Archive for May, 2013

I’ve not got a mortgage

May 30, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

It feels like a lot has happened since my last blog post.

Let’s start with the departure of Roberto Mancini from Man City. As soon as the club employed Txiki Begirstain and Ferran Soriano to work above him, it was only a matter of time before they would bring in their own man. The writing was probably on the wall for Mancini when Begirstain was spotted meeting Manuel Pellegrini’s agent. Feel free to let me know when the writing was on the wall for you. You can contact me via the comments button.

Naturally it didn’t help Mancini’s cause getting beat in the FA Cup Final by Wigan. I for one don’t have a mortgage but would have been prepared to put my future mortgage on City beating Wigan. It may be for the best that I don’t have a mortgage.

I did think it was a nice touch by Mancini to take out a full-page advert in the Manchester Evening News to thank the City fans and the City fans replicating this by putting one in the Gazzetta Dello Sport. I won’t be holding my breath waiting for the Chelsea fans to do something similar for Rafa Benitez.

With Mancini leaving City and Fergie retiring I think people may have missed the really big managerial news.

And Finally on this managers special, I was disappointed that with the season now over, Brendan Rodgers didn’t reveal the 3 names in ‘that’ envelope. We may leave this earth never knowing. Thanks for that Brendan!

Til next time, stay safe!



My tribute to Sir Alex

May 18, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

Let me start by congratulating Alex Ferguson for retiring at the top. Whatever you think of him (and most people reading this will have an opinion) you can’t argue with his record, or his ability to continually build and rebuild trophy winning sides.

I think the biggest honour Man Utd could have bestowed upon him, would have been to retire the position of manager. Although some (not me of course) may suggest appointing David Moyes as his successor goes some way towards this.

It appears from the outside that Moyes got the job because “He’s cut from the same cloth”, which basically means he’s Glaswegian. If that was the criteria, Man Utd would have been better served by going one step further and employing another Glaswegian Alex, in the form of Alex McLeish. If asked that’s who I would have recommended to the board.

Naturally they didn’t seek the advice of an unknown comedian and instead went with Mr Ferguson’s recommendation.This made me wonder if this practice goes wider than football. So feel free to let me know if at work you’ve recommended your successor and if so did you secretly (or not so secretively) want them to do worse than you? You can contact me via the comments button.
The appointment of Moyes does seem slightly odd, especially when you consider the Wigan manager has won more major trophies than the new Man Utd manager. It’s also odd in light of the fact, that Alex Ferguson knew he was leaving at Christmas, a time when Pep Guardiola was still on the market. To many Pep would have been closer to the calibre of manager expected to walk through the doors at Old Trafford. By appointing David Moyes, it’s almost as if the Glazers have gone for a cheaper option, one that is used to working within the confines of a budget. I’m sure this wouldn’t have crossed the minds of the Glazers.
I’m sure if Moyes were a foreign manager, who’d won no major trophies and had no pedigree in Europe, the press would have ridiculed his appointment, but for some reason, these minor details have been pretty much ignored. I suppose this is just one example of the oddities of the British press.
Anyway back to Alex Ferguson and his retirement where I’d like to echo the words of Rafa Benitez who said “I wish him health and hopefully he can enjoy his retirement.” For those wondering, yes – I do often let Rafa speak for me. Fact.
Til next time, stay safe!

Step forward Reginald D Hunter

May 9, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

On my previous blog, I suggested all Luis Suarez needed to do was to keep his head down as another football controversy would soon follow. Who knew the next furore would involve a black comedian using the N-word at the PFA awards. Step forward Reginald D Hunter. I’m not going to get into the discussion as to whether people should use the N-word although in the past I have said the only people who should use that word is racists. I know some black people say they use the word as a way of reclaiming it, but as a friend once said to me, “You can’t reclaim something you never owned”.

Apparently the PFA now want the money they paid Reg back. So with this in mind, have you ever done a job that so didn’t meet the standard that was expected that the client didn’t want to pay you? feel free to contact me via the comments button.

Since the last blog post I happened to see Dulwich Hamlet get promoted from Ryman Div 1 South. Not only was I there but I also went on the pitch to join in with the celebrations at the full-time whistle, which was caught on camera. If you don’t know what I look like, this video won’t help as I’m not in focus but should you wish to see a grainy picture of me, at about 48 secs look straight ahead and you will see one person climbing over the barrier. That person is me. WATCH HERE

Hopefully you’ve got over that excitement. Now on to Mourinho. After Real Madrid‘s exit from the Champions League, he claimed that he is “Loved in England, loved by the fans and loved by the media.” Two things struck me about this statement, firstly, that I’m not sure this love he speaks of in England is universally held and secondly, who goes round saying where they are loved? Certainly not British people, so in an attempt to reverse our reluctance to big ourselves up, where are you loved?

Now to another football manager and Dean Saunders. I can’t help but wonder what is currently going through his mind having been sacked by Wolves after their relegation to League 1. Not only that but the team he left earlier in the season, Doncaster, won promotion from League 1. With this in mind, when has your decision to jump ship backfired?

And Finally… on to Ronnie O’Sullivan, who won his 5th World Championship title on Monday. I know this is not football, what with it being snooker but then again this blog doesn’t really have any rules. Anyway, prior to his victory Ronnie claimed that “Snooker was not for him”, which does sound odd as he is regarded as the most talented snooker player ever. So in honour of Ronnie, what are you good at, but you don’t enjoy?

Til next time, stay safe!