Saturday, June 05, 2010
You'll Never Walk Alone
Okay, lets just get THIS out of the way right up front. Go ahead, click it. You know you want to.
Haha...OB is out of town so I get to bore y'all to death with a football post.
And nobody can stop me. BUWAHAHAHA.
Step 1: Buy the owner a bottle of fine whiskey.
Step 2: Take over the joint.
Step 3: Piss people off at your leisure.
Liverpool FC needs a new manager because they finally figured out (6 years, 70 players and 220,000,000 in cash later) that the last one talked a good game but that was about it. Don't let the door hit ya in the ass on way out. Goodbye and good riddance, Rafael Benitez.
Sven Goran Eriksson has thrown his hat in the ring. After he gets done wasting his time with Ivory Coast at the World Cup, that is. It pisses me off when these guys take jobs with no-hope countries just for the payday. Sven is a good manager but not a great one. He lacks the fiery passion that great managers like Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have. Hell, even Arsene Wenger has more passion than Eriksson and he's about as dull as a brick unless he's claiming not to have seen a dive one of his players took.
I once knew a guy from Liverpool who told me his grandfathers last will and testament stated that he wanted his ashes sprinkled on the ground at Anfield, okay? The same guy would dress in his Sunday best and hit the pub if Liverpool won the Merseyside Derby...and stay in bed all day if Everton did. This is not just a game.
There are several names being bandied about as replacement for Rafa Benitez but the only one that stands out is Harry Redknapp. He is the best English manager around by a country mile. None of the available foreigners impress me much and I'm iffy on Roy Hodgson. He's done well with a small club at Fulham but Liverpool is a freaking HUGE and storied club with a trophy case to prove it.
Harry Redknapp is a great judge of talent. He was smart enough to off-load that wanker Robbie Keane on loan to Celtic, wasn't he? Captain of Ireland and their all time leading scorer...yawn. A goal every three games is weak and Redknapp knew he had better strikers in Pavyluchenko (who Redknapp goaded into proving himself with some time on the bench) and Jermaine Defoe. Keane has busted (at Inter Milan, Tottenham and Liverpool) far more often than he has done well (at lower division Coventry and in two-team Scotland). He runs a tight ship, which the Kop needs after Beenitez (spelled incorrectly on purpose).
Tottenham Hotspur were a big club on hard times when Redknapp took on the job. They'll be playing in the Europe next year, which is a major accomplishment...almost as big as guiding little Portsmouth to an FA Cup.
Liverpool is Liverpool...18 English championships, 5 European Cups, 7 FA Cups, 15 Charity Shields, 3 UEFA Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 8 Doubles (2 trophies in one year) and 2 Trebles (3 trophies in one year). Very few teams can come close to THAT history. Only Manchester United, AC Milan and Real Madrid are bigger than Liverpool.
Harry Redknapp is a cockney, not a scouser, so that might put the supporters off a bit but I don't think there's a better man for the job. His son Jamie played for Liverpool and was a fan favorite so they'll welcome him, I think. They're gonna lose Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina (the Spanish players who were really only there because of the Spanish manager who's gone now) and they need a man like Redknapp to fill in the gaps with fresh faces and get Steven Gerrard the championship he deserves.
For you Americans: Steven Gerrard, local boy, is to Liverpool what Dan Marino was to the Miami Dolphins, a great player on an almost-but-not-quite-good-enough team.
If anyone can bring glory back to Anfield it's Harry Redknapp.
"We'll always treasure those three historic victories over Germany: 1918, 1945, and 1966."
"Football is a simple game. 22 men run around for 120 minutes then the Germans win on penalties."