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Wild about 'Arry

Robbo Robson | 09:34 UK time, Friday, 14 November 2008

At the risk of making this blog a part-time Harry Redknapp Appreciation Society, it seems clear that the man is an utter miracle-worker.

One Pompey Cup win and I thought that was it for the old boy, but he's arrived at the Lane with the promise that he'll turn things around if Levy gives him the right tools. Now I'm not saying that David Bentley is a right tool, but there's certainly plenty of talent at his disposal and he's making a brilliant job of blending them into the right mix.

Wednesday's 4-2 was achieved with seven changes from the weekend team - and though Liverpool might put forward the excuse they had 10 changes themselves, I'm not sure that's a good enough explanation for their performance.

They were bleeding awful first half and all it proves is that Benitez's squad is about as deep as a Dannii Minogue monologue (is that a real live woman or has she been swiped from a shop window on Oxford Street?)

To be fair, Rafa wasn't making any excuses either. Sounded like he was well miffed at half-time. I wonder what a Rafa rant sounds like... compared to a Fergie hair-dryer it's probably a gentle Castillian breeze.

But there's no chance of Liverpool bagging the Premier League if this is what passes for a second XI. No wonder the old rotational policy is out the window... there's not a lot to rotate to.

Anyway, surely the country is wasting the transformative power of 'Arry. If he can mould a ragtag bunch of sulky slipshod starlets into a dynamic and attractive squad who play for each other and get thrilling results, then just think what he could do for the world at large.
Harry Redknapp
There's a shortage of fish in the world's oceans? Just put 'Arry in your trawler, he'll tell you where to cast your net and you'll come up with two tons of cod in no time.

Is your team still leaking goals at a furious rate 'cos your Hargreavian holding midfielder is as reliable as a sticking plaster on Ledley King? Fear not, let 'Arry's wondrous words stir him from his sickbed and watch him play a full 90 minutes with a bedstead on his back!

Can't swim? Afraid of water? Never mind! Ten minutes with 'Armonius 'Arry and you'll be walking on the bloody stuff.

Seriously, if this ludicrous plan to have a Team GB footie team for 2012 goes ahead then who're you going to put in charge? It's gotta be 'Arry. Not that any of us really want such a thing, do we? For a start just exactly how many non-Englishmen are going to be in it, eh?

Apart from anything else we've already got a major tournament every two years and Olympic football after the European Champs would be like watching John Sergeant after Fred Astaire. Just leave it well alone, man.

Not sure that even a plea from Redknapp could save Didier Drogba from a suspension, mind. He'll have to miss a few games but to be honest I've got a tiny bit of sympathy with him. Some twerp pelted a coin at him so he lobbed it back - the problem is of course, there's not much chance of it arrowing back to the same lunk that threw it.

On the other hand it just shows you how overpaid these players are. Twenty years ago you'd have picked it up and put it in your pocket.

The middle finger was just daft, mind, and suspension is not punishment enough for such blatant abuse of the fans. My grandson's got a whole set of crappity finger puppets and I say the next time Drogba takes the field he should be forced to wear a ducky, a horsey, a piggy, a moo-cow and pussy-cat on the self-same hand for 90 minutes - and do a little show at half-time.

Fact is, there needs to be a bit more humiliation involved in the punishment of football's ne'er-do-wells. Imagine the gelled tumbler taking the field in a snorkel cos he'd been found guilty of an outrageous plummet in a previous fixture... Imagine Wazza sitting in a chair pitchside every 10 minutes while Dick 'n' Dom squirted handsoap into his gob and slooshed it out...

Cos fining them and banning them doesn't seem to stop them from getting away with it all over again.

Not that 'Arry's boys could ever get themselves into such trouble. You get the impression a knighthood might be in the offing even if he doesn't manage Man U.

Of course there's one miracle that even Redknapp might struggle to pull off. If he can get that keeper to catch so much as a cold this season he truly will be divinely empowered. The last time I mentioned Gomes I described the bloke as looking like a Jack Russell trying to catch a Frisbee - but I think that's generous.

Every time he goes up for a cross I'm reminded of me Dad trying to get a suitcase off the top of the wardrobe while standing on a swivel chair. He's entertaining but he's got to go.


Comments

  • 1. At 11:25am on 14 Nov 2008, Tina wrote:

    Good blog to read Robbo, the picture of Gomes reaching for a suitcase was amusing given that is the exact motion he seems to go through every time a ball is crossed in to his area.

    Gomes is tottenham's weakest link, but then I don't think I'm commenting on anything everyone doesn't already know.

    I have to agree, spurs are looking good, as a gunner I'm hoping the honeymoon period with Redknapp wears off and fast ... I laid (what is now) ridiculous odds of 20/1 to a spurs fan that spurs wouldn't win a cup this season.


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  • 2. At 11:47am on 14 Nov 2008, leaveEUnow wrote:

    Obviously Harry's motivational skills are second to none but I dont think he gets enough credit for being a master tactician. He really is the full package as a manager. If only the F.A weren't so snobbish (and useless) and hired Harry as England manager instead of that numptie McClaren.

    As a Spurs fan the future looks very bright right now!

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  • 3. At 11:51am on 14 Nov 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    Great Blog Robbo, truely entertaining today, brilliant reading to pass another day of excitement on the office?!

    some very good and very funny analogies used on there it had me very almost laughing out loud in the office and blowing my cover by giving away the secret "on the internet game"?! haha

    anyway who cares if people think u are jumping on the 'Arry bandwagon, cause at the end of the day we all should be, because he seems to perform miracles where ever he goes lately.

    More funny Blogs to come please.

    Good Stuff

    P.S. and I say 'Arry to manager the GB Football team for 2012, at the end of the day ok there may not be many(if any) Scottish, Welsh or N.Irish players, but its a one off for the Olympics, which is gona be held on home soil, after all its our national sport really isnt it?! anyway wiv him in charge surely we would be almost a dead cert for the gold wiv his "Magic Powers"

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  • 4. At 12:00pm on 14 Nov 2008, cov1985 wrote:

    Good Blog Robbo, you seem a bit more chirpy now!! You seemed pretty angry in your previous two blogs!

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  • 5. At 12:07pm on 14 Nov 2008, NouManor wrote:

    Big fan of HR but you can't really lay all credit for the turnaround at his feet. Obviously the players were massively underperforming for the Ramos regime, which, it could be suggested, was down to a mammoth and concerted sulk to the discipline he tried to instil.

    Even at the lowest ebb, I think we all knew that they had the right tools in place to avoid the drop. Not that the change didn't come along at the right time mind.

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  • 6. At 12:11pm on 14 Nov 2008, Celts_R_Here wrote:

    Harry has done a brilliant job wherever he has been and he'll do well with spurs and the bonus is he doesn't just play to win he wants to play good, attractive football as well!

    Getting the best out of special players takes a special manager and I think with Modric & Giovanni Harry will get the best out of them!

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  • 7. At 12:12pm on 14 Nov 2008, Carlth wrote:

    "Imagine the gelled tumbler taking the field in a snorkel cos he'd been found guilty of an outrageous plummet in a previous fixture"

    Genius

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  • 8. At 12:13pm on 14 Nov 2008, Things were better under Harold Wilson wrote:

    I loved the fact that Harry was bigging up Dos Santos even though he seems to crumbliest of our summer acquisitions.

    The man's a legend. He can do no wrong. He is wonderful, perfect and....and....

    (I know it's all over the top, but wind the clock back three weeks and the double page spreads in the papers to accommodate all the Spurs jokes. Give us a break.)

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  • 9. At 12:15pm on 14 Nov 2008, SuperStrikerShivam wrote:

    lol, Gomes is a joke!

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  • 10. At 12:19pm on 14 Nov 2008, bigpanofscouse wrote:

    robbo little bit of an anti-liverpool tone to your blog!

    The team that liverpool sent out was good enough to beat spurs on the night they just never performed, we have many young internationals that given time will play at the vey highest level. Our squad (and the depth of it) is one of the best in the league.

    spours are still benfiting from the arry factor and in time that will wear off but they will be in a far better position than they were under the desparado!! HR is one of the games best ENGLISH managers , i wish him and spurs all the best.

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  • 11. At 12:30pm on 14 Nov 2008, quicksteve9 wrote:

    LeaveEUnow-how right you are; the useless FA was too snobbish to employ the best manager England never had in Brian Clough, and they'll never hire 'Arry for the same reasons. What a weak bunch they are, and while I'm on the subject, what on earth is holding up the introduction of TV replays for goal and penalty incidents-how about an explanation that makes sense from someone at the FA?

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  • 12. At 12:31pm on 14 Nov 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

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  • 13. At 12:33pm on 14 Nov 2008, Spurty_Reynolds wrote:

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  • 14. At 12:35pm on 14 Nov 2008, Villajase43 wrote:

    Very good blog. As a villa fan with a good friend who's spurs I was taking great delight in thier struggles. Now I can see 'em nicking 5th place in the league and wining the league cup again. Don't even want to consider them winning the fa cup!

    Actually I'm just jealous harry isn't at villa. Sorry martin.

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  • 15. At 12:38pm on 14 Nov 2008, BestSpam1979 wrote:

    Why disrespect the standard of football at the Olympics? Did anyone see the final between Argentina and Nigeria? Superb stuff. Don't forget, we may not even qualify for the 2012 European Cup - anything can happen between now and then - so why shun any prospect of Olympic football?

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  • 16. At 12:41pm on 14 Nov 2008, Clarence Cash wrote:

    always good to see liverpool get a good old fashioned beating no matter what team they have out. can you imagine tho if gerrard gets injured!! liverpool wouldnt stand a chance of winning the league im afraid to say. and dont say we've got torres,keane,mascherano etc. without that man gerrard liverpool are nowt to worry about.

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  • 17. At 12:43pm on 14 Nov 2008, TheDeluded wrote:

    Great blog, Robbo, but you're now as guilty as the Drog:

    when you say that they 'get away with it all over again', it's the same as throwing a coin at the crowd.

    they don't really re-offend. a different footballer, a different match, a different situation, etc.

    I don't remember Drogba, or any other footballer repeatedly cause offence really. they might have a bit of a hissy fit once or twice, but I don't think they disrespect fans with any malice.

    and certainly with that incident, Drogba was on a high in that moment after scoring a goal. it's not that you can condone it, but it's harsh to suggest that any professional footballer deliberately and repeatedly goes out to do anything other than his job when the whistle blows.

    how about some measures to find who threw the coins and other missiles in the first place? surely that's more the issue, and I feel that these players should be protected a little better. and not vilified at every chance.

    I'm not really having a go at your blog. I enjoy reading it every time. it's more a comment about the malaise that we suffer from in this country, where we cannot bear to see talent, and we think that anyone who puts themselves in the spotlight by - just for example, scoring nice goals for neutrals like me to enjoy - is there for us to judge and sentence with scant regard for the actual circumstances of their own lack of judgement.

    rich or poor, people react like people. if you can't find the original perpetrators, then Drogba should have no case to answer. he was, after all, only one of many coin and missile throwers that day.

    judge all - or judge none.

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  • 18. At 12:47pm on 14 Nov 2008, justcommenting wrote:

    Always enjoy your articles Robbo, and I agree Drogba was a bit of a plank with the middle finger incident (and should'n't get away with it) but to say whatever punishment he gets is "not enough for such blatant abuse of the fans".

    Are these the poor fans who provide a wide range of vocabulary and hand gestures the moment any of these players get near them.

    And please don't start saying, "yeah, but there's kids and women there". I know and I can't work out why any self respecting parent would take their child to a football game and expose them to the puerile neanderthal behaviour that exists on the terraces today.

    If we are banning people for blatant abuse maybe fans should be banned if they can't show respect to players and fellow supporters.

    It disgusts me when you see a father (and sometimes even a mother) standing next to their child gesticulating and shouting abuse to a player and then, oh what a suprise, there child does the same.

    I'm not condoning Drogba's actions at all, I think footballers behaviour leaves a lot to be desired, but fans should have a look at their behaviour as well.

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  • 19. At 12:52pm on 14 Nov 2008, k8ibelle wrote:

    Okay Robbo, we get it, Liverpool aren't going to win the Premiership in your eyes. But that doesn't mean that you have to single out every Liverpool loss at a prime example of exactly why they won't win the Premiership and ignore everyone else. Chelsea lost to Burnley, not quite the calibre of Spurs really? And United lost to Cov last season and still went on to do the double. Liverpool have lost fewer times this season than any other team, so at least wait until they self distruct before you write them off.

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  • 20. At 12:55pm on 14 Nov 2008, bigpanofscouse wrote:

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  • 21. At 12:56pm on 14 Nov 2008, gunner_spain wrote:

    Watched the match with some scousers. Woeful first half by 'pool. An everyone questioned whether or not Torres wanted to be there ! Could not believe I was actually cheering Spurs - more in delight at 'pool's embarrasment than anything. can't wait for the Tinkerman to revert to type.

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  • 22. At 12:58pm on 14 Nov 2008, Gaspode13 wrote:

    For a start just exactly how many non-Englishmen are going to be in it, anyway?

    ............


    Considering it will 2012 and all but 3 players have to be under 23, i think you would find many Scottish, Welsh and N.Irish players in the sqaud if you weren't such a blind pro-English racist.
    Tell me of a better British keeper than Craig Gordan who would well merit his place as an overage player, or that extremly Welsh and extremly talented Aaron Ramsey who would be at the heart of any British team in 2012. These are just the two prime examples I would use to illustrate such a point. Not the only two, just two examples before anyone jumps down my throat to suggest I can only name two who would make it in.

    Considering there are constant complaints and moaning on the EBC..i mean BBC website about the lack of young English talent coming through why is it the misinformed and mindless English assert any British Olympic team would be full of English players, open your minds and eyes and discover for yourself the talent in the other British nations that are represented by the so called BBC.

    Part from that a good blog and always an enjoyable read.

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  • 23. At 1:00pm on 14 Nov 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    truth hurts eh bigpanofscouse

    im off to do some electrical work at liverpool center boots tomorrow moring, look forward to the greeting around 10ish?! :-)

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  • 24. At 1:02pm on 14 Nov 2008, IanH wrote:

    There would probably be a majority of English players in a GB Olympic squad, but why assume the other nations couldn't put strong players in first team contention?

    I'd have thought Aaron Ramsey, Steven Fletcher and Jonny Evans alone should be proof enough that there are players at under-23 level who aren't English that would compete for a spot.

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  • 25. At 1:04pm on 14 Nov 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    gaspode13 - gordon hasnt even been first choice for sunderland most of this season, fulop has been in instead, id rate Joe Hart wayyyyyyy above him as best young keeper about, poss even Ross Turnbull of late displays, Gordon has droppd way to many clangers last season for my liking considering his price tag?! British GoalKeeping Record..........Roy the scots are laughing at u for paying that.

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  • 26. At 1:04pm on 14 Nov 2008, bigpanofscouse wrote:

    Center, are you american? Ill be there lad and believe me ur not ready or capable!!!! 2seconds!

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  • 27. At 1:08pm on 14 Nov 2008, lobotics wrote:

    I wouldn't say Drogba "lobbed" the coin back into the crowd, he flung it back angrily, at some speed.

    I'm surprised the FA haven't said anything about the finger. That's blatant abuse of fans. People get booked for "shhhh"-ing the crowd, Gary Neville was fined for kissing his badge at the Scousers, surely this is much worse? Everyone's saying how the FA have to match Carragher's coin-throwing punishment, but really Drogba should get more for two very serious incidents.

    That's my two cents, anyway.
    (No pun intended)

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  • 28. At 1:10pm on 14 Nov 2008, Wot Kuyt 'e did wrote:

    Agree with 17 + 18.

    And that swivel chair & the tool Bentley had me in joyous mirth.

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  • 29. At 1:11pm on 14 Nov 2008, King-Dion wrote:

    Great, entertaining blog. However there is a lot of truth in it. Not least how great Harry has been in motivating that shower of under performers at the Lane.

    Nobody else could have done any better - they would have trotted out the old cliche "I need time". Not Harry. He must have laid to rest for all time the myth that time is needed for a good manager to turn around a team. It will be interesting to see who he drafts in next year - and whose services he dispenses with.

    Did the F.A. did miss a trick by not appointing Harry as England manager? I think so. That said, Fabio has done brilliantly too, but probably at three times the price.

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  • 30. At 1:13pm on 14 Nov 2008, Clint wrote:

    "For a start just exactly how many non-Englishmen are going to be in it, eh? "




    Well, seeing as the Olympic football tournament is an under 23 affair, I would say it's almost impossible to predict what a GB squad would look like. I'm guessing Ramsay, Bale and Steven Fletcher would all be there aswell as any number of non-English tealent that may develop over the next four years.

    It's quite easy to just presume any GB team would consist of all English players. but then it's also similarly easy to presume that your nation will win the World Cup every time one comes along.

    And would anyone be overly bothered if the GB Olyimpic football team was successful??

    Oh, and leave Danni Minogue alone, she's still hotter than Kylie


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  • 31. At 1:15pm on 14 Nov 2008, Chairman_Chow wrote:

    @ 10.

    Come off it, that Liverpool team that lost 4-2 to Spurs couldn't have beaten an egg! They were AWFUL. You can forgive their lack of ability but the lack of heart and balls on show was criminal.

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  • 32. At 1:18pm on 14 Nov 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    OK

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  • 33. At 1:22pm on 14 Nov 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    careful there Chairman Chow

    u may get the old scouser riled and upset and the might complain because they dont like you bad mouthing their team, they might even start crying.

    but i agree with your comment

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  • 34. At 1:24pm on 14 Nov 2008, ThroTheLookingGlass wrote:

    Sod the Olympics, say NO to a GB team.

    Scotland could go it alone but even as the host nation they would FAIL to qualify (ho ho ho).

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  • 35. At 1:37pm on 14 Nov 2008, rosey05 wrote:

    I am new to this but I am a regular reader of your blog and i always enjoy reading it. However what i don't understand is how a mid-table side like Tottenham are getting so much attention. I will be the first to congratulate Harry on the great job he has done at Spurs so far but surely enough is enough now. May i remind you that a certain Juande Ramos also went unbeaten in his first 6 matches in charge of Tottenham but all you hear of is about the last 6 games in charge. Its funny how quickly things can change in football. Now don't get me wrong Harry has done exceptionally well as much as it pains me to say, as an avid Liverpool fan but i think its time people in the media just let them get on with it as there are more important issues at hand in The Premiership. As far Spurs and the rest of their season, it would appear that they are not going to get relegated and i believe any sort of cup win coupled with a respectable league finish would be an overwhelming success for them given the start they made.

    One final point just picking up on your harsh words about Liverpool and their chances this season. I don't believe for one second that Wednesday's result or performance will have any sort of bearing on the rest of the season. We made 10 changes, of which not even fringe players like Benayoun and Pennant didn't get a look in. When you compare that with the players Spurs played who apart from Campbell have all featured regularly this season. So i feel judging our squad on this match alone is very harsh when it should be judged on how we cope with vital losses of players such as Torres, where we have beaten both United and Chelsea without him. I'm not saying we will win the league but we have a great chance with the start we have made. As for Rafa's rotation policy i think you need to look at the number of changes Fergie has made in the last two years from game to game, and you will find its not too far short of Benitez. What im getting at is its not the tinkering that is neccesarily the problem, but rather our strength in depth over the last two years, which we appear to have got right so far this season.

    Anyway keep up the good work.

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  • 36. At 1:38pm on 14 Nov 2008, cpeskett wrote:

    Drogba's finger was in response to the coin, and not definitively "blatant disrespect for the fans". He should receive exactly the same punishment as Carragher did, although I contend that it was and would be way over the top.

    Yes, throwing missiles back is wrong, but it is also a natural instinct. Someone pelts you with something that could hurt you, and you get mad. If fans should not have to put up with players throwing things back, then players should not have to put up with fans throwing them in the first place. I say, one game ban, and a decent-sized fine for a first time offence. Do it again and you get the book and the whole bookshelf thrown at you.

    More than anything, I hope it is possible to find the person who threw the coin, because I know that Burnley are every bit as determined as Chelsea to see the idiot punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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  • 37. At 1:40pm on 14 Nov 2008, bigpanofscouse wrote:

    chairman chow

    It was a very poor display from a very talented group of young players and in spurs we met a rejuvinated team playing to show a new manger what they can do!

    As for samwell you turned a football conversation into an attack on scousers in general.
    Not upset about your criticism of lfc as you are entitled to your opinion.

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  • 38. At 1:43pm on 14 Nov 2008, ILoveTheNHS wrote:

    Harry's a great manager, let's make no mistake about that.

    What he achieved at Portsmouth was incredible and I think he can take Spurs into the top four.

    His teams also always play good football as well.

    He should be England manager by now - any other nation would have have given a manager of his qualities the job.

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  • 39. At 1:47pm on 14 Nov 2008, ARFC1965 wrote:

    Couldn't agree more with Spurty_Reynolds. Why the hell is this man idolised by the media?? I believe you will find that he is still under investigation for some dodgy dealing. Now, I know that one has to be careful with what they say these days, but put 2 and 2 togther. Spuds couldn't buy a win until he arrived. I'll say no more......

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  • 40. At 1:48pm on 14 Nov 2008, funnyitsonlyagame wrote:

    well ive just stopped laughing ,after bout ten minutes.The gelled tumbler,brilliant ,absoultly brilliant ,sums ronaldo up to a tee,nice one robbo ill be laughing all week about that one.

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  • 41. At 1:54pm on 14 Nov 2008, HantsCricketFan wrote:

    Drogba's actions in both the coin throwing and the 'salute' to the Burnley fans were disgusting.

    The FA should throw the book at Drogba.......... but he'd only throw it back.

    Ba dum chsh!

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  • 42. At 1:58pm on 14 Nov 2008, dyrewolfe wrote:

    To most of the Scousers who've posted here, I've got just 2 words:

    CALM DOWN!

    Liverpool are just Robbo's "Team to have a go at" this week. Last week, if I remember correctly, it was Arsenal.

    Glad to see at least a couple of you were able to see the funny side.

    Next week he'll probably revert back to Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, referees, or whoever else makes themselves a suitable target.

    For the record, I hope either Liverpool or Arsenal win the Premiership and / or Champions League.

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  • 43. At 1:58pm on 14 Nov 2008, Whiteoutloud wrote:

    #17 Thedeluded (I think you must be). "You don't remember any other footballer repeatly causing offence". Have you never heard of Joey Barton?

    If there ever is a Team GB football squad, 'Arry will never be appointed manager if the FA have anything to do with it. Ever since they got their fingers burnt by Venables they have stayed well clear of any crafty cockneys who, for a pony, will sign up a donkey. (Wink, Wink)

    Great Blog Robbo maybe we should put 'Arry in charge of the banking sector and save the country from ruin.

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  • 44. At 2:20pm on 14 Nov 2008, Xavierneville wrote:

    Nice effort Robbo.....

    Couple of points, how can you laud HR in one go, putting him forward to manage the Olympics then slate the tournament in another? As my Dad might say " Are you an Indian giver?"

    Overall, Spurs are Spurs pretty but soft, come up aginst a horrible team and they will get stung. Most people who I know who support Spurs are fine with that.....

    And finally ANY fan of a big four team PIPE down! As a member of the big four you are there to be shot at, get over it!!!!

    If the blog is anti Liverpool, so what? Be grateful you team gets the abuse it gets!

    Argue for your team, don't moan at being moaned at
    Fact; Liverpool were poor on Wednesday and every Liverpool fan is angry at Benitez and have tried to have a go at people pointing ithis out LOL!!

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  • 45. At 2:24pm on 14 Nov 2008, PompeyLapras wrote:

    As a Portsmouth fan, all this Harry Redknapp worshipping is just rubbing salt in the wounds of someone who jumped ship at the first sign of another club calling (and would have done last year when Newcastle came calling if it wasn't the distance).

    And I would personally love an Olympic football team at the olympics. Oh big deal so it's after the Euros so it'll be less prestigious. But the Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world (sorry World Cup, but this is bigger and truly global) and it is only right that the home of football should have a team competiting in the football tournament for the olympics in the home of football. But petty politic gets in the way as per usual. Does it matter how many players of one particular nationality are in? At the end of the day, during the tournement they're not Welsh or English or Scottish, they're British (and anyway, I'm sure there'll be plenty from the other home nations, especially Wales). Just for once let the United Kingdom actually live up to it's name. This is a once in a life time opportunity, the question I pose to you all is do we sieze it, or do we let politics get in the way of an event that is meant to be seperate from politics? Do we prevent 23-25 (whatever the team number is) people living the Olympic dream just to fulfill some kind of jingoistic ego of the individual home nations?

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  • 46. At 2:31pm on 14 Nov 2008, I_H8_LEHMAN wrote:

    Liverpools performance was downright terrible,and it shows the depth at rafas disposal as opposed to 'arry. Tottenham have the players to make a big splash, but i dont think thats news to anyone, neither is gomes' performances. So many of the goals they conceded have beendown to a gomes error.

    On the 2012 team, dont they have to be under 21 with 3 overage players?? i think the home nations all have a fair chanceof producing players

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  • 47. At 2:36pm on 14 Nov 2008, WHUDINNI wrote:

    Robbo u are nuts and u tie me in knots. U get me spasmodic and its a good thang cos I'm always uptight in the office being a Manager and the muppets I work with can only yield their best when u walk like a 6 inch acupuncture pin is puncturingly fixed to yr posterior. I may need some managerial training from the Oudinni himself.

    Drogba is one of the many spoilt footballers but he appears to be the worst cos he's close to 40 and still a boy.

    Nice blog Robbo

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  • 48. At 2:43pm on 14 Nov 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    Eothain - well put son good points about the olympics(olympic commitee and all the British nations take note)

    Xavierneville - good point on the big four club thing, thats what they are there for, too be ridiculed & mocked when they fail by the rest of us fans with more modest clubs! at the end of the day everybody loves an underdog?!

    bigpanofscouse - it wasnt an attack on scousers at all, as one of my best friends at work is one, but it is more the fact that u take things sooooo seriously and cant take criticism of your team and get really angry and annoyed.

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  • 49. At 2:55pm on 14 Nov 2008, yesTHATironingboard wrote:

    Hey Robbo, nice of you to mention that Burnley got a result over one of the best teams in Europe.

    Of course a player throwing a coin is what it should really be all about.

    Perhaps the media ought to concentrate on football rather than the odd idiotic fan and the odd idiotic footballer.

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  • 50. At 3:16pm on 14 Nov 2008, psteam wrote:

    Before we get completely carried away with Arry, let's not forget what happened to SOTON - no miracle there.

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  • 51. At 3:20pm on 14 Nov 2008, CroftKid wrote:

    Good job Robbo - you're a funny old b****r and you certainly brighten up the day mate.
    Arry deserves a ton of credit for the turnaround, yes they had some decent players in place but they certainly were not playing anywhere near their capabilities, he sure sorted that out in a hurry. I actually look forward to seeing them on the telly nowadays.
    By the way the bit in your blog about twenty years ago and players picking up the loose change - how true is that. Mind you this throwing of stuff does have to stop plus the prima donna players should probably stop winding up the away supporters too cos somethings going to happen, maybe the government should switch to paper money only??
    Keep up the good work mate.

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  • 52. At 3:25pm on 14 Nov 2008, Clint wrote:

    If I was paid 100,00 a week, I would happily invite members of the public or even my colleagues to pelt me with coins whilst I am sat at my desk!!!!

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  • 53. At 3:53pm on 14 Nov 2008, howardthehunt wrote:

    Which non-english players would get into a 2012 Olympic team, Robbo?

    You need to open your eyes and dare to cross the Severn Bridge because a Wales under 21 side (who were without many regulars due to the fact they were in the full Welsh squad) almost got the better of the England under 21s not so long ago.

    Players like Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale, Ched Evans, Chris Gunter, Darcy Blake, Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley, Sam Vokes and Joe Allen will all be under 24 years old come 2012 and therefore be eligible for the Olympic team.

    Just keep an eye on the best crop of youngsters Wales have produced in years, and we'll see how many English players get a chance to win Olympic gold shall we..?!

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  • 54. At 3:55pm on 14 Nov 2008, aredeegee wrote:

    great blog. disagree about drogba - what matters is that everybody is treated equally, oh god i've bored myself so I'm stopping. great blog.

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  • 55. At 3:57pm on 14 Nov 2008, TheBoagster wrote:

    Samwell.... Gordon is out injured at the moment, which is the only reason he's out of the team at the moment !! He's easily the best keeper in Britain..

    As far as the jocks go, Alan hutton could be in with a shout as well...

    I think a UK team would be quality.. it adds a bit more interest in the olympics and it means my football habit will be fed during summer lean spell !!

    As for Big Arry... What a legend, just a shame he's at Spurs and not at the Ham !!

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  • 56. At 3:58pm on 14 Nov 2008, Tatloaf wrote:

    Robbo u are nuts and u tie me in knots. U get me spasmodic and its a good thang cos I'm always uptight in the office being a Manager and the muppets I work with can only yield their best when u walk like a 6 inch acupuncture pin is puncturingly fixed to yr posterior. I may need some managerial training from the Oudinni himself.

    Drogba is one of the many spoilt footballers but he appears to be the worst cos he's close to 40 and still a boy.
    ____________________

    Someone give this guy his own blog please!

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  • 57. At 3:59pm on 14 Nov 2008, iamaus wrote:

    like the bit about maybe "arry" could get a knighthood even if he's nothing to do with Man U . helluva task don't you think. only Man U count in the world of soccer!!!!!

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  • 58. At 4:02pm on 14 Nov 2008, PAsoccer wrote:

    All this oppossion towards a GB Olympic team angers me. It appears that the non-English home nations are appossing the team. Lets face facts. How many Scottish, Irsh, and welsg players would actually get in a GB team if it were to be named today???? Who knows, maybe by 2012 there will be more British players coming to the forefront. Right now I like young Ramsey, I guess Robbie Keane would be in. Giggsy, Bale. Any other suggestions???
    I personally think it would be a good thing to have a GB team for the olympics. I am not entirely sure what the problem is.

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  • 59. At 4:04pm on 14 Nov 2008, gc wrote:

    Good coaches do well anywhere they go. West Ham were mad to let him go.
    His revival of Spurs has been as rapid as it is miraculous. But it's a long way to go yet. But at least they are probably safe from the drop.
    As far as team GB goes, there has to be one man at the top of list: Sir Alex. Following on should be Martin O'Neill and possibly Mark Hughes. Team GB is a big (but not pointless) PR exercise and that the best British coaches are not English should be reflected just as the best British players are.

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  • 60. At 4:05pm on 14 Nov 2008, howardthehunt wrote:

    PAsoccer - don't forget the olympic team has to mainly comprise of under 24s.. So it wouldn't make sense to put Giggs of even Keane in.. Don't worry though, there's plenty of young Welsh players who will be prime and ready by then.. as I mentioned in post 53.

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  • 61. At 4:08pm on 14 Nov 2008, ulsterron wrote:

    All this adoration of "arry.
    I don't see him that way.
    He is the posterboy for dishonesty and disloyalty.
    He showed this twice with the same team.............Portsmouth. A team which looked after him and gave him what he wanted.
    They are a class act as shown with the ceremony for the freedom of the City of Portsmouth.
    With the Navy and the world's finest military band, The Royal Marines, in attendance.
    No other Premiership team could equal that.
    For the record, I'm not a Portsmouth supporter

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  • 62. At 4:18pm on 14 Nov 2008, PAsoccer wrote:

    Good point howardthehunt. I actually forgot about the under 24 rule. I agree. I seems that the welsh are producing some top young players at the moment!!

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  • 63. At 4:25pm on 14 Nov 2008, Big4Supporter wrote:

    Wonder if Gomes is being written off too quickly (as was Robinson). He has two needed attributes - bravery and decisiveness. He just needs some decent coaching - not to come for every (or even any) cross and to practice palming away shots sideways rather than forwards.

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  • 64. At 4:27pm on 14 Nov 2008, Robbo Robson wrote:

    Ee now you Welshmen have got a serious point - and one I thought I'd included but hadn't - about under-24 year olds from across the Severn. The lad Ramsey is a joy to behold... and Bale's good n all.

    That still doesn't mean that I want this cobbled together one-off-but-too-rich-to-be-interested-job-lot of just past their teens millionaires pretending like they're interested and letting us chirpy British optimists down...

    Look at Andy Murray in the tennis in Beijing. Couldn't give a ball toss and frankly that's not what floats his boat as a tennis player. A gold medal is nowt in footy terms compared to lifting the World Cup. If it was, we'd have had far more interest in it.

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  • 65. At 4:31pm on 14 Nov 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    PAsoccer -
    Robbie Keane would not be allowed to play in the GB football team if there was one

    BECAUSE................... he is from the Republic of Ireland!!!! on Northern Ireland

    The RoI compete as a seperate nation altogether in the Olympics.

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  • 66. At 4:34pm on 14 Nov 2008, Samwell2804 wrote:

    howardthehunt -
    You are allowed 3 over aged players in the Olympic football tournament!

    so Giggs could actually qualify! but he'd be wayyyyyy tooo old by 2012?! 38 a bit too past it even for Giggs methinks?!

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  • 67. At 4:35pm on 14 Nov 2008, PotterN07 wrote:

    I believe stevie G's wearing the snorkel at present Robbo.

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  • 68. At 4:38pm on 14 Nov 2008, PAsoccer wrote:

    In that CaSe, Ramsey is the only player that would get anyway near the GB team right now.

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  • 69. At 4:39pm on 14 Nov 2008, Clint wrote:

    I would imagine that Robbie Keane would probably plum for playing for his own nation, Republic of Ireland, if he was young enough to compete at the Olympics. I'm not even sure if Eire has their own Olympic team which is a bit strange.

    If they did have an Olympic team, it would probably have little Irish wannabe's like James McCarthy and Andy Jackson representing it.

    It is true though I have to say, do we as football fans even really care about Olympic football?

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  • 70. At 4:39pm on 14 Nov 2008, Daniel Linton wrote:

    Great and funny blog Robbo very much enjoyed it but i do have a couple of coments for the Liverpool fans and this comes from someone who does not support a EPL team.

    Liverpool are the most over-rated team in the EPL by a mile. Come January they will falter (again) and will end up 3rd or 4th. I dont know what your missing ingrediant is but there is something about the Pool that is a complete miss to me and the fans of a truly great club deserve better than the dross you are getting served up at the moment - I actually belive Gerrard and jamie C deserve better, as there is no doubting at all their talent and passion, but i just think Rafa has lost his way which was clearly shown by the passionless display by a second string team - do Liverpool have any decent local lads coming through as i fear for their long term future if they dont.

    Liverpool fans dont take this as a personal attach but as soon as your vile Directors are gone and a new consortium come in and spank rafa out the better Pool will be , and i for one will be grateful for a club to break the Mancs and Chelseas dominance (sorry Arsenal dont even come up on my radar).

    Now that I have upset most fans it is time to be duly ignored :-)

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  • 71. At 4:44pm on 14 Nov 2008, Subhuman wrote:

    With regards to Drogba and the fan, I'm guessing if the fan gets caught, people will call for him to be banned from football grounds for life. Surely if this is the case, Drogba should get exactly the same punishment for the same crime? Instead he'll probably get away with a 2 or 3 match ban and a fine of whatever loose wads of cash he has in is pocket.

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  • 72. At 4:45pm on 14 Nov 2008, PAsoccer wrote:

    Liverpool need more English players. Liverpool are a massive massive club but they have too many 'average' foreign players who simply arent good enough. Look at the defense for staters. Random average foreigners apart from carragher. I use to love watching liverpool back when the majority of their starting line up was British. Collymore, fowler, redknapp, mccateer, james, , mccmanaman.
    That team they put out against Harrys rejuvinated spurs was a bunch of no hopers

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  • 73. At 4:51pm on 14 Nov 2008, aka_bluepeter wrote:

    Armonious Arry indeed.

    It's just proof yet again of how overpaid, pampered and spoilt football players can decide a managers fate.

    They should all be sacked as the worst type of fraudsters.

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  • 74. At 4:59pm on 14 Nov 2008, elstrup wrote:

    Chester have hired Mark Wright as manager.

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  • 75. At 5:05pm on 14 Nov 2008, aries22 wrote:

    You should be proud of that wardrobe and swivel chair gag, Robbo - it made me giggle.

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  • 76. At 5:06pm on 14 Nov 2008, elstrup wrote:

    oops wrong blog

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  • 77. At 5:10pm on 14 Nov 2008, mark wrote:

    STOP PRESS!!!!!!

    robbo have you seen these 2 wanting to fight tommorrow?


    10 am in liverpool town center (boots it appears)

    i just got 2 things to ask!

    1 im about 65 miles away could u2 make it about 12.30 so i can get a good night sleep?

    and secondly robbo, with your connections can you get a camera down there? this will be the most entertaining event that'll happen in liverpool this year.

    i will open a book on betfair now!
    i got the scouser at 3-1

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  • 78. At 5:17pm on 14 Nov 2008, TheDeluded wrote:

    whiteoutloud, 43,

    Joey who? yes I think I've heard of the scouse jailbird - but last I heard, he was not charged with retaliating to fans on the pitch.

    I have a completely separate problem with that little inmate.

    the idea that I'm putting forward is that demonising first time offenders, when there's mitigating circumstances is brought too much into the public domain, and particularly in Drogba's case, if ya cannot find the perpetrator of the initial offence, you shouldn't be able to take it out on the person reacting to it. in the ideal world, Drogba should not have been placed in that situation. players should have protection, and he could have been hurt. and that would not be right.

    would it now?

    no!

    Joey Barton is a repeat offender and should be bloody locked up - but certainly taken away from public view. he's already shown again that he can't handle the spotlight, and should not be given (yet) another chance to hurt somebody.
    my kids are watching, and I don't want them influenced by this type of thug, thank you very much.

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  • 79. At 5:24pm on 14 Nov 2008, elstrup wrote:

    I think Drogba should be grateful in times of the credit crunch. He might have had two coins thrown in his direction instead of 1.

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  • 80. At 5:27pm on 14 Nov 2008, elstrup wrote:

    Of course nobody would complain if footballers had pockets

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  • 81. At 5:32pm on 14 Nov 2008, MarabouStork wrote:

    British football olympic team?

    You should not worry any more. It will never happen.

    Never.

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  • 82. At 5:33pm on 14 Nov 2008, elstrup wrote:

    And on the subject of Joey Barton. He only plays for Newcastle because he doesn't have to change out of his kit every time he goes to prison.

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  • 83. At 5:51pm on 14 Nov 2008, boflankey wrote:

    still how quickly do the media forget what spurs fans did at fratton park it was disgraceful, how is it that Drogba is charged within a few days of throwing a coin into the ground but no action is taken against spurs rascist chanting?

    or is this another instance of where rascism is quietly allowed to carry on in football? athletico Madrid anyone? or sport in general Lewis Hamilton?

    i think that although Drogba should be punished so should Spurs fans, they know exactly who went to that game and with CCTV pictures who chanted the abuse to Campbell. But i suppose the FA dont care as long as Spurs keep winning and get a good press...

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  • 84. At 6:03pm on 14 Nov 2008, elstrup wrote:

    boflankey 83: that's a fair point well made. I would go on to say that all rules should be revised :- transfer policy, match rules, stadium rules etc etc etc to stringently act fairly - AND FROM TEAM TO TEAM so offences like lumping a steamer in the referee's toilet, coin throwing, transfer dealings...everything from A-Z to be dealt with within a reasonable deadline. The Tevez affair could have been settled a year ago when it mattered if the big-fa-wigs removed their arsenals from their leather settees

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  • 85. At 6:06pm on 14 Nov 2008, groenezoom wrote:

    Living in holland, but being a brit, and lifelong chelsea fan, I must say I'm enjoying the last few years watching the premier. Its a refreshing change from the dutch league which is nowhere near as good as its national team. But... last year, one of the best things about the dutch competition was watching Gomes keep goal for PSV. That may sound funny to all you people there, but he really is good, even comparable to Cech.
    Agreed, you wouldn't think so to watch him now, but there is seemingly something wrong. Stress? Language? training methods? I don't know but he certainly has it in him to be one of the best. Give him a chance and he will come through.

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  • 86. At 6:26pm on 14 Nov 2008, lobotics wrote:

    People who say Drogba was provoked and therefore should get sympathy -
    he gets paid 100 000 quid or whatever A WEEK (do you have any idea how much that is? Come live in Africa for a while, you'll realize) to play football. That includes dealing with pressure, referees, other players AND FANS. Fans are always gonna give players hell - I'm not condoning the Burnley guy's actions, far from it - but a footballer of that stature should be able to deal with it and not react the way he did. That fan doesn't get paid ANYTHING to go sit in the stands and act professionally, Drogba gets paid to be a professional footballer and should be better behaved than that.

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  • 87. At 6:28pm on 14 Nov 2008, Ninety6 wrote:

    Drogba acted with in self-defence with equal force - case dismissed!

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  • 88. At 6:29pm on 14 Nov 2008, AvikXT wrote:

    good blog

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  • 89. At 6:41pm on 14 Nov 2008, claire wrote:

    Im sure all the spurs fans are overjoyed with the progress Harry has made in the last three weeks but has anyone of them stopped to think about how the Portsmouth fans feel. When Harry came back from Southampton 3 years ago,he said Portsmouth was his spirtual home and how he would never leave, then that nice Mr Levy waved a big fat cheque and off he went!

    He wont be wellcomed back a third time and I hope he is not allowed to try and purge the Porsmouth team in January. Play up Pompey!

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  • 90. At 6:53pm on 14 Nov 2008, Le_Foot wrote:

    Lots of sarcasm and poor jokes as always...

    > The carling cup is a mickey mouse cup, and it's a joke that you can enter the UEFA cup by winning it.

    >Didier Drogba should be banned for a while. Think, if that coin hit and injured and innocent supporter... Also with the amount that he is paid every week you would expect him to be slightly professional on the football field.

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  • 91. At 7:07pm on 14 Nov 2008, BestSpam1979 wrote:

    Le Foot has a point. If Drogba hit the exact same person with the coin that had thrown it at him in the first place, few people would have cared. But he could hit ANYONE with that coin.

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  • 92. At 7:15pm on 14 Nov 2008, Clint wrote:

    The above comments are valid. In what way is rinsing a coin blindly into hunreds of innocent wage-payers remotely "self-defence"?

    If a fan comes onto the pitch and starts on you then aye, go to town on him/her, they have asked for it. The likes of Drogba have the mental age of someone in their early teens, that has been apparent in his time in England.

    I do however believe players should be allowed to gesture at fans. As long as no one gets hurt, a bit of pantomime never harmed anyone.

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  • 93. At 7:19pm on 14 Nov 2008, Ch4mp50 wrote:

    Normally your blogs are very good and entertaining. This time you made comments I would find insulting. By the way, I don't follow Spurs or Chelsea.

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  • 94. At 7:25pm on 14 Nov 2008, HellsPfc wrote:

    Im sure all the spurs fans are overjoyed with the progress Harry has made in the last three weeks but has anyone of them stopped to think about how the Portsmouth fans feel. When Harry came back from Southampton 3 years ago,he said Portsmouth was his spirtual home and how he would never leave, then that nice Mr Levy waved a big fat cheque and off he went!

    He wont be wellcomed back a third time and I hope he is not allowed to try and purge the Porsmouth team in January. Play up Pompey!

    Redknapp went for the money as he needs it to pay for a property deal that has gone sour. I thank him for delivering the FA cup and wish him well for the future.

    Tony Adams should be an adequate replacement and if he fails it won't be through a lack of trying. No club has the right to premiership football and I for one have enjoyed five glorius seasons in the top flight of English football.

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  • 95. At 7:47pm on 14 Nov 2008, the_man_Frimpong wrote:

    Good blog Robbo, really had me smiling today! As an gunner, i obviously don't want to see spurs doing so well, but their resurgence really proves that 'Arry really is the second best manager in the league (after Wenger of course!).

    I was surprised, however, that you didn't mention Arsenal's fantastic win against Wigan in the week though!

    Keep up the good work Robbo

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  • 96. At 8:21pm on 14 Nov 2008, littlejklc wrote:

    Agreed with #19. There are too many Liverpool haters now. I tell you what, they will all disappointed this season.

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  • 97. At 8:43pm on 14 Nov 2008, ThroTheLookingGlass wrote:

    NO more ENGLAND
    NO more SCOTLAND
    NO more WALES
    NO more NORTHERN IRELAND

    That is what would happen if GB entered the Olympics, for years Sep Blatter has wanted only one team from the United Kingdom, Platini is another who appears to have a pet hate of British nations.

    Once the home FA's enter as GB our national teams disappear, it all has to do with each Country having The Queen as Head of State, the fight to keep our individuallity as separate countries has been going on for decades.

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  • 98. At 9:37pm on 14 Nov 2008, Poppen wrote:

    But there is a downside to the Harry Rednap fairytale.

    Having told each member of the squad that they are all 'supermen' Harry now has the difficulty of knowing which is his best eleven.

    Too much rotation causes problems on and off the pitch as Benitez discovered and unrest creaps in. Bad results follow.

    Harry has made the headlines for the right reasons thus far. Lets hope that he doesn't make the headlines for the wrong reasons when results turn against him.

    Come the end of January and you're looking at more players comming to Spurs. The feel good factor will be gone for the players who have to sit on the bench.

    Let's hope it all works out for Harry and we build a club to shake up the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea on the football pitch so that we are once again the Pride of London.

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  • 99. At 9:38pm on 14 Nov 2008, Gangsta Agger wrote:

    the gelled tumbler!!
    hahaha!!

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  • 100. At 9:41pm on 14 Nov 2008, pinnacleoffruit wrote:

    Its typical of our idiotic society that everyone is blind to what really happens at games.

    Sorry but Drogba might be a "role model" but then again a kid sat next to his dad at a game can be seen sticking his fingers up, shouting, swearing and spitting abuse at everyone on the pitch. Last time I checked dads are also role models and so is everyone at the game, do what they see happening since its acceptable.

    Sure Drogba threw back a coin, but to sit there and say its a disgrace and no comment that all the fans shouting abuse and throwing items is not worse is laughable.

    The crowds are full of people who are role models and you can see the vile behavour of these role models every time at a match, yet this is acceptable and for some reason a footballer role model isnt allowed to do the same?

    hypocritical and spoke by many because they too sit in the stands doing the same actions.

    Time for people to actually open their eyes to the fact that fans are far worse than players and there the real role models.

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  • 101. At 02:29am on 15 Nov 2008, twenty20media wrote:

    A few things. Firstly as a spurs fan from the Replublic of Ireland, im minding my words as regards the whole team GB thing goes. But if there is a team, then i think it should be a GB manager.

    Not back to spurs. YES Arry is amazing. YES the turn-around so far is great, and YES i think it will turn out to be a phoenix from the ashes this season. I can see spurs having a right good go at the UEFA cup.

    Which brings me tidily along to my next point. Spurs havent had a top notch all-round manager since Keith Burkinshaw who lifted the UEFA cup in '84. Seriously...lets go through them.

    David Pleat?..a good club man but thats it.

    Gerry Francis?..Nope.

    Ossie Ardilles?..A legend but not a success.

    Christian Gross?..Nuff said.

    George Graham?..Good, but not a spurs styled manager.

    Glenn Hoddle?..Brought in as a hysterical fans choice after the above gooner. It was a case of using the heart and not the head im afraid.

    Jacque Santini?..This was an effort to recruit a wenger type manager. Broken english at best, only here for the cash, and all he ever won was with probably with one of the best teams ever (france late 90's)

    Martin Jol?..I liked him, but lets remember, he was a third choice behind Santini and Arnesen. He was only appointed because it cost so much to get rid of Santini. He was loved by the spurs fans, but i mean come on, Lee at left back, stalteri at right back????
    Berbatove and Keane carried him on their back.

    Ramos?..I have no idea how this guy was so sought after. Again, he won with a wonder team at sevilla (and it wasnt his team) AND (they have done better without him!)

    Arry?..Bread and butter type guy who was hired because of his FULL track record. Levy pulled an absolute master-stroke. One minute 25,000 cards were being made to call for Levy to be sacked, the next he's gone and appointed THE BEST manager on the circuit for the past 20 who has not had a top job.

    He plays football the tottenham way, and unlike ossie, hoddle and gerry francis who did the same, they can actually defend a bit as well.

    Fair play to him, and at last with a top manager, Spurs might finally return to the glory days (Cus im one bloke who was embarressed by how much the League Cup was celebrated). Spurs are a title winning club, a european winning club, and an entertaining club. After putting Arry in charge, i think the (real) good times will return.

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  • 102. At 04:28am on 15 Nov 2008, frank1508 wrote:

    What Harry has done SO FAR is amazing, amd as a Spurs fan long may it continue.

    However, to show Gomes to be something of a joke, just shows a lack of knowledge. While I do not disagree he has been poor so far for Spurs, I have seen him play in both the UEFA cup and Champions League for PSV and he has been outstanding. What I don't understand is that a striker is allowed a year to adapt to the Premiership, but a keeper must adapt right away.

    At the same time everyone must remember that a keeper, playing behind a back four that is conceding (which until harry it has been) will of course struggle. For example Paul Robinson did not suddenly lose his ability to keep. A defence that leaked goals each week damaged his confidence badly.

    I'm not stupid enough to believe my comments will change his doubters views, and i'm not saying he will DEFINITLY get better, i've been wrong about players before and i'll be wrong about many more!!!

    As for Drogba, for once i feel sorry for him. I agree that a complete idiot threw a coin, however, it should not distract anyone away from the fact he could have hit an innocent person with his wild throw. Unfortunatly I tend to think an example should be made of him for his sheer stupidity.

    As for the Olympic team, anyone that has ever looked at Olympic football in the slightest detail, knows that it is effectivly an under 23 tournament. I would be very surprised if England used the same players in both the EURO's and Olympics.

    I must be honest and say this post showed little knowledge, or independent views!!!

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  • 103. At 04:51am on 15 Nov 2008, snappysnapz wrote:

    I can bet you any money you like the fans who saw the coin be thrown at drogba were all laughing when they saw the actual fan throw it,bet they werrnt so amused when they saw it coming back at them even thoguh they wernt the one that actually threw it

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  • 104. At 05:16am on 15 Nov 2008, NeilG42 wrote:

    I am not a Drogba fan as anybody who reads my posts will realise and throwing the coin into the crowd was just plain stupidity but if some numpty hadn't thrown it onto the pitch in the first place then it wouldn't have been there for Drogba to throw back, let's get these moronic "fans" and I use the word fans loosely out the game for good. The finger incident was childish though.

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  • 105. At 06:07am on 15 Nov 2008, CUFCfan616 wrote:

    Yes, although fans should behave themselves more and not provoke players beyond acceptable levels (i.e. throwing things in their direction), players should in no way be allowed to get off with a slap on the wrist for retaliating in kind.
    Reading on how the FA is charging Drogba over throwing a coin back into the crowd, an FA spokesperson says that the FA wants to bring the full weight of their power onto fans who throw missiles onto the pitch. I have no problem with that. What I do have a problem with is Drogba's mate Frank Lampard thinking footballers are above us normal people and wanting him not even to get a match ban, when he did the exact same thing that the fan did.
    Why does the fan deserve to be thrown out for life, when Drogba doesn't? If I threw something at a customer at work, I'd expect to be dismissed and find it hard to find another job, but yet again, different laws apply to Premiership footballers, so it'll be a match ban of a few games and a small fine before Drogba can run out on Stamford Bridge again like nothing's happened.
    Not to mention anything about the fact that he's statistically way more likely to actually hit someone with a coin, throwing it into a crowded stand and injuring someone, than the fan who originally threw the coin onto the pitch. One of these days, a footballer is going to severely injure an innocent bystander with actions like these adn the same people who think that footballers should currently get let off the hook will be calling for blood when it happens.
    In short, should the crowd member be banned for life? Absolutely, only if, however, Drogba faces a penalty of matching severity. But it won't happen because as mentioned before, he's a celebrity, and as a nation, we like celebrities and bad things can't happen to them.

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  • 106. At 06:48am on 15 Nov 2008, docherty wrote:

    Quite drole Robbo (as normal !).
    Personally I think Harry Redknapp is
    quite chuffed but a little embarrassed
    by it all, he is astute enough to know
    that the run could end next game.
    What it does prove, if we all didn't know it already, the manager is the most important player you've got. All of a sudden everyone wants to play for him and seemingly do well for him, whereas they didn't know what the other bloke wanted. Don't know what he's got but shame you can't put it in a bottle.

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  • 107. At 07:06am on 15 Nov 2008, United from Lahore wrote:

    Gr8 Blog Robbo as usual.
    Personally I think Drogba was provoked but the one-handed gesture was going a bit too far. If banning players sends a bad message to fans doesnt this?

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  • 108. At 08:18am on 15 Nov 2008, DoctorBoroLove wrote:

    Spurs ain't in Europe yet. A loss and a draw then watch them slide back down again.

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  • 109. At 09:00am on 15 Nov 2008, coolguymanutd wrote:



    Good blog Robbo!

    But let's be factual here. Arry is an excellent coach if you have any doubt about that just take a look at what he did in Pompey and Spurs and your doubt will disperse.

    However, the 'super four' also have excellent coaches and what about Hull City? Will you take anything from their coach?Agreed: Gomes has been poor in goal for Spur this season but this deficiency has been properly managed by the strenght of the other 10 players so far.

    Even as a Unitied fan,I still admit that it will be unfair if DD is given a ban. Considering the lastest trend of racism and now coin throwing by despirate fans. I think it is the job of the FA and Club to curtail their fans.What of if the coin hits him on the eye? What happens? That guy is also a bread and a father winner you know.Players should be given some form of protection from fans and in my own opinion nothing tinglable has been done in this regard so far.

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  • 110. At 09:17am on 15 Nov 2008, aries22 wrote:

    It's nonsense to think that Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini would want to do away with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as separate footballing nations. Can you imagine past GB teams with the likes of Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish, Ryan Giggs and George Best? We'd scoop the board.

    The present England team will never win the World Cup, which is exactly the dream scenario for Mssrs Blatter and Platini; and they're not too bothered about the other three home nations because they won't even qualify.

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  • 111. At 09:34am on 15 Nov 2008, Rob wrote:

    A lot of people on here have defended Drogba in some way which I find a curious view. An unknown fan launched a coin and Drogba threw it back in an arbitrary fashion. Provocation is no excuse for lashing out in this fashion and his wages are not really relevant.

    When Cantona (I'm not a Utd fan) went after a particularly abusive fan he was given a lengthy ban and there is no doubt that he got the right guy. Drogba could have hit anybody, children included, with a coin that could have caused a nasty injury requiring a couple of stitches. A 3 match ban? Sorry but that would be laughable. Let the fool sit out the rest of the season and ban the fan for life. What kind of world is it if Mr Drogba can escape appropriate punishment because he is a footballer by profession?

    Rant over. Good blog Robbo.

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  • 112. At 11:06am on 15 Nov 2008, redandblackT-Save 606 wrote:

    Glad to see the Redknapp effect at Tottenham from the exact same players that got Ramos sacked.It will soon wear off sadly and 'Arry will be shown off to be the charlatan that he is.Great coach?The thought is laughable.Did reasonably well at Pompey with all the Gaydamak cash but the Redknapp for England/Olympic team calls are hilarious.

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  • 113. At 11:09am on 15 Nov 2008, wained wrote:

    People tend to gloss over the period of Redknapp's career at southampton, relagation then a miserable championship campaign. Harry jump's ship, leaving southampton in the myre.

    A better job and Harry will always go, forgive me for not being his biggest fan.

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  • 114. At 11:46am on 15 Nov 2008, divealdo wrote:

    Good blog Robbo, entertaining and funny, and it's good to see that your harshest critics have taken the advice to travel and procreate to heart.

    One thing that puzzles me though is the regular criticism of the League Cup as a 'Mickey Mouse' trophy. In order to win this 'Mickey Mouse' trophy a team has to play and win a number of games against randomly selected opposition within a knock-out framework. What's the difference between that and the FA Cup other than that one has a higher profile than the other?

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  • 115. At 12:15pm on 15 Nov 2008, CrypticNews wrote:

    Robbo, ever thought about publishing a book about your blogs? Including the old days' Robbo's Rant? Please do old man, I would be the first one in the line, believe me.

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  • 116. At 12:39pm on 15 Nov 2008, agricfowl wrote:

    England will not win the World Cup again if they do not have youngsters competing strongly and succeeding at U21, U17 and Olympic competitions.

    A team GB football side would be good, and who cares if everyone in it is not English? Even within the English League, the English are not the best players.

    As for HR, West Ham is his spiritual home. Since his eviction, HR has spent his time trying to prove West Ham wrong for pushing him out.

    Not being a HR fan (no scruples), l wish him every success, but l still do not see Spurs finishing better than mid-table as HR is best with a motley crew of other team's rejects and players who need their egos massaged. Players like that never seek to push themselves to achieve their maximum, only enough to keep the manager happy and in his job (which equals mid-table).

    I must say that Spurs showed bottle to fight back from 1 - 3/2 - 4 down to draw at the Emirates.

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  • 117. At 2:15pm on 15 Nov 2008, Bazz33 wrote:

    How about some captions for the picture of Harry ! I would like to start with " Look at Gomesy trying to catch that ball !"

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  • 118. At 12:19pm on 16 Nov 2008, ZEUSFC wrote:

    The whole question of who plays in a "Team GB" can be solved easily in the year running up to the olympics...

    HOME NATION TOURNAMENT!

    Winner represents us as "Team GB

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  • 119. At 4:38pm on 16 Nov 2008, goonergetit wrote:

    The honeymoon is over! How do you explain the Liverpool fluke and the Arsenal fluke ? The diet of Ramos. Just as the Esophagus of William Gallas damaged by cigarette smoke will see his demise. What you eat reflects your life. Now we'll see what stuff Redknapp is made of ? "We must stand by Gomes" as soon as january comes Harry's first purchase will be a goalie, he's got one lined up already, brown envelope with a special message in it somewhere no doubt. Don't believe him Gomes he's a Gooner and none of the Gooners employed at the Lane have done that well. Can you imagine 'arry as a kid standing on the North bank at Highbury singing love songs about Tottenham ! Can you imagine how many times he's dreamed of being the guv'nor at Highbury! The truth hurts.

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  • 120. At 09:47am on 17 Nov 2008, DoctorBoroLove wrote:

    Blatter has always wanted to condense the British Isles FAs into a single unit for the simple reason is that it reduces the number of potential votes against his Presidency from 4 to 1.

    Our votes cannot be bought with annual hard currency "grants".

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  • 121. At 11:48am on 17 Nov 2008, SaintOne wrote:

    To #118

    A home nation tournament would be awesome. I always hoped they would bring it back. Unlikely though :(

    To #120

    Septic Bladder is a blight on the game


    Peace

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  • 122. At 2:05pm on 17 Nov 2008, collie21 wrote:

    Well there you go, Honey moon over, Spurs to be relegated, and Redknapp to be exposed for what he is, a prentender.

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  • 123. At 2:37pm on 17 Nov 2008, collie21 wrote:

    a pretender even

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