Odds & Ends: Here’s your coat, here’s your hat, what’s your hurry? Edition
That’s an ugly baby.
John Terry (above) announced recently that he was retiring from international football. Now, before you go and get all upset please know that he has personally assured me that he will be sitting behind the bench at every future England match in full kit just in case he needs to lift any trophies (there were several snarky jokes in that sentence- read carefully). By the way, I found this photo by doing a Google Image Search for the term, “John Terry, wanker.”
Ross County have announced that back-up goalkeeper Joe Malin and forward Kurtis Byrne are available to go out on loan. This means two things: First, that new signing Mark Brown has proven himself the preferred number two goalkeeper behind Michael Fraser and, second, that forwards Sam Morrow and Gary Glen have displaced Byrne in manager Derek Adams pecking order. If I had to guess I think we’ve seen the last of Kurtis Byrne at Victoria Park Global Energy Stadium. It should probably be the same for Joe Malin, but I doubt it will be- he’s still young and inexpensive enough to come back next year.
Nobody at Anfield should hit the panic button…yet. HOWEVER, with fellow bottom feeders Reading and Norwich City making up two of their next four matches, they better start making some noise quickly. Having said that, here’s why it’s not going to happen: the other two matches are against fourth place(!) West Brown and the always annoying Stoke City. And there’s that Europa League match against Udinese as well. Oh, and Reading have a game in hand over Liverpool. In short, if things don’t go well over the next month the season could be over by Halloween. And by “over” I mean that the club’s traveling secretary should start scouting for team hotels in places like Barnsley and Derby.
Speaking of things on Merseyside, is there any Premier League player who is off to a better start and who has played a bigger role in his club’s success thus far than the afrotastic Belgian Marouane Fellaini? He has three goals in his Everton’s first five matches and has been directly responsible for at least as many others. He is literally the biggest reason that David Moyes’ boys find themselves in third place?
David Moyes… I once wrote for a website where one of my esteemed colleagues went to extreme lengths to prove that what Moyes has achieved at Everton with a limited budget (compared to other Premier League sides) really wasn’t that impressive. Guess what? He’s still wrong. I desperately want Moyes for Scotland (now THAT would put his “silk purses from sow’s ears” abilities to the test!), but I think he’s already penciled in at Old Trafford once SAF steps aside.
Here’s hoping that Motherwell F.C. have bounced Newco F.C. out of the Scottish League Cup by the time you read this. Seriously, they cannot fail hard enough to satisfy me.