We rarely stray into football matters and are too scared to touch Old Firm stories, but this an attack on the Yes Movement’s capital in exile, Dundee.
See this from BBC Scotland today:
It would be “mutually beneficial” if Dundee United appoint Steve McClaren as head coach, says former English FA managing director Adrian Bevington. The ex-England manager is among the candidates speaking to the Scottish top-flight newcomers about the vacancy. Bevington says the move would offer the 59-year-old the chance to “improve” his reputation after recent setbacks.
See that last bit? McClaren was last a success as depute to Alex Ferguson at Man Utd. I’m not aware of any success at all as a manager. Recent setbacks? Nothing but? Correct me if I’m wrong.
He comes across as inexplicably confident despite it all. A ‘heid the ba’ as we might say here.
What Bevington is really saying is:
‘Failed and wounded English coach might be able to get his confidence back managing in Scotland where the standards are lower and where they’d surely be grateful to get any English applicant who has failed at the highest level, in England.’
While I will accept that the standard of player in the top English league is higher than that in Scotland, English managers are not an impressive bunch. Few manage at the top level there.
Given United’s nickname, the Arabs, surely that proud French/Algerian, Zidane, is the man for the job?