Date:Sunday May 25 2008
Congratulations to Hull, who will be playing in the top flight for the first time in their history having overcome Bristol City in the championship play off yesterday - it will be quite a trek for me from the Devon base, but finances permitting and assuming others that I travel with will go then Hull is one that I would like to add to my 'visited list' next season.
I did not really mind who won this battle to become a new team to the top flight, and when I say 'a new team to the top flight' I did not mean this literally, as I did not, or would not want to imply that the top flight has only ever existed since the premier league was born, as this is a view that p****s me off! I simply mean a new team to the premier league top flight, which is something I always like to see. Either way Hull are a new team to any top flight anyway.
Having said I did not mind who went up, with Bristol City having missed out this puts paid to plans of 'making a weekend of it', which I would have done had they gone up as I have a friend who lives near Bristol...
What can you say, yesterday saw Avram Grant pay the ultimate price for a totally unacceptable p**s poor showing this season - what a disgrace the Israeli was to Chelski, as he could 'only' guide them to runners up spots in the league, champions league and league cup and a quarter final place in the FA cup...
No wonder he was sacked, with a 'shocking' record like that he deserved all he got, how dare he go so close, yet so far on so many fronts!
Clearly I am being sarcastic, as I really feel for the fella. Ok, maybe Chelski were not playing the most attractive of football under him and maybe he might not have been the most charismatic of characters but in all fairness have they really been doing this - playing attractive football - consistently over the past few years, even when they won back to back titles?
He was rarely, if ever given a chance by most, both in the media and within the stands from what I could see, so in all honesty I say he is best off out of it at Chelski!
What price a return to Pompey as director of football again?
I know that a fair few would quite like this. I do not think that he ever really got the credit that he deserved for what he did here either, as he was more than a BBC - bibs, balls and cones - man.
Good luck to Grant wherever his future lies, and also good luck to the next man in the Chelski hot seat - it appears that the club are adopting the Real Madrid approach of what is, and what is not acceptable...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday May 25 2008
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