I for one would have rather watched the drama unfold at Highbury
and Upton Park
than our pasting at Old Trafford, our game did seem a weird choice for Sky. But not for the first time this weekend I did chuckle at other people's misfortune. I bet my mates at Upton Park loved seeing them putting one over on Spurs and what a great season the Hammers and Wigan, who made a real game of it at Highbury, have had.
It was rather fitting for Thierry Henry
to score a hat-trick and kiss the ground in front of the North Bank after his 3rd. I could watch him play all day and hope he starts the new season for the Arse at Ashburton Grove.
This afternoon I saw an interview with Martin Jol and he was very gracious in defeat, especially considering some dodgy prawn sandwiches caused their squad so much grief overnight
, although not enough for Danny Murphy (remember him?) to get a game. But I suppose him and his missus are getting to more premieres these days. Spurs did try to get the game postponed, but the Premier League turned their request down. That is what you get for having a 40-man squad of course.
On a more serious note Tottenham's failure to reach the 'Champions' League with their large, expensive but mostly talented squad just shows how hard it really is to break the monopoly of the big four.
Tomorrow Sven will announce his last England squad and a rather important one it is too. I have a feeling that the unfortunate Luke Young may miss out but it would be a travesty if Darren Bent didn't make it. Bent was substituted at half-time by Curbishley as a precaution, which might mean the departing manager knows something we don't.
A final word on the vacant manager's job. I think it is essential that whoever is chosen considers it a step-up from their current job. Paul Jewell in his post-match press conference said in response to questioning about vacant positions that "Middlesbrough and Charlton are smashing football clubs and have fantastic chairmen."
And with Pascal Chimbonda
slapping in a transfer request right after the game (nice!) and with Jimmy Bullard on his way to Fulham, Jewell might just be thinking it's time to move on.