I spoke at length last week to Richard Bevan, the Chief Executive of the League Managers’ Association. I like him: he’s a decent guy and most of what he says we should pay attention to.
He has concerns about the lack of leadership within English football, about the lack of a clearly thought-out plan as to which direction the game should be headed in.
And, naturally, he is more than irked by owners who’ve recently sacked their managers.
Richard wouldn’t say it: I will. Mike Ashley and the ridiculous ‘Venkys’ know little to nothing about football.
But the LMA has a problem. Effectively, it’s a ‘union’ and, in these circumstances, most unions would consider boycotting organisations that behave in such a manner.
Now Chris Hughton’s dismissal was overwhelmingly condemned and Sam Allardyce’s sacking was laughed at — well, I was laughing. Did Alan Pardew hesitate before taking the Newcastle job? Will ‘Big Sam’ turn down West Ham if Avram Grant is dismissed?
That certainly ISN’T union solidarity.
I think we can safely assume that Fabio Capello’s grasp of mathematics is as reliable as his use of English. This week the England coach said he could see Sir Alex Ferguson still managing Manchester United in 2030. What? When Fergie will be approaching his 90th birthday?