Long-time readers of KopTalk or, indeed, of this blog will be only too familiar with Duncan Oldham’s outlandish claims over the years that he has friends or contacts among Melwood staff, the ‘top brass’ at Anfield and among the players. Who could forget the supposed phone calls from Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler? How many of you sniggered behind your hands as he boasted of being invited to meet Rick Parry or having ‘tea and biccies’ with Gérard Houllier?
Individual members or even the owners of other independent sites may or may not have ‘insider’ information from various sources, but none cynically boast that they do in order to draw visitors to their sites. Perhaps that’s because no others are run as the full-time occupation of the owners and no others so desperately chase cash from their members. Despite his protestations to the contrary, many blog articles have adequately demonstrated how KopTalk has for many years been run on a business model, peddling negativity to increase hits.
This is usually achieved simply by reading other sites and watching Sky Sports News to use their stories, and reporting them in a sensationalist, tabloid fashion. Why would you pay £30 for that? Perhaps Oldham realises this himself, so he likes to garnish his ‘borrowed’ news items with the implication that he has access to privileged knowledge. It’s a shame that he then betrays the lie in that by having to stoop to stunts such as staking out Melwood and standing on wheelie bins.
Take the departure of Ayesteran. It has been widely publicised in the press that changes were made to pre-season training routines, which contributed to disagreements between the assistant manager and Benitez. Oldham speculated the other day that some players would surely be glad to see Ayesteran depart, due to his harsh training regimes. At the time, he was remarkably coy when asked if he knew this; he clearly didn’t.
#24873 – 30/08/07 09:26 PM Re: Pako to leave? [Re: Dave69]
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Originally Posted By: Dave69
no probs big man……
I think a few players would be chuffed if he did go
Re: Pako to leave? [Re: FT9]
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Originally Posted By: FT9
No I just mean because his fitness schedules are very hard 🙂
6 days later, perhaps after a tip-off from the Anfield Mole, we were treated to this news item:
#29411 – Yesterday at 02:44 PM Pako exit welcomed by players
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The exit of Pako Ayesteran from Anfield may have come as a shock to some but it didn’t come as a shock to several core members of the first team who are happy to see him leave.
Ayesteran was a well-liked man and nobody had a bad word to say about him, but it was his high intensity training schedules that weren’t popular with the first team players, especially the English lads who often complained of feeling “totally knackered” after just a morning session.
A source in the first team squad told us: “Pako was a top bloke. Everyone had time for him but sometimes it felt like he was killing us.
“Everyone likes to do their best in training. Ok some players train better than others but everyone knows it’s a requirement to keep fit and sharp.
“Some lads would come back in an afternoon or evening complaining of not recovering from a morning workout. A lot of us didn’t want to turn in.
“Compared with other clubs we were doing a lot more fitness work yet the manager’s results [computer tracked monitoring, projections etc] showed that we didn’t need to step it up any more.
“I’ll miss Pako and I know the other lads will too but the current training programme is much better. It’s still hard but you don’t feel destroyed at the end of the day.”
Barking mad. Does anyone still seriously think that players are taking time out to break confidences and betray club secrets in order for Duncan Oldham to sell it as news on his site?
Clearly, at least one member doesn’t. I’ll let his words speak for me.
#29834 – Today at 09:40 AM Re: Pako exit welcomed by players [Re: redmick84]
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I don’t think you can make that headline out of that quote.
What are we now, some sort of cheap tabloid reporters?
There’s no way everyone like Pako just the same as there’s no way everyone likes Rafa. Remember Baros having a swipe at Rafa?
Take it with a pinch of salt. An unnamed source….. oh please.