Archive for May, 2015

Do I not like this

May 24, 2015

Hola. Hope you are well.

I was interested by the reaction to a claim in a new book, Pitch Black, that as England manager Graham Taylor was told not to pick too many black players by two high-ranking FA members.

The initial response, probably naturally was to defend Graham Taylor, although I don’t think anyone was accusing him of instigating such a conversation, or acting upon it.

It was also pointed out that Graham Taylor was a manager with a record of playing black players for both club and country. In some ways this may support the claim, because if he were a manager who never played black players, a conversation wouldn’t need to be had.

For his part, Graham Taylor doesn’t remember having such a conversation, with any FA members.

Who knows what was said or wasn’t said, is it important? Graham Taylor was manager of England between 1990 -93, that’s over 20 years ago. We’re now in more enlightened times as a society, as football fans and within football administration, but I wonder if everyone would be sitting comfortably if the next England team contained no white players?

Having said all this, maybe someone within the England set up should have imposed a quota on how many Carlton Palmers, Graham was allowed to pick.

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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A Strauss related problem

May 14, 2015

Hola. Hope all is well.

I think Andrew Strauss and the ECB should be embarrassed that the best excuse they could come up with to effectively end Kevin Pietersen‘s England career, was “trust issues”.

Trust issues are why marriages breakdown, not how you retire a player. If Kevin Pietersen were an athlete and he’d been caught taking performance enhancing drugs, after he’d served his ban he’d be able to resume his career. It would therefore appear Pietersen’s getting treated harsher than a drugs cheat.

What does it say about Andrew Strauss, brought into a managerial position and the first situation he has to manage (Kevin Pietersen), his solution was to manage it by not managing it. Alex Stewart for one, seems to be able to manage Pietersen, so why not Strauss?

What does it say about the standing of the incoming ECB chairman, Colin Graves who from what we are to be believed told Pietersen to find a county team and make runs. He subsequently signed for Surrey and just this week scored 355 Not Out. Does Andrew Strauss’ decision undermine Colin Graves? It also begs the question that if 335 runs were not enough for the selectors, how many runs would Pietersen have had to score before he couldn’t have been ignored, 400? 500? 750? 1000?

I think the oddest thing to come out from this situation is that after talking about a lack of trust, Strauss then went on to offer Pietersen a consultancy role for the One Day team. Bonkers! To go back to the relationship analogy at the top of the blog, it’s like splitting up with someone and then saying, ‘we can still be friends’.

And finally, away from Kevin Pietersen and towards Peter Moores, who lost the England head coach role for the second time, which is impressive in a non impressive way. This made me wonder, has anyone in the real world lost the same job twice? If that’s you, feel free to contact me via the comments button or on twitter @viewfromthetrev

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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Are you an ostrich?

May 7, 2015

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During the election campaign (remember that) David Cameron appeared to forget that he supports Aston Villa, seeming to suddenly favour West Ham (watch here). Aswell as being a bit cringe, it did make me wonder, and this is a long shot, if you’ve ever forgotten which football club you support. Let me know via the comments button or @viewfromthetrev

Another leader in the news was Nigel Pearson. I’ve got to admit that I quite like him. I like his intensity allied to that air of menace. I imagine if you ever met him, you wouldn’t know if he was about to kiss you or headbutt you (in reality probably neither).

Which other manager would ask a local journalist if they are ‘an ostrich’ and then follow that up by questioning that journalist’s suppleness to actually stick their head in the sand. Having said that I think “Are you an Ostrich?” would be a good opening question if you were on a first date. I’m not sure if there’d be any further dates but it would break the ice.

After apologising to the journalist, in his next press conference, it looked as if Pearson had sorted the situation. This was until the BBC’s Midlands Sports correspondent Pat Murphy got involved. He seemed to be playing a game of how many questions can I ask before Nigel Pearson’s head explodes (watch here).

To be fair to Pearson, he did everything within his powers not to react and for that he should be praised, and if nothing else it was more compelling a clash than Mayweather v Pacquiao.

Til next time, be nice to each other.

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