30 Day Challenges… Day 25
“A Player/Manager That Makes You Laugh”
Well, there are plenty of players I laugh at for their inability on the pitch or their general attitude, but I’ll assume we’re looking for someone who can crack a good joke or make a funny comment. So in that case, I’m going with Ian Holloway.
Currently manager at Blackpool, Holloway is one of those managers that’s been about a few clubs. He’s from Bristol, which already gives him a West Country accent – basically, he sounds like a stereotypical farmer – but it’s his comments that really make you laugh. My favourite one – and I’ll admit I googled this – was on how teams need to win ugly sometimes. That day where the game is dreadful, but you grind out the three points. They get you places if they’re not pretty. That’s how I’d put it. He put it like this:
To put it in gentleman’s terms if you’ve been out for a night and you’re looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they’re good looking and some weeks they’re not the best. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She wasn’t the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let’s have a coffee.
He never minces his words either, so I’ve a lot of respect for him. His rant about Wayne Rooney trying to work his way out of Manchester United last year was brilliant, and really echoed how I feel about the power struggle between clubs and players in this ridiculous money-driven football world. More recently, he’s been one of the few managers to come out and mention what awful treatment Neil Lennon has been getting. He even stressed that obviously Lennon has been doing something right otherwise people wouldn’t hate him as much. You want to be hated – but not to the extent it has got to with him.
Anyway, Ian Holloway’s a terrific guy, and he makes me laugh. Not only that, but his teams generally try to play entertaining and attacking football. It’s going to be really difficult for them this weekend to stay in the Premiership, but I’d love it if they did. Good luck.