In case you’ve missed it, it’s international break weekend up next, you would be forgiven for forgetting, too. Normally, the buzz and hype of a home international Euro qualifier would be all-consuming starting from now. But not even the reinstating of JT could thrust it into our consciousness.
Sir Alan Sugar summed this whole shambles up in 140 glorious characters this week, How to become England captain: Adultery, Flog Hospitality tickets, Harass Americans while drunk, alleged charges of assault, insult referees. Perfection. Capello could have been the one to finally realise the potential of our so called Golden Generation, alas he’s crumbled to player power like the National team managers of recent memory.
But at least he’s picked some players on the merit of form. Few would begrudge Matt Jarvis an England call-up. And at least there’s no Bothroyd this time around.
I, along with most fans of a Championship club above tenth, would rather this whole charade wasn’t happening. As the Premier League race is stuttering along, close, but not particularly exciting, anything can still happen in the Championship. Well, except Norwich getting relegated now, wherever you are in the table as a Norwich fan there’s always a sneaky sigh of relief when that fact hits home. The bottle-necked top-half is stretching, Play-off positions are still up for grabs and the automatic places are by no means claimed.
And then there’s still the QPR debacle. “Sorted by the end of the season” is the word from the FA, and the solidity of their backbone will determine the size of their punishment. My hunch, it will be a suspended penalty and a fine that will in no way dent their purse. Maybe they should give the penalty to clubs like Plymouth. (I am in no way calling them a charity, but for the good of the game clubs need to be saved.)