Monday, 10 March 2008

At the end of the day it's just another footballing cliché...

The English premier league is a breeding ground for sporting clichés. Time after time in interviews you hear the phrases "It's a game of two halves" and "We gave 110%". Well quite frankly, if you put the same amount of effort into trying not to sound like a broken record all the time, football viewing would be a much more enjoyable experience for all.

It is like there's a set script for answering questions from the media in this country, with players and managers seemingly terrified of thinking for themselves. The league is crying out for more José Mourinhos..... even just one!

It's not only on the pitch that you hear these clichés spouted out from all directions. Match of the day is in my opinion an excellent TV show, not helped by amateur pundits such as Alan Shearer continuously quoting from the Big Book of Sporting Clichés. Echoing the views of the editor of, I would like to see Shearer back at St James' park. Not as a player mind you. His Oxbow lake of a hairline is testament to the fact that his playing days are far behind him, but as a coach I do feel he could have an impact at a club so desperate for a hero as Newcastle United.

Go on Alan - Come and join the party. It's a big ask and a potential banana skin, and we all know there are no easy games in football. But with a good old fashioned centre forward such as yourself at the helm, and by simply taking each game as it comes... I'm sure you can turn it around!