On a less serious note, I have a new scheme. Noone. We don't need a manager.
Let the fans sign up to a register and each game vote on the starting lineup and tactics. Noone knows better than us. Any muppet at home could have told you you don't pick a 22 year old goalkeeper with 1 cap in a game like that. Or that playing Peter Crouch as a lone striker without David Beckham in the side is utterly pointless. Or that Darren "I cost the same as Henry but can't get a game for Spurs" Bent is crap. Even Kiwis at work who know bugger all about football have been asking me all day "why did he change the goalkeeper?"
Noone knows better than the fans, so let us choose everything and some designated spokesperson gives the team talk and takes charge of substitutions. Same in any sport. I know pretty much bugger all about rugby but even I could have told you that you play a centre at centre and don't take injured players to World Cups. And those are the 2 things that have cost NZ each of the last 3 World Cups.
You might say: "well isn't this just Politics? Surely it can't work. People voted for George Bush and look what's happened."
Well, that wouldn't be quite true. In politics, you only vote for the person or party. Or in this context, the starting lineup. You don't get much say in the tactics once the team is named. People voted for George Bush the person but not for his tactics which he can change till his heart's content.
So don't spend however many millions of pounds on another muppet like Martin Jol. Let those who know best, us, take the reigns.
Come on, need to bring smiles back to faces over all this, including my own.