Archive for March, 2012

The Madness of Chelsea

March 15, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

So what were the odds that all three of Chelsea’s managers would score against Napoli last night? I’m only joking, of course John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard aren’t the joint Chelsea manager, it’s Roberto Di Matteo, which in itself is quite remarkable. If when he got sacked by West Brom last season someone had said he will be the next but one Chelsea manager, albeit a caretaker one, I think we would seriously doubt the person saying it. And probably give them a wide berth for good measure.

Yet at the time of writing he is the manager of Chelsea, which goes someway to illustrating the madness of football and the madness of Chelsea. For example, it’s a commonly held view that Chelsea have an ageing squad, so you might think which manager in world football would be perfect to oversee such a situation. Top of that league would probably be Carlo Ancelotti a man who at Milan had an ancient squad, yet he was still able to pick up trophies, so Chelsea naturally sacked him. They then in their wisdom decided to employ Andreas Villas Boas, a 33-year-old, with one full season as a manager and then point to a lack of experience as part of his downfall. Ridiculous.

Enough of Chelsea and on to Man Utd and their fans who appeared to be considerably less vocal about their player Federico Macheda being charged for homophobic abuse than they were when Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was charged for racial abuse. I wonder why that was??

Til next time, stay safe!

Having your cake and eating it

March 4, 2012

The Anfield Cat

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’ll start this blog post by looking at the England manager’s job, which at best is a difficult job. Take the present incumbent albeit on a temporary basis, Stuart Pearce. Not long after getting the job, the press bring up a racial incident he was involved in 18 yrs previous and then for good measure they bring up the fact his brother is a BNP member.

Then he decides to pick an ‘experimental’ squad and pundits criticise him for that. I heard people on the radio asking why Joleon Lescott wasn’t in the original squad. Let’s be honest, who outside of Joleon Lescott and selected family members care if Joleon Lescott is in the England squad. (To be fair he probably deserves to be in the squad)

Then people criticise his choice of captain. Having said that, if Scott Parker (a man who wasn’t West Ham’s capt last season) is a better captain than Steven Gerrard then I’m Arjen Robben.

I do however admire Stuart Pearce’s front for saying he would be happy to take England to the Euros and then return to managing the U-21s after the tournament. It is a little like having your cake and eating it, or saying to a girl I’m happy to have sex with you but I don’t want a relationship.

As for Harry Redknapp who appeared to be a shoo-in for the job the day Capello resigned, mainly due because his rivals included Hodgson, Allardyce, Pardew and the Anfield cat. A few weeks on and we have Stuart Pearce throwing his hat into the ring, Spurs lose 5-2 to Arsenal and now Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are being linked with the job. You’ve got to have some sympathy with ‘Arry.

On to another manager, the under pressure AVB. I think part of the problem with AVB is that his croaky voice makes him sounds like he has just woken up. Another problem he faces is that some of the players don’t seem to want to play for him. If you believe the newspapers, that model professional Ashley Cole was meant to have confronted him and said “I came here to win medals and trophies, but I’m never going to do that with your tactics.” Which is interesting as I thought he moved to Chelsea because Arsenal were only prepared to pay him a pittance of £55 000 a week. I actually think AVB can think him self lucky that Ashley Cole only attacked him with words, we all remember what happened to that work experience boy.

Til next time, stay safe!