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Will VAR drive Premier League fans to the EFL and Non-League for a real football fix

The introduction of VAR to the Premier League has caused as much controversy as expected. With money as the motive in every aspect of a business, it might not last much longer as fans are preferring lower-tier competitions in order to see some real football being played…

Football fans across England see VAR as a destructive tool of the game. The human error of referees had always been part of the sport, judging the performance of the referee came second to judging the performance of the players.

VAR, which stands for Virtual Assistant Referee, has killed the buzz of seeing your team score a goal, as you tend to have to wait for VAR to check the legitimacy of the goal.

With the billions and billions of pounds floating around the Premier League, fans fear that football is beginning to come second to the ‘Reality TV-like’ aspect to the modern game. VAR certainly adds to this.

As a result, lovers of the sport are preferring to watch lower-tier football. The EFL and non-league competitions have not had VAR introduced, and also have more of a focus on the football being played on the pitch as opposed to what happens off it, who took a penalty or what Pogba’s hair colour is etc.

In essence, it is a form of boycotting.

So what is bad about VAR?

Of course, and myself is no exception to this, VAR is only ever good when it favours the side you support. It is part of the natural biases and delusions of a football fan.

However, many European folks criticise American Football for its stop/start nature and claim that the sport isn’t gripping or exciting. This may well be the case for European football in the coming years as VAR takes over.

As it stands, VAR is necessary for decisions that are not absolutely clear to human referees. With arguments that VAR cannot be completely accurate, it completely avoids the need for it.

‘Absolutely gutted. My first ever memories of football were at this place’ D-Day for Bury FC and it’s fans

Bury FC have had their first six games of the campaign postponed, and now they might face folding altogether…

The EFL has ordered Bury to prove that they show sufficient funding by 23:59 Friday 23 August 2019. The BBC reported that ex-director of the club handcuffed herself to a drainpipe outside Gigg Lane, pleading for help from investors and other North-West football clubs.

Bury fans and football fans across the country are torn up by how a lack of good ownership has killed and buried a 134-year-old establishment.

Upon the financial takeover of an EFL club, the EFL must first condone. Steve Dale has a long list of failed businesses but was still granted the ability to take over the club. Once again, he has destroyed what he’s touched.

The only way Bury can be saved is if Dale sells the club to a suitable investor who can also provide proof that they can adequately finance and maintain the club…

Social Media has been flooded with heart-wrenching stories and opinions from long-serving Bury fans about how the abandonment of their club will affect their lives.

Fans are also displeased with the EFL. They are aware that they have the power and ability to save the club.

Steve Dale famously bought the club for £1. Which means he would incur any of the withstanding debt that the club owed at the time. He purchased the club on the promise of improving the financial situation. Now, Dale is holding out for £2million for his ‘time and resources’, making the chances of finding an investor all the less likely.

We all want Bury to survive

Any true lover of the sport would never want to see a club fold due to poor ownership, regardless of their loyalties. The time, effort, joy, tears, money, love and life poured into the team you love all to be taken away.

The Football Manc Cave hopes to see Bury standing strong for another 134 years.

Man City fans have spoken and demand Pep play midfielder this weekend

Man City was held to a 2-2 draw at Spurs, and now fans are demanding that one key player feature in the midfield against Bournemouth.

Pep Guardiola is blessed with one of the best midfield selections in European football. With the like of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogen, Rodri and Fernandinho at his disposal.

However, the winger/midfielder Bernardo Silva is the man the fans want to see partner Kevin De Bruyne in the midfield in their next game against Bournemouth. According to MEN Sport’s tweeted poll, 47% of fans wanted to see Bernardo Silva. Compared to David Silva at 32%, Phil Foden 13% and Ilkay Gundogen 8%.

Bernardo Silva was a fantastic central midfielder during Kevin De Bruyne’s absence last season. He returned to the wing upon his return. With De Bruyne being arguably irreplaceable he cannot be dropped for Bernardo Silva due to his immense quality. So naturally, fans want to see two partnered up.

Against Spurs, he didn’t manage to make the same sort of impact that he does when featuring in the midfield three. Guardiola’s reasoning for dropping Mahrez from the right-wing position for Bernardo Silva was to get game time for as many players as possible during the opening games of the season.

So who would make way should Bernardo Silva feature in the central midfield role?

Here is a starting eleven that we could see face Bournemouth…

Silva for Silva?

Rodri has made a mark on his new team and has been favoured for selection in both pre-season and season games so far. His position as a defensive midfielder who protects the back line and acts as a link between defence and attack is pivotal to how Man City play out from the back.

David Silva is one of Europe’s greatest talents. But he has publicly admitted that this season is his last. Guardiola could test the waters by replacing him for Bernardo Silva to see if a relationship between himself, Rodri and De Bruyne could blossom.

Twitter reacts: ‘Goodbye Bury’

Fans are growing tiresome after another Bury FC fixture is postponed due to ‘outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments has still not been provided by owner Steve Dale.

Bury have been unable to compete in four League One fixtures and one EFL Cup game so far. They wither away in the 24th spot on minus twelve points.


Bury fans are furious. Many stating that they just want football to watch, as of right now, they have none.

The Bury FC side of Twitter looks like a mourning ground. Many fans of many clubs are leaving their condolences for the historic club.

It may well be the case that Bury follow suit of many clubs that have found themselves in a financial crisis. This would result in one of England’s most cherished football clubs disappearing or plummeting down to non-league football.

Curzon Ashton made a fantastic gesture for Bury fans, showing how football can provide the kindest of acts…

Hopefully, Bury can pull through this dilemma. Though it looks like their season and their club, maybe coming to an end.

Twitter Reacts to the ‘Agenda against Bury FC’

Owner of Bury FC claims that there is an agenda against his club and demands talks with EFL on Monday.

Speaking to TalkSport, Bury FC Chairman Steve Dale said “Clearly there’s an agenda here. We’re hearing rumbles in League Two that they’ve heard there might be another place for going up, so they’re actually counting us out.”

The situation Bury have found themselves in due to poor ownership and complications has left fans bickering. The Football Manc Cave bring you the two sides of the Bury dilemma.

Some fans see that the EFL are the only ones who can co-operate with their club to the extent of forgiveness, to allow them to continue their season undisturbed. However, there are some disagreements…

Bolton is in a similar situation to Bury, both receiving a 12 point deduction from the get-go of the EFL League One season. But Bolton was granted the ability to play their first two fixtures whilst Bury were not.

Both Bolton and Bury were given sufficient time to prove that they can be sustainable in the league. Given deadline extensions, Bury were the ones to hand in their homework late…

Though some fans are sticking to their guns, they genuinely believe that Bolton has seen preferential treatment over Bury. Hence why Steve Dale is opting to meet with the EFL face-to-face.

There are clearly two sides to this story, dividing an already unhappy fan base right down the middle.

‘Happy with the signing. Disappointed in the reveal. We wanted him in Crusty’s outfit’ Wigan Athletic & Barnsley fans react to ‘unproven’ striker

Paul Cook finally got the target man he’s been on the hunt for all summer. Yesterday, Wigan Athletic completed the signing of Barnsley striker Kieffer Moore.

Moore was a pivotal part of Barnsley’s promotion-winning side last season, scoring 17 goals in 31 matches.

Earlier in the transfer window, The Latics missed out on Sam Gallagher and Jordan Hugill.

Wigan has already signed Jamal Lowe earlier this window, and now Moore has been added to their ranks. Their fans must be happy with that?

Let’s take a look…

‘Not a trip to one of the promoted clubs please, Bounce factor’ Rochdale fans are not overly happy about the fixtures

The long-awaited EFL League One fixtures are in, and Rochdale’s first game is away against the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers.

With Rochdale having an unimpressive few seasons and finishing only sixteenth in the EFL League One table last season. It is important to note the oppositions view on facing The Dale.

It seems as though the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers are excited about their first game of the EFL League One, and some fans believe it will be a comfortable start to the season.

Rochdale fans don’t seem too excited about the new season ahead of them, being disappointed by a lack of signings. Many fear the future of the club after the release of the fixture list.

One Twitter user may have cursed Rochdale by pleading for a non-recently promoted club to face them on their first day. However, it turns out that they will indeed be facing Tranmere Rovers, who will come into their new league on a high.

Unfortunately for The Dale, it appears as though many opposition fans are looking forward to games against Rochdale, whereas Rochdale fans themselves aren’t entirely confident in their side.

Rochdale’s first game will be away at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday the 3rd of August 2019.

Bury fans have other worries than the fixtures released today ‘Just need a team, manager, asst manager, ground staff etc now any more news about this’

Many Bury fans will be pleased to see their on-the-verge club being a part of the EFL League One fixture release.

Under Bury’s recent circumstances, it is a pleasure to see that the club’s fixtures have been announced. Allowing us to presume that they will be able to partake in the EFL League One season, despite owing over £1million and are currently in the process of seeking new ownership before the new season begins.

Due to the state of the beloved Greater Manchester club, Bury fans have been vocal on Twitter after the release of next season’s fixtures…

With Bury having issues with paying players, they may not even have a team to bring out in August. Luckily for them, one lad is willing to step up!

Amongst the understandable worry, fear and pain being expressed by Bury’s loyal fan base, one fan is ready and waiting for the away games which he can attend.

This particular fan has summed up Bury’s beginning to the new season before a ball has even been touched.

For Bury, it will be an interesting season indeed. All fans of Greater Manchester clubs, or even, all fans of English clubs, should have a degree of respect for the history, successes and longevity of Bury Football Club and hope that they can continue for many years to come.

‘Should win them all! A tricky game away at Burnley 3rd Dec, apart from that…’ Man City fans feeling confident following fixtures announcement

With the depth and quality of Manchester City’s squad, the order in which they face the rest of the Premier League will most likely not affect their title challenge.

Manchester City fans have been vocal on Twitter regarding the release of the 2019/20 Premier League fixtures. Man City has not yet announced any transfers this summer, despite them having much to prove in European football.

Some fans may be getting complacent, whilst hoping that their team doesn’t.

One City fan doesn’t want to hear about fixtures, he wants transfer news.

Manchester City’s original fixture poster said ‘October 2018’ and ‘May 2019’ rather than ‘October 2019’ and ‘May 2020’, they made light of the amendment by captioning it ‘spot the difference’. Unfortunately for Manchester United, no time travelling to the past will partake in the upcoming season.

‘Always Had Faith In Bassini Showing Up At The Death To Save Us – What a Guy!’ Bolton Wanderers Fans’ React To Bassini…Again

Another day of drama at Bolton Wanderers. Laurence Bassini vowed last night that he is mounting a legal challenge in an attempt to buy the club.

The former Watford owner, who at one stage announced he had full control of Bolton after coming to a deal with Ken Anderson, is launching a battle against the decision to bring administrators in to control affairs.

Bolton fans deserve better, they need a resolution, and soon. They’ve watched their club drop from the dizzy heights of the Premier League, to starting on -12 points in League One. It’s sad and the fans seem to be forgotten about during all of this. They are the heart and soul of Bolton, sticking by the club through thick and thin. Speaking as a Wigan fan, I sincerely hope this mess has a positive outcome, and Bolton manages to start next season with an ambitious new owner.

Here are a few Twitter reactions from Bolton fans, on the news that Bassini will be mounting a legal challenge to buy the club…