SWINDON TOWN: Cooper unhappy at FIFA secretary general's winter World Cup vision

Town boss Mark Cooper

Town boss Mark Cooper

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MARK Cooper has slammed the notion of a winter World Cup, stating that the move could create chaos in the Football League.

After FIFA awarded the 2022 tournament to the desert nation of Qatar, secretary general Jérôme Valcke this week stated that the event will switch from its traditional June and July slot to some time between mid-November and mid-January.

With European leagues set to be interrupted by any change and England in particular, Cooper has lambasted Valcke’s su.

He told the Advertiser: “I dread to think. You’re going to have some supporters watching the World Cup that would otherwise be watching Swindon Town.

“It’s chaos. I think they’ve known all along what they’re going to do. I tell you what, we’ll play for 12 months just because Mr Blatter decides we’re going to have a month’s jolly up in Qatar and we’re not going to worry about anyone else’s domestic game. It’s ridiculous.

“I don’t know how they’ve got away with it. I think there will be some protests and some people might dig their heels in and say we’re not going.”

Cooper thinks that those countries who missed out on hosting the tournament in eight years’ time - notably Australia, Japan and the USA - could challenge FIFA’s decision legally.

“It’s an absolute shambles. How can you have a process where you know the World Cup is in the summer and everybody puts their bid in aware of what it is, that the World Cup is based in June, and then they give the World Cup to Qatar and because the weather isn’t right they move it to the winter? It’s absolutely crazy,” he said.

“I think there’ll be problems with the people that did bid and were unsuccessful. They’re going to come for FIFA, aren’t they? And rightly so. The World Cup is for summer, it always has been, it’s for June and always will be. It’s just another example of people running FIFA who shouldn’t be anywhere near it.”

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8:24am Sat 11 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

Being a town can I don't bother me if its played spring,summer,autumn or winter we won't have any players to worry about, we will be knocked out in the first round, woy will say the old wubbish, lets be fair even the honest f.a guy says we are shiit, and everyone is slating him.
Do your best here cooper take us up in auto this season and you could be the next England's number two lets be fair the only manager in the premiership to let in 100 goals was made up to be England's number two so this wouldn't be unique.
Who cares anyway? I dont
Being a town can I don't bother me if its played spring,summer,autumn or winter we won't have any players to worry about, we will be knocked out in the first round, woy will say the old wubbish, lets be fair even the honest f.a guy says we are shiit, and everyone is slating him. Do your best here cooper take us up in auto this season and you could be the next England's number two lets be fair the only manager in the premiership to let in 100 goals was made up to be England's number two so this wouldn't be unique. Who cares anyway? I dont smirg kcab
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8:36am Sat 11 Jan 14

LionelHutz says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Being a town can I don't bother me if its played spring,summer,autumn or winter we won't have any players to worry about, we will be knocked out in the first round, woy will say the old wubbish, lets be fair even the honest f.a guy says we are shiit, and everyone is slating him.
Do your best here cooper take us up in auto this season and you could be the next England's number two lets be fair the only manager in the premiership to let in 100 goals was made up to be England's number two so this wouldn't be unique.
Who cares anyway? I dont
It's still 8 years away so it's impossible to predict how it will affect Swindon Town. We could be in the Premier League in 2022. Or we could be non league. Who knows?

Likewise, to say England will go out in the first round when there will be an almost entirely different playing squad is jumping the gun somewhat. We might have a good team then. Or we might not qualify!

I agree with what MC says, though. The World Cup should never have been awarded to Qatar if they can't play it in June and July. It's like awarding it to Antarctica, then worrying it'll be too cold.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Being a town can I don't bother me if its played spring,summer,autumn or winter we won't have any players to worry about, we will be knocked out in the first round, woy will say the old wubbish, lets be fair even the honest f.a guy says we are shiit, and everyone is slating him. Do your best here cooper take us up in auto this season and you could be the next England's number two lets be fair the only manager in the premiership to let in 100 goals was made up to be England's number two so this wouldn't be unique. Who cares anyway? I dont[/p][/quote]It's still 8 years away so it's impossible to predict how it will affect Swindon Town. We could be in the Premier League in 2022. Or we could be non league. Who knows? Likewise, to say England will go out in the first round when there will be an almost entirely different playing squad is jumping the gun somewhat. We might have a good team then. Or we might not qualify! I agree with what MC says, though. The World Cup should never have been awarded to Qatar if they can't play it in June and July. It's like awarding it to Antarctica, then worrying it'll be too cold. LionelHutz
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10:25am Sat 11 Jan 14

Cleuso says...

I do think this cuts both ways. I would hope that the Football League would see this as a great opportunity to have live football in the UK without the overbearing presence of the premier league , week in and week out..aligned to a huge "localism" campaign to try and attract a new set of fans rather than those that travel afar to see the best "foreign teams" fight it out for the premiership title under the guise of our major cities.

There are so many opportunities after all, football on a Saturday at your local ground against the might of Qatar v Inconsequential at 3.00 a.m in the morning is hardly the match that would send fans frantic trying to find their TV handsets... who ever would watch the "highlights"...would
n't be me.

I think all clubs in the football league would be able to ensure their squads are not overladen with "world cup stars" and those that do , will know up front they will have to struggle through without their " star" players from N ireland, Scotland and Belarus for the few weeks of the tournament.

In reality , a switch to the winter will bring legal cases by the score and th only winners will be the lawyers as players opt out, clubs refuse to let them play, contracts are broken, injuries happen. I can see many opting not to go and if a few of those overseas players don't return to the leagues afterwards, then it only provides more opportunities for young British born players to get games and develop instead of going through apprenticeships that lead to nowhere..

The FA should take the lead and overlook sending an entry form to the tournament , that break will give them a good few years to totally restructure the way the game operates in the UK in a fairer way, develop young players, give them a future and give Blatter the message every fan wants to send...."time for you to get out"..

Glad it'll soon be County Ground time again and a chance to watch some live football.

Blatter is
I do think this cuts both ways. I would hope that the Football League would see this as a great opportunity to have live football in the UK without the overbearing presence of the premier league , week in and week out..aligned to a huge "localism" campaign to try and attract a new set of fans rather than those that travel afar to see the best "foreign teams" fight it out for the premiership title under the guise of our major cities. There are so many opportunities after all, football on a Saturday at your local ground against the might of Qatar v Inconsequential at 3.00 a.m in the morning is hardly the match that would send fans frantic trying to find their TV handsets... who ever would watch the "highlights"...would n't be me. I think all clubs in the football league would be able to ensure their squads are not overladen with "world cup stars" and those that do , will know up front they will have to struggle through without their " star" players from N ireland, Scotland and Belarus for the few weeks of the tournament. In reality , a switch to the winter will bring legal cases by the score and th only winners will be the lawyers as players opt out, clubs refuse to let them play, contracts are broken, injuries happen. I can see many opting not to go and if a few of those overseas players don't return to the leagues afterwards, then it only provides more opportunities for young British born players to get games and develop instead of going through apprenticeships that lead to nowhere.. The FA should take the lead and overlook sending an entry form to the tournament , that break will give them a good few years to totally restructure the way the game operates in the UK in a fairer way, develop young players, give them a future and give Blatter the message every fan wants to send...."time for you to get out".. Glad it'll soon be County Ground time again and a chance to watch some live football. Blatter is Cleuso
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11:21am Sat 11 Jan 14

ging999 says...

Cleuso wrote:
I do think this cuts both ways. I would hope that the Football League would see this as a great opportunity to have live football in the UK without the overbearing presence of the premier league , week in and week out..aligned to a huge "localism" campaign to try and attract a new set of fans rather than those that travel afar to see the best "foreign teams" fight it out for the premiership title under the guise of our major cities.

There are so many opportunities after all, football on a Saturday at your local ground against the might of Qatar v Inconsequential at 3.00 a.m in the morning is hardly the match that would send fans frantic trying to find their TV handsets... who ever would watch the "highlights"...would

n't be me.

I think all clubs in the football league would be able to ensure their squads are not overladen with "world cup stars" and those that do , will know up front they will have to struggle through without their " star" players from N ireland, Scotland and Belarus for the few weeks of the tournament.

In reality , a switch to the winter will bring legal cases by the score and th only winners will be the lawyers as players opt out, clubs refuse to let them play, contracts are broken, injuries happen. I can see many opting not to go and if a few of those overseas players don't return to the leagues afterwards, then it only provides more opportunities for young British born players to get games and develop instead of going through apprenticeships that lead to nowhere..

The FA should take the lead and overlook sending an entry form to the tournament , that break will give them a good few years to totally restructure the way the game operates in the UK in a fairer way, develop young players, give them a future and give Blatter the message every fan wants to send...."time for you to get out"..

Glad it'll soon be County Ground time again and a chance to watch some live football.

Blatter is
I agree with you when you say that Blatter is.........(I can't think of an ending either)
Your summary above is quite good BUT midweek FL attendances will be affected, as most of the WC games are being played between 1700-2000.
I wonder if anyone else can think of a suitable ending to 'Blatter is...'
[quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: I do think this cuts both ways. I would hope that the Football League would see this as a great opportunity to have live football in the UK without the overbearing presence of the premier league , week in and week out..aligned to a huge "localism" campaign to try and attract a new set of fans rather than those that travel afar to see the best "foreign teams" fight it out for the premiership title under the guise of our major cities. There are so many opportunities after all, football on a Saturday at your local ground against the might of Qatar v Inconsequential at 3.00 a.m in the morning is hardly the match that would send fans frantic trying to find their TV handsets... who ever would watch the "highlights"...would n't be me. I think all clubs in the football league would be able to ensure their squads are not overladen with "world cup stars" and those that do , will know up front they will have to struggle through without their " star" players from N ireland, Scotland and Belarus for the few weeks of the tournament. In reality , a switch to the winter will bring legal cases by the score and th only winners will be the lawyers as players opt out, clubs refuse to let them play, contracts are broken, injuries happen. I can see many opting not to go and if a few of those overseas players don't return to the leagues afterwards, then it only provides more opportunities for young British born players to get games and develop instead of going through apprenticeships that lead to nowhere.. The FA should take the lead and overlook sending an entry form to the tournament , that break will give them a good few years to totally restructure the way the game operates in the UK in a fairer way, develop young players, give them a future and give Blatter the message every fan wants to send...."time for you to get out".. Glad it'll soon be County Ground time again and a chance to watch some live football. Blatter is[/p][/quote]I agree with you when you say that Blatter is.........(I can't think of an ending either) Your summary above is quite good BUT midweek FL attendances will be affected, as most of the WC games are being played between 1700-2000. I wonder if anyone else can think of a suitable ending to 'Blatter is...' ging999
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