MEHSTG Vol. 2 Issue 16 - September 2000
It is a big
disappointment to all Spurs fans that George Graham has vowed to stop
slagging off referees. This will no doubt consign Tottenham to another season of
mediocrity without a decent challenge for the League title.
Because, you see, all the major front-runners for the Premiership
are led by men who are masters of the art of whinging.
Wenger has recently taken over from Alex Ferguson as the flying whinger
of his day. If there is a
subject to moan about, Arsene can be relied upon to provide a sound-bite
that takes your arm off at the elbow.
How many times have you heard him sounding off about other teams,
referees, the number of games, the weather, the moving of games for TV
coverage, the fact that other clubs have been better than his on the day
?? He will spout forth on
every facet of the game and all that surrounds it, except any incident
that involves his own players being the subject of disciplinary or
wily old owl has now taken it on himself to beseech the whole of
football to strike should the EU abolition of the transfer system comes
into force. And for what
possible reason could he want this to happen ?
Could it be so that he has time to spot potential players and
undertake tapping up manoeuvres to pinch from other teams ?
To stop Manchester United getting too far away from his side in
the Premier League ? To
have a well-earned break from the hurly-burly of playing English
football twice in a week ? Who
knows ? It is probably just
another excuse for a rant about anything and everything that springs
into his mind. Don’t be
surprised if, during a post-match interview soon, he makes outrageous
statements about the price of pickled onions or the ludicrous idea of
changing term and holiday lengths in the English school system.
course, Wenger is not alone in his verbal tirade against all that
happens in the world. David
O’Leary has tried his amateur psychology in bursts during his short
time in charge of Leeds. Old
pig face has been mouthing off against lots of stuff that would bore the
most ardent whinge-ophile. His
latest is that he wouldn’t be panicked into buying players just to
beat a deadline (in this case for the Champion League).
Well, secret talks with John Arne-Riise and his Mum seem like
some sort of cosy tea-party rather than a desperate attempt to get
players in when you know that very soon the side will be shorn of the
sheep loving Aussies and the other players who will be up before the
beak on charges of assault and attempting to pervert the course of
justice. Any old player
might do, so it could be a good opportunity for George to offer some of
our deadwood to his old mate !! The
other problem he is having with getting a team out is injuries.
He has even nicked for old Harry “Hangdog” Redknapp’s
favourite whinging phrase about being “down to the bare bones” and
his side are so young that they will never win anything if you listen to
his constant bleating about them only being “babies”.
Well, we know most of them are because they can’t take losing
major whinges are those that have a common theme with Wenger.
He never sees anything that his players do on the pitch.
The “studs in the stomach challenge” by Lee Bowyer on Stephen
Clemence had nothing wrong with it if you listened to O’Deary.
Harte’s stamp on Perry’s chest was just “momentum”.
I would think that if he represented his players in Court, they
would surely get off scot-free. The
jury would fall for his quaint Irish brogue and Princess Di doe eyes and
they would leave the dock with the cheers of the courtroom ringing in
their ears. All managers
defend their players, but this should only be the case within the realms
of sensibility. O’Leary
steps beyond this, as does Ferguson on occasion.
Do these people not realise that they would be much more credible
to football watchers in general if they added a smidgeon of truthfulness
into their comments ?
stranger in the camp amongst the whingers at the top teams is Ken Bates.
He is just controversial for the sake of it, as he knows nobody
would listen to him otherwise. It is a shame when an old TV actor from “Only Fools And
Horses” has to make “shocking revelations” just to get into the
newspapers. Still, not
everyone believes what he says … and that is what counts.
Ginaluca Vialli must cringe sometimes when he hears his Chairman
shoot from the lip.
above them all, is the granddaddy of the cutting remark.
Yes, his knighthood was awarded for services to the audio-visual
industry and the disservice to football … step forward, Alex Ferguson.
Here is one man who has made “siege mentality” a thing of
beauty at Fortress Old Trafford. The
theory that no-one gets out of there alive or at least without an
ear-bashing has made his side unbeatable at the art of whinging.
concentration is sometimes distracted by his fastidious attention to
time-keeping and this provides him with an endless supply of material to
berate referees for not playing on (in school yard style) until his side
scores the winner. His
players are beyond reproach (most are beyond help, but that’s another
story) and it is only when he has a book to sell that he reveals his
displeasure with his own team. His
medical knowledge meant that he disciplined David Beckham for staying
down South to look after his son, while Posh was out living it up.
His financial acumen has prevented Manchester United wasting
their money on top players like Batistuta and Figo, while he was the man
responsible for bringing Ralph Milne and Terry Gibson to the club.
For all his bluff and bluster, he could be even more highly
respected in the game if he occasionally took a forthright view of what
was going on at his club, but that is unlikely as he has built his
reputation on tongue lashing.
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