under Roy, contributing as much as I possibly can. I really am just learning the ropes.”

With the expectations put on England lower than ever, the team has seemed to thrive, finishing top of a group which contained France. Neville thinks the success they’ve had in the opening three games is down to the fact the players have come with less of an ego.

“I believe it is a squad without ego,’’ said Neville. “They are all working for one another and you can see that on the pitch. The greatest demonstration of that spirit is the way in which they play for each other and fought for each other. There is no star in the group. We have got big characters in the dressing-room but they are all fighting for the cause. They’ll have to continue to do that because it is going to be damn tough on Sunday.”

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  1. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    @ Cedars

    Afternoon my tit plumping friend, yeah, that should be some fun mate, I am thinking of slipping into Mike’s blue moon pyjamas for that shit. But still wouldn’t compare to the sheep shagging shit you enjoy! After all, that’s one thing in which you don’t have to fake an orgasm, the Baaaaaaa and Maaaaaaa come out automatically isn’t it? :D

    @ Sandeep

    Anybody who thinks Cedars is not a great sheep shagger needs to get their head tested!! Enough said.

  2. Sandeep1878 says:

    off now folks, heading for lunch, then home, see you all tomorrow..


    Good day REDS :)

    Keep it RED and UNITED..

  3. CedarsDevil says:

    Frigging Indian buggers the lot of you………I am always out numbered on here. fucks sake there’s over a billion of you lot…………Where’s me Mikey when I need him….

    And yes, sheep shagging is an art, just ask any leeds fan!! ha ha

  4. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    On another note, how shit is Potty the fucking Parker and “park the ass” Andy Cartroll!!! And, Milner is a legend of sorts in giving the ball away! And, what the fuck was Joe Fart trying to do in the shootout? Trying to intimidate Pirlo with his antics? Pirlo’s penalty was a pisstake at him and England saying you simply ain’t good enough boys!

    So, with Young missing the penalty, he should be the #1 contender for being the scapegoat in this tournament for England. They’ll tell you, ohh we had an advantage and Young screwed it up by smashing it against the crossbar. Ashley Cole’s shit penalty would be explained as, Ohh he was trying to slot it in the right corner you see, just missed by a whisker! If they indeed slaughter Young for the miss, I bet he’s going to have a cracking season for United along with that Kagawabunga kid, who I am absolutely starting to adore!

  5. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    @ Sandeep

    Have a good lunch Sandy boy! Enjoy :)

  6. CedarsDevil says:


    Lunch then home? What line of work are you in mate? Its like only midday in India…….

    Anyway enjoy them thumbs pal

  7. CedarsDevil says:


    On a serious note (Not sure if I can ever be serious though!!) you are right about Young, he will be made a scapegoat, something United players are well used to by now…..Like you I really hope he will have a cracking season with us and silence all them ABU daft cunts……Something which Becks did very well after 98

  8. CedarsDevil says:

    I will eventually move and live in Sicily……Start my own branch of the Cedars mob…..Making ‘hits’ on the ABU’s out there for fun and making a few bob in the process……..Cyril will be my first recruit based on his experience in the field………..

  9. ahjs says:

    I don’t know what’s been said on Twitter but don’t think Ashley Young will come in for too much stick. All you can ask is that the players try and hopefully enjoy it. England did the best they could in this tournament and there really doesn’t seem to be the unrealistic expectations everywhere. That’s probably because all the eejits thought we’d win it with Redknapp, but not with Hodgson.

    Pirlo was great. Sure, you can try to mark him closer but a man of that class is going to find space. He’s in the top 10 midfielders I’ve seen with Zidane, Scholes, Laudrup, Iniesta etc and they make a living from finding space. He can swat the likes of Parker and Gerrard aside and forwards like Rooney are only going to do a limited job.

    You want better football? Produce better players. Germany started from the bottom after Euro 2000 and look at them now – a quality team with heaps of quality youngsters coming through. If they can just topple Spain they can dominate.

    And the Spanish style is negative in the sense they could destroy teams, but don’t. However, I do find it a bit funny that people in England talk about passing as the holy grail now, that we have to be better in possession yet the Spanish are masters of it and everyone slags them off. Now Spain are winning, they’re hated and now Germany don’t win people have warmed to them. In a sense I don’t blame Spain for that game against France because why should Spain try for 2,3 or 4 when France are so abject they don’t try to equalise? But Spain do need to lose, for the good of football. In 2008 they were entertaining but by playing with no strikers like they do now they’re taking the piss.

  10. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    I wouldn’t scapegoat any players but point out , collectively England once again under performed and for some reason it’s come as a shock.

    Milner,Young,Parker’s technical ability, Rooney, Carroll ability yesterday was shocking !

    Overall those players was of course shit but collectively worse. Ball retention was shit, Possession was 36%, no creativity from the middle, out dated 4-4-2….same old england.
    I won’t defend Young…or Welbeck or Rooney…this was England, they’ll get ripped into no matter what happens, all we can hope for is they give United 100% and learn from the experience.

    We will reap the benefits :D

  11. CedarsDevil says:

    Just read an article saying that eating lots of fruits and vegetables is good for you…. NO Fucking SHIT!!!

    Something that human kind have known for centuries………… Do these daft fuckers actually get paid for writing this pathetic bollocks???

  12. CedarsDevil says:

    Perhaps I should change my profession…. You know, get a job at some research centre and spend the next 50 years of my life chopping up tomatoes and finding out their benefits

  13. Jeet says:


  14. Sandeep1878 says:

    Here is the ROM FB page update and we got one more Cedars fan ther, no suprise there, innit? ;)

    here is what he writes,

    “I’m a biggest fan of cedars, he’s got leadership quality. I’ve been reading ROM for aslong as I can remember n cerdars is always the inspiration at best, if u are reading this please tell the guy that I’m his biggest fan.”

    name: ChiKo Mondlane


    See you all tomorrow folks, cheers :)

  15. Brigadier19 says:


    I can see it now, you choppa the tomatoes on the back streets of Sicily, a Brigadier comes forth armed and dangerous whilst on one of his missions, and on the off chance that if you see a Leeds shirt you will go into a fit of temporary rage destroying the town in the process, then the Corleone’s make you president of the ABU Nation, Sicily Division. :)

  16. Brigadier19 says:


    Arrivederci For Now :)

  17. CedarsDevil says:


    Ha ha ha……The Sicily Division!! Love it, you know if you keep playing nice I may, just may make you second in command!!!


    Is this for real? I feel so humbled…. Do pass on my hello to the fella

  18. Jeet says:

    Next thing you know Celebrity Cedars will be invited to participate in Big Brother, only to be voted out by the sheep :lol:

  19. CedarsDevil says:

    Told ya them Indian buggers had a scheme of sorts……….. Watch out folk, with General Jeet in command they are out to get us………As long as we stay together we can defeat them!!!! Believe me at your own peril

  20. prasan_UTDfan4life says:

    Sicily has a nice sound to it, similar to the sound of Cedar’s nurse’s name, “Leedie the Lily”!!! Now, I get why Cedars wants to settle there. I found an interesting link in this regard:

  21. denton davey says:

    BobbyCharlton’sCombover @ 7:28: “Welbeck did ok a times last night but he failed to control a few balls and his body language looked a bit negative after he had lost them.”

    I understand the need to try and protect UTD’s players from ABU criticism. However, let’s be honest – DannyTheLad had one of Ingerland’s two chances and sent the ball high, wide, and none-too-handsome. On the plus side, Welbeck was actually better than both TheWayneBoy and Ashley Young – both of whom were somewhere between-terrible-and-awful.


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