Saturday, 25 September 2010

Nutters and our dishonest media

Harry Redknapp, love him or hate him, has said some very fair things about Arsene Wenger. In some media outlets it has been reported very reasonably and factually. For example in the Guardian the headline is 'Arsène Wenger is one of the nutters now' and one can read the quotes in context:

"It was strange, it just shows you what happens in football. We can all remember when Arsène first came to England [in 1996 to manage Arsenal] – I remember reading articles saying he was like a professor watching the game and all the other nutters were jumping up and down, shouting and screaming. And that he wasn't like these idiots, that he's studying every move that's going on on the pitch like chess...[In 2003-04] they never lost a game all season so it was OK. I could've sat there with a cigar. But suddenly when you start losing a few games it all changes, doesn't it? Now he's joined the nutters. In fact he's one of the key nutters."

He then went on to describe Arsene as a gentleman and made it very clear that he had no problem whatsoever with Arsene as a person. It appears to be that Harry Redknapp has made a pretty valid point rather politely and that nothing offensive has been said at all, he is just getting across just how involved in things Arsene now is.

Sky have spun this into a headline of "Redknapp: 'Wenger's now a nutter' ", Teamtalk have just called Wenger 'nutty', while the Daily Star say 'Wenger is F***ing nuts!"; so numerous journalists have tried to spin this into a sensational headline that completely misrepresents what Redknapp actually said. So many of these kind of stories are whipped out of context, this then leads to more irrational hatred when there simply is no need for it. The newspapers are making money by pretending reality is far more exciting than it really is, most managers actually get on pretty well with each other.

Seeing as I've been led onto the topic of 'nutters'. Of all the managers in the Premiership there is one who is clearly far more stupid and deluded than all the others and he is Sam 'fat Sam' Allardyce. These quotes show what an absolute fool the man is, it is truly rare to find such delusion displayed so overtly:

"I would be more suited to Inter Milan or Real Madrid....It wouldn't be a problem for me to manage those clubs because I would win the double or the league every time......Give me Manchester United or Chelsea and I would do the same, it wouldn't be a problem.....It's not a problem to take me into the higher reaches of the Champions League or Premier League and would make my job a lot easier in winning it."

Just remember this is the man who couldn't hack it at Newcastle United, yet now he thinks he could easily cope with the biggest jobs in football and win the league every time. If you fancy a little chortle about fat Sam then have a listen to this piece by Alan Davies, rather amusing.


Anonymous said...

Jealousy and bitterness at being thrashed by us at home, that's why.

Ted said...

The more Rednapp talks about AW the more he embarrasses himself.

And as for Fat Sam, he really does beggar belief. The man has delusions of grandeur yet can't even put together a team that can sell out Ewood Park.

That said, its depressing that Arry and Fatty are about the cream of the crop as far as English managers go. Its embarassing.

1979gooner said...

Redknapp isn't anything like as awful a man as the fat Sam.

He does have delusions of grandeur as Ted says.

Wacthing the blubbery one being interviewed on Football Focus on the BBC this am, it was striking just how stupid he is, he really thinks he is as good as anyone, the lack of insight into his own lack of ability speaks volumes and shows how he could never be a top manager.

Then Lawro backed him as a potential England manager, utterly ridiculous, tactics and technique? Allardyce's technique and tactis revolve around violence, deliberate fouling and cheating; hardly a model to be England boss is it?

How on earth would these tactics cut it at the International level where refs actually stop keepers being bundled into the net?

They wouldn't cut it, fat Sam would be an atrocious England boss and the media's failure to say this says a lot for their bias and lack of insight into football management

Liam said...

Jusr seen fat boy Alladyce on Sky and they have just let him off the hook about his comments saying they were "throwaway" Well, fuck me! It'd be very rare for the media to let managers off the hook for their comments merely calling em throwaway and letting him get away with it shows their double standards.

If Wenger had said it, they'd have gone to tpwn on him as the spin on Radknapps comments proves.