The farce surrounding The FA and Gareth Southgate leaves you totally unsurprised at the handling of the Jonjo Shelvey case.
Even though there are no other candidates for the job, The FA still insisted on a formal three hour interview for Gareth Southgate on Monday, in front of a five man panel.
This is the Gareth Southgate who they gave a trial run to and who has done at least as well as anybody could have expected in that time, so absolutely amazing that it is reportedly going to be a week before he will be confirmed as permanent England boss.
No sympathy for the mackems of course but just how badly did the FA’s handling of appointing Sam Allardyce destroy Sunderland’s pre-season preparations???
In the case of Jonjo Shelvey, it is also a case of shaking your head at the failure of the authorities to deal with the case.
It still hasn’t been made known why it took two months after the September Wolves match for Shelvey to be charged with misconduct.
Then eight days after the Newcastle midfielder said he would challenge the charge, there is still no news of when a hearing will take place to decide on his guilt or not.
When there is a claimed racial element to the charge, it should put even more responsibility on the FA to deal with it as quickly as possible so the ‘no smoke without fire’ brigade are not allowed to have a field day.
If, and it is a big IF, Jonjo Shelvey was found guilty and banned, you wouldn’t be too happy as a Leeds, Blackburn, Hull, whoever, fan – if in the meantime the Newcastle player has taken your team apart and helped deliver a win for NUFC.
The Official FA Statement/Charge on Tuesday 8 November:
‘Jonjo Shelvey has been charged for misconduct in relation to Newcastle United’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 17 September 2016.
It is alleged that in or around the 87th minute of the fixture, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent.
It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.
The player has until 16 November 2016 to respond to the charge.’
The Official Newcastle United Statement on Jonjo Shelvey charge – Wednesday 16 November:
‘Newcastle United can confirm that Jonjo Shelvey has today pleaded not guilty to an FA charge of misconduct in relation to an alleged incident during Newcastle United’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, 17 September.
The player has requested a personal hearing with the FA regarding this matter. The club will be making no further comment until the matter has been concluded.’