How do they do it? How do Apple market their products in such a way to make them enticing, even though they always seem to be a step or 2 behind their rivals. Apple are going to release the eagerly anticipated Iwatch , and what can be said about there watch already is that it’s bound to be popular, after all it’s made by Apple. The Californian company have come into this market very late as you already know. Apple’s rivals Samsung and Sony Respectively, have already released their versions of watches several years earlier with similar features to what Apple are boasting of now.
The Apple Iwatch has all kinds of apps on it, but none of them seem to be that new or ground breaking. My brothers Smart Watch has apps such as Whatsapp on it, Apple boast of different coloured straps with all the colours of the rainbow available, again Apple’s rivals already give the consumer that option.
What potentially sets Apple apart from it’s rivals is that they know how to market a product. Apple could make a Alarm Clock and their marketing team would know how to make cues run miles long out of retail stores. With the example of the Iwatch it self though , the looks of the watch device is a thing of beauty, and the sheer elegance of the way Apple designs it’s products is something to be admired.
Maybe it’s a bit hypocritical then for me to criticise Apple as I am writing this review with a Apple Laptop . Even in that sector (laptops/ tablets devices) Apple’s functionality may not be as good as it’s rivals, but the looks are something which some may define as beauty itself.
If reports are to be believed the Apple Iwatch will be roughly about $149-229, but with the launch date rumoured to be late 2014 that figure could easily change. With no real ground breaking functions or apps, but there are handy little touches such as senses that collect data of sleep activity for example and you will also be able to keep track of calorie consumption. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear alternative will provide the alternative to this who aren’t as keen on Apple products. The Korean manufacture is expected to release their latest instalment of their Gear range earlier than their bitter American rivals.
What you can’t understate is the prestige of on Apple product, with the example of my laptop, I know that there are better alternatives out there in the market, but the prestige of it being an Apple product made me decide to get the laptop that I did.
What I would say is that if you like Apple products, and are a die hard fan of the Californian manufacture then the Iwatch is for you, if not then there are manufactures who have the same product and functions wise it is better than the Apple. It’s like owning a sports car- you know it doesn’t make sense getting one – but life doesn’t always work with making logical decisions.
Have you ever been to a social convention where you waiting for your friend or family member who is unbelievably late again? Maybe not the best analogy, but the Iphone 6 has that simliar kind of feel to it – always being the last one to the social convention, technology wise.
So it begs the question then why is the Apple Iphone 6 getting a lot of hype about it. The American company informed the world with a glitzy presentation early in September that there new Iphone 6 is soon to hit the shelves. With the release of a Iphone ,cues outside Apple’s many stores in the Uk is guaranteed to be a campsite for many die hard fans, where some have reportedly been waiting for days and have camped outside stores.
That proved to be the case when the Iphone officially launched , many retailers and experts have forecasted that the demand of the Iphone 6 is going to be very high. Apple IPhones look gorgeous, most don’t deny that but it’s prehistoric features such as 128gb in built memory leaves a lot to be dseried, how Samsung and other Android manufacturers will say that there phones had this sometime before the Iphone 6.
The 8mp camera is hardly revolutionary, Sony’s phones already have that. The touch sensor feature which integrates Apple’s new Ipay system is a good touch, shatterproof glass is another good touch,If only my Iphone 4s had that. With an Iphone 6 is that what do you really look for in this phone to have the best functions out there? The kind of people that the Iphone is targeted always seem to be more of the fashion conscious. Colours such as Gold, Space Grey and Silver emphasises the point that iPhones tend to appeal to the more fashion conscious rather the technology conscious.
A Gold Apple Iphone? that would make me the best of us tempted to cue at a Apple store for days on end, myself included . The new Iphone comes with 2 different screen sizes ( 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch which is a similar to Samsung’s galaxy Note 3). In Apples case they will be looking to hit the right note with consumers, and in Apple’s case they always seem to do just that.
Football is blessed with a unique gift – a gift where it can unite a nation together, and how it stands up for social justice. For example has many regulatory bodies that are trying to eradicate the evil disease that is not only in football but society itself- racism. Campaigns such as Respect which is backed by Europe’s governing body Uefa- and there is also Kick It Out which might be better known in England.
Thankfully racism on is decreasing in football – but in recents events football has developed a bit of a ‘dark side’. Reports have emerged that a leading contender for the vacant Crystal Palace job Malkay Mackay is to be investigated for sending texts messages to former head of recruitment at Cardiff Iain Moody. Moody was recently appointed sporting director of Palace – but has since resigned.
It has also been brought to the public eye that former Cardiff manager Mackay had sent messages of homophobic nature, anti- semetic nature, racist nature and of a sexist nature. Although the 42 year old Scot has denied the allegations, the evidence seems quite damning.
The Sexist remarks involve a Oxford- Educated sports lawyer called Carly Barnes, it has been revealed. Moody and Mackay it has been alleged that in appropriate comments have been made about the 39 year old. Carly Barnes currently represents Malta’s 2 most prominent football players Michael Mifsud of Coventry City FC and Justin Harber of Sheffield United. The comments made against her are unjustified, the 39 year old academically is successful and professionally.
With these appalling acts coming to public eye – and past sexual discriminations of Richard Keys and Andy Gray (the Sky Sports presenters) , also the head of football Sepp Blatters rather inappropriate remarks about women shorts. The team at the Speaker investigate to see if football has gone back into the ‘dark ages’ or had never truly emerged from it in the 1st place.
Organisations like the BBC deserve to be commended on many levels, great credit must go to them for employing female football presenters on ‘male programmes’ such as Match Of The Day ( that is not intended to be a sexist comment, historically male presenters and pundits have appeared on the show).
The organisation deserves further credit for employing Jacqui Oatley a female commentator, sadly the commentators 1st appearance on the mic was a sideshow and the fact that she is a women proved more interesting for journalists. Never the less Oatley gave a accomplished display behind the mic, and the rest as they say was history.
Football in a harsh reality is a male dominated sport maybe due to a few stigmas that are attached around women – and also a few ridiculous comments made by head of football Sepp Blatter. The Fifa president rather inappropriately suggested that women should wear ‘tighter shorts’ to ‘increase viewers’ of the women’s game.
Comments like that show that women’s football or should I say rather football’s attitude towards women playing it needs to change. Women in football is a ‘strange’ issue, football in certain instances is very welcoming to women. High profile clubs such as Chelsea have a female in the back room staff, football clubs are appointing women coaches – but then issues like the Malkay Mackay saga happen, the Andy Gray and Richard Keys episode as well (both men made a sexist comment about a co presenter) thankfully both were duly sacked.
In 2006 then Luton Town manager made a highly inappropriate remark: “She shouldn’t be here, I know that sounds sexist but I am sexist. “This is Championship football. This is not park football. What are women doing here? It is tokenism – for the politically correct idiots.”
This outburst lead Newell to be charged, as much as organisations like the BBC are doing all they can to change sexist stereo type, unfortunately the harsh reality is that it’s not going anytime soon.
As for racism, unfortunately this has come back to the fore. Luis Suarez racially abusing Patrice Evra (the Uruguayan was banned for 8 games), John Terry racially abusing Anton Ferdinand (the Chelsea defender received a 4 game ban and a £220,000 fine), another incident which is not as well known is Ahmed Mido (the then Middlesborough striker) receiving Islamophobic taunts from supporters and most recently which has come to light in Malkay Mackay ‘scandal’ is that the former Watford boss called his Malaysian employer Vincent Tan a C***k, and people wonder why Asians don’t get involved in sport?
Football needs a reality check – and although it’s a ‘few mindless individuals’ and not a majority, those individuals are never the less ruining the image of the ‘beautiful game’ . If people carry on like this the ‘beautiful game’ could become the not so beautiful game.
Football clubs these days tend to appoint overseas managers,Chelsea and Fulham to name some.Here at ayyazmalik.com we’re going to analyse to see if premier league clubs and more football league clubs in general maybe missing a trick by not appointing English managers.
What we will make you aware of is the talented managers who are in management at the moment, but might not be getting the recognition they deserve.
If we look at the premier league for example, where there is Steve Bruce managing Hull, we can quite clearly see the success they are currently enjoying this season. The Tigers are on course for their best premier league finish in their history and will be playing in a domestic cup final,Jose Mourinho can’t boast of that this season.
The former Huddersfield,Birmingham,Crystal Palace,Wigan and Sunderland boss does have a respectable record where ever he has been and although 53 year old is a bit more of a mature manager now, his CV is not bad at all and does deserve recognition of his achievements as a manager.
Then we have the example of Tottenham Hotstpur, they started the season with a foreign manager (Andre Villas Boas) and unfortunately for the Portuguese he got sacked in December after a few heavy defeats.Spurs replaced the former Porto and Chelsea coach with Englishmen Tim Sherwood.
The former under 21’s boss of Tottenham started off his reign as first team manager well, and crucially rejuvenated maverick forward Emanuel Adebayor. The Togolese striker was a non starter for A.V.B and looked like he was going to leave the North London club, but Sherwood to his credit with good man management has helped Adebayor get back to the form the football world knows he is capable of.
Although the 45 year old isn’t the youngest for a manager these days, I think it’s impressive how he has improved the teams fortunes and got them scoring more goals.
Speculation has been on going about Sherwood’s future, but he has shown his capabilities to a degree as a manager. If the 45 year old does lose his job however (which would be harsh) then I feel this Englishmen shouldn’t have a problem to get back into management.
At times this season he has been outspoken,criticising players through the media,but with Tim Sherwood you can see a manager who is very passionate and cares for his team.
In the championship we have Leicester City,who are managed by former Hull City manager Nigel Pearson.The 51 year old again is a bit more of a mature manager, but he does deserve credit as the Foxes agonisingly lost out in the play offs to Crystal Palace last season.
Pearson has had 2 spells as Leicester city, and has been consistent in both spells,the 51 year old is a talented manager but maybe isn’t getting the recognition he deserves, maybe because he isn’t in the premier league.With the Foxes promoted,and hoping they have a good season next season that should change.
This year Leicester in the championship have been a breath of fresh air,they are also the leading scorers in the championship and are already promoted to the premier league and it looks like they’re going to be promoted to be as champions.Sven Goran Eriksson wasn’t able to do that.
Second in the championship is Sean Dyche’s Burnley,the Clarets weren’t expected to get this far and have shocked many,myself included.With the ‘deadly duo’ upfront (Danny Ings and Sam Vokes) Burnley are with touching distance of being in the premier league again.
What makes the feat all the more impressive is that they have out performed sides such as QPR,who have spent heavily on bringing players in.Impressive home form and a good team spirit, the Clarets deserve to be where they are.
Again we look to the championship to emphasise the talented English managers that are in management, but not might get the credit they deserve.
I am referring to of course Steve McLaren, referred to ‘as the wholly with a brolly’ after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
A lot has changed since then and the 52 year old has enjoyed success abroad with FC Twente in Holland, where he won the domestic tittle.
Difficult spells at Wolfsburg and then Notts Forest then followed ,but its at East Midland rivals Derby where McLaren again has showed the football world he is a talented football manager.
There is also league 1,where Wolves Manager Kenny Jacket has impressively got Wanderers promoted at the 1st attempt and as champions.
Like Tottenham Wolves initially went for the foreign route when they appointed Stale Solbakken, but that appointment wasn’t successful as Wolves from being a premier league side to a league 1 side. Kenny Jacket though looks like the man to improve Wolves’ fortunes.
Also in league 1,a special mention deserves to go to Lleyton Orient manager Russell Slade. The 53 year old has been at Brisbane Road for 4 years and the O’s are in the play offs after a impressive season. Impressive cup runs through out his tenure as well shouldn’t go unnoticed, the 53 year old Slade has shown his capabilities at this level and has shown he does deserve a crack at a higher level.
I can’t write a article of this nature and not mention Rochdale manager Keith Hill.The 44 year old has had 2 spells at Spotland, and in this spell with Rochdale he looks almost certain to get them promoted again.
44 year old Hill is the youngest of all the managers we have profiled, but he has shown that he is a very talented manager. Keith Hill’s time at Barnsley after having a good 1st spell with Rochdale was disappointing and till this day is a black mark in his cv.
A good 1st spell though at Spotland,Hill’s time at Oakwell shouldn’t over shadow the success he has had at Rochdale.
So football league and premier league chairmen take note, you don’t have to look for a foreign manager all the time as we have shown you in this article there is talent ‘right on your door step’ so to speak, and in Derby’s case its proof in the pudding.
If David Moyes’ start at Manchester United has been hard, its fair to say Gerrardo Martino it hasn’t exactly been a stroll in the park for the former Newell Old Boys manager. Here at ayyazmalik.com we take a closer look to see if the so called ‘tika taka’ style of football is to blame for the apparent failures of Martino this season.
The ‘tika taka’ which seemed to come into prominence in the trophy laden era of Pep Guardiola. Neat intricate passing,with good ball retention and not to forget to mention the very high pressing up the pitch, Barcelona were most teams nightmare. So you think with Tito Villanova carrying on the good work that Guardiola did, it would be hard to see where the problem is.
Fast forward a season, and Barca are third in La Liga and are out of the Champions League after being knocked in the Quarter final stage by La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid. Its not all bad lets not forget to mention that this year in La Liga its the closest tittle race in at least 20 years and as it stands at this current moment there is 3 points separating 3 teams (although Barca’s rivals have played a game less as it stands at this present moment). Wednesdays Copa Del Rey final does give them a chance of a trophy, so its not that bad but with Barcelona comes expectancy.
In tighter games this season they have failed, the matches Atletico Madrid and Granada. The Grananda game in particular Barca seemed to have no answer to the La Liga strugglers’ defensive shape where they lined up with ‘ 2 rows of 4’the Catalan giants couldn’t break them down and looked like never scoring in their 1-0 defeat to the La Liga strugglers, who ended a 3 game losing run with this shock win.
What seems apparent is that other teams (for example Liverpool and Bayern Munich) have taken the ‘tika taka’ playing system and improved by giving it more flexibility and not being afraid to have different formations. A prime example is when Bayern Munich came to Old Trafford and didn’t start with a ‘out and out forward’ but at the Allianz arena they did.Barcelona don’t have this player and thats maybe to there disadvantage, the Granada game again a example of Barcelona needing to change things, towards the of the game to be fair Barca tried to get more crosses into the Granada box, but unfortunately for the Catalans Lionel Messi is a ‘giant in stature and not in size’. Barcelona have lacked a plan B in games where its really mattered and thats one of the key concerns for Barca.
Iniesta,Xavi and Pedro for example are the epitome of ‘the Barcelona way’ but with no Champions League trophies in 4 seasons a club of Barca’s stature don’t take something like this lightly. Whats needed is ‘a slight tweak of their current playing style, where teams like Bayern have bigger players who are good athletes, Barca on the other hand have ‘small players and can and have been vulnerable on set pieces’, further emphasising the effect Carlos Puyol’s absence has had on the Catalan giants.
Barca might have to against ‘their football philosophy’ but thats part of having a ‘plan B’.The fact that Barcelona have had this transfer ban due to the Neymar affair ‘isn’t the worst thing in the world’ because this will prompt them to go and pick players from the famed La Masia academy, and that can’t be a bad thing.Barcelona are the founders of ‘tika taka’ and their model is being used by different clubs, so obviously there is still life in this system yet. Barcelona will be back Europe, rest assured this great club always bounces back from disappointment.
He was given one of the toughest tasks in world football, replace Sir Alex Ferguson one of the most successful managers of all time and in world football.
Sir Alex’s successor David Moyes has found it very hard in his first season, in this article we discuss some issues which has not helped David Moyes and may explain just what the exact reasons are for a disappointing first season at Old Trafford and if he should get sacked.
So where has it gone wrong for Moyes this season? There has been several factors, and in this article we will discuss them.
BACK ROOM STAFF
One of the keys to success is having good back room staff, the bedrock to Manchester United’s success over the years has been excellent coaches, Brian Kidd , Rene Mulensteen and Steve McLaren to name some.
Thats not to say there is anything wrong with David Moyes wanting to bring his own staff, it’s actually understandable wanting to bring the coaches he had at Everton since he would have worked with the coaches for so long,
so possibly the Scot may have thought they would bring that sense of stability to him. Such thinking is rational , but the problem is none of David Moyes’s coaches he had at Everton would have had the experience of being at a club such as Manchester United , although getting Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville as coaches.
The problem with the decision of getting rid of experience coaches is that it adds to the rebuilding, a different set of coaches different ideas could take a while to be implemented, a club like Manchester United prides itself on being a step ahead of the other clubs.
What would have been ideal is to have kept some of the experienced coaches and integrated them into the set up that he wants to lay out (David Moyes) .
To much change is potentially destabilising, especially for a club the size of Manchester United.
SUMMER SIGININGS AND SIGNINGS IN GENERAL
That fact that I have to raise this point, is a big point in itself. United would usually be one step ahead of everyone else in this department, but under Moyes they have been left wanting in this department.
Players ‘not wanting to come’ to the reigning champions was some thing we very rarely heard of in Fergie’s time in charge.
Fabregras, Hererra and Coentrao are some players you can name who Manchester United missed out on, and more worryingly it seemed the Red Devils lacked a plan almost in regards to their transfer policy.
The clearest example of that was the signing of Marouane Fellaini, the Belgian hasn’t set the world a light its fair to say since his £27.5 million transfer, but the biggest gaff out of this signing is that they could have got their man a little earlier in the summer when he had a buy out clause of £24 million. Many believe, myself included is that Fellaini was a ‘panic buy’ due to the fact if Manchester United did want him they could have signed him for a few million less.
Overall United lacked direction when it came to signings and the clearest example of that was there was only one signing in the summer and even that was last minute on deadline day .
What came across is that Manchester United didn’t know what players to sign, as a consequence they have lost ground on their rivals who had clear strategies in the transfer market.
TACTICS OR TEAM SELECTION
Again this is another area where United have been lacking. Manchester United have lacked ideas on the football pitch, painful defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool were a prime example of Manchester United’s tactical deficiencies.
In both games they were out thought and fought as City and Liverpool went to Old Trafford and came out on top against the Red Devils. At times this season the reigning champions have been lethargic, lacklustre.
Its been hard to see how they won the tittle last year under Sir Alex which such ease, essentially United have the same team as last year. So why are United so flat footed and being outplayed? there are a few reasons for this, the team struggling to adapt to David Moyes’s methods could be one reason.
Personally I have been puzzled why Javier Hernandez and Sinji Kagawa have not been involved in first team action, both have made positive contributions when they have played.
Other decisions include Wilfred Zaha being loaned to Cardiff , strange considering Ashley Young has not been in so good form this season.
Juan Mata a £37.1 million signing from Chelsea who was signed as a ‘number 10’ has been put out of position on the wing, seems bit odd you pay so much for a guy to do one job and assign him for another.
SO SHOULD MOYES BE SACKED?
In short no he shouldn’t, as they say Rome was not built in a day. The problem David Moyes has is that he has a inexperienced chief executive who needs time to prove himself, just like Moyes does. Many don’t consider it as a factor , but Sir Alex left his countryman to do the dirty work.
Fergie would pride himself on out smarting his rivals and always thinking ahead, but the great Scot changed his transfer policy towards the end of his reign and only bought established players, where in certain cases were overpriced.
Players like Rooney and Ronaldo were great investments, the fact that Ferguson didn’t adopt the ‘investment method’ has made it harder for his successor.
David Moyes deserves time, but he has made errors as highlighted. To truly judge Moyes we will have to see the signings he makes.