OTP’s dislikes of the season so far – The final five

Posted by - November 24, 2010 - Lists, Premier League, Ranting and Raving

Rave, rave, rave, rave, rave

The media treatment of Fabio Capello
After Fabio Capello refused to pick Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll for his friendly with Hungary in August, Shaun Custis of the Sun newspaper wrote the following:

‘Donkey Fabio Capello has stuck a hoof into England’s brave new world – after just one game. The gormless Italian vowed to rebuild after our World Cup debacle by bringing in young players.’

In November, Capello picks some young and inexperienced players for the friendly with France, which England lose 2-1. Shaun Custis writes:

‘The calls for a changing of the guard after the World Cup disaster have been loud ones but the truth is the new breed are no better than the old.’

Can the media just accept that maybe it isn’t the fault of a foreign England manager, that our homegrown options are no better, and that maybe the players (both experienced and inexperienced) just aren’t good enough.

Harry Redknapp
I know you sort of have to respect what he has done at Spurs, but the galling way in which he self-promotes just really grinds my gears.

 He now hates the ‘wheeler-dealer’ tag, and yet shouts his mouth off like Del Boy in an East End market.

Hit a new low on Sunday when he stated that Spurs could win the league. Is it not possible to do well anymore without lauding your side as the next Brazil 1970? As this is written, Spurs are sixth in the table, have lost three of their last five away games, and have already lost to two of the current bottom three.

 But all dislike and contempt is multiplied infinitely when it becomes clear that this man may well be the next England manager. Dear God.

Shite breaking news on Sky Sports News
“Sunderland ban vuvuzuelas” is a genuine example of “Breaking News” on Sky Sports News.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a brilliant channel, the nirvana of student life, but some of their stories do hang around a fair while. Live coverage of Wayne Rooney arriving at an airport or reporters hanging around training grounds also gets to me.

And don’t get me started on the Haye – Fraudley build up.

Arm tattoos
It’s not big and it’s not clever. But as soon as Beckham gives the say-so, the rest follow. You would now struggle to walk through a Premier League dressing room and avoid seeing an array of ‘sleeves’, tattoos covering the forearms.

The ultimate in “more-money-then-sense syndrome”. Someone tell Wayne Bridge he will never be as cool as Beckham or as hard as Djibril Cisse even if he gets a tattoo saying I hate John Terry on his shaft, let alone a gimpish tribal symbol on his arm.

Alan Shearer
A legendary Premier League striker, of that there is no doubt. But football’s Mr Boring has taken it upon himself to ruin Match of the Day and generally state dreadful opinions (a skill he has presumably learnt from Mark Lawrenson, master of the art).

But more than this, it is Shearer’s nerve to question Fabio Capello that really grates: “Fabio has been here two-and-a-half years now and I’m not sure we have gone forward.”

Given that Capello took over after England had failed to qualify for the European Championships, dominated a qualification group and then led us (albeit poorly) in that tournament, that is clearly a step forward.

“I’m not sure what system we’d play or what XI we would play if everyone was fit. I don’t know if the manager would either.”

Whilst we can happily allow you to question your own expertise on the issue, with a complete management record of: P8 W1 D2 L5, the same can perhaps not be said of Mr Capello, who can count seven Serie A titles, two La Liga titles and a Champions League amongst his honours.