A bit of a sad post today, not because the new Arsenal home kit looks terrible, more because the sharp teeth of football chomped down on one of the good guys of the game. Yep, Claudio Ranieri, the man who pulled off the biggest miracle in modern day football, was fired.
Do I understand the decision? Totally. Football is a business. When you’ve personally invested £100m into your club and you are watching over a manager who hasn’t won a game in the league in 2017, has lost 6 pointers vs Burnley and Swansea, and to cap it all off, bombed out of the FA Cup to Millwall… you’d probably be inclined to make a strong decision.
Not just that, a brisk look at the bottom half of the Championship would fill you full of dread (go a division below and it’s even scarier).
8 of the bottom 11 have been in the Premier League. One of them has been a Premier League champion. One of them has been a European Cup holder at some point. Going down doesn’t mean an immediate bounce back. Going down can mean a horrible few years. Sentimentality cannot carry you just because a few non-business people who have never put their money on the line think it’d be fitting if Claudio was given a go for the rest of the year. It’s a really stupid notion when you think about it.
It’s still sad though. I wish he’d packed it in this past summer.
Some say that they’re still in the CL with a shout, I’d say what relevance does that have? They won’t win it. Might as well make a hard change now and hope a new manager can reinvigorate a damaged team of champions and save the season.
You have to say though, it’s probably the end of that team. They’ve sullied themselves in all of this. It’ll hit them hardest though, they won’t be getting elite club moves, that’s for sure.
Anyway, how about a Spursy pick me up? I had to Google ‘what is a Gent’
Turns out they’re a really garbage team from Belgium who were victors over Spurs.
HA. HA. HA.
CIRCLE OF ACCESS UPDATE:
The Guardian are going hard, weaning amber dairy from the plump metaphorical breast of Mark G’s June PR plan. They dropped a deliciously patronizing piece last week warning Arsenal fans that bad things happen when you hire bad managers. That was followed by an unsubstantiated article on Hector Bellerin fancying a move if Wenger leaves. For the record, the handsome Spaniard said this in November.
“I have been in London for 5 years and love it. It’s my home, I would like to be here for a few years longer. It is not an issue.”
You can just imagine the scene. Happy as a pig in a blanket in November, but after it all falls to pieces in February, all he’s focused on is whether his failure of a manager is going to carry on.
‘Allegri, Sampaoli or Jardim? NEVER! Give me more years of tactical wilderness and an easy life. GIVE ME ARSENE, for he made me a MAN!’
COME ON GUYS, is that the best you can do?
If you threw a Massimo Allegri at him, a man with a vision, a man with trophies, a man who told Bonnuci he was an ass on the sideline… you think he’d beg to leave? Highly doubtful. He’s living the London life, the fans love him and he’s still just a kid.
Do I even need to explain why Liam Brady’s comments should be ignored? Read them and weep.
“They are craving those days again, but it’s easier said than done. Be careful what you wish for.”
There’s more, he even eviscerates his own career achievements…
“We competed maybe twice in the old European Cup,”
“Once under George Graham and once under Bertie Mee. He’s a victim of his own success really.”
SUCCESS HE’S NEVER HAD IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. HOW CAN YOU BE A VICTIM OF NEVER WINNING SOMETHING UNLESS YOU ARE FIRED?
Then he really loses track of the PR script…
“To keep the team consistently in the last 10 years in the top four, without having the money to spend… I know he’s spent money, but nothing compared to the likes of Chelsea, Man City and Man United have been able to afford, I think you have to take all that into consideration.”
A JABBERING WRECK. We had money the whole time, just Wenger blew it on wages for Nik B and Denilson. Sure, it wasn’t City money, but we were spending WAY more than we should have. If we’d held back £30m a year and worked things like an Atleti, we might have had more success.
Anyway, let’s not get into that. Just watch the way the media are pincering us to soften the blow when the regime master signs on again because he’s desperate and selfish.
WENGER IS SIGNING ON AGAIN. Can’t believe it.
As Alfred said on the pod below (sorry the sound is so bad, it’ll never be that bad again), you don’t want to have to bully Wenger out… but banners and little red signs feel like the only initiatives that will push him to China… or Barcelona if you’re deluded.
RIGHT, too many words, that’s me done. Listen to the pod. LOVE YOU x