Despite my scepticism : Good luck to Steve McLaren, appointed next England coach yesterday.
And I’m not really as sceptical as I might appear – it’s one of those dangerous cases where the rhyme doesn’t really match the meaning or intent, though it fits with the general despondancy should – and it’s quite possible – England have to participate in the World Cup without both Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney.
Reference in the poem above to ‘Big Phil’ Scolari who turned down the England job because of ‘media intrusion’ – and to Alan Curbishley, who, although well aware of the paparazzi, became like a startled rabbit when caught in the spotlight while in contention for the job.
For what it’s worth, if given a vote, my choice would have been for – in order of preference –
1. Basil the Westie
2. Arsene Wenger (tho’ we would probably have seen recalls for Graeme Le Saux, Matt Le Tissier, John Barnes, Gary Bailey, Colin Viljoen – such is his reluctance to pick English born players …. 😉
3. José Mourinho (at least he would pick English players – and make us laugh and cry in equal measure)
4. Martin O’Neill
5. Big Phil
6. Big Sam, Little Sam (Sammy Lee)
McLaren / barren – fortunately, a rhyme that the Boro bard – the excellent George Kirby, hasn’t had to use – much to his and Middlesbrough’s delight – good luck in Eindhoven lads