Anybody missing Harry Redknapp?
What about Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce, or even John Carver…?
Watching the football over the course of the weekend, it struck me just what a turn for the better there had been in recent times.
Instead of having the likes of Bruce, Redknapp, Allardyce, Carver etc polluting the media (at least not as ‘current’ Premier League managers), we have had a breath of fresh air.
Obviously Newcastle United is my one and only real concern but like most of you I watch plenty football and was sick of hearing the same laboured views, from people who had achieved very little, apart from managing to keep their respective clubs in the Premier League, most of the time.
However, that never stopped the likes of Redknapp, Allardyce and Bruce from feeling hard done by and aggrieved that they hadn’t had their chance(s) with England and/or Real Madrid.
Even our very own John Carver ham-fistedly declared he was the best coach in the Premier League, whilst at the same time producing a run of the most consecutive league defeats in Newcastle’s entire 123 year history.
Happily, West Ham didn’t renew Allardyce’s contract, Bruce and Hull were relegated, whilst disgracefully Harry Redknapp jumped shop halfway through their relegation season – blaming a forthcoming operation, the proceeded to work even longer hours on his media career.
Obviously the relationship between the media and these managerial also-rans cannot be ignored. Many is the time that the managers above have been given a far easier ride than they deserved, due to their close relations with numerous influential journalists.
It really hit home when I was watching one of the new boys speaking, although having said that, Claudio Ranieri of course was at Chelsea previously.
It was great hearing him talk, full of charm and humour. Bit of a difference to the bullying, aggressive stance taken by Nigel Pearson, both in press interviews and at the side of the pitch.
No coincidence that the majority of the media were quick to slaughter Ranieri in the summer, predicting a Leicester collapse and an early bath for their new manager. I’m not keen on Leicester after far too many visits in the 80s/90s but nice to see that under the Italian they are getting great results and playing very good football, with Ranieri seemingly having bought well in the transfer window.
Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe comes over just as well, another breath of fresh air compared to Bruce and others. Another team playing football the right way and a manager who isn’t making the same tired excuses and acting like he has somehow being cheated out of what he rightly deserves.
Alex Neil at Norwich has enjoyed a meteoric rise to be a Premier League manager but it certainly doesn’t seem to have changed him, when I have seen him interviewed he looks very laid-back and worth listening to.
Slaven Bilic at West Ham is taking things in his stride at the moment and not blaming eveybody but himself, as certain other ex-managers might have done…
As for Newcastle, whatever Steve McClaren does or doesn’t achieve on the pitch, at least we have traded up on Pardew and Carver when it comes to listening to them before and after matches.
It helps as well of course that he does seem to be quite popular with the press, though of course we wait to see what happens if things turn bad…
Hopefully we will not find that out for some time with our new Head Coach and march on to happier times, whilst at the same time not feeling the need to kick in the TV as Allardyce, Bruce, Redknapp and others appear on our screens.
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