By Brian Hall
Saturday 01 Jun 2013 14:12:00
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I have always had a vision of football managers, having failed abysmally at a club, lying about in some Dubai hotel , or on a Bahamas beach, all having a bit crack on to each other. All temporarily on the dole. Or getting some part-time work as a tv pundit.


 The list is endless. Naturally, the Usual Suspects. Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce, Ole Arry Rednapp, you name it.


They all leave clubs with big redundancy pay-offs, of course, and then wait, cajole, push, for another job. The call then comes in, or the money Boat Comes In, rather, and, woops, back at work, man.


QPR.  Aye, take it Arry.

Stoke. Not too bad, Markie.

Huddersfield? Do it , Stevie, son, and if things work out, you might land on Hull.


I have always thought that the main masters in the managerial roundabout rip-off are Little Sam and Ole Arry himself. This past season, Little Sam scraped through the line, despite the West Ham fans sussing him out. Poor Ole Arry did not, but if he aint going to retire, who knows!!? Wigan?


But of course, another lot have turned up in recent times. The foreign managers!  Mancini, to be replaced by the bloke from Malaga. Mourinho pops up, having failed, by Real Madrid standards that is, on the Chelski front. And the list goes on. But I like to think that the foreign managers’ Roundabout Club are canny mates with the dodgy British bunch.   Freemason football managerial stuff  in action, man.


But I did find it a hoot that, after Wenger, our Alan Partridge, sorry Pardew, is now officially the second longest serving manager in the Premiership.


What would Bob Paisley, Shankly, Clough, and Joe Harvey have made of all this?  I don’t mean Alan as our manager, i mean the absurd swop-overs which make an old trade union closed shop look open.

 But one thing is for sure. The likes of Bob, Bill, Brian, Joe, and a lot of others loved their clubs, showed total commitment, and had values.


Do the present managerial spongers off the game have the same?? I doubt it, but maybe am wrong.




Ps                    one contradiction though. I loved it when Rafa visited Chelski, did canny for them in my view, and left with dignity. OK. No doubt a good pay-off, and he will be fine. But so much fun to see Chelski’s plastic fans complaining about him!!


Pps                     I did not mention Souness. Canny tan, canny job gained as a pundit, but possibly his Freemason Managerial Roundabout canna find him another job. Too dangerous, me thinks.    Tarah.

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