Taxi drivers listen to TalkSport all day - well they've got to do something in between ranting about immigrants to their fares - but proper football supporters listen to radio Five's SixOsix.
Considering myself the latter, and certainly not the former, I tuned in on Saturday night after a decent afternoon of football around the country.
The most interesting calls came from a Reading fan, and a young Southampton supporter.
The Reading supporter had just seen his team lose 2-1 at home to Blackburn, while the Southampton supporter had endured an exciting draw with Derby.
But it was the common themes which caught my ear. The Reading fan had enjoyed his game, even though they lost, but commented on how over hyped the Premiership is and the poor quality of the football.
The Southampton fan said similarly that he would be quite happy being around the fringes of promotion every season and didn’t want to get promoted back to the Premiership.
Easy to say this, you might think, as they are not amongst the front runners at the moment, but his point was that the Premiership is not all it’s cracked up to be. Are they right?
Well there is a big difference between excitement and quality.
If you want quality, just watch the Spanish league every week to see the level of skill, pace and energy of real top quality football. Technically the German, French and Italian leagues are all better.
But for passion the Premiership is beyond the rest – as this weekend’s football showed.
But quality – I don’t think so. If you boil it down – how many world class footballers are there in the Premiership?
Be honest – a couple at best. Henry and Ballack certainly, maybe Rooney and Ronaldo (time will tell for both) but that’s it.
The rest of the sides are made up of lots of huff and puff and passion, but not real quality.
This explains why our national side struggles so much, not because there are too many foreigners in the game, but because the players are just not good enough.
If we spent more time trying to coach skills and technique to our youngsters – the five, six and seven year-olds – and not passion and winning, we would be a better footballing nation.
Sadly passion is all the Premiership is about.
Lawrence Gosling is group editorial director at Incisive Media (publisher of IFAonline).
The views expressed are those of the author and not those of the company he represents.IFAonline
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