Massive LOL moment of my evening.
‘I’m not telling you whether Henry Winter is good at 5 aside football, because you’ll put it on your blog’
It’s true, it’s all about the important stuff on Le Grove.
Anyway, not much to report on last night. Had an debate with some journos about payment for writing.
‘You should be grateful you’re getting anything’
… they cackled.
I feel for young aspiring writers when that’s the attitude of mega publishers. I don’t need the cash because it’s not my career, but my god, I would not recommend becoming a journo to any youngster. I mean, their argument is they’re not making any money. Which is a fair shout. They also made the point that ‘there are 50 others who will write instead’… again, doesn’t fuss me because it doesn’t affect me, but if you’re trying to get a foot in the industry, that’s what you’re up against.
You just can’t believe how entrenched in hierarchy that industry is and how tight they are outside the elite.
I walked past a tight trousered pundit and overheard…
‘He’s always treated my old man well in the press’
Gives you an idea of how it all works. Guess who else was there? Tim Sherwood. Nice chap, clearly, most Gooners are. Told him I was a massive Spurs fan and I was devastated to see him go… because whilst not being a Spurs fan, I was genuinely devastated to see him go. I felt like he was the first Spurs manager I truly wanted to see given the chance. Can’t believe Levy binned him off. Point here is he’s incredibly personable and his reward is that the press adore him, which means he’ll always land jobs because he’ll be made front of mind.
West Ham Sack Manager >>> Press make Sherwood favourite.
The award was comperred by Andy Dunn. The amount of back handed snipes he made about new media was amusing. It’s the Football ‘writers’ awards, not the print hack awards. The self preservation amongst some areas of that industry is embarrassing. I have the same moan every year. I just find the whole industry staggeringly backward. Well, the old school bully boy NOTW feature writer types who own that FWA. A lot of typewriters in a PC world.
Anyway, onto fashion. Brendan Rodgers took the award for Suarez. He wore a sparkly skinny tie. I mean, people dig me out around attire… RODGERS WAS WEARING GLITTER TIE! It looked like something my brother would have busted 5 years ago after being given a £10 Topman voucher.
Suarez was quite interesting to listen to… he’s quite a sweet guy. He just loves football and that’s why he’s a monster on the pitch. Humorous listening to the press talking about how he turned his image around… errrrr, by scoring loads of great goals? Also interesting listening to Rodgers talk about how the players convinced him to stay last year.
… the big what if with Arsenal this season isn’t about fit players, for me, it’s what if we’d landed him!
Not much in the news today to talk about… I’m just gearing up for a massive day tomorrow!
The only thing I’ve seen is Paddy Power putting up the picture of Arsenal’s victory bus. Bit weird for a sponsor to behave like that? People losing their minds over the bus. Reality is, you have to prepare something so you don’t look amateur when you win. It’s like the victory parade signs… that’s not arrogant, it’s just a common courtesy for the people of North London.
Also, that massive typo in my headline. What a laugh. It was ironical, I promise. Totally playing up to the crowd. You all got that, right?
Anyway, HAPPY FA CUP EVE!
BEERS IN THE SUNSHINE TOMORROW.