Well, it’s been a turbulent couple of days in the football circus. It seems that thanks to BT I can no longer receive Soccer Am, Sky Sports News and, most critically, Soccer Saturday on my regular digital channels. Oh thanks BT – I don’t suppose you could have secured access rights for your bloody pensioners amidst your glee at capturing sign-up rights for Sky’s Sports channels. Nah.
And what about my home town team Blackpool? We all know they are the unlikely new entrants to the fabulous Premiership, but after weeks of frustrating negotiations the manager, Ian Holloway, stromped off back home yesterday because the Chairman wouldn’t let him sign a few of the players who might help keep them in the Premier League. It’ll all be resolved of course before season’s start but BFC’s ability to remain in the Premiership is already compromised with the Chairman seemingly slooping the bulk of the £100m of that Premiership ‘treasure’, sorry funding, into accounts helpful to the owners of BFC. By all accounts the manager won’t resign before season’s start but it could be a long season ahead for the Seasiders you sense.
But that’s not all that’s potty. Just suppose that nitwit-in-chief, the FA’s, Sir Dave Richards, hadn’t removed Capello’s termination clause in his FA contract two weeks before the World Cup, then we would have a vacancy at the helm right now. Imagine the scenario with Roy Hodgson moving to the England manager’s position, Martin O’Neill moving to Liverpool, Mark Hughes moving to Aston Villa and the American team boss moving to Fulham. Wouldn’t that be more balanced? Please tell me which of the current incumbents of these 4 key jobs is the right guy for the job.