Sweet Loyalty


There’s a lot of talk about loyalty in football. Fans should be loyal to their club, clubs should be loyal to their managers, managers should be loyal to their players and so on and on and on. So much loyalty. But like many things in the world of football, what’s said is very rarely what’s done. A look around the news today proves that in spades.

The Football League Managers Association has released some numbers that make Roy Hodgson’s two years at Fulham seem almost Fergie-like. According to their data, the average managerial tenure has dropped from 3.12 years in 1992-93 (the first year of the EPL) to 1.47 this season.

At least one manager doesn’t have to worry about results. The Mexican FA recently came out and stated that Sven-Goren Eriksson isn’t going anywhere. That’s good news for Sven’s tan. I guess that Mexico has gotten so used to losing to the US that another 2-0 loss is no big deal. I wonder what Jesus Ramirez thinks of all this.

Apparently, leading La Liga with 23 goals and having a ten point lead over Real Madrid isn’t enough to make Samuel Eto’o happy at Barcelona. Even though Pep Guardiola has turned fortunes around at the Spanish giants, somber Sammy still hasn’t forgiven Barcelona for the way that they treated him last summer. If he doesn’t like where he works, he should try my job.

At least Carlos Tevez knows how to fake it. When his time comes to an end at Manchester United, he admits that he’ll feel some pain. But I wonder how much, considering that he only planned to stay a “few more years.”

But it’s not all bad news. And can you believe that the good news is actually coming out of Newcastle? Newly re-committed owner Mike Ashley has decided to cut ticket prices. In a letter written by managing director Derek Llambias and directed to season ticket holders, Llambias pleads, “You’ve seen uglier football, stick with the team. We will get there.” That’s right Derek, remind fans of how crappy it’s really been. I can only imagine what he must say when his wife threatens to leave him.

So that’s loyalty, football style. And quite frankly, it’s made me thirsty. I guess I’m going to have to show loyalty to my favorite whiskey the only way I know how. By going home and having seven to ten tumblers of Jameson.

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