Is it just me or has Graham Poll become an even bigger prick now that he’s given up refereeing? He’s been signed up by the BBC (it could only be them) I imagine to present a different point of view on the subject of football. To be honest I applaud that thinking. Any football chat format which involves just footballers and/or ex-footballers and opinionated presenters drives me to distraction. I long for an alternative voice in there – you know the voice of the (articulate) fan (I guess that’s what made Soccer AM so enjoyable) or the administrator maybe or the unbiased pressman (as on Sunday Supplement). So I can see that the voice of officialdom could be an interesting angle. Good idea but wrong frigging ex-official.
Poll, the Thing from Tring, features regularly on Eamon Holmes’ excellent Saturday morning programme on Radio 5 Live. I was listening in yesterday and Eamon was keen to get his views on some issue or other – actually it was on the frequency of red cards being issued this season – but all Poll wanted to talk about was the wonderfully uplifting impact that Keegan will have on the football scene. Eh? Who gives two f*cks what Poll thinks about that? Rightly EH pinned him down to answer the question upon which he could bring relevant insight. But he couldn’t stop himself and before long he was pontificating about all manner of things. We even learned he’d once searched through 3 of Watford’s finest car parks searching for his wife’s parked car so that he could surprise her by scribbling I Love You in lipstick or something on the window. It was Valentine’s day. What a romantic and total prick. I never liked him as a ref – he was always making the big gesture – and, as KK may say, I loved it, loved it when he f*cked up with the 3 yellow cards in the World Cup. But now I realise he’s just a big f*cking jessie. With dull opinions.