What makes football so beautiful?
This question is asked an awful lot, some say the emtion, philosphy’s ect. But for me today showed a new way of seeing the game.
In a way it is linked to the emtional side of the game, West Ham beat Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley to gain promotion to the Premier League. A fantastic achievement. Hours later Chelsea were partying hard after winning the biggest trophy in club football.
Amazingly the West Ham fans will always see this as their day as will Chelsea and that is it for me, this is the game and the beauty of it. Every achievement is just that an achievement.
Yes someone will always be there to knock you but reality is we want to win everything whether that be a Champions League or Carling Cup.
This is coming from a man who has always maintained that he would go barmy if my club won the Johnston Paint Trophy nevermind the Champions League. Some fans don’t see their club hit heavy heights in their lifetime so when a target or aim is met it is greeted with great joy.
That is the beauty of the game.
Cologne supporters were none too pleased about being relegated out of the Bundesliga today.
Anfield, amazing day.
It will be a busy summer time at the West Midlands clubs with the managerial merry go round proving to be as active as ever.
There hasn’t been too much movement in the top English divison this season - managerial wise.
I start with a club in major turmoil and have been for some time; Wolverhampton Wanderers. Their current manager Terry Connor has 2 games left of his contract and with players like Karl Henry coming out backing TC it can only help his cause. Fans on the other hand want him gone, they don’t blame their relegation on him they just don’t believe he is good enough. Despite players taking the blame, even when Mick McCarthy went the players took the blame.
Can I see Connor there next season? At the moment i am very 50/50 I think the fans will vote with their feet if he doesn’t get them promoted at thr first time of asking putting emense pressure on Jez Moxey and Steve Morgan.
If TC goes who can I see in the job?
Ole Gunner Soljsear agent suggests he will not be the man to take on the Wolves job but I can see Lee Clark filling in that postion Moxey has said he wants a “young and hungry” manager on the flipside I know that Steve Bruce would take the job in a flash and Alan Curbishley may take it now but my betting would be on Lee Clark IF Connor leaves.
We now move into the league Wolves are in next season, the Championship. Now you might think what is this bloke on about Hughton hasn’t left but as you will find out he is high on another clubs wishlist. So Blues may be looking for another manager in the Summer.
As of yet I don’t know any names that could enter the Blues, mainly because no speculation has began but partly because a manager may not like the fact they have money issues.
Will Hughton be there next season? If they go up yes if not I believe he will be tauted to go elsewhere.
We now move to their near neighbours and rivals Aston Villa - Alex McLeish is a hate figure amongst the Villa fans, partly because of his Birmingham City connection but mainly because of his defensive approach to games which many believe is a negative style of play. He hasn’t had the greatest of season fighting off relegation is unusual for a side of Aston Villa’ nature.
Many have questioned owner Randy Lerners vision for the club after he asked for Roberto Martinez a manager renoun for ‘beautiful football’ and when he turned them down he got Alex McLeish as I have said up there a defensive manager.
Can I see him their next season?
Simple answer is yes, Lerner doesn’t want to go back on himself and according to McLeish “only a handful of managers could have had a better season with the same squad than him.” Saying that I have heard many rumblings of Paul Lambert being a Villa target and he has a soft spot for them. A match made him heaven?
Now onto the baggies, Roy Hodgson is a certainty to leave as the England job beckons for the 64 year old. He has had a fantastic season with the midlands top dogs and will be a hard act to follow. Expirence wise no one will beat Hodgson so the question is will Jeremy Peace and Dan Ashworth turn to a young manager or a proven man. Before Roy was appointed Hughton was interviewed so is an obvious target for the club.
Names linked and descriptions.
Jose Camacho This move is very doubtful, overseas coaches is not something I believe the baggies are intrested in but they do go abroad a lot looking at players so he ma have caught the eye.
Claudio Raneri This man is being tauted around a lot of clubs specially in England, it is an agent thing, I don’t believe the Albion will pay his wages.
Chris Hughton He has been described above.
Roberto Martinez A lot of baggies would love this man, he sticks to beliefs and is a loyal man, that is the issue though, it would cost a lot to get him out of his Wigan contract. But if he believes he has taken Wigan as far as he can he may just may be tempted by a move to the Black Country.
Alan Curbishley Expirenced safe bet, knows what he is doing, a short list hasn’t been drawn up but he would certaintly be near the top as a proven manager.
As I say a shortlist hasnt been drawn up so its a tough call on who the job will fall to.
The only person garenteed to leave is Hodgson, the others could well stay in their current postsions and I can’t stress that point enough.
"Never let the stats get in the way of the game."-Unknown.
Big Eck has told his Villa players to leave surival in their hands and not let it run to the final day of the seasom as they host Spurs this weekend.
A win garentee’s the Villians another Premier League season after a difficult end to this campaign making manager Alex McLeish the former Birmingham City manager a hate figure amongst the Villa faithful.
There attentions have turned to survival after their crown of top dogs in the midlands was taken off them by near neighbours West Brom. This has hurt them, and the fact they are fighting off relegation for the first time in their Premier League history.
Alex McLeish may keep the Claret and Blue army up but their fans will not accept this season and want him out. Whether this will come about only time will tell.
Now being a baggie I have found it hard to come to terms with the fact that Roy Hodgson only has two games left with us before he makes his way to Ukraine.
Roy beat off competition from the likes of Harry Redknapp to get the job. The F.A say they made the decison to appoint Roy a month ago. They then approached West Brom who said the sports National Governing Body must wait till West Brom were safe and must allow the Englishman to see out his contract at the midlands club. With this the F.A acted after the baggies 0-0 draw with rivals Aston Villa.
Hodgson seemed a very proud man as he was praded before the media despite the uproar that apparant ‘fan fav’ Harry Redknapp wasn’t choosen ahead of the two time Inter Milan manager.
The uproar in my view was totally unjustified. Redknapp has only done well with money - the only trophy he has won was with an 85 mill Portsmouth squad - whereas Hodgson has worked with a very low budget at West Brom getting them from 17th to 11th in 4 months and getting fans hopes of Europe up.
Hodgson knows 5 laguages and has part knowledge in another 2 due to his travels around the world to improve himself as a manager. He has managed 3 International sides - Sweden, Finland and UAE he qualifed for 26/30 tournaments with these squads a major achievement for them.
This is the first time England have appointed a manager with any previous international managerial expirence something which David Berstien was quick to point out to the meida at Wembley.
Harry said he “holds no grudges” about Hodgson getting the job he so badly wanted while Hodgson said he hopes it doesn’t ruin there “friendship”.
Wigan Athletic Ground - The DW Stadium. Not that great, very open.