Let the people travel in peace
Good morning troops.
Theres a plethora of juicy topics just happened to pop up since the last time I tickled the keyboard for the world wide web , so much so that its hard to know where to focus.
I could start with the jaw dropping fact that over the weekend an old friend of ours was called the best piece of transfer business in Europe this year.
I swear its true but Teemu Pukki was referred to as such by the Times as his free transfer to Norwich will probably result in them gaining 100m next year for promotion by way of his goals , 23 so far .
Quite how the timid little lamb that couldnt settle at all up north is producing this form is perplexing , and tbh they will struggle to hold onto him at this rate , whereas once I thought we would struggle to get rid of him !
I shall mark Pukki under an X file.
We could also dissect another of our old bhoys showing last week he ( still ) doesnt take no shit despite the salt and pepper up top. He conquered many an Old Firm but in the Old Farm derby Paul Lambert blew it after a tackle on one of his players ,, straight into the opposition dug out and starting the finger in chest which lead to a blow up and cops getting involved ffs !
It continued into the tunnel area afterwards and now he has stated clearly he doesnt regret it !
I loved him as a player and had high hopes he would make a good manager and come back for a long spell in the dug out . Not sure its gonna happen but its nice to see hes plying the trade somewhere . Read the game very well did our former skipper and if he can pass on what he knows players can only benefit.
A crazy but true stat complied last week looked at every European team to see who was the form team of the entire continent .
That Bristol City are statistically the most on song team going at the minute is worthy of at minimum a raised eyebrow and at maximum some solid praise for their gaffer and ex Killie player Lee Johnson ( 37 ) who already has a Jose scalp under his belt at that tender age , not to mention glowing praise from Pep.
Us watchers of the game will surely be hearing a lot more of his name if the start of his career is anything to go by . Premiership clubs rarely give chances to those who have not either performed at that level before or the equivalent league abroad .
Lee doesnt tick either of those boxes , lets watch and see if any will think outside the box a bit .
Coincidently Brentford are considered to be playing the best football in the entire football league under another young gaffer( 45 ) . Seems theres a lot of new or newish managers entering the game recently . Just vacancies opening up naturally or are younger managers a trend ?
One who I think I can state with a fair degree of confidence wont be long in the position is Paul Scholes who has taken the reins at his beloved Oldham because he needs a challenge ( not because hes actually good at it or believes he has the making of a good gaffer ).
Hes a poor communicator who was a great player , a fabulous player actually , though was overshadowed by the Irishman that played alongside him . If he had any gumption about him his ex team mate Ole would have drafted him in , or maybe Keano himself would put a word into Martin if he was deemed a talent . Couple months I give him .
Speaking of clubs giving chances the rags down south have the new manager of Leicester ( when not if yer man gets bagged ) as a straight shootout between Brendan and Rafa ,, two characters I admire .
The logic is both have proven themselves at that level before , and what the Foxes desire more than anything is a few years of stability following what has been one hell of a spell on and off the pitch for that club . I can see , and approve , of the thinking behind that logic .
However if Rafa is interested ( and how could he not be after years of fighting with the owner for much needed funds ) was a superior resume he should get the job before Brendan ,, thats good news to any Tim. Its one I will be watching develop is the new gaffer down there.
The good old trusty Sphell thats bent but never boring could keep us going for weeks with the latest shenanigans. Two different names have came out and spilled the best wee countrys secret , that its racist/sectarian at heart .
Stevie Clarke has been particularly honest and open about just what exactly its like , which is usually a sign that youre about to hit the road.
“ Theyre not allowed to call my assistant a black bastard but they can call me a Fenian bastard .
What are we doing in Scotland ? I wake up every morning and I thank Chelsea for taking me away from the west . “
Killie may well have had a decent game at Ibrox if their penalty call 30 seconds in was given but we all know who exactly gets the penalties there.
There is some media coverage today following these comments but as usual the media will go into deflect mode , and that deflection has just went and fallen into their lazy slimy laps.
The big story today for any bhoy or ghirl is clearly the terrible scenes and stories coming out of Valencia where the police plastic bulleted and attacked the faithful .
Any and all videos out there at the time of writing do not have a single misdemeanor from any Hoops supporter , they all clearly show us as the victims of aggression .
Rumours as to why this is include revenge for a Rangers bar in Benidorm getting torched , and our well known sympathies to our Catalonian brothers and sisters preceding us .
How either of these end up with innocents shot at is beyond me , and most normal societies last time I checked .
As you all know we happen to have our own eyes and ears on the ground there , and will be receiving first hand accounts very soon of those shameful scenes. The truth will be told .
As for the Plc , they arent fond of statements as we know but they simply must respond in some way here . Once again , just like Amsterdam , the fans known for having a party and good time get attacked . For nothing .
Questions that jump out at me include did the local police commander give any indication why his men were on alert , in riot gear , issued with plastic bullets ?
Was he aware that he would face many more travellers than tickets ? Is this what upset him ?
Is there video justification for his forces actions ?
Some of those scenes were effing shameful and today could well bring a repeat.
Who would be a football fan these days ,, told to go back to Ireland when youre playing at home and battered for being Tims when youre away ! Never mind the bent refs ffs !
And to top it all off there will be probably be empty seats galore inside the Mestalla while thousands cannae buy a ticket .
Hopefully one day someone will come along and fix this football lark , it certainly needs it now more than ever .
Stay safe lads , youre all far more precious than a win.
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