Finally some news!! Banfield the man to make a difference? Walcott & Chamberlain suffer….

Another quiet day in the world of Arsenal…

Theo Walcott travels to the Euros without his family nearby as they fear of being on the end of nasty racist ‘stuff’ and support has come from Joleon Lescott:

It is shame we are talking about it, but I think we always will be. Theo is a vital member of the squad. He is likely to play a lot of games and have a big role in the team. It is a shame his family won’t be able to go and support him and it is a shame they have to make that decision for nothing to do with football.

I understand it though, if they feel it is going to be a problem when he is out there.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s family has followed suit, they too have opted not to travel to support their son for the same reasons. That must be a hard decision to make for both families and it’s a decision that shouldn’t have to be given thought should it? There is no place for racism in life, let alone football.

Must be hard for the black players in the England squad too, wondering if the guy at the back really did make those comments to Anton Ferdinand and a reason why John Terry’s court case should have been heard and finished with before this competition!

Finally afc.com had some news yesterday, not ‘breaking news’ or anything as exciting as a player signing but they filled the website with confirmation of the Bould & Banfield promotions and both had a bit to say:

Steve Bould:

All of our kids have to be technically sound and able to play and that is the basis we all work off. First and foremost is the philosophy of the football club and the manager.

There is a brand and philosophy that we have to play, that is No 1 whether it is youth players, reserve players or first-team players.

Neil Banfield:

I am absolutely delighted, it is a dream come true, to think I am now going to be first-team coach… well I pinch myself sometimes. I am really looking forward to it.

Banfield said that when he was called into the headmasters managers office he thought it was merely to explain why he had not been given the assistant managers job but:

Then he told me he wanted me to become first-team coach, and you could have knocked me over. I was a bit gobsmacked to be honest, but after the initial surprise and sense of achievement inside, I was just delighted.

Banfield says that while his role may have changed, the players know what they can expect from him.

We have had a good relationship with all of the younger players who have come through at the Club – being in and around things will hold us in good stead.

But we can’t get away from the fact we are in a results business, winning leagues and cups, and there is a different edge to it. We are now coaching to win games, and that is a different mindset.

I am demanding but patient. One of the biggest things is being honest with players. They know they will get honesty from me, they won’t get any flannel: it will be straight down the line, good and bad. They know I am trying to help them.

I like what Banfield had to say more than Bould,

We can’t get away from the fact we are in a results business, winning leagues and cups!

Yes we are Mr Banfield, now go and tell Arsene that will you!

Have a good day all….

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