1) Rafa Benitez
Ahh, our loveable Rafa. Everything seemed to be going so well for Liverpool when they thumped Newcastle 5-1 to go into the New Year front runners in the Premier League title race. But then somewhere deep in Benitez’s brain something snapped and all we could hear were outbursts of raging paranoia…..
First was the rant at Alex Ferguson, then the sly dig at Everton, with the madness finally culminating in his already infamous “crazy” speech against Wigan. All this against a backdrop of poor results as United stormed past Liverpool back to the top of the table.
Some respite yesterday, but the month of January was a complete nightmare for the Spaniard, but it leaves me in anticipation for more classic sound bytes from the beleaguered Liverpool boss should their title bid continue to falter.
2) Everyone and everything at Newcastle
Talking of classic speeches, Joe Kinnear deserves a medal for the best opening to a press conference ever. For those if you who can’t remember here is a brief reminder:
Kinnear: Which one is Simon Bird?
JK: You’re a ****.
Bird: Thank you.
I should really give Kinnear an award for such a hilarious speech, but given everything else at Newcastle this season has been such a disaster, there is no way big Joe can escape some of the blame.
From KK’s walkout, to replica shirt wearing, beer swilling, sports wear mogul Mike Ashley trying and failing to sell the club, Newcastle are plummeting like a stone. No wonder Charles “insomnia” N’Zogbia wants out.
The only way I believe they can beat the football odds and escape Premier League relegation is through the sheer ineptness of the other teams around them.