The only time we have ever expressed an interest in football was when we discovered Harry Redknapp’s bulldog Rosie was related to our own bulldog, Matilda. We spent a pleasant morning with him at his then footie club comparing notes.
Saturday will be an exciting day. This weekend our country will erupt into a frenzy of colour and song; sometimes profound, often crass. Football will once again reign supreme.
Fabio Capello was once mocked up as a donkey, Steve McClaren was the Wally with the Brolly, Sven-Goran Eriksson was stitched up by the Fake Sheik, Glenn Hoddle was compared to Mystic Meg, Graham Taylor was a turnip. How will Roy Hodgson be portrayed?
When it was assumed Redknapp would be given first refusal on the England job, there was a consensus that this summer’s European Championships would represent a tournament without pressure. Roy Hodgson will not be afforded that luxury.
I think that Roy Hodgson’s appointment infuriates so many of us because it shows us what we really are: we are outsiders, peering up at football’s elite.
Harry Redknapp said last week that the England manager role is “an older man’s job”. Is he right?
Harry Redknapp has agreed to see us. Not to discuss the finer points of accountancy or the flat back four system, but the best way to clean between wrinkles. Bulldog creases. The BBC sports team are baffled that we have managed to get an interview for our radio show while they are still putting in bids. Like us, Harry is concerned about the breeding credentials for bull breeds.
To argue against Harry Redknapp for England is akin to arguing in favour of bankers bonuses. While somewhere in both arguments lies some complicated logic, the chances of being heard above the the sonance of popular opinion are minimal. But here goes.
Fabio Capello’s time as the manager of England is over and many in the country are breathing a huge sigh of relief. To say the Italian divided opinions is an understatement as he seemed to be living on borrowed time ever since the World Cup debacle. But did the Italian fail to understand English football as many have suggested, or was it simply the other way round?
There comes a time in any title race when performances alone aren’t enough to steal a march on a rival and a manager must try something else in order to gain an edge.
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