Often this blog is the preserve of Premier League managers but every so often a player goes out of their way to force the door open. Take a bow, Joleon Lescott. The centre half’s idiocy shouldn’t have come as a surprise given his post-thrashing car tweet earlier in the season, but surprise us he did, this weekend. In the wake of relegation there are few words that can comfort long-suffering fans but, rather than handing out glib platitudes that would provoke nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders, Lescott actually tried to turn one of the most pathetic demotions the Premier League has ever seen, into a positive. “Now it’s confirmed maybe it’s a weight off the shoulders and we can give these fans what they deserve.”http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/aston-villa-relegated-joleon-lescott-angers-villa-fans-and-stan-collymore-by-calling-relegation-a-a6988061.html
Yeah, because it’s been clear that the weight of responsibility has been such a heavy burden on the Villa players’ shoulders all season.
Rarely has a team looked like it gave less of a shit about winning games, so god only knows what they’re going to serve up now that there is mathematically nothing to play for. He seems to have forgotten, or not be bothered, that a lot of people are going to lose their jobs as a result of performances on the pitch and a lot of small businesses will miss out on contracts and revenue as a result. But don’t worry, Joleon, you go out and give the people what they deserve now that all of that undue pressure is off.
Talking of unsavoury affairs, Sam Allardyce went into full Cheshire cat mode following Sunderland’s victory at Norwich on Saturday. The post-match press conference was a masterclass from the Big Sam school of smugness. Sparking Alex Neil’s ire by claiming that Norwich didn’t handle the pressure as well as his side, Allardyce was like a kid at Christmas, thankful that his players, at long last, had not let him down on the pitch. However frustrating it may seem though, it is hard to challenge a certain degree of smugness after a 3-0 away win at a fellow relegation rival. If you’ve got it in you, an afternoon like that is certainly going to bring it to the fore.
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