They bend with whichever breeze is blowing at the time, or whoever is shouting the loudest. Newspaper Journalists, Studio pundits on TV and Radio – we’ve heard it all and seen it all so many times. Many people now are immune to it, just as we are to the drivel that comes out of the mouths of politicians.
This curious way in which the media do their stuff is never more apparent than when they are discussing the poisoned chalice that is the job of England Football Manager. We’ve all seen in the past, examples of the media bellowing to have certain individuals installed as England Manager, only to spend the entire time the unlucky individual is in the job taking him apart, screaming about his ineptitude for every draw or defeat and explaining why he should never have been appointed in the first place!
The merry-go-round has started to spin again since the sacking of whatsisname with the glasses, that italian bloke, and we are now firmly locked into another “England Manager Changeover” Phase. Ever since whatsisname’s departure, the English media, based largely in London, have been telling us that there is only one choice. Only one man out of all the managers available, is capable of taking on the challenge. A proper English London Manager, a man with a track record, a man who won the cup once, a man with a bank account in the name of his dog.
But wait! “Good Old ‘Arry’s” team have been crap lately. They can hardly buy a win – and suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the FA Cup Semi-Final recently. Is he really the man for the job after all? Should an England Manager really have a bank account in the name of his dog? Are there any other english (read “cockney”) managers around who could do the job?
Whisper it – but some parts of the media are now starting to point to United manager Alan Pardew as the messiah, the bloke they really meant all along. Pards has done well this season and has won as many games as “Arrys AllStars” – so he must be just as good. And he’s a cockney, he’s younger than Terry Venables – so he qualifies! And he doesn’t have a bank account in the name of his dog.
United fans are spending a lot of time at the moment worrying about which players we might lose in the summer if big bucks are offered. But has anybody stopped to think that as long as Tottenham’s bubble stays burst and the more games they continue to lose, the more the “Pardew For England” bandwagon may gather momentum?
As a United fan who doesn’t support England, I couldn’t give a toss who they select as long as it’s not Pardew. I guess that’s the same for quite a few of our fans who DO support England too!
Pards distanced himself from the job the moment it came on the market – a fact which was noted by ‘Arry chatting to his media chums “I’ve heard some people have turned the job down and it hasn’t even been offered to them!” – cue chortles and sniggers from media types. What do those same media folk think now I wonder?