The football world was shocked and saddened by the news that Man United midfielder Michael Carrick had signed a new 3 year deal with the club.
The new deal sees the former West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder tied to the current Premier League leaders until at least the end of season 2013/2014.
Don Cheeseman, chairman of the Fans of Entertaining and Exciting Football Association (FEEFA), bemoaned the announcement, describing the announcement as tragic for anyone who is remotely interested in watching fast, action packed games:
"Michael Carrick, with his langourous, square if not back passing style is the antithesis of what we believe the great game is all about."
Cheesman feels that at a time when everyone in the nation is facing increasing financial pressures in terms of higher food and fuel prices, lower wages and rising unemployment, it is every fan's right to have a reasonable expectation of watching players who will actually go forward and try to do something positive in the course of 90 minutes.
"This guy doesn't know the meaning of the word 'forward'," explained Cheeseman, "We'll just have to hope that he never takes up coaching."