As you get older you tend to care a little less each day about what other people think.
This was always going to end in tears with me, as I was never one of the most tactful person you’d ever meet in the first place.
Don’t you think the world would be a much better place if we were just honest with each other? I mean truly honest?
A few years ago I ended up in a pub having a rather frank discussion with a workmate, sorry, that should be “colleague”. Workmate makes it sound too “pally”.
The end of the conversation went along the lines “Archie, let’s be honest, you don’t really like me, do you?”
“Are we being really honest Les?”
“Honestly – I can’t f@ck!ng stand you”
Les knew exactly where he stood with me, there was none of this artificial niceness that makes your skin creep, and we got on with it.
Occasionally you might end up regretting the odd comment but it’s amazing how quickly people adapt to your honestly, saying things like , “Oh, it’s only Archie, just ignore him”.
At a company function our regional director introduced himself and told us that he always made a point of getting out and meeting the troops. As it had taken him 5 years to get round to us I just had to suggest that maybe he wasn’t doing a very good job of it.
Not to worry – by that time my career had pretty much died a natural death anyway.
A very good mate of mine ended up marrying a tart from Sunderland, who already had a young boy – obviously the result of a drunken one night stand with the Satan’s morality counselor.
At 9 years old the kid would walk behind his mother and mouth obscenities at her.
Standing at the bar in her home suggesting to other party goers that you could easily fix the kid with a time machine and DIY vasectomy kit probably explains why that was the last time I was invited into the household.
As you can imagine it has been suggested at times, usually by the missus, that I should I probably consider keeping my mouth shut now and again, but where’s the fun in that?
I have a certain admiration for people who stand up in front of the cameras and express their honest opinions, especially when they fall well outside the mainstream.
So it appears that Llambias has been caught off camera slagging off a number of our legends. Hardly a good idea you may think.
Apparently he suggested that Keegan couldn’t cope with pressure – hardly a front page scoop when you consider that King Kev walked out on so many jobs they changed the sign on his office door from “Manager” to “Exit”
There’s a wonderful Tommy Cooper sketch where the maestro walks on stage carrying a painting and a violin. “I’ve just been to an auction and bought a Van Gogh and a Stradivarius”
“Unfortunately Stradivarius couldn’t paint, and Van Gogh couldn’t make Violins”.
Llambias then said that the appointment of Shearer as Manager was a mistake. I think 5 points out of 24 probably backs up that statement. Shearer was a gem of a painter, but………
Another of his pearls of wisdom suggests that Hughton was too indecisive. Really – wow, this is strong stuff.
Now – here’s the interesting bit – Llambias is said to have insisted that the Scousers pay cash up front for Carroll.
First of all – it has already been announced by Ashley’s regime that gone are the days of buying and selling players on installments, so there’s no biggie there. Secondly – I wouldn’t sell my car to a Scouser in installments, never mind a 35 million quid player. Good on yer Degs!
Finally Llambias is reported to have said that Carrolls true value was “#### all”.
Compared to the 35 million that we got for him, he’s probably right.
So is this the big shock horror story that the Sunday Mirror is claiming?
I hardly think so. The guy has expressed a personal opinion on people who are no longer with the club.
Is this on a par with Freddy Shepherd slagging off Owen while he was still at the club? No.
Is this anywhere near as bad Shepherd and Douglas Hall’s comments about female fans, merchandising and Shearer? Nowhere near it.
Is this a storm in a teacup blown out of all proportion by the media to sell newspapers?
Maybe Llambias’s missus needs to give him a bit of advice on keeping his mouth shut.
Do we really care? Personally – I couldn’t give a toss.
Do you care?
I’m sure you are going to let me know.