Blasting into the off season: News updates

And the news is flying fast and furious.  Niller had a good take on a few of these items so I’ll include what he wrote here and add my own thoughts…

  1. Unai Emery: This is unnerving for all of us.  And news today is that the Napoli president has flow to Spain to meet with Emery.  The offer is reported to be for 3 years at 3.5 million euros per year.  Does anyone know what Emery makes with us?  Emery just recently claimed that he would be part of our CL campaign, but that was in the heat of a celebration… Does he really mean it?  Castro has been saying “Emery is someone who keeps his promises” or something along those lines.  But that can always be altered later to: “The club and Emery discussed and agreed that this new path of action would be best for both parties.”  I hope not.  I hope this is just Emery listening to peoples’ offers but ultimately staying.Niller’s take on the coaching switch which will likely still be relevant before all is said and done: ” The coach-situation: Apparently Monchi and Emery are talking about Emery’s contract and to that I say: accept all his demands!  The situation is a little out of Sevilla’s hands I’m afraid. A minor coach-rotation is going on out in the world and that might affect us.  Real Madrid is in need of another coach which very likely will be Rafael Benitez. Meanwhile Ancelotti and Milan are talking. Milan is one of the most frequent rumours about a possible Emery-destination, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that Ancelotti will be their coach for next season. Napoli, however, are now in need of a manager if/when Benitez leaves. Apparently the president (or something like that) of Napoli is trying to convince Emery to move to Italy. Napoli won’t play Champions League next season and ended on a fifth place in Serie A… come on, Unai..!”
  2. Michael Krohn-Dehli:  Back to Niller: “The transfers are already starting to tick in and I will just comment a little bit on the transfer of my fellow dane:  Michael Krohn-Dehli. It is official – he was free and his contract is two years with the option of another one. He is 31 (32 on saturday I think), so the same age as Reyes. I have said it a few times before, but here it comes again: I am not overly excited about this. He was definitely a star in Celta Vigo and a profile on the danish national team, but does he have Champions League-level? I don’t think so. I imagine he will be used as a rotation-player which I think he will be perfect for. He can play almost every position on midfield and has a lot of experience. I am looking forward to see him for us, but I can’t help but wonder if this means a goodbye to one of our midfielders…”Let me add that what I was reading states that they expect KD to play defensive midfield.  They like his tireless work ethic and distribution.  So, if that’s indicative of other player transfers, is it a sign that they expect Krychowiak or Mbia to leave?  Time will tell.  I’ll be very interested to see if they try and convince Mbia to stay.  And very interested to see what types of actual offers start coming in for Krycho.  I’m not quite as negative about this as Niller, I think its a low-risk/medium-reward type of signing.  Monchi has been really open about not wanting to repeat the mistakes of previous CL campaigns with reckless signings (17 million for Kone!!).  Personally, if we could keep this exact team together, I’d be thrilled, I just doubt that will happen.
  3. Biris Sanction: Apparently the Biris section will be partially closed for our first four matches of next season.  Sounds like this is some real BS with the RFEF trying to make an example out of us for reasons I don’t fully understand.  Castro is pissed and promised to fight back.
  4. Morocco: I’m assuming most of you were less bored/nostalgic than me and didn’t watch that crappy exhibition match.  What a waste of time to go down to Morocco to play a low quality game in a stadium with about 1,000 people in a market that isn’t ever going to matter much for the league/team’s expansion.  Apparently, as part of this same Liga World Challenge promotion Villareal went to Australia, Espanyol went to Ecuador, and Valencia (screw these guys) went to the US.  We’d better get to go to the US next year…