Thursday, February 17, 2011

So King Kenny has finally got to manage Liverpool in a European competition (even if it is just the pointless UEFA Europa League). The Heysel tragedy and the subsequent European ban, meant he never got the chance to do that in the late 80's and early 90's. You'd think that after a 20 year wait, he'd come up with something a little bit more exciting than the 0-0 bore draw against Sparta Prague. I'm always harping on about the return to the 80's and 90's set up for the European competitions. They at least tried to replicate the cagey cagey approach of them on the pitch tonight. When the most exciting thing to happen was pretty much a stoppage of play when a flare came on the pitch, then maybe another 20 year wait is in order.

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Staying in Europe, Rangers made it a fantastic one win in 16 attempts (qualifiers excluded) after their 1-1 draw against Sporting Lisbon tonight. It's not too bad a result against a quality side I guess, but should we just not bother with European competitions in Scotland for a while? I would say it's just getting depressing, but when it's Rangers that are fucking up, it's more hilarious than saddening. Still not a good reflection on the Scottish game though.

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Last word on European competitions for today and a follow up to the whole Gattuso Is A Head Case story from yesterday that everyone's been talking about. The Milan nutter has been charged with "gross unsporting conduct" by UEFA and could just face a one match ban, although by assaulting someone off the pitch he is likely to face at least three. With his previous track record they really should throw the book at him. Possibly a book about how to deal with spoilt children or on anger management.

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Ross County appointed their third manager of the season today and it's a great appointment for them. Jimmy Calderwood has joined them, as he tries to help them out of the relegation playoff place in the Scottish First Division. With Cowdenbeath above them, that shouldn't prove too difficult. Three managers in a season is crazy, although if John Robertson keeps getting some of the abuse he's getting at East Fife, we may find ourselves in the same boat before too much longer.

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We meant to cover this last time, but Clyde made one of the most interesting managerial appointments of the season when Jim Duffy and the legendary Chic Charnley took over the reigns of the Third Division side. Sitting ten points adrift at the bottom they can't exactly take them any lower, so with no pressure on them, it'll be interesting to see what they achieve. They've already secured four points from their first six available and with the addition of veteran former Scottish international Charlie Miller, who I would have gladly taken at Bayview, it's shaping up to be an exciting season run-in for the long suffering Broadwood faithful. Probably just in time before they end up with no fans left.

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The FA Cup is back on Saturday and all eyes will be on a team that AFTN loathe - Crawley Town. When the draw was made we said it put us in a difficult position. As an AFC Wimbledon fan, I hate the way that Crawley have gone about getting to where they are. The spend, spend, spend approach is great when it's your side doing it, we'll admit in a complete two faced way. Crawley Town and their fans are particularly obnoxious off the pitch though. This story about one of their "fans" who is now banned for life for taunting Man U over the Munich air disaster didn't surprise us. Nastly little bunch some of them down there. Every club has it's dickheads. Crawley has more than most and in their boss, Steve Evans, they have one of the biggest of all. Still don't know if I can find it in my heart not to root for a non league side against a Premiership one, and especially Man U. What a tough call. Damn you draw!

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