At the centre of his latest dire article, Hugh Keevins asks a question so stupid and so left-field that it should be held up forevermore as the classic example of why this joker should never be allowed near a word processer.
Did Darvel knocking Aberdeen out of the Scottish Cup do Celtic a favour, in that it dissuaded Everton from coming after Ange Postecoglou?
I wrote that in plain English, but if you’re reading that and then re-reading it and then reading it again to make sure you’ve properly understood it because the plain text version appears to be utterly nonsensical, like random words thrown together which does make a complete sentence but one that reads like “the chocolate purple rambled into the prison bedroom”, then I would suggest your response is appropriate and understandable.
Keevins bizarre thesis is that the embarrassment that result heaped on the game is such that no club down south which was looking for a manager would ever come this way.
It’s almost funny for how bad it is.
It’s as if he failed to notice the number of shocks in the FA Cup and which happen more or less every year. Do they put people off wanting to move to England?
Did Sheffield Wednesday, from England’s third tier, beating the billionaires club at Newcastle make Guardiola re-think his position at Manchester City? What kind of football environment does something like that happen? Surely the whole game down there is a shambles?
It’s as if he hasn’t put together the order of events. Lampard was sacked last Monday morning.
The Darvel game wasn’t until that night.
But still, the moment Lampard went I wrote a piece saying that we had nothing to worry about, that Everton was not where Ange was going to end up.
Why do I mention that?
Because I said in the article that Everton’s top two targets were Mario Bielsa and Sean Dyche.
Because that’s what the drumbeat down south was banging out very loudly indeed. Everton had their two-man short-list before they fired the gun, that’s how it’s done. They approached Bielsa before the Aberdeen game kicked off. When he displayed some reticence – very understandable reticence – they moved to Dyche.
Nobody at Everton was sitting waiting on the result of the Darvel match – which of course has no bearing whatsoever on how good a manager Ange Postecoglou is – before they made their minds up one way or another on whether to give Celtic a bell.
Equally important is that Everton itself is every bit as big a mess as Aberdeen is, so as I said in the same piece Ange was not exactly sitting, desperate, waiting for their call either. As some in the English press have pointed out, the disconnect between the two managers they approached sums up the schizophrenic nature of their decision making.
Bielsa is a classic all-out attacking manager, in the mould of Ange himself. Dyche is more of a plodder, emphasising caution. That the Everton board went for two men at such different ends of the scale tells you even they don’t know what the philosophy of the club should be, or the type of person they ultimately want in the dugout.
Here’s another thing I said in the article; Ange’s high octane style would not work at Everton right now and would only lead to their relegation. He has spent 18 months moulding this Celtic team into one that plays that type of football and his early results prove that as good a manager as he is, he was not going to be able to do it with the squad we had when he took over.
Everton’s squad is in no way equipped for that type of style. And who better to judge that than Mario Bielsa himself, who turned down the job for precisely that reason. His football style is not designed for clubs in the relegation zone trying to get out. The players he would have at his disposal simply could not make that type of football work.
So even if the call had come, Ange would not have entertained it and that should be obvious to even the stupidest person.
But Keevins is one of a number of Scottish journalists fatally affected by “the cringe”, an inbuilt embarrassment about the game they cover which best manifests itself in a drooling over-estimation of the draw of England.
But not every club down there is an attractive prospect just because they have money to spend.
The simple truth is that two thirds of the sides in that league are massively outgunned and competing for nothing and because of the enormous financial implications of being relegated live in constant fear of that outcome.
That’s why Everton are on their eighth boss in seven years.
Keevins is an embarrassment to his profession.
He neither understands the sport he covers nor bothers to do even the most basic research before he pours his idiotic opinion forth in his columns. If Scottish football is a mess it’s partly down to people like him, people who once could have influenced it in a positive direction but instead chose to fence-sit or wage personal feuds instead of promoting our national game.
Now they don’t know how to promote it.
All that’s left is the cowardice and the petty settling of ancient scores.
That and sucking up to Ibrox. They are all very good at that.
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He’s a stupid old man, James. And the quicker his family realise that the dicks on radio clyde are laughing at him, not with him, the better. HH
Scottish football must love Hugh keevans never has a good word to say about the game in Scotland undersells the sport at every turn is currently trying to send ange out to pastures new supposedly has a season ticket at celtic Park thank god I don’t sit next to him. Lives off people’s replies to his incompetence if this is now scottish football journalism God help us
Auld demented Spew Heavins talks shite for the umpteenth time, whilst simultaneously shiting in his adult nappy.
Nursh where’sh ma teesh?
Who lets him write this utter tripe .
Ironically (you couldn’t make this up / only in Scotland) his columns are often accompanied by a by-line “A Word from the Wise.” As I said, you couldn’t make it up. Perhaps it should be changed to, “There’s no fool like an old fool!”
Keevins is a pompous clown, but I think in this case he may have a point. The English will never look inwards at their own set up and think negatively of it. Cup shocks to them will only be regarded as the magic of the Cup and part of the Cup mystique as David takes on Goliath. Their take on Darvel humbling Aberdeen will be the opposite of that logic, they will see Scottish football as a backwater with inferior teams being beaten by other inferior teams to the degree that they have little regard for our game up here. It has always been that way and is why we are offered mainly lowball transfer fees for our best players with the odd exceptions.
Their thoughts on Ange, to a certain extent, do probably get influenced by their own insular views and the Darvel result did Scottish football no favours whatsoever.
Herr lip is a fuckin retard’s retard.HH
The real theory is if Aberdeen got fkd could be Scotlands lower teer is where these Anglo fkrs should be scouting.
Anyway who fkn cares.
he should have been addressing the issue of the day…
the ibrox fiasco…..but no….try his best to undermine celtic….
i look forward to the demise of the record and the mail,,,,and the other glasgow rags…
what u useless, twisted old kant he is…..
Keevins forecast a 4-0 result for Old Firm Sevco yesterday and upgraded it to 5-0 when he learned that Cantplaywell was selected to play.
When will Celtic fans stop taking the bait and just ignore?You must realise by now that Keevins is at the wind up and probably does’nt believe his own writings!!
Would think that the fact that oul Slippy failed so spectacularly would put off the clubs in the Vegas Moneybags league for a while. Supposedly he ruled it up here so much and if HE couldn’t make it down there then what hope would a 60 odd year old Aussie.. If Sir Slippy was a failure then obviously all managers up here would do no better. (Not my own opinion you understand just reading the minds of the Ingerland supporters like Simon Jordan and Jamie O Hara on talkshite radio)
Aye, that is definitely their mindset.
”I have been a fan almost my whole life,” Postecoglou, 47, said. ”I don’t quite remember the 1971 FA Cup final, which we lost to Arsenal, but I began to support them shortly after. Players like Kevin Keegan and then Kenny Dalglish became my heroes, and I read the stories about Bill Shankly and loved the culture and what they represented. I loved the way they played, the passing game.” Ange Postecoglou Sydney Herald 2013
If he was going to replace anyone at the minute then it would be Klopp at Anfield you would think?
Until he’s proven himself in the CL and Klopp has had enough (he’s recently extended his contract in order to rebuild Liverpool before he goes) then that won’t be happening any time soon.
Why would a self confessed Liverpool Supporter want the Everton job at this moment?
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