Derby County Vs Birmingham City – Preview By Hoobs
Posted on October 20, 2006
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I think Hoobs is feeling a little down at the moment…
Well I was wrong, not wrong in the fact that I said weeks ago that Bruce wouldn’t be sacked and not wrong when I said that Tuesday’s game would be a stinker, I was wrong when I said that Jaidi would be this weeks Evening Mail rent-a-quote. You know the sort of thing “players responsibility”, “too many individuals not performing”, “we’ll get it right in week/month.year/millennium”. We’ve had them weekly for two years, promise, promise, promise, then deliver nowt.
No, I was wrong, this week it was Taylor and McSheffrey.
The debate this week has moved from the “Bruce in or out” to the “when the **** will the idiot leave?” and its hard to see how a man who said that he would leave when the fans turned against him has not resigned. I suppose the fact is that Bruce has a couple of million of reasons not to resign. And in the wake of one of Birmingham City’s most depressing nights for, oooh weeks, what was the reaction of our fatcat directors? Drive up the M1 and administer a sacking? Roll in to Brum for a rollicking the size of which would scare Gordon Ramsey? No they phoned him and told him it must improve. But they did do it while frowning, so I guess Bruce must have filled his pants then.
The simple fact is that for Bruce’s incompetence the boards incompetence is mirrored three-fold, the three not very wise monkeys indeed. In fairness the David Sullivan its my guess that he is the one that is being outvoted. I remember seeing David Gold at a function eulogising about the time he sacked Trevor Francis. He admitted that Francis should have been sacked earlier, but it was he that persuaded Ralph to vote to give Francis more time. Gold admitted he was wrong that time, yet has done exactly the same thing again, most odd.
Gold’s problem, in my opinion, is that he has declared himself the mouthpiece of loyalty to Managers. He has been on Talksport on this subject to often that there is a parrot in Romford that can recite his speech on why Football Clubs must be more loyal verbatim. Gold has become so obessesed with rolling-up at the Football League managers committee and lecturing to the other chairmen about loyalty that now we’re deeper in the mire than at any point in the last 10 years that he is unable to do anything about it.
What of Bruce I hear you say? Where did it go wrong? And again, in my opinion, he believed the publicity. We had 2 great years and he could do nothing wrong, he was tipped as a future England manager, Newcastle came knocking, it was perfect. In fact so perfect that all he had to do was keep the foot on the accelerator. Sadly, he did the opposite, he hand-brake turned and zoomed off in the opposite direction, you know the one, its signposted ‘career-ending-cliff’. Unfortunately he has driven over the cliff and been suspended in-air “Wile E Coyote style” for about 12 months.
So, on to Derby, I hear you crying “what’s you prediction Hooby”. Do you know what, I don’t care, Gold, Gold, Sullivan and Bruce have ripped the passion out of me. I don’t give a toss. I predict Bruce will have a job Monday evening no matter what the score, but the rest of it? ****** it. I’m taking my 5 year old daughter shopping to buy her Sparkle Magazine for doing well at school this week, and to be fair my five year old daughter talks more sense that Gold, Gold, Sullivan and Bruce combined.
Hooby prediction: More inane comments from Bruce, a midfield so defensive that it rivals the Great Wall of China in girth, and more gutless inaction from the board.
Oh, and an extremely healthy balance sheet when the PLC figures are released – far more important than thousands of disillusioned supporters, eh David, David, Ralph?