Archive for March, 2010

Who’d be a manager? Probably Sven

March 31, 2010

diego maradona

Hola. I hope you are well. 

I thought I’d post a new blog a few days after the last one, mainly because the last one ‘It was the curse of times’ had even less football than my usual posts.  Today’s post is dominated by managers, I didn’t set out to theme it that way it’s just the way it worked out. Tis a bit like life. 

The first manager I would like to talk about is, Sven Goran Eriksson, who in the last few days has been named as the new Ivory Coast manager for the World Cup, earning a possible £2m if you believe the papers (I know I do). I reckon Sven is the 2nd luckiest man in football, mainly because he always seems to land on his feet. After England he went onto manage Man City when Thaksin Shinawatra took over the club and looked like he had money to spend. He managed Mexico briefly and then turned up at Notts County, when they suddenly seemed to have bags of money. When that money magically disappeared so did Sven. And now he turns up as manager of Ivory Coast. The only guy in football luckier than Sven is Tord Grip, who despite no one really knowing what he does, turns up where ever Sven does. (except maybe  Ulrika’s bedroom) 

The next manager I’d like to talk about is Tony Mowbray. I’ve got to say I feel a bit sorry for him. Afterall anyone can lose to St Mirren. Ok maybe not everyone can lose 4-0 to St Mirren, especially when you’re Celtic. However 7 months does seem a little soon to be sacked. I wonder if those Celtic fans who wanted Gordon Strachan out, now think they were a little hasty. 

Another manager I have sympathy for is Gianfranco Zola. It wasn’t that long ago that he and Steve Clarke were being tipped as a future Chelsea management team. Now he seems like a dead man walking. Does anyone reading this, think that he will be in the West Ham job after the season ends. I can’t imagine Zola thinks he’ll be in the job after the season ends. For a start co-owner David Sullivan has already come out and publicly blasted his players after they lost 3-0 to Wolves at home. To be fair to David Sullivan he probably had a point, they did lose 3-0 at home to Wolves. It could have been worse, it could have been 4-0 to St Mirren. Zola then retaliated by banning David Sullivan from speaking to the players, which is never a great thing to do to your boss. They’re basically acting like couples who are coming to the end of their relationship and up arguing at social gatherings because they can’t be arsed to keep up the pretence. 

Roy Keane is also under pressure at Ipswich with some rumours saying he’s close to getting sacked. I hope he doesn’t go, I enjoy his press conferences too much. He’s become an unlikely comedy genius. 

If it’s not chairmen and owners threatening managers it’s dogs. It has been reported that Diego Maradona was bit on his lip by his pet dog after he’d bent down to give it a kiss. In the dogs defence, your honour, I’m sure through its eyes, the squat Maradona bearing down on it probably looked like another dog  encroaching on its space. 

There was even a rumour that Martin O’Neill had walked out on Villa, although this proved to be made up by those naughty tweeters, which brings me onto why I don’t bet anymore. On Saturday morning I was thinking  about the Chelsea/Villa game. In my head I thought it would be a close game, maybe even a draw, especially as Villa are draw specialists. So you can imagine my surprise when I come in from a Green Festival to see Chelsea had battered Villa, 7-1. Should you need any tips for this weekend’s games feel free to contact me. 

Til next time, stay safe!

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It was the curse of times

March 26, 2010

michelle mcgee

Hola. Hope you are well. 

There’s been plenty of talk about curses and jinxes, due largely to the fact that Sandra Bullock maybe the latest victim of the ‘Oscar curse’. The curse being if you win the Best Actress award at the Oscars you will at some point lose your husband. Sandra Bullock’s husband allegedly enjoyed ‘adult cuddles’ with Michelle McGee (see pic at top of blog). Others that have suffered in this way include, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank and Halle Berry amongst others. To me it says more about marriage and men, than it does about a curse. What has this got to do with football, you may ask, good question, but I think I may be a victim of a curse. I think  my TV is cursed. When we moved into the flat I currently reside, we were given a TV by my girlfriends auntie’s friend. Nice you might think, so did I, until I realised it was cursed. I’ve watched a few football games on this TV and have never seen Liverpool win on it. Even when I’m watching games with other teams involved, as soon as I support one team, you can guarantee they will lose. So with this in mind I went to my local pub to watch Liverpool vs Lille, despite it being on Channel 5 and they won 3-0. If I’d have watched it at home, Liverpool would have definitely crashed out of the Europa League. 

Here’s another thing, now we are on the subject. It’s common wisdom that you should never tempt the Football Gods because they will always have the last laugh. I ignored these basic rules, because on the radio show I’m involved in (BBC Radio Manchester, every Sat morning 8-9am) I was joking about how a Blackburn fan, had flown from Australia to see his team play only to miss the game due to our crap trains. I was saying on the show, that I couldn’t work out which was worse, watching Blackburn or being stuck on a train for 8 hrs. Well the Football Gods got me back, because on Sunday my bus didn’t turn up, meaning I missed the first 25 mins of the Man Utd/Liverpool game. I know it’s not quite the same as travelling half way round the world, but it did mean, the only goal I saw was the Man Utd winner, which is never a good thing. 

Ps. The only reason Liverpool lost that game was because my mate Pete was watching. The last few matches between the two teams he’s missed the game due to work commitments and Liverpool won, as my mate Marvin says “You do the Math”. So if any Man Utd players are reading this (I doubt it) and they want to give my mate Pete their win bonuses, they can donate it via me. Cheers 

Til next time, stay safe.

The times they are a changing

March 17, 2010

 

the women's institute

the women's institute

Hola. Hope you are well.

Having not posted a comment for over a week it is noticeable how quickly things change in football. It wasn’t that long ago that David Beckham was making headlines for wearing a scarf /spearheading the campaign against the Glazers, depending on which paper you read. The next minute he’s rupturing his achilles and is flying off to Finland. Who knew Finland was the hot bed of achilles surgery?

It wasn’t too long ago that Phil Brown was defending two of his players Barmby and Bullard, for fighting on a bridge. Why on a bridge, I’m not sure, but to make things worse the fight was watched by some members of the WI (that’s Women’s Institute, not the West Indies). It begs the question, shouldn’t these women from the WI, been at home making jam or or posing for naked calendars? Now Phil Brown is on ‘gardening leave’ having been released by Hull. Is it just football people that get put on ‘gardening leave’, have you ever been put on ‘gardening leave’, let me know.

At this stage of the post I would like to do a Tiger Woods, I don’t mean the cocktail waitresses, I mean a public apology. I would like to apologise to any Reading fans reading this (I doubt there are any). My apology goes back to the FA cup match between Reading and Aston Villa. I missed the first half of the match, I think I’d gone for a  jog, when I came back and Reading were 2-0 up. I then sat down and watched the whole of the second half and the game ended 4-2 to Villa. After the match the ‘experts’ in the TV studio claimed Villa’s fight back was due to a rollicking at half-time by Martin O’neill. It wasn’t, it had nothing to do with Martin O’neill, it was all down to me and for that I apologise.

It’s never nice to see anyone lose their job, especially in these precarious times, but should any of the 85 people laid off at Portsmouth, wish to seek new employment, they should try this place.

It’s been a good week for Steven Gerrard and I don’t mean beating Portsmouth, but the fact he got away with a 2 fingered salute towards the ref in the Wigan game and then got away with smashing Michael Brown in the head. To be fair the latter incident was against Michael Brown, who can only be described in a footballing term as a ‘dirty c-unit’, so he probably deserved it.  They should both think themselves lucky, they wouldn’t like to face Gerrard when he’s ‘defending himself’ .

And Finally… Let’s move onto the big issue. On the last post I mentioned I was going to miss ‘Glee’ to watch the Wigan vs Liverpool game ( I shouldn’t have bothered) and I wasn’t sure when I was going to watch the repeat, well you can rest easy. I caught the repeat on Ch4  on Sunday 5:35. The only problem is I missed this Monday’s Glee to watch Lpool vs Portsmouth and I’m out at a radio recording when it’s repeated this Sun. I could watch it on 4OD but our computer is playing up and I can’t watch it in the library just in case I bump into someone I know. These are the dilemmas of a modern football fan.

Til next time, stay safe!

To boo or not to boo that is the question

March 6, 2010

mike phelan

Hola. Hope you are well.

There’s been plenty of goings on since the past post. There was the whole shaking hands/not shaking hands situation, then there was the Ryan Shawcross tackle. This subject was covered for hours upon hours on both the TV and Radio, it was the most talked about tackle since John Terry’s.

Talking of John Terry there was plenty of discussion as to weather the England fans should boo him at the England vs Egypt. Of course people were going to boo him, not for moral reasons, football fans are not generally that bothered what players get upto off the pitch. People were always going to boo him, cos outside of Chelsea fans, we don’t really like him. I booed him and I didn’t go to the game, I was at home flicking between the match and American Idol. Things got a bit confusing and I ended up booing Randy Jackson. Those that say you shouldn’t boo, said it will bring down the spirit and morale in the camp. I wonder if John Terry was thinking about morale or team spirit when he was boffing Vanessa Perroncel?

In other matters, I’ve heard the phrase, ‘Out of the frying pan and into the fire’ but I’ve never heard of someone going from the frying pan, to the fire, and then to the arga (I couldn’t think of anything better). But Paul Hart who must be a glutton for punishment, has this season gone from managing Portsmouth, and we all know what has happened to them, to QPR where he lasted 5 games and now he has turned up at Crystal Palace, who are currently in administration.

Talking of managers, it has been announced that they will have to fulfil their media duties next season. This will mean that Mr Ferguson will have to speak with the BBC. He hasn’t done so since the BBC did a documentary that had the audacity to claim his son was a bit dodgy. But the reason I’m gutted is that it will mean no more Mike Phelan on Match of the Day. How am I going to live without his words of wisdom every Saturday night? I wonder if he’s on Twitter.

Keeping on the Man Utd theme and Judas, I mean Michael Owen is out for the rest of the season, after sustaining a hamstring injury. Some people have said this has put an end to his chances of going to the World Cup. It’s not his hamstring injury that put an end to his World Cup, but the fact that Fabio Capello had no intention of picking him.

And Finally… I thought I’d let you know what a pussy I have become. I’m going to meet up with some football mates to watch Wigan vs Liverpool on Mon. I was thinking about this and then a thought popped into my head, “When am I going to watch Glee?” I’m going to miss it on E4 and will not be home in time when it goes out on E4+1. It’s now looking like I’ll have to watch it the following Sat on T4. I think you’ll agree you get all the big football stories here.

Til the next post stay safe!

Julian