Friday, 2 April 2010
The Perfect Recipe For Relegation - Clarke Is Doing To Zola What Redknapp Did To Bonds
Oh dear God, if there is ANY truth in the Telegraph story that we plan to replace Zola with Clarke, then God help us! The story goes that Zola already knows he is on his way out and Clarke will take over ONLY IF WE ARE RELEGATED. Brilliant!
So where is Zola's incentive to keep us up beyond personal pride? Heads he loses if we get relegated and tails he loses even more if we stay up because he goes and his "mate" goes too! If Clarke is still his mate of course.
I blogged months back (I will identify when if you like) that there had been a falling out over tactics. I didn't have any hard evidence, it was based on the way Clarke was clearly distancing himself from Zola. Last season, they were side by side on the touchline, agreeing what should be done mid match; this season, Zola has been a lonely figure during games, looking more and more like Roeder in our relegation season. Clarke stays in the dug out, metaphorically washing his hands of the whole affair. Then there was that "Don't blame Zola, he lacks the experience, blame me" comment made by Clarke. At the time, I identified Clarke as Brutus, knifing his best friend and Caesar in the back.
It was interesting that it was Clarke who stood up to Sullivan and ordered him out of the meeting with the players. Sullivan could have reacted to this in one of two ways. Apoplectic rage or, 'Hang on, who is acting like the manager here? I Like this guy's style'.
Now it is perfectly possible that Clarke has already been offered the job - probably in those meetings after the Stoke game - but declined to do openly to Zola what Redknapp did to Bonds. He may well have counselled Zola to go away and think about things, hoping his mate would jump ship of his own volition, leaving him in charge. The trouble is, Zola didn't jump because Clarke didn't want to be seen to be pushing him. Like Banquo, Clarke wanted, on the surface, to keep his "allegiance clear".
So now we have the nightmare scenario of a lame duck manager who is only doing the job for his own personal reputation and an assistant who WANTS that manager to fail so disastrously that McClaren or Hughes or Curbishley or Bilic won't want the job! If you wanted the perfect recipe for relegation, this is it! Somebody tell Sullivan and Gold that April Fool is only supposed to last one day!
Come On You Crown Of Thorns Irons!
Posted by Hammersfan at 10:28