Karren Brady gives her take on all the latest talking points including West Ham’s goal woes and Harry Redknapp’s future
Sat, April 15
THERE’S a West Ham statistic that bothers all of us at the London Stadium.
It reveals that the Hammers have dropped a huge 22 points AFTER scoring first.
Two more go today after Andre Ayew had given us the lead against Sunderland — a result that would have made remaining in the Prem more or less certain leaves a darkish cloud in the distance, instead.
Winning regularly by a lone goal was the feature of the Arsenal Invincibles that rival supporters grew to hate.
But it was a sign of inner confidence and all-round grittiness.
Evidently, we need more of it.
Sun, April 16
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC was an inspirational signing for Man United if you count his goals.
And yet there has been another price to pay besides his stratospheric wages.
It is to be seen today in the mobile line-leadership of Marcus Rashford in the Chelsea win — at 19, no less than 16 years younger than the self-loving, static Swede.
Ever since the Ibrahimovic signing, Rashford has only showed in rare flashes the player he promised to be.
Maybe now Ibra is out long-term Rash will get his chance.
Mon, April 17
IF YOU want flashy and noisy, then Chris Hughton is definitely NOT your man.
Here is what he says a few hours before the Seagulls land promotion: “We did that well in the summer, bringing in good, stable individuals, and they’ve grown since.”
The word that strikes me is ‘stable’. It is how he sees himself and a well-run club.
Financial saviour Tony Bloom overlooked Hughton’s problems at Norwich.
Blooming marvellous for both of them — and Brighton most of all.
Tues, April 18
UNITED’S best performer on Sunday was probably a bug that affected one or two Chelsea players.
The little blighter is believed to have spread sickness at a team bonding session.
I have never quite been convinced about chaps getting together over a meal and being all matey. After all, watching Diego Costa tackle a plate of spaghetti could spoil a friendship forever.
In future, Chelsea should employ a minder to kick out uninvited guests, no matter how small.
Wed, April 19
RUSSIAN oligarch Dmitry Yevgenyevich Rybolovlev is a big-time winner and ultimate success for Monaco in the Champions League would amount to the president’s coronation.
Among the 50-year- old’s ‘achievements’ are: Being cleared of a contract killing when the only living witness recanted his evidence; having TWO ecological disasters while owning a mining company; driving ex-wife Elena to say she was ‘sick of his fondness for other women’; appearing in the Panama Papers scandal; allegedly buying up shares in footballers, illegal in Europe etc, etc.
Makes Leeds United’s Massimo Cellino look like an innocent abroad.
Thurs, April 20
BREAKFAST at The Arts Club looks like a Premier League meeting.
The chairman of Chelsea, Spurs, the Premier League, and me are all present.
But it’s not for some clandestine meeting, it’s purely a coincidence. I get a kiss hello from them all, including the chairman of Spurs who I congratulate on a top season.
He is obviously doing his football business for next season early, looking at his breakfast companion — the rest of us are just there for the full English!
Fri, April 21
YOU can bet that Harry Redknapp’s ‘I’ll do it for nothing’ if Birmingham go down comes with the rider ‘but it’ll cost’ if they stay up.
Harry admits he had not seen any of them play before his appointment. Spending a day on his knees praying in Birmingham Cathedral may be a good option.
I’d hate to see my old club sink and a win in the derby at Villa on Sunday might possibly lead to Redknapp’s last appointment, at 70, as a full-time manager.
They could do worse. They already have!