Weblog: The football punter
No way of seeing dream clash of Norway flops
NORWAY. Not famous for much, is it? Over-priced beer jumps to mind. Then there's the cold and the despair and derision at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Now you can add to that list producing two of the worst managers to have ever graced dug-outs in English football. And when you consider that the dug-outs of England have housed the likes of Alain Perrin, Les Reed, Dr Jozef Venglos and Alex McLeish, there's some stiff competition for that accolade.
But bless ‘em, Stale Solbakken and Henning Berg did their level best to get their names added to that roll call of sub-mediocrity with staggeringly success-free stints in charge of Wolves and Blackburn.
It would have been lovely to have seen them ‘pit their wits' against each other this evening but they rang in the New Year reading their P45s and I suspect claims for unfair dismissal are unlikely to be forthcoming.
So it's Dean Saunders versus, er, whoever's in charge at Blackburn. And I'm on whoever's in charge to mastermind a well-earned win for the Rovers, who will also be pushing for promotion by the end of term. Mark my words.
The only fly in that ointment would be if the Blackburn board in their wisdom (is that an oxymoron?) actively go and undermine the current successful caretaker regime by seeking out someone whose lamentable management credentials are right down there with lousy Les ‘Miserable' Reed's. Someone like, ooh, Michael Appleton, for example. Surely they wouldn't ... would they?