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December 12, 2008, 6:52 pm
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1. Juande or another, gonna get ya, gonna getcha getcha getch

Bizarre news of the week was obviously when exposed football manager fraud Juande Ramos being appointed manager of Real Madrid.  Although Magic Juande was touted as the best thing since Chas ‘n’ Dave when he brought back the ITV Cup last season, his popularity down The Lane fell to lows than not seen since the days of Mark Bosnich when it turned out he was actually really, really rubbish.

Frankly, I am embarrassed to call him an ex-colleague.

After swiftly being sacked (and ‘Appy ‘Arry showing us just how easy it was managing a team brimmed full of internationals), it was no surprise to see Juande skulking back to Spain.  However, what was more surprising was to see the Premiership’s biggest ever flop being appointed manager of the 21st century’s most successful club.

What next?  Hopefully this trend will continue, as it will re-invigorate interest in the Champions League in Leicester.


Picture it: The Champions League Semi Finals (2009-10)

– Ian Holloway’s Barcelona vs Peter Taylor’s Internazionale

– Craig Levein’s Atletico Madrid vs. Frank Burrows‘ AC Milan

(My money would be on swanky Franky lifting that trophy)



2. It’s Beyond A Joke In ‘Ere

big-joeHousewife’s favourite Joe Kinnear has been at it again.  Sent to the stands after bemoaning an official for his Newcastle team’s now regular 91st minute capitulation at home, big Joe will now be serving what I calculate to be his third suspension during his period as caretaker manager of the Toon.

Surely he must be the first manager to spend more time suspended than on the touchline?

Every single suspension has come from criticising officials.  If you were being kind to JFK you would say that he was going this to create a bit of Dunkirk spirit at St. James’ Park, an ‘us vs them mentality’.  But that would be far too kind.

Newcastle have meekly surrendered leads in injury time at home to Stoke City and Wigan Athletic.  That suggests that the ‘team spirit’ Big Joe has brought to the club is as much of a fallacy as the myths of Tony Blair standing on the Gallogate End.

Also, his record of 4 points from 5 games is the definition of relegation form.  And yet, when he was offered an extension, it was perceived as a good move to stabilise the club.  Frankly, if any club is in such a mess that a volatile throwback thug like Kinnear is seen as a stabilising influence, they are looking in big trouble.

Newcastle won’t go down this season, but they won’t stay up anywhere near as easily as they should do.  And you can guarantee that this time next year Michael Owen, Obefami Martins and Jonas Gutierrez will have moved onto pastures new.  With all respect to Newcastle fans, can you really blame them?

Why oh why doesn’t Ashley just appoint this fella?


3.Skrilla in my wallet

van der satre

Edwin van der Sar has been rewarded for his part in the double-winning Manchester United team by being given a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2011.  That’s all very well and good, but what will become to ‘Future England No.1’ Ben Foster?

Foster is already 25 years old (older than you expected, huh?).  The time really has come for him to ask whether he is really pushing VDS for that starting position.  I suspect that he knows that the only goalkeeping competition at Manchester United is between him and Thomas Kuszak over who gets to sit closer to the Turbanators on matchdays.

Meanwhile, just down the road 21 year old Joe Hart has already played more games (107 to Foster’s 93).  Indeed, wikipedia has just told me that Big Ben has only ever appeared once for Man U!  That surely can’t be true, but if it is than the problem is worse than I thought.  He really has to make a move.

If the Old Trafford reserve isn’t careful, he looks set to be the first non-Chelsea player who is just intested in money in his pocket, cash in his hand, skrilla in his pocket?

You expect it from the likes of Wayne Bridge, Carlo Cudicini and Winston Bogarde.  If big Ben Foster isn’t making over a dozen appearances for Man U by the end of the season, he really must demand a loan move to The Walkers Stadium.  We’ll give you some games, Benny Boy.

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CAWeYD Thanks for good post

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