I’ve watched many TV shows in my lifetime, and, unfortunately, there seems to be a re-occurring theme: they kill off the best characters. The thing that bugs me the most about some writers and directors is that, they always seem to kill off the character that everyone loves. Never the character that deserves to die or the one that everyone hates. Oh, no. They decide to kill off the character that everyone relates to the most; leaving a massive gaping hole in everyone’s hearts.
Naturally, the writer then gets a load of abuse from emotional fans, because, let’s face it; you think your life is over when your favourite fictional characters dies. So, then, the writers regret making that decision, and proceed to try and include that character into as many future episodes as they possible can - without making it too far-fetched, of course. It may be a name mention, it could be a photo, it might be a discussion about the character, or, they may even invite that actor back to play a ‘special guest’ role for one episode; just so the illusion of their character lives on. Whichever way you look at it, nothing prepares you for the loss of your favourite character. Nowadays, it’s so easy to surf the internet and find spoilers which tell you exactly what’s going to happen in each episode. More-so if you’re watching a show that’s already aired. Even when you have the spoilers, you know the character is going to meet their end. You try to prepare yourself. You see GIFS of the moment they die; you think you’ll be able to handle it. Then…boom! It happens. And, I tell you now, nothing can prepare you for that. Nothing.
Anyway, moral of the story, writers: don’t kill off our favourite characters. We can’t deal with it.
Favorite Actors in No Particular Order (1/∞) → Erin Daniels
“I love characters that are awkward and flawed, I think we’re all kind of like that no matter how together we pretend to be.”
Karen Bardsley (Lincoln Ladies)
Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton)
Siobhan Chamberlain (Bristol Academy)
Gemma Bonner (Liverpool)
Sophie Bradley (Lincoln Ladies)
Lucy Bronze (Liverpool)
Steph Houghton (Arsenal)
Alex Scott (Arsenal)
Casey Stoney (Lincoln Ladies)
Anita Asante (Gothenburg)
Jade Moore (Birmingham City)
Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal)
Jill Scott (Everton)
Fara Williams (Liverpool)
Eniola Aluko (Chelsea)
Karen Carney (Birmingham City)
Danielle Carter (Arsenal)
Jess Clarke (Lincoln Ladies)
Rachel Yankey (Arsenal)
Natasha Dowie (Liverpool)
Toni Duggan (Everton)
Ellen White (Arsenal)
Hope Powell talks to BT Sport about her disappointment at being sacked as England Women’s manager.
Ever since the news spread that Hope Powell had been dismissed with immediate effect from the Football Association, there has been much controversy as to whether it was the right time for change. Personally, I feel Hope deserves the upmost respect for what she has done for the women’s game in the last 15 years.
Despite there being rumours suggesting she had her “favourites” within the squad, it must be remembered that her decisions at the time, whether they were bias or not, got results for England. Hope led the team to the Euro 2009 final and two World Cup quarter-finals. There is no doubt in my mind that Hope’s decisions were based around getting the best results she could, and, she did.
Euro 2013 which was held in Sweden, marked England’s worst performance since 2001, as they failed to make it out of their group. The England coach received a lot of criticism after the tournament, as it was suggested that she “picked players who were injured and out of form.” Among the 23 players who were picked, there were a number of players who were already on the injury list: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Karen Carney, Kelly Smith, Steph Houghton and Casey Stoney; with Rachel Yankey picking up a hamstring injury in their first round match against Spain. However, players such as Smith, Yankey and Stoney take the game to an entire new level, which is why they are three of England’s most capped players. Their knowledge and experience both on and off the pitch make them three of the greatest players England has ever produced.
I think many people can agree that there is a fine line between playing experienced players in order to open up the game, and only playing them because they have more of a personal relationship with their manager. However, I generally believe that Hope’s decisions were based solely on how to make the squad stronger and more successful. This was evident in England’s second round match against Russia at Euro 2013, where Kelly Smith replaced Eniola Aluko after 78 minutes. We were 1-0 down and within two minutes of Smith being present on the pitch, the pace had increased and England were finally being clinical; something they should’ve been from the start of the tournament.
On the contrary, the England men’s team was in exactly the same position around 5 years ago. We still had the likes of Beckham, Gerrard, Terry and Neville who were continuously played - despite being injured at times - and they produced great results both internationally and at club level. I think it’s always easy for members of the public to pin the blame on the managers and coaches after a bad performance in a tournament, but at the end of the day, Hope helped to re-shape the England youth structure; making better opportunities for the young girls who aspire to be like our current players.
Finally, it’s important to recognise Hope Powell’s overall contribution since she took the manager’s role in 1998. She has helped oversee a positive change in women’s football, helping it rise from an amateur sport to one that is semi-professional. She deserves a lot of credit for her commitment to developing the national teams over such a long period of time.
Now, we look ahead to England’s World Cup qualifier matches which begin on the 21st September. Perhaps a “fresh outlook” is just what we need. But, one this is for certain: Hope Powell is someone who will not be forgotten in a hurry.
- Hannah Aldis -