Simon Jordan tells Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp to ‘continue’ after match complaints
Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has slammed “lightweight” Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson for complaining about aircraft congestion during the holiday season.
Top clubs are currently going through their busiest time on the football calendar, with several teams playing on Boxing Day, before replaying on December 28 and then New Years.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, his assistant Pep Lijnders and captain Jordan Henderson have all spoken out against the current Christmas schedule over the past week.
Simon Jordan slammed Premier League clubs for complaining about party games
Guardiola (right) and Klopp (left) have both criticized the high-flying party program
Premier League clubs met with league bosses on Thursday afternoon to discuss the current festive schedule, just as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has recommended players come up with the idea of a strike if they are not happy.
But former Eagles chief Jordan claims Guardiola and Klopp “always make an excuse” and described them as “very lucky” because they “would be working at McDonalds” if it hadn’t been for football.
2021/22 LIVERPOOL FESTIVES SCHEDULE
December 28 – Leicester City (A)
January 2 – Chelsea (A)
January 6 – Arsenal (A) (Carabao Cup)
January 9 – Shrewsbury (H) (FA Cup)
January 13 – Arsenal (H) (Carabao Cup)
January 16 – Brentford (H)
Premier League matches, unless otherwise specified
Liverpool Boxing Day clash with Leeds postponed due to Covid
‘Enough already!’ Jordan said talk about SPORT. “Play this fucking game, keep being gamers.” We give you way too much. Most of the gamers I know really want to play these games.
“You hear people like Graeme Souness and David Moyes come out and say ‘game after game, next after next’ – that’s what we want.
“I don’t know what kind of people we raise: but (they are) light weights. I can not stand it anymore. Have character – just walk through it. We accept all the pros, take some of the cons.
“Football is based on a culture where people always find excuses. Where I agree with them – and it’s their fault they didn’t vote for – is giving them five replacements. But if they get five, they’ll want seven. And if they get seven, they’ll want ten.
“Whatever you give people is never enough. What if you said you were doing really well? How about pinching yourself to realize how lucky you are? Because if it hadn’t been for football, half of you would be working at McDonalds.
“You gain ten million players a year and you just complain about what you don’t have.”
Klopp challenged the current Premier League schedule amid an increase in Omicron outbreaks in squads which saw most of last weekend’s matches called off.
German assistant Pep Lijnders called the current schedule “absurd” while skipper Henderson said nobody in the Premie League “really takes the welfare of the players seriously”.
Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders slammed English football’s current festive schedule
Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick wants Carabao Cup scrapped
Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has suggested the Carabao Cup competition should be scrapped, as England are the only country among the best leagues in the world with two domestic knockout tournaments.
Norwich City manager Dean Smith also described the 48-hour delay for clubs between Boxing Day and December 28 and the ‘madness’.
As players and managers met high-level officials in two separate Zoom calls on Thursday, they told high-level officials that footballers were being crushed.
But last week, 15 of the 20 Premier League clubs told officials they wanted to continue games despite the latest peak in the Covid Omicron variant – with Chelsea and Brentford changing their minds to support the game’s continuation.
Jordan, meanwhile, argued that football was primarily for the public and fans and challenged overseas managers such as Klopp trying to dictate how football should be run in England.
Guardiola believes Premier League players will have to stage strike if they want change
Jordan Henderson fears player welfare is not being taken seriously enough
He added: “Klopp seems to be incredibly shrill, as does his deputy manager whose little nuggets we had to listen to the day before, on how the momentum of football in this country should be maintained.
“Everyone plays on an equal footing. Everyone understands that the dynamics of it, at certain times of the year, play for the public.
“It’s for the public. It’s for broadcasters and fans who want these games that way. I think there is a massive setback, and I could be wrong but I don’t think I am, that the fans love this tradition.
“Have you forgotten what gets you where you are?” What puts you where you are is the demand for gaming, because if you didn’t have the demand for gaming, you and your coworkers wouldn’t be paid tens of millions of pounds a year.