The worst of the weekend with Dave Downie
I usually get to this stage in May when I’m done with football for a while.
Wait there, I’m lying.
Supporting Everton means I arrive at that point a lot sooner – this season being no exception given the recent form.
Anyway, at precisely 26 minutes past three yesterday, I was ready to throw in the towel for good. Everyone’s favourite, John Terry, decided to throw himself his own guard of honour that had all been pre-arranged. Nothing out of the ordinary there when you think about it a little harder. But perhaps more surprising was the news that David Moyes had agreed to support the Chelsea captain with organising the festivities all along.
It’s a new low point for the former three-time manager of the year. It beggars belief the job he did during his time with Everton when you consider the abject failure he’s gone on to become. It’s also another damning example of why he’s been unable to bring any real success to any club unfortunate enough to have him at the helm.
Let’s take a look at some of the pearls of wisdom he’s graced us with in recent months:
“In football, sometimes you win games. I have said it, I’m saying it to defend myself – I have a great win record at nearly all the clubs I have been at. This is the only anomaly where it hasn’t happened.” – Moyes defending his reputation before a shock defeat to Arsenal a few days ago.
“We made everybody well aware that our squad was short from the start.” – Moyes taking full responsibility for Sunderland’s plight.
“I’m confident we’ll get a few in before September 1st but the quality of the players that Sunderland can get at the moment is probably not what I’ve had in the Premier League.” – Moyes refuses to get the excuses in early back in August.
Just two games in to the season he was asked about supporters fearing another relegation battle: “Well, they would probably be right. That’s where they’ve been every other year for the last four years, so why would it suddenly change?” – Moyes categorically confirming he’s the right man to take Sunderland forward.
After starting former Everton world beaters Jack Rodwell and Darron Gibson in Sunderland’s midfield at home to Burnley: “I decided I wanted Jack and Gibbo together. I thought the game might suit more Britishness in the middle of the pitch.” – Moyes embracing Brexit.
Apparently he stayed down in London for crunch talks with the Sunderland hierarchy about his future with the club. I’m sure “putting the ball out for a throw-in in the 26th minute as per John Terry’s instructions” will be quite high on his list for the things he managed to get right this season.
Speaking of guards of honour, hats of to Joel Robles for standing still in admiration of Alexis Sanchez as he bagged Arsenal’s second goal yesterday. I do love how he and Stekelenburg are each trying to outdo each-other in how poor they can make themselves look. It’s far more entertaining than, you know, trying to stop goals and all that. Well played, lads.