Morning. I bought a Tardis at the weekend, so this is Mondays blog, but today, instead of yesterday, about stuff that happened over the weekend but also yesterday and probably this summer. Confused? I’ve not even started yet.
Football is at an all time low. Manchester United are on the verge of winning the title by default, by being the least shit of a bad bunch this year despite dropping some pretty funny points throughout the season. The irritation is that Arsenal have been there, neck and neck, but have been marginally more shit towards the end of the campaign. Don’t forget, we beat them making us temporarily less shit than them, but then we lost to Stoke, making us massively shit for the day. It’s enough to make a grown man cry.
And now, even the last vestiges of footballing satisfaction have been corroded by King Kenny. 606 used to be the highlight of the week, mad scousers ringing up “sack de manager doh yeah, brrring back King Kennnnnny lad” – it was HILARIOUS. So they did, and they did and it’s actually worked out quite well. He’s got Maxi playing football for fucks sake. The man is either a conjurer, an illusionist, as lucky as a horsehoe tied to a black cat in a field of four leaf clovers… or a pretty good manager. It’s difficult to take.
Now I’ve read, on here and elsewhere, people giving Kenny all the credit. Using that as the stick to try and argue a change of manager would do us a similar service. Firstly, it’s rare that a manager steps in and turns a team of shite into world beaters. Rarer still that they do it more than once. Liverpool are the proof to that themselves. Roy Hodgson is a good manager, and did a fantastic job at Fulham with a team of journeymen and Dickson Etuhu. He had that team punching well above it’s weight. When provided with an arguably better squad he just couldn’t get them playing. Who’s to say that Arsenal replacing Wenger wouldn’t end in the same scenario, with a new Roy Hodgson struggling to motivate a bored and lifeless Andrei Arshavin?
Secondly, it’s not just the manager – the back room staff have changed, the players are no longer mutinous (none of them