My time at Sevilla is coming to a close, although I haven’t told anybody that yet. I had low targets this season – win the European Super Cup & The World Club Cup, just to complete the set. As a bonus, I’ve landed the Spain job just before Argentina 2010, and the Spanish FA have arranged a series of low profile friendlies to fire us up for the fierce competition ahead. How am I getting on? Let’s have a look…
First thing on the menu was to complete qualification from my Champions League group. We have absolutely pissed it, for want of a better word. It’s a near perfect record:
A 0-0 draw with Brann in the final game is the only blemish on our record, though to be fair we had already qualified and my second string couldn’t find a way through in Norway. Oh well. The Quarter Final draw has a strange look to it
Napoli, as the Italian Champions, are a big threat, whilst Wolves are struggling to back up their success of being last season’s Premier League winners. Bayern Munich is a tough draw for me. Or is it?
We concede our first goal of the tournament but it is a mere consolation for the Germans who are brushed aside. Napoli & Wolves both go out, and Inter, who are 14th in Serie A, stand between me and another final
Things have been nowhere near as good on the domestic front, I think my team are a bit bored by it. Plus, Barcelona have returned to form in big style and I can’t get near them – they knocked us out of the Copa del Rey on away goals too.
But none of that matters – I got what I came for.
An entertaining Super Cup anyway, and the trophies are in the bag. I’ll be leaving Sevilla in the summer with the gift of the re-generation of Perez Munoz Alfonso, at least
Now that I also have International teams to worry about, it seems wise to be broken in gently with a huge game against the Faroe Islands, which is a dead rubber as we’re already qualified, a sin that cost Capello his job.
Take that. It’s a very average squad, to be quite honest, but there’s some reasons to be cheerful. The re-gen of Luis Enrique, who is still at Darlington, has a cruciate injury but will be back in April.
We should get out of our group, if nothing else.
The run up to the World Cup has seen us play Denmark and Israel, but the England game should be a better indicator of how we’ll do this summer
Back over in England, Liverpool are really going places under David Unsworth, they’ve got a league cup final to look forward to
…and an FA Cup Semi final.
Special note against to Steve Gritt who just loves the FA Cup, this is his and Hull’s 3rd consecutive FA Cup semi final as he looks to back up the famous Southport win many moons ago.
As you can see though, Liverpool are the dominant force all of a sudden, so soon after being relegated from the Premier League
Chris Waddle’s Burnley flying high too. Gerry Francis has done a really bad job at Darlington this season, it’s been a bad hangover from the end of last season. They’ll be lucky to be in Europe at all next season.
Nicky Barmby hasn’t exactly revived Chelsea in the year he has been in charge, whilst Joe Kinnear has been in charge of Derby for over 10 years now and looks in danger of a second relegation in that time. Dave Bassett is Watford manager, so their position is less of a surprise.
Finally, North East fans will be shocked to see Sunderland sacking their manager
After a playoff final defeat last season, they’ve struggled badly this time around and sit bottom of Division 1, looking odds on to join Newcastle in Division 2. Liam Daish is the man tasked with turning it around
So join us next time for the World Cup and of course the culmination to another great season. Can Sevilla retain the Champions League? Will I add the World Cup to my list of honours? Join me again soon!