When I heard that Harry Redknapp had been fired, a few thoughts hit me.
Roberto Martinez must exclude himself from work now, because my ears couldn’t take another fortnight from the human bagpipe that is Dave Whelan.
Sam Allardyce’s tenure at West Ham just got a little more volatile.
And is it the most embarrassing moment in the Spurs boardroom since Christian Gross arrived late for his unveiling press conference, waved his one-way ticket to the London Underground and said: “I hope this will be my dream ticket. “
Because, while many Spurs fans defend their club by saying Redknapp pushed Daniel Levy into a corner, it doesn’t make sense to outsiders.
Cut through all the personal animosities and the big name and the point is they just sacked the man who built Spurs’ best team since the days before Jimmy Greaves mixed his Corn Flakes with vodka. A team reconstituted in the elite of English football playing some of the softest football in Europe. And it depends on one man’s vision. Whose last name is not Levy.
Fans who are happy to see Redknapp’s back claim he took the club as far as he can … he was getting greedy, just like Luka Modric, which Levy doesn’t stand for … he had taken its not looking at the ball. “
Feelings based largely on the form collapse after Fabio Capello left England and Redknapp was appointed national manager, which affected the players and caused a form collapse which led Spurs to miss Champions League football by a point.
The resentment towards Redknapp over this is understandable. But is that fair, knowing that the pressure came from outside the club and that Redknapp never lied about being interested in running his country? Is it fair, while he still led Spurs to the modern top four promised land, only for Didier Drogba’s head to go under the bar in Munich?
Redknapp has been called a hypocrite for asking for a contract extension on the grounds that players need to know who is responsible in the long term, which contradicts what he said when linked to the England post. But the truth is, he’s right.
This confusion distracted them for a month, and would have done it again this summer knowing their manager was entering the season with a year left on his contract. An uncertainty was reportedly created that gave many stars a cast-iron excuse to head for the door in search of a bigger payday. Now that he’s gone, it could be a rush.
The timing is far from perfect either. If Levy had made up his mind on his coach’s fate after the Champions League qualifiers failed, why didn’t he sack him at the end of the season? Word is, Levy wanted Brendan Rodgers to take over if Redknapp had joined England. So why didn’t he act when Liverpool were hesitant?
Redknapp has its flaws, but the benefits far outweigh them. Like his eye for a gamer and the brains and character to get the most out of everyone who plays under him. What he has done over the past four years with a net annual expenditure of £ 12.5million and a salary cap of £ 70,000 per week is almost miraculous.
Of the four clubs that will enter the Champions League next season, Manchester City and Chelsea do so only because they can pay the top players whatever their agents ask for. Arsenal and Manchester United are there because they stayed with tested managers when the natives got agitated.
Levy has refused to do what Chelsea and City are doing, which is wise and admirable, but refusing to do what the other two are doing is madness.
Good luck with the replacement.
You will find few fans joining in the Premier League’s massive response after securing a £ 3.018 billion rights deal with Sky and BT.
This is because armchair fans know, from painful experience, that the bill will be passed on to them. And season ticket holders know that in addition to having to show up on pitches at even wackier times to keep TV companies happy, the extra money won’t be used to drive down ticket prices, but to make the players extremely rich and their agents even richer.
And as news of the extra wealth spreads overseas, promising young English players will be overlooked for players like Eden Hazard, who last month told our top clubs his services were up for auction, from of £ 200,000 a week plus a £ 6million counterpart for his agent.
The same Eden Hazard who is 21 and has had a few good seasons in an average French league.
As they say. It’s a whole new ball game. Enjoy.
No matter how much doubts people harbored about England’s cautious display against France, surely we have to admit one thing: how much better it was to watch them play without listening to that fanfare.
We were supposed to be complaining about their instruments being confiscated before the game, but all I could think of was how much better it sounded without them.
Without their banal and repetitive repertoire comprising The Great Escape, Self Preservation Society and God Save the Queen, accompanied by Neanderthal growls.
It was like watching a real international again. The Ukrainian authorities have been very weak in returning these instruments. They should have kept them as a gift from a grateful English nation.
Or put them out of service on the grounds that they were more offensive weapons than the Kalashnikovs.
Good luck to Roberto Di Matteo in his new role being told who to buy and choose by Roman Abramovich until (a) he loses three consecutive games (b) John Terry fancies a revolt (c) Pep Guardiola bored on a lounge chair. It’s not all gloomy, Roberto.
The good news is that this will all come to an end very quickly, but at least you’ll be making a two-year salary, and no one will blame you.
Ahead of Thursday’s game against Spain, Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni tried to boost his country’s morale by saying his men can ‘make a Chelsea’.
They did it. It was just not Chelsea who won 2-1 at Camp Nou in May this year, but the one who lost 8-1 to Wolves in September 1953.
Danny Welbeck appeared as a humble young man at Wednesday’s press conference paying tribute to the help he received with training strikers at Old Trafford.
“Wayne Rooney is always there to give me advice on and off the pitch,” he said, before thanking Michael Owen for “giving me some advice”.
Although, annoyingly, he failed to name the horses.
Cynics are a bit harsh on Wayne Rooney about his new haircut. He’s not trying to do a David Beckham and set a new trend (mainly because it’s a hairstyle that even a monk’s mother wouldn’t like), he’s just very patriotic.
I hear he’s decided to mark his return to action against Ukraine this week by having his locks cut to make him look like Lawrence Olivier playing Henry V, and that before the game starts, he’s going deliver the famous pre-Agincourt St Crispin’s Day. word.
Which, at the very least, will cause John Terry to hit the wall with jealous rage.
This unnecessary £ 100,000 fine from UEFA slapped Russia for repeated outbreaks of sickening hooliganism.
I’m not going to wonder how much harder they would have been against England if the yobs were from Margate and not Moscow.
But I’m going to ask if Russia is allowed to pay the fine in brown envelopes left over from the 2018 World Cup bid process?
Has anyone seen No Country For Old Men? A good film. Looking at the recent departures of Fabio Capello (65), Kenny Dalglish (61) and Harry Redknapp (65), it could almost be written for English football.