The fumes we’re running on are low… it’s like the dying days of football news over here. It’s dystopian as I rummage newsnow for a snippet of goodness.
I can’t find any. So I’ll ramble. I’m good to you like that.
I can correct my mistake from yesterday. England are on tonight. So at least we have something to watch.
Bad news is WELBZ is injured which could rule him out for the Liverpool game this weekend.
Really annoying. He’s a bit of a master when it comes to tweaking muscles. He’s gone missing a few times this year. Not good. Especially as he’s coming into form right now.
I was thinking about the internet and what a grubby place it is for pretty much everything at the moment. Someone asked me to kill myself the other day for writing and article about who might leave in the summer. I mean, if you’re used to it, it’s pretty amusing that a sad little person stuck in a damp bedroom can get so irate about an opinion on football that they’d say that.
Almost all of the commentary off the back of writing for this new website is pretty gross. Now, that’s just apparently what comes with writing for a big name. But I did get an interesting comment, it read something like ‘don’t you think as 95% of people hate your work, you should quit’… amusing, because it seems that sort of online behaviour is directly linked with some sort of groupthink control mechanism for killing anything that makes people think.
Here’s the thing. I’d quit if people didn’t read the site. But they do. And 80% come back.
I’d also quit if everyone agreed with me. What a boring world we’d live in. If my friends all agreed with me, they wouldn’t be the sort of people I’d want to hang out with. Disagreement and debate are the spice of football. It’s why the social gathering is almost as fun as the game. It’s why we love the theatre post match.
It’s not just football that suffers, obvioulsy. The guy who was unfortunate enough to get punched by Jeremy Clarkson for not getting him a steak faced death threats. Can you imagine? We have some nasty thug millionaire TV presenter whacking someone for not gettting him a steak, after he turned up 2 hours late… and the internet hounds the guy who gets punched? It’s so grim out there.
I have no idea what the answer is. But it’s pretty sad times. No rationality or compassion on the web. Just a bunch of nasty little shits, killing it for everyone because they’re bitter about the hand life dealt them.
Back to this evening. Theo is supposed to start. Be interesting to see how he does against a solid defence. He’ll have plenty of energy, that’s for sure!
There’s a story kicking off in Italy about Eder playing. He’s Italian through his parents, but he looks Brazilian and he grew up there. He scored a great goal at the weekend. The Italians don’t like it apparently. Sad times.
You know what else is irking me. ALL MY NEWS SOURCES HAVE BEEN SPOILED. If I go to Google news, it’s dominated by clickbait sites that have zero authority. If I go to Newsnow, it’s ruined by clickbait sites.
My whole world is being ruined by publishers who don’t know what they’re doing!
There’s some interesting stuff going around the web about black managers in the game. Sadly, a lot of the coverage is being fronted by Sol Campbell and John Barnes. Sol doesn’t exactly have a great rep as being the sharpest or most modest in the game… John Barnes has flunked out a few times and again, he’s not exactly pulling up trees on the smartness front.
Thing is, not a lot of footballers turned managers are the smartest. John had this to say…
“What I can judge it from is by looking at society. How many black people are there in the higher echelons of any industry? We can talk about journalism, we can talk about politics. So why should football be any different?”
He tanked and he wants to know why after tanking three times he can’t get another job. Well, David O’Leary hasn’t had a job in a while. Alan Curbishley. I mean, plenty of white manager who fail excessively don’t get jobs. In this case, is it race, or is it just a bad manager making excuses?
IF I FAILED 3 TIMES IN A ROW IN THE REAL WORLD I WOULD NOT BE GETTING MANAGERIAL JOBS.
Also, in the real world, you usually work at least ten years before taking the top job in a company. That’s what Jose had to do. That’s what Brendan Rodgers had to do. Maybe John needs to lower his expectations. Maybe he needs to do things the hard way. Becuase clearly, he’s been shown up as ‘not quite a natural’ doing it the easy way. The ‘I’m John Barnes you owe me a damn living’ way.
There is certainly an issue though. There are many incredible black players the world over and have been for years, but there aren’t any black managers in the top ten in the world. That’s odd.
There are also other issues in this managerial problem. There aren’t many managers in the game who weren’t explayers. The whole process is pretty messed up. It’s almost impossible to break into the game unless you’ve had a playing career.
How about female managers as well? How many female coaches are there? How many Asian coaches? How many gay coaches?
Football is a pretty backward game though. It’s generally not run by overly dynamic people. It’s still drenched in backward views. I mean, let’s be honest, the fans are still drenched in backward views. The idea of a gay footballer still makes a large number of people vomit in their chairs, women officials still get barraged, abuse from the stands can be pretty vile, we have black people being pushed off trains, fans singing racist songs… black managers is an issue for sure, but there are hundreds of issues in the game.
What doesn’t help is having this issue pushed by a man who says, ‘but I’m Sol Campbell’… that sort of entitled attitude is never going to win your cause support. It’s not about being black, that’s about thinking you don’t have to work to earn your stripes.
Right, all the words. Have fine ass day my darlings. x
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