Friday, February 10, 2006

English

"It's time for a British boss, somebody who understands our passion, belief and commitment. There's no distinction between English and British."

This from Premiership Chairman Dave Richards, quoted on the BBC web-site.

Oh isn't there? My Welsh and Scottish friends would have a bit to say about that. As it is true that all the really good bits about being British are either English or in England I think that if we appointed an English football manager who understood, passionately, why England is great and not just another name for Britain or the UK it would be worth a goal start.

7 comments:

Simon said...

But then, I remember Keegan...

St said...

Good point; well made. Possibly he didn't have quite the team to work with as the new guy will have.

Caroline said...

I'm puzzled, are we saying that other countries aren't passionate about their football?

or are we saying that we'd rather be passionate (ie blood, guts and hoof it up the pitch) than poised (passing etc?)

we are capable of being specatacularly inward looking and arrogant at times

Jonathan Potts said...

Of course we're capable of being spectacularly inward-looking and arrogant. That's one of the most important bits about being English!

Other countires are passionate in a namby-pamby European way; or in an slicker-than-thou we-may-not-have-as-much-money-but-we-have-more-fun Latin American way. We are passionate in a fat, sunburnt, oi oi, beer-swigging way. The best way! The English way! Oh how you'll miss this country when you go, Caroline! :)

St said...

Jon there are two Carolines who regularly drop in. It was the one you don't know who commented.

By the way there is a false dichotomy between passionate and poised. I know several people who manage both.

Caroline said...

sigh

there are about three blog sites where I'm the other Caroline.

:-)

Jonathan Potts said...

Then leave your surname! As someone called Jonathan, or sometimes Jon, it is mandatory for me to do this unless I want mass confusion to follow. People with other names should take note, I feel...

Apologies to the Carolines for confusing you two.