Apparently Kevin Pietersen is the reason why England have won (in 2009) and retained the Ashes. He claimed that his sacking as captain and the firing of coach Peter Moores in 2008 was the catalyst for England’s subsequent success. No KP you got fired as captain because you were underperforming and not an inspiration to your team. Would you have made these comments if England didn’t retain the Ashes with a test to spare? I seriously doubt it!!! Andrew Strauss is an truly inspirational captain and although underperforms at times still manages to spur him team on against the odds. England coach Andy Flower isn’t afraid to ditch big name players that are underperforming. If you remember he told KP to go away, find a county club to play for and come back a better player as frankly he has been poor since 2008, only rediscovering some of his form in the Ashes series down under and even then hasn’t covered himself in glory with the exception of his double century in the second test! England will hope to go on to win the Ashes test series with either a win or draw in the final test in Sydney on starting Monday morning. Australia captain Ricky Ponting will not play in the final test because of the finger injury he sustained in the third test. He will be replaced by Michael Clark despite being very unpopular with Australian fans!
Peter Reid has said that an offer for one of Argyle’s strikers has come in; but went through great pains to say that it’s not Bradley Wright-Phillips. Reid has said that no offers have come in for Wright-Phillips despite being the league’s top scorer. The name that has been speculated is George Donnelly who joined Argyle in 2009 from Sklemersdale. To be honest I would rather lose Donnelly than Wright-Phillips as the youngster has been on loan to Stockport County, so it won’t be a big loss to Argyle as Donnelly is not an active member of the Argyle squad, despite scoring eight goals for Stockport. I feel if Wright-Phillips goes, Argyle’s League One status will follow!
I think that Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson signed his own P45 when he appealed for the support of the fans after the 0 – 1 home defeat to bottom club Wolves, suggesting that the fans were not behind the team. And today he has apologised to the fans for his comments, sound like a man under pressure? There is a petition online calling for the dismissal of Roy Hodgson which has over 12,000 signatures in just over one day of being online! Even Phil McNulty, the BBC’s chief football writer says that Hodgson is living on borrowed time, the writing is on the wall for Hodgson, the man himself said judge me after ten games, 18 games in and he has led Liverpool to their worst start in almost 60 years, hardly an enviable legacy is it? The question is will Hodgson leave with some dignity and walk away or will he wait for the inevitable and probable big severence payout?