Date: 16th June 2012 at 11:45am
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Good afternoon to you.

Good game, good game last night. Nothing to do with supporting England rather I think we’re getting to see what an excellent coach Roy Hodgson is. The Carrol goal and indeed his entire shift will have left most feeling all squidgy inside.

Elsewhere, Levy & Co has beaten the Queen’s Hoours List to the press and awarded the Royal Order Of The Tin Tack to Bondy, Joe and Clive. 

This prompts such immediate thoughts such as why is Sir Les still here and what did Clive do to get himself wrapped up in the Madness Of King ?

The short answer is ‘we’re unlikely to ever know’, but on Allen it’s a concern as he’s been a part of the Club for so very long. Therein is a possibilty; Hughton survived so many exiting managers but as BMG’s official sidekick it he was always lined up to share any rewards or recriminations. Alas and farewell then Clive our little Lilywhite Icarus, he who flew too close to the Sun …columnist. 

survived and I’m now wondering if there is a coldness about him which is to be respected. I didn’t like him talking about in the third person, nor I didn’t warm to a rake of negative comments he made about us when he was a pundit on Setanta. Maybe I got it wrong. Maybe …he’s just very professional.

My last thought for the day is on Levy & Co. and the issue of a Director Of Football.  

As those reading my top of the range drivel for more than a fortnight will know, I am a fan of our chairman. I’ve no time for the hair-brained pseudo communist claptrap about him only being in it for a fast buck. After eleven years at it he’s either a rubbish asset stripper or he and will only sell at a figure so vast that no fan in the world could complain.

It was suggested almost minutes after the demise of Arry that a return of Damien Comolli was on the cards. And my only response to this was, ‘why?’

His salary when he was with us last time was mooted to only be a million pounds per annum which in the crazy kaleidoscopic world of football finances doesn’t amount to a hill of beans – my point being how a vital a cog in the machine was he thought to actually be?

What did Comolli actually do that anyone with a half decent grasp of football couldn’t? I acknowledge he’s not responsible for how players are coached after they sign, but the chap appeared to point and shoot at players like sports desks do, based upon form and contract lengths; that sort of thing.

We’ve watched Levy & Co. increasingly take up the reigns in this wing of the business and I have to question the value in them hiring a middle man again. We don’t need agents ‘cosying up’ to managers filling their heads with spiel and their pockets with brown envelopes.

We need a Chairman who will barter like a hostage negotiator and ultimately have the strength to say, ‘Not for us today, but thank you very much for the coffee.’ And I think we have one of those.