Archive for September, 2013

When have you got your boss sacked?

September 25, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

In some ways I’m sad to see Sunderland‘s experiment of bringing the most confrontational manager to the Premier League end so soon and end with such little fuss.

I read an article recently, where Paulo Di Canio said he was happy to take the blame for Sunderland’s poor start to the season, as this would take the pressure away from the players. This is all very admiral  but now he has been sacked. Maybe in future he will do what most managers do and delegate blame.

Having said that I’m not sure where publicly criticising individual players falls into his plan to take the focus away from the players.

According to reports Di Canio was sacked after senior players complained about him to the chief executive Margaret Byrne. So with this in mind, when have you got your boss sacked and under what circumstances? Let me know via the comments button, cheers.

Til next time, stay safe!




Standing up for Ashley Young

September 22, 2013

Hola. Hope you are all well.

My last blog post was all about Man Utd as is this one (not that I’m obsessed by them).

Firstly, if the Man Utd commercial department have anything about them, they will have replicas of the Rooney headband in the club shop by their next home game. If they do them in the club colours and emblazon them with the club crest, they will make the £4m extra they paid for Fellaini in no time.

I’d also like to stick up for Ashley Young. The way he is able to deliberately make his foot collide with opposition defenders whilst running at speed in order to win penalties is pretty impressive. This isn’t something that you do instinctively, this is something you can only achieve by putting in the hours on the training ground.

Yet pundits, journalists and his own manager have been critical of him but what they are failing to say is how much joy you get from winning a penalty when it wasn’t. It’s a double whammy. Two of my favourite football moments as a player have come from winning penalties, once against a dirty side and once playing against my mate (Prong2 from the radio show I do). In my defence of the latter penalty he did dive in and didn’t get the ball. The fact he didn’t make contact with me either was incidental.

I’m currently offering an amnesty for anyone out there who would like to admit they’ve enjoyed it when they’ve got away with a piece of ‘sportsmanship’ (cheating). Feel free to contact me via the comments button, I won’t judge you, honest.

Til next time, stay safe!



Act now, pay in January

September 12, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

A lot has been made of the lack of transfer activity at Man Utd during the summer (remember the summer). With Alex Ferguson and David Gill having left the club Damien Comolli believes they should employ a director of football. He’s probably too modest to throw his own hat into the ring but should anyone high up at Man Utd be reading this, I can fully endorse a move for him. If they move quickly, they could have Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing in their squad in January for a mere £50m plus .

With me not being there I don’t know what went on with the Herrera deal, but one story is that 3 imposters went to Athletic Bilbao and negotiated a fee but with no actual authority they couldn’t secure the deal. This of course could be nonsense but if it is anywhere near the truth then I can only salute these 3 people. Feel free to let me know of any football blags you’ve been involved in. You can contact me via the comments button.

And Finally… Some good news for Man Utd as Nani has signed a new 5 yr contract. 5 yrs does seem somewhat extravagant especially as it looked like he was heading out of the club. I wonder if he will have 2 good games back to back over the period of his contract?

Til next time, stay safe!


Don’t forget the kit, kit man

September 4, 2013

Hola. Hope you are well.

This is going to be a quick-fire blog.

I know it caused bad feeling but I thought it was a good finish from Yeovil’s Byron Webster vs Birmingham in the Capital One cup.

Millwall’s kit man had a nightmare, when he forgot to take the kit to the away game at Sheffield Wednesday. I’m not sure exactly what a kit man does but it can’t involve much more than being responsible for the kit. With him in mind, what is the most important thing you’ve forgotten? Feel free to let me know via the comments button.

Celtic’s recent opponents in the Champions League qualifier, Shakhtar Karagandy have been warned by UEFA about sacrificing sheep on the pitch before European matches. I wonder if it would be deemed more acceptable if they killed badgers instead?

Gordon Taylor, chief exec of the player’s union kept his job after allegations that he has a problem with gambling. If he had been dismissed I wonder if he would he have got the union involved?

Gareth Bale finally moved to Real Madrid and people seemed impressed that he was able to speak Spanish to the crowd. The transfer took so long, he could have learnt Mandarin Chinese nevermind Spanish.

And Finally…  in one of my other roles, I am Prong1 in the 3Prong Attack radio show (still without a radio station). Last week we recorded a Prongcast (a podcast to you) where we imagined what the transfer window would look like if it were set in a grocers.


Til next time, stay safe!