You'd expect after my brief hiatus in blogging I'd be back to talk about the big affairs of state. And you'd be right.
I'm amazed that newspapers like The Sun have been championing Steve McClaren's case to be England manager, while hounding out big time names like Big Phil Scholari. Granted, the English management pool is not very deep (pop quiz - who was the last English manager to win the English league?). Why then this obsession with handicapping themselves by discounting anyone foreign?
McClaren has specialised in mid-table mediocrity for years, with his best finish in the Premiership being 7th place. He has never won anything of note. Yet, the nation is looking to him to deliver the World Cup of all things in 2010.
First there is the World Cup this year to negotiate, which now with Rooney's injury is impossible for England to win. I did actually think they had a more than decent chance - if they dropped Beckham. By moving Gerrard out to the right, a midfield attack consisting of him, Lampard and Joe Cole would be vibrant and would allow a proper sitting midfielder to operate - which every successful team needs - in the shape probably of Michael Carrick.
I'll give my proper tips nearer the time, but I have a good feeling for Holland this year.