Archive for February, 2015

Where has the ‘Happy One’ gone?

February 28, 2015

Hola. Hope you are well.

I think it’s good that Premier League managers have realised they have to contribute to the entertainment of the ‘product’ especially when the TV companies have fought to throw even more money at it.

Firstly, we had Louis Van Gaal handing out sheets of stats to journalists so they could pass them on to Sam Allardyce. I think it’s cute that LVG sees journalists as some kind of personal courier service. I also liked the fact that he referred to Sam Allardyce as Big Sam.

Not to be out done, Big Sam claimed to be the most sophisticated manager left in the Premier League, when any picture of him would clearly show he’s not. It’s the kind of quote that may get repeated back to Sam, when things start to slide at West Ham but good on Big Sam for doing his own PR. It’s the way to get ahead in a crowded job market and he may need such job search strategies come the summer.

Someone who is arguably the master of self promotion is Jose Mourinho. He’d previously stopped talking to the press after the Costa stamp(s) incident(s) but last Sunday went on Goals on Sunday and spoke, almost uninterrupted for 27 mins. That takes some doing. I reckon for Mourinho, it was a bit like after an exam, when you’re giddy and can’t stop chatting because for the previous 2hrs you’ve been prevented from speaking. It’s why diets don’t work, because if you deprive yourself of say cake, all you want to do is eat cake and the next time you do eat cake, you’ll gorge on it.

This episode with Mourinho does make me question his state of mind. As I write this, Chelsea are top of the Premier League, in the final of the Capital One Cup and still in the Champions League, yet Mourinho doesn’t seem happy. When he first came back to Chelsea, he said we could call him the ‘Happy One’. Where has that Mourinho gone? Where is the happy Mourinho?

If you have any ideas, feel free to let me know via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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My dream man

February 20, 2015

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It’s been all go at QPR recently.

Firstly Harry Redknapp resigned due to his dodgy knees and nothing to do with the lack of transfer activity in the January window.

It looked like everything was all set up for Tim Sherwood to take over at Loftus Road, what with Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey already at the club, both of whom worked with Tim in his short time as manager at Spurs. This was until Tim Sherwood pulled out of negotiations, but this was of no concern for QPR owner Tony Fernandes who had lined up his dream manager. We know this because he tweeted it. Everyone speculated who this dream man could be, with Michael Laudrup appearing to be the most likely. Unfortunately he wasn’t prepared to leave Lekhwiya in Qatar, well not before the season is over.

So in the end QPR gave the job to Chris Ramsey, he may not have been Fernandes’ dream manager but at least he was already around the club.

As for Tim Sherwood, he took the Aston Villa job after Paul Lambert’s sacking. I was a bit gutted by Lambert’s sacking, not because I’m a Villa fan, but because my other half’s sister, is going out with Paul Lambert’s nephew and yet I never utilised this close association to get free tickets for any Villa games. Feel free to let me know of your tenuous links to recently sacked football managers. You can contact me via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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Pearce off

February 15, 2015

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The quickest and easiest way for a legendary player to lose some of his legendary status is to return to that club as a manager. The latest example of this is Stuart Pearce at Nottingham Forest. Feel free to contact me, and give other examples, use the Comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev 

A day after Pearce’s sacking, the chief executive Paul Faulkner was also dismissed, so in honour of Stuart Pearce, has your sacking had a knock on effect on others?

Over at Leicester, where it seemed Nigel Pearson had been sacked, only for us to be informed that he hadn’t been sacked, or he was sacked but almost immediately re-instated, depending on who you believe.

I have some sympathy for Pearson, mainly because at the start of the season I heard people complain that he was watching Leicester games from the stands. However, since moving to the touchline, he’s been involved in an altercation with a fan and grabbed James McArthur round the neck.

To me Pearson constantly looks like a man who’s been to an anger management course and is desperately trying to remember what he’s learnt. When, for example, he was kneeling over McArthur there was a moment where it looked like every bit of him wanted to punch the Palace player but he didn’t and I for one think he should be praised for it. Anyone else??

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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Is 3 too young to be a jinx?

February 1, 2015

Hola. Hope you are well.

Some people think the FA Cup has lost some of its magic. I’m not sure doing the draw part way through The One Show will reverse this perception. It did however make me wonder which other programmes the BBC could do the draw in. Maybe EastEnders, or University Challenge. Feel free to let me know of your suggestions, via the Comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev

My other halve’s dad, a Man City fan and season ticket holder has started taking his 3 year old daughter to the games. So far she’s seen City draw 3-3 with Burnley and lose 2-0 to Arsenal. I’m starting to think she may be a jinx. Is 3 years of age too early to tell someone they can’t go to the football because they bring bad luck?

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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