Posts Tagged ‘rafa benitez’

An absent manager.

September 12, 2017

Rafa Benitez missed Newcastle’s win over Swansea whilst recovering from surgery. A manager missing a game is pretty rare but it does happen. Having said this I do remember Rafa missing a game as Liverpool manager after an operation for gallstones.

It does beg the question, which Premier League manager has missed the most games that their team were taking part in? I must confess I don’t have the answer. You can give your suggestions via the comments button or @viewfromthetrev

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Where’s good to eat in Hull?

March 2, 2013

rafa-outHola. Hope you are well.

On my last blog post I forgot to mention DJ Campbell, who during the transfer window was all set to sign for Hull until according to Hull manager, Steve Bruce, he left as he was “nipping out for a bite to eat” and ended up signing for Blackburn instead.Maybe just maybe DJ Campbell did intend to go for lunch but couldn’t find anywhere decent in Hull. So with this in mind where’s good to eat in Hull? Feel free to let me know via the comments button.

DJ Campbell’s situation did make me wonder, how have you tried to get out of an awkward situation and did it work? Even better if it didn’t.

On to Barcelona. Despite all their recent success and being lauded for their playing style, I wonder if after defeats against Real Madrid and AC Milan, there are disgruntled Barcelona fans out there. If you are a disgruntled Barcelona fan feel free to contact me. To be honest I can’t imagine any Barcelona fans read this blog. So with this in mind, if you are a Barcelona fan (disgruntled or not)  contact me anyway.

And Finally… on to a set of genuinely disgruntled fans. I am of course referring to Chelsea fans who continue to have a go at their ‘interim manager’ Rafa Benitez, who this week hit back. Not with a rant, but with a few home truth. I know it’s easy for people to call it a rant as ‘rant’ and ‘Rafa’ is an example of alliteration which seems to be a big thing in the media.

Anyway I digress, from what I can understand the Chelsea fans gripe against Rafa is that many years ago, as Liverpool manager he had a go at Chelsea and Chelsea fans for waving their ‘plastic fans’. Which to be fair to Rafa, those flags were cheap and uninspiring. The irony from my stand point is that the posters for their ‘Rafa Out’ campaign are also cheap and uninspiring. I suppose that’s Chelsea fans for you. I’m sure when I’m Chelsea manager, I will regret these words.

Til next time, stay safe!


Boo is the colour

December 1, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

With all that’s gone on, it seems weird to think Rafa Benitez took charge of his first Chelsea game less than a week ago. Such is the madness of football and the madness of Chelsea, bookies already have odds for him being sacked before the end of the season. Talking of his first game has there ever been such a negative welcome for a new manager in the history of football, if there has been I don’t know about it.

I can’t believe Chelsea fans genuinely have a problem with Rafa. Ok, he said some things against Chelsea in the past, but who hasn’t, get over it, that’s football. The problem Chelsea fans have is that the man they are really annoyed at, is also the man who bankrolled their success, so how can they turn on him. It’s easier to boo Rafa or clap for Di Matteo than have a go at Abramovich. Can you blame them??

I do think it’s interesting how the press have reacted to the appointment of Rafa. He’s obviously a top manager but for some reason the press don’t take to him. Compare the reaction of Rafa’s appointment at Chelsea with that of ‘Arry’s at QPR. It’s chalk and cheese, if you didn’t know better you’d think ‘Arry’ had won a couple of La Liga titles or a Champions League.

It was the same whilst Rafa was at Liverpool, large sections of the media tried to undermine him despite his achievements. The same could be said of Fabio Capello, during his time with England and is currently happening to Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini. (I’m not going to even mention AVB) It begs the question, what have these foreign managers got in common? My advice to these guys is do what their British counterparts do and become drinking buddies with the press guys, or take up golf and become part of their golfing scene, after all it’s harder to have a go at someone if you might have to play 18 holes with them some day soon.

And Finally… In honour of the Chelsea fans I’ve decided the next time we get a new member of staff at work, I’m going to boo them and hold up banners telling them they must go. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Til next time, stay safe!


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!


Snood wearing Prima Donnas

December 22, 2010


Hola. Hope you are well and gearing up for Christmas.

I’m not one to exaggerate but I think I’m writing this despite the onset of Swine Flu. Although as a trouper I will battle on without moaning.

It seems a lot of things have happened since my last blog post, mainly involving managers.

Firstly, Mike Ashley in his wisdom decided to sack Chris Hughton and replace him with Alan Pardew. I’ve still not found a man, woman, child, animal or alien who thinks this was a good idea. I heard a report saying Pardew’s first job was to convince the players he was the right man for the job. I would have thought his first job would have been to convince himself, he’s the right man for the job.

Having said that it’s funny how quickly things change in modern football, as illustrated by Pardew’s first game in charge against Liverpool. At the start of the game Roy Hodgson must have looked over to the opposition dug out and thought it’s nice to be facing a manager more hated by his own fans than he is. By the end of the game and Newcastle’s 3-1 victory, Alan Pardew must have looked over at Roy Hodgson and thought it’s nice to see a manager more hated by his own fans than me.

Another manager in the news was Sam Allardyce, who got the boot from Blackburn. I’m not a big fan of Big Sam, but I was surprised when he go the heave-ho. Some of Sam’s fans in the media and Mr Ferguson tried to make out that this decision shows the Indian chicken people running Blackburn don’t know anything about football or running a club. Maybe just maybe, if you’d just invested your hard earnt money in a football club then you wouldn’t want the brand of football Big Sam serves up.

Another manager I have sympathy with is Roberto Mancini. For starters, the view of Man City seems to change game by game. If they win, they are potential Premiership winners, if they lose, they are a bunch of snood wearing prima donnas, surely the truth is somewhere in between these two extremes. Another reason I feel sorry for Mancini is because he has to deal with snood wearing prima donnas, the likes of Tevez, Balotelli, Yaya Toure etc… Ive not seen as  many toys thrown out of the pram at Eastlands since I was last at a toy throwing out of a pram convention. City don’t need a manager, they need Supernanny. I for one would like to see Carlos Tevez on the naughty step.

The last manager I’d like to talk about is Rafa Benitez. I’m a big fan of Rafa, but I also realise he’s a little bonkers. With Inter struggling in the league, they go and win the World Club Championship. At this point, most managers would enjoy the victory, maybe use it to lift moral, Rafa on the other hand decides this is the perfect time to give his boss an ultimatum of back me or sack me. At the time of writing it looks like Inter president Massimo Moratti will choose the latter option.

And Finally….All that is left to say is, I hope you all have great Christmas and New Year and thanks for your support throughout the year!

Til next time, stay safe!