Just before Christmas I sat watching Blackburn v Bolton with fervent interest, willing Blackburn to get a late equaliser that never materialised. This wasn’t because I care in any way for these clubs and their relegation predicament, it was because my diseased brain had programmed this game as relevant to NUFC and what was happening was sure to have terrible consequences.
My rationale for thinking this was that we were due to play beleaguered Bolton at the Reebok a few days later. Pulling off this crunch away win would surely give them the impetus they needed to improve their disastrous season at home to mugginses here.
Blackburn, by contrast, would almost definitely see this as the final straw for incapable nincompoop Steve Kean, who seemingly is intent on hanging on to his job despite having 5,000 fans protesting about him every game. In fact I’ve seen more fans protesting about Steve Kean than I’ve seen actively supporting Blackburn Rovers down the years, so Messrs Venky should surely get the message pronto.
I was convinced though that Kean would be out before 2012, giving Blackburn that lift that all clubs receive on appointment of a new manager just in time for them to be firing on all cylinders for our FA cup tie.
Thankfully, it didn’t work like that. We won at the Reebok and are safely in the 4th round. Instead, there’s a new problem jutted up.When QPR ditched Neil Warnock earlier this week I found it highly unfair. Not because I’m bothered about the employment prospects of Colin W*nker, but because they did it in the week they were due to play Newcastle.
I then spent the next 3 days checking the BBC’s handy ‘breaking sports news’ web page at regular intervals, hoping for a long drawn-out interview process lasting the whole week and resulting in some hopeless ninny from the backroom staff showing how comically our of his depth he is in picking a side to get busted 6-0 at St James’.
Instead, Mark Hughes has been swiftly installed and has 4 full days to boost Rangers with that mystical elixir that only a newly installed gaffer can brew, ensuring that what looked like being an easy 3 points is now set to be a very tough challenge.
Incidentally if anyone thinks I am over-analysing this or reading too much into it, you should see my assessment on our Europa league prospects in the big floppy Mag this month. I need a good lie down.