Thursday, 9 February 2012


So.... yesterday, in England, Harry Redknapp was found not guilty, by an English jury of 8 men and 4 women, of tax evasion.
Yesterday too, Fabio Cappello resigned after a row with the FA following his comments in an Italian tv interview over the FA's sacking, without reference to him (the England Manager), of John Terry as England captain following accusations of racial abuse.

Yesterday too (wasn't it all happening), in what the Mail called "a bizarre twist" (maybe in an effort to divert attention what what is staring us all in the face), Harry Redknapp, who will not now be going to prison, became the bookies' favourite to succeed Sr Cappello. 

A bizarre twist indeed. Isn't co-incidence an amazing thing? 

Interestingly, the BBC, with it's well known attention to detail, originally reported that Redknapp had been found guilty of one of the charges of false accounting.

However, perhaps in an effort to make up for their shortcomings, every BBC news programme since has covered the footballing part of the story as if it were the only thing happening in the world, with opinions from everyone and his dog, including his honourableness the prime minister, who apparently is allowed to express his opinions on sport on the BBC, unlike the first minister who is not
I have a couple of theories about this. Perhaps the BBC is aware that as no one believes a single word Cameron says, there is no point in refusing him the right to say whatever he fancies, whenever he fancies it, as it's a bit like the commercial brake on other tv channels: we all go and put the kettle or use the lavatory, leaving Daz,  Kellogs or Cameron to talk to an empty room.

Or, maybe it's just that the BBC knows that he holds the purse strings and regardless of the rubbish he spouts, they have to be nice to him. Whereas Alex Salmond doesn't, and they don't. 

I was also amused to hear that the job of England manager is "the most difficult job in football", which might explain the £6 million a year salary (about which, in the midst of all the fuss about Hester's £1 million salary + £1 million bonus, we have heard very little).

I just wondered why it was the most difficult job in football, more difficult than being the manager of Germany, or Brazil, or Italy, or Scotland... Any ideas?


  1. Yes we waited expectantly for the PM's thoughts on this grave situation. A decisive off the fence view from the dear leader was required to put the nation at ease.

    "I'm sad to see Mr Capello go. But he was wrong about Mr Terry"

    Managed to keep both sides happy by keeping both sides happy.

  2. I fear now the May elections will be won by the Conservatives. Up and down the country, hard working, hard pressed, decent families will have heard these words of wisdom and decided that despite all the hard decisions that he has had to make on their behalf, Mr Cameron is a man of the people. Football is his game.

    The BBC should never have let him pontificate so adroitly on the subject.

    Just imagine, if Mr Salmond had talked about the rugby on Saturday, we would probably be independent by now.

  3. 47 Muslims being tried in Liverpool court for Paedophillia.......BBC wont report that as it puts Muslims in a bad light.
    Eurozone tearing itself to pieces... can't report that as it puts EU in a bad light.
    Stick to easy, safe football and the Boy Idiot.

  4. Why is it the most difficult job in football? Well, whoever has the job has to take a team full of overpaid, over-privileged primadonnas to international tournaments and, despite being decidedly average in most areas, is expected to win every tournament with them, for no other reason than because they did it once before and "England expects".

    It'd be like my boss giving me a ZX Spectrum and expecting me to use it to create the world's greatest software application, and not understanding that it's just not possible. Oh, and having everyone in the country telling me through the media that I'm doing it wrong and I should do it this way instead.

    Essentially, it's not the most difficult job in football - it's quite simply an impossible task.

  5. tris

    'why it was the most difficult job in football'

    well evading tax on £6 million a year
    and bungs err! I mean bonuses aint easy.

    England manager quotes

    Elizabeth Gloster QC, for the DTI, told Mr Justice Evans-Lombe that Venables' conduct in relation to the four companies "has been such as to make him unfit to be concerned in any way with the management of a company".

    The 19 allegations set out in an agreed statement of facts amounted to serious breaches of his obligations and responsibilities as a director.

    Last October, Venables was denounced as a perjurer by Judge Timothy Pontius who accused him of "deliberately and dishonestly" misleading a jury, when giving evidence on behalf of his right-hand man Eddie Ashby, who was jailed for four months.

    Id sooner see the old test card than Salmonds mush on me TV especially at meal times

  6. Welcome tarfu. Thanks for your comment.

    Are you sure about it?

    I'm not seeing either of these stories being reported in the right wing press, although the Telegraph has a story about terrorists and some attack on the stock exchange.

    Same with the Mail. Not a word about paedophiles

    Normally these two papers would be falling over themselves to report anything unpleasant about anyone who isn't C of E and most of all, white...

    LOL.. he's not a boy, but he's certainly an idiot. Are as all his cabinet, it seems.

  7. I expect Niko, you'd rather watch Mr Cameron. Well you're in luck. It seems that he has been deemed acceptable by Auntie Beeb.

    You won't have to watch Alex. They'll probably even introduce a bleep so we can't hear his answers at FMQ.

    That should make you happy.

    You can listen to Joanne, Ruth and that Liberal blokey put him down and you won't have to listen to him wipe th floor with them.

  8. LOL Doug. That's about it.

    Mission impossible.

    As usual they think they are up there with the big boys because they once won the cup, before most of us were even born.

    They don't think it's all over, but it is now.

    As for the over-paid primadonnas, you nailed that in a oner.

    There is something wrong with paying Wayne Rooney more for a day's "work" than most people earn in a year. But that's capitalism. If he can get it... he can get it.

    One day the bubble will burst though. It's already an expensive hobby following a team. It will soon be beyond the reach of the people who would want to do it.

    Then I guess they will get bumped down to Earth will a bang.

    Any idea about if the Team GB thing for the London Olympics is coming together or.... not?