chinese water torture
Tomorrow morning is another opportunity for some early morning Chinese water torture. Our game is being broadcast live again, and the thought of getting up at ridiculous o'clock is not clever at the moment as I recover from the 4th hangover of the week, with another anticipated tomorrow.
I can just imagine the conversation with Lisa the barmaid when I pitch up bedraggled at 6.30am tomorrow: "Hey luv, a cup of coffee or just some pins to stick in your eyes?" "Oh the regular pins please."
I have been surprised by the amount of Addicks this week who have turned their noses up at the thought of Alan Pardew in favour of Les Reed, sure he has only had 5 games but against weaker opposition and with a fitter squad, I don't think his record stands up against Dowie's previous 12, particularly defensively when perhaps for the first time this season we've looked very susceptible.
However Reid and Robson's signing of new contracts
yesterday shows that Richard Murray has made his mind up, and frankly those in support of further change can go and whistle.
My view of employing Pardew is a longer-term one. I would be far happier with him leading us in the Championship and I think the board will come to realise that it's a missed opportunity.
Despite my own opinions, Les Reed will have my backing and I was heartened twice later this week, when firstly The Mirror
reported that he'd had the audacity to stand up to Jerome Thomas and Marcus Bent and then this morning when media hacks dusted off Steven Gerrard's award winning autobiography and found the following insert:"To this day I have no respect for Reed or (England coach) Derek Fazackerley. I felt they could have shown me more sympathy. They were always pushing me, telling me to buck up my ideas." "They didn't seem to understand that not everyone can board a plane, settle in a strange hotel far from the family they love and find it easy."
Ahhh, poor little diddums, £90,000 a week and he's missing his Mummy. Where were the 2000 European Championships? Belgium wasn't it? Tit.
Come you on Addicks, lets fcuking have it.