Comedy breakdown in the Championship
ASKED what has been less funny than anything involving Miranda Hart over Christmas, one answer I'd offer would be the clumsy efforts of Championship club owners all scrambling to buy a place in the Premier League.
Whereas so-called comedienne Hart is guiltless for being gormless and clueless in a medium that lacks wit and class, the likes of the owners at Blackburn and Nottingham Forest have no-one but themselves to blame for looking ridiculous.
Now, it matters not a jot to me that Henning Berg or Sean O'Driscoll have been discarded like spare tyres from Blackburn and Forest, respectively.
Unlike the normal pleb unfortunate enough to be fired going into the New Year, these two will be paid off with a wadge of notes big enough to choke a donkey.
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O'Driscoll's predicament probably deserves a certain amount of sympathy as while Blackburn were clearly underachieving with Berg, Forest are doing relatively well.
Getting the push just after you've beaten Leeds 4-2 on Boxing Day and moved perilously close to the play-off places, is illogical.
But then, since when has logic played any part in who does what and to whom in football?
Given that O'Driscoll's replacement at the City Ground is a certain Alex McLeish, it beggars belief that the man whose brand of football turned off Birmingham and Aston Villa supporters big time can improve on his predecessor's efforts at Nottingham.
The comparison with the Neil Warnock situation at QPR last season is an obvious one as Mark Hughes lost a good deal of credibility as the former's replacement.
I don't know for certain whether Berg or O'Driscoll would have succeeded, but that's not really the point as they ought to have been given more time.
The League Managers Association have been urging owners that to achieve a place in the promised land – aka Premier League – requires stability at the top.
Oh, that and a plan, well at least some sort of strategy, not just having the ability to throw money at it like a drunken sailor.
Meanwhile, if anyone deserves to be quizzed over their ability to find a polished end product, it should be the heads of comedy – there's an oxymoron for you – at the BBC who have imposed the likes of Ms Hart on us.
THE revelation that Margaret Thatcher considered pulling England out of the 1982 World Cup due to the Falklands War with Argentina, was one of the more interesting snippets to emerge from the newly-released official papers from the national archives.
Given England had not appeared in the finals for 12 years, the proposed pull-out would have been more than a tad irritating for the national side's fans.
Some England players apparently felt 'revulsion' at the prospect of competing along with Argentina – not an unnatural impulse, given the feelings at that time.
Thatcher resisted the temptation after ministers warned that withdrawing not just England, but Scotland and Northern Ireland from the World Cup in Spain would hand Argentina a propaganda coup.
If you wanted to feel your age just before New Year, then recalling a time when Scotland and Northern Ireland reached the finals in the same year, would do the trick.
As history records, talk of a boycott proved unnecessary as Argentina went out placed last in the second round group won by eventual tournament winners Italy.