Christmas Eve

Many thanks to all of you for your festive wishes yesterday, guys – we appreciate it! Indeed, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish the best for all of you for Christmas, New Year, and beyond. TFT has come along way over the past few years and we’re starting to reach a rather crucial point in its existance whereby it’s on its way to being what we’d like it to be. We’re now a popular blog around the world and we couldn’t do it without you so our continual thanks go to all of you, especially those of you who donate, even behind the scenes – it’s all highly appreciated.

Anyway – no games again, guys, although Internazionale amusingly gave us something to discuss!

Yep – Rafa Benitez has been sacked, as I’m sure most of you have heard. It’s not surprising though, is it? I don’t recall a convincing Internazionale display this season, in all honesty – does anyone else?

Unlike Blackburn Rovers, however, Internazionale have been quite clever about it, giving themselves enough time to scour the market to see who can replace Benitez and then appointing him just as the January transfer window opens, thus giving him a chance of leading the side to success, either domestically or on the continent.

Blackburn Rovers, however, decided to sack an experienced and very able manager who had finally got the club back on track and replace him with…his assistant manager. Yes, that’s right – the guy who wasn’t good enough to do it first time around. Even worse than that (somehow!) is that they appear to have decided that Diego Armando Maradona is the man to replace him at the end of the season. The only way I could have envisioned this scenario occurring would be in some kind of alternate dimension where everything occurred that didn’t make sense. I’d absolutely love to see the Blackburn owners explain why Maradona would be a good appointment because it’s a physical impossibility! A good ex-footballer does not necessarily make a good manager and Maradona demonstrated that by managing Argentina without employing a rather useful idea nowadays known as “tactics”. This brainless druggie has not only failed to improve as a manager over that period, continually allowing his heart to rule his head, but has also laid into his beloved club Boca Juniors, ex-appointment manager Bianchi, and current Argentinian manager Batista lately for no reason other than that it was his “time of the month”. Blackburn Rovers have long been a club of stability, order, and composure. Everything that Maradona could bring to this club as a whole would utterly oppose all of the afore-mentioned so why he’d be even considered for a job that he’s not just not qualified to do is beyond me – it’s like me applying to be an astronaut and using the reasoning “Well, I’ve looked at the sky at night before” to support my application.

In fact, there’s a bit of a carousel of manager rumours going around at the moment with McClaren rumoured to be on his way out of VfL Wolfsburg, Benitez rumoured to be replacing Hodgson in charge of Liverpool, and all this following on from the sacking of Jol from Ajax and Hughton from Newcastle. It’s all really very strange, in my view. I don’t agree with any of the sackings or potential sackings barring that of tactical bumbler Benitez! Nonetheless, football has long been a surprising sport at best, especially when it comes to behind-the-scenes action, so I shouldn’t be surprised with these happenings anymore, really!

However, feel free to post your own thoughts on the above and any related manager issues that you’ve heard of lately as it’ll be amusing to see what rumours we can start as well as keeping football discussion going in a time where conversation with the female world is our only remaining avenue prior to suicide and we can’t succumb to either – fight it, men!!

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