Sunday, April 30, 2006

Those cheeky scamps in the media

I read with interest that the media, particularly the UK tabloid press, are blaming the Football Association for the failure to appoint Luiz Felipe "Big Phil" Scolari to the job of England football team coach. This makes me incandescent with rage. There is no doubt that the FA have been a bit disorganised, but lets have a look at the facts. Why are the England team looking for a new manager 5 weeks before the World Cup starts? It's because the tabloid press have been hounding the current incumbent Sven-Goran Eriksson for months to say if he was going to stay on in the job after the end of his current contract. Now it doesn't take a genius to figure out that Eriksson would probably and quite rightly have liked to have decided whether to stay on after the World Cup but he was forced into deciding before the World Cup by the ridiculous argument that he owed it to the fans to let them know. What! Why? And the media just wouldn't let it go until he decided to tell them he was leaving, presumably just to shut them. Thank you the media.

So having hounded out our current manager the media criticise the FA for chasing a few English also rans from the middle of the premiership (Curbishley, Allardyce, McClaren). Come on! We are talking Chartlon, Bolton and Middlesborough. They are all plucky teams that are currently punching above their weight, but we need a world class manager for England. What they didn't realise was that the FA was actually chasing Big Phil Scolari who had won the World Cup with Brazil and Euro 2004 with Portugal. Exactly the sort of coach we need to get for England. The FA made a formal and secret request to the Portuguese FA to approach Scolari because he was about to run out of contact following the World Cup so they agreed.

The only proviso was that this all had to be kept under wraps for the time being because Scolari didn't want to show any disloyalty to the Portuguese fans. But as luck would have it our friends in the media followed the FA representative to Lisbon and the next day "Scolari to accept England job" is on all the back pages of newspapers across Europe. Not surprisingly, the next day Scolari pulls out of the job stating that the press intrusion had screwed it up. And the newspapers headlines? "FA incompetents ruin it all". Thank you the media. You hypocritical lying wankers.

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