Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Making plans for Nigel?

One news story that has thus far evaded mention on this site is the departure of former assistant manager Nigel Pearson, who left the club on the eve of the Villa match having reportedly had a difference of opinion with Kevin Keegan over tactics and training, and who may now be sent to Coventry, having been linked with the vacancy there following Iain Dowie's dismissal.

As yet Pearson has no managerial experience, though he was in charge of Newcastle for three games over two spells as caretaker - the first the awful draw away to Watford in the last game of last season after Glenn Roeder's sacking, the second the 6-0 drubbing at Old Trafford and the third the 4-1 win over Stoke on the day of Keegan's return to the club. So, not exactly a glowing CV and unlikely to be a great loss to us, either.

In other news, Joey Barton has escaped punishment after the FA dismissed reports he had struck out at Villa's Shaun Maloney during Saturday's game. Needless to say I was hoping for a ban, so I'm not best pleased.

Meanwhile, as Keegan tries desperately to inspire something, anything out of the rabble he's inherited, he must be tempted to reminisce about the good ol' days of his first spell in charge, when Andy Cole seemed to bang in hat-tricks week after week. The increasingly distant past for Keegan, perhaps, but still very much the present for Cole.

And lastly, just to placate the anonymous Leeds fan who keeps lurking in the comments boxes in the hope that he might then piss off and focus attention on his own club's faltering attempts to get out of the third tier, credit to the supporters who came up with this little ditty to express their delight at the wee man's defection: "Dennis Wise, he's a knob, he left the Leeds for an admin job..."


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