THEY’LL REGRET STRAYING OFF THE FAIRWAY
THE FLP’s fourball in the Football Writers’ Association golf day last Monday finished where, if their start to the season is anything to go by, Brentford will end up in the Championship this season. Last.
Glenn Hoddle and Harry Redknapp were among the more illustrious names in the field than yours truly, and they came to mind when news filtered through afterwards that Marinus Dijkhuizen had left Griffin Park.
Not as candidates for the job. No chance. Can you imagine either being interested in owner Matthew Benham’s statistical approach to running a football club?
The link was the Dutchman’s predecssor, Mark Warburton; who has to go down as the most hard-done-by manager in English football history, having led Brentford from League One to fifth in the second tier last term.
Hoddle lost his England job for non-football reasons, and I can’t be the only one thinking he’d have got more out of the Golden Generation if he’d been allowed to continue.
Redknapp had taken Spurs to fourth in the Premier League when Daniel Levy felt his eye had been taken away from the White Hart Lane pitch. Three managers later, are Tottenham any better off? No.
The standard of the Scottish Championship isn’t that of its English equivalent, but Warburton’s stats at Rangers look pretty good to me: P8 W8 D0 L0 Pts 24 before the weekend.
As 50,000 fans sing his name, you could forgive a wry smile at his replacement’s number being up.