Focus turns to King Eric
I am writing this week's blog on my way back from Birmingham. There are two blokes across the carriage talking about dull spreadsheets, a girl snoring like a beast in front and a man behind eating, what smells like, a mouldy fish sandwich.
I feel quite strongly that some food should be banned from all public transport. Mackerel is one of them and whatever he is eating is another.
I just wanted to say thanks for all your comments about the Rafael Benitez blog and full-length interview last week. There was some good healthy debate going on with plenty of strong opinions either way. I'm glad you appreciated the 25-minute interview and we'll try to do that in the future when it's warranted.
Anyway, I have been in Birmingham to present the Midlands version of Late Kick Off. I think the programme has really strengthened the BBC's football coverage - particularly if your team operate outside the Premier League.
Robbie Savage was on the sofa - which is far more comfortable than the one we use on Focus - along with Lee Camp, who seems like a nice bloke in addition to being a tidy keeper. Nottingham Forest fans may need to revise their cries of "England's Number One" given the 26-year-old looks set to play for Northern Ireland.
We've got another busy week ahead. I'm off to New York to interview Eric Cantona for a BBC documentary. The last time I saw him was at a testimonial bash for Ryan Giggs a few years ago. It was held at a swanky club in the heart of Manchester. All the players were there - past and present - but more importantly there were plate loads of chicken kebabs with a choice of satay or sweet chilli dip... I can still picture those goodies now.
Cantona in his pomp at Manchester United. Photo: Getty Images
Cantona turned up about two hours after everyone else. It was a perfect example of someone holding court and I counted three rings of people around him. The innermost circle was a collection of players and gorgeous young ladies. They were hanging on every word that came out of his mouth. There weren't that many of them because the Frenchman seemed be working his way through Cuba's entire cigar reserve.
The middle circle was populated by hangers-on... those who laughed at everything Cantona said even though they couldn't hear what he was saying and only wanted to be there so they could tell their friends they had been close to him.
I was in the outer circle or fringe. Those of us gathered here either weren't cool enough to enter the inner circles or were quite happy to watch the bizarre worship unfold from this vantage point as we quaffed chicken kebabs.
Cantona is a fascinating character for so many reasons. The kung fu kick at Crystal Palace has gone down in history, while his quote about seagulls and that trawler is also legendary. Manchester United fans hold him in the highest possible regard, Leeds supporters wonder why he said he loved them and left, while those whose allegiance is to Sheffield Wednesday dream about what might have been.
I used to work in an office with a Manchester United fan who had a bit of a Cantona obsession going on. He was great fun most of the time but only if you followed his rules of never saying anything bad about the Frenchman.
We were once throwing darts in his office and a stray effort of mine glided beyond the legal boundaries and firmly into the face of his prized picture of the big man. I tried my best to laugh it off but Tony was not happy. I was asked to leave the room while he grieved and later received a life-long ban from office darts via email.
Well, whether you share such an obsession with Cantona or are just watching from the 'fringe' this is your chance to ask Cantona a question. We should have a good amount of time with him to chat about his involvement with New York Cosmos but there is plenty of other stuff to talk about, so fire away.
If you want to follow the build-up to this week's show - and check out some Cantona in New York stuff - the best place to go is twitter.com/danwalkerbbc