There is a depressing quantity of uninformed rubbish out there.
‘You only just noticed?’ comes the cry. But for the love of Mary Poppins what is the point of ‘writing’ about something you essentially don’t understand? I maintain that football isn’t a complicated game yet some of the stuff out there is surely being published as a wind up or part of a post stroke rehabilitation scheme.
The utterly miserable Triffic Tottenham warn of the looming specter of ‘a major campaign to reinstate Harry Redknapp.’ The piece continues, ‘you can guarantee that any top Premier League team to lose their manager will be straight after Harry.’
As was evident when Swansea, Norwich, Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Brom, Chelsea and even Birmingham all recently opted to swerved his invaluable services. Not to mention the FA! Nobody in their right mind wants anything to do with him.
The but we finished fourth mantra is another myth that urgently wants busting. Courtesy of @EwanRoberts:
If you take the second half of our season – the second set of 19 games – we won just seven matches. A win percentage of just 36%…and three of those wins (none of which were convincing) came in our final four games.
If you then deduct from this magnificent inheritance, this legacy of a genius; the services of Modric, Ledley King and van Der Vaart any attempt to dress up the train wreck Arry left behind him is on a par with something spouted by that Iraqi loon, Chemical Ali.
So backing Villas-Boas isn’t some happy clapper love in. It’s called support based upon intelligence. The boss has plenty to do and it might, just might aid the cause if when those attending games didn’t have their minds polluted by misinformation constructed by dull children.
But finding football ‘a bit too complicated’ isn’t the exclusive preserve of brainless bloggers. You can be in the game for decades and still be unable to find your bottom with both hands and a map. This Hugo Loris business has seemingly got out of hand before a ball has been kicked thanks to a bizarre comment from the old woman that is Didier Deschamps
“Hugo has not appreciated the statements of his coach.I am not going to create a problem that I do not need today. But if it were to happen then it would need some consideration. I do not want Hugo to find himself in this situation.”
And in other news it might rain and you might not have an umbrella.
The painfully obvious issue here being either deliberately ignored by the press or not grasped by them as they are too thick is that of Villa-Boas’ impeccable manners and sensibility.
Unlike our previous incumbent, the new boss is able to be in the same postcode as a microphone without morphing into a free wheeling guest from This Is Your Life with an Attention Deficit disorder. He thinks before he speaks.
Like the business with Dawson. It looked even money he was off. But until the deal was done he spoke about Michael and his immense human dimensions (easy, ladies) respectfully.
“…yur well ‘es an ‘oof merchant so we ‘oping that Stoke or some other pub team come in for ‘im, top top ‘oofer, for sure.”
So with Bradley he’s not going to announce him being elbowed out by a younger man to the press. Any coach worth his salt needs to keep his charges motivated and feeling valued, even if their days might well be just a little bit numbered.
Three games in. Three.