Archive for November, 2012

Sacked in the morning

November 25, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

So what has Roberto Di Matteo ever done for Chelsea? Only over see them win the Champions League and FA Cup in May. A mere 6 months later and he is sacked, at 4am if you believe the reports. Like Russell Brand’s relationship with  Geri Halliwell, we knew it was going to end at some point, the surprise was the speed of it. After all Chelsea have only really had one bad month, November, and Di Matteo’s paid for it with his job.

Maybe the mistake wasn’t sacking Di Matteo but appointing him manager in the first place. He was after all, only brought back to  Chelsea as an assistant manager and prior to this he was sacked by West Brom, not necessarily the credentials to become the Chelsea manager.

It was also clear that he wasn’t the owners man, which never bodes well, especially if that owner is Roman Abramovich. To be fair to him, if he’s going to pump billions of pounds into the club he can change managers when ever he wants or put a chimpanzee in charge if he so desires.

Which brings us on to Rafa Benitez (he’s not a chimpanzee). Even for Chelsea, it does seem odd that they would go from such a popular choice of manager in Di Matteo, a Chelsea man, to Rafa Benitez, who could hardly be described as a Chelsea man. Rafa has to contend with the fact that he’s not even the most popular Chelsea manager this week, nevermind in their recent history. I’m in a good position to gauge the opinion of Chelsea fans as for my sins I work with a lot of them. The first thing one of them said to me on Thursday morning was, “so we’ve got the fat spanish [an expletive that would suggest Rafa pleasure’s himself]”.

There’s no way Rafa will be accepted by the Chelsea supporters. If I were him I’d take the money and run. To be honest if I were him I’d have signed on than join Chelsea. Or I’d be constantly calling up Abramovich pointing out my mistakes and making up a few for good measure, just so I could get hold of the severance pay sooner rather than later. This maybe an insight as to why I’m not a top football manager.

I would argue that if Abramovich had real bottle he would appoint a new manager every week, in the same way Have I Got News For You do with their hosts. Either that, or he should just give the job to Angus Deayton.

Til next week, stay safe!


Where did it go wrong?

November 18, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’m going to start this blog post by talking about Mark Hughes, or ‘Under pressure Mark Hughes’ to give him his full name. It wasn’t that long ago that people thought he was harshly sacked by Man City. It was even more recently that he was being touted as being part of a management structure at Chelsea. Yet now, less than year at QPR there are quite a lot of people calling for his head. I heard one caller on a phone-in describe him as “tactically inept”. It did make me wonder if it is truly possible to play the game at such a high level, Man Utd and Barcelona and then go on to manage a number of premier league clubs and the Welsh  national team and still be tactically inept. You’d think somewhere along that journey he’d have picked up some tactical nous, in fact I would say it would be impossible for him not to have picked up something positive from all his roles.

For what it’s worth (not much) I’ve always thought Mark Hughes has done a good job at the clubs he’s been at and I’m not sure why it’s gone so wrong for him at QPR. I suppose sometimes for whatever reason it doesn’t work out for a manager at a particular club. I can’t help thinking however that perhaps bringing in14 new players (including 2 first team goalkeepers) in the summer wasn’t conducive to creating a settled side. Tony Fernandes seems to be continually offering Hughes his support, via Twitter (that’s modern football for you) but you can’t help but suspect that Harry Redknapp will soon be walking through the doors at Loftus Road.

And Finally… I read about this and thought it was a ******* disgrace. Make up your own mind.

Til next time, stay safe!


The Scottish blog

November 11, 2012
Hola. Hope you are well.
Today’s blog post is all about Scottish football. Rarely are these blog posts about one subject, rarely do they touch on Scottish football and if I’m being honest on occasion they barely touch upon football. But as this has been a busy week of football in Scotland, I thought it would be wrong of me not to pass comment.
I’m going to start with Craig Levein and his departure from his post as Scotland manager. I have some sympathy for Craig, (more than my Scottish colleague at work, if his comments are to be taken at face value) when he took the role he was seen as a bright, forward thinking manager, not so much today (especially if I am to believe my Scottish colleague).
Although it may not have worked out for Craig as Scotland manager, he can at least take some consolation in the fact that he was the man who introduced the strikerless formation, when he sent Scotland out against the Czech Republic in a 4-6-0 formation. At the time received a lot of abuse for this system but I can’t help thinking he was ahead of his time, was it not the same system that Spain used to win this year’s Euros. So although Craig may not be viewed so fondly by Scottish football fans, he’s seen as a pioneer in Spain. This is why I suggest you put your hard earned money on Craig Levin being the next Spain manager. Remember where you heard it first.
Which now brings me on to Celtic beating Barcelona, a result I would never have predicted, nevermind put money on it. I don’t care who you support you have to think it was a remarkable victory for Celtic. Which made me think, considering the rivalry and where Rangers currently find themselves (Scottish 3rd Division) are there any Rangers fans out there willing to praise Celtic for their victory on Wednesday night? It may be a long shot, but then so was Celtic beating Barcelona.
And Finally… At the final whistle at Celtic Park, Rod Stewart was seen crying, so moved by the occasion, which makes me ask, as a fully grown adult (I assume that’s what Rod is) have you ever cried because of football? Feel free to contact me via the comments button)

Til next time, stay safe!