Michael Gray's Massive Ego Spouts Again
The dullest embers of north east sports reporting have today been regaling the words of the dullest ember of Sunderland punditry, Michael Gray.
Micky, as he probably no longer likes to be called, has been sticking his foot where it's no longer wanted and telling talkSport listeners that Sunderland should dump David Moyes after seven games and recruit Ryan Giggs as manager instead.
No one here was listening to that rot on the radio, but the Sunderland Echo, Evening Chronicle and even The Daily Express have been full of it today, literally. Purportedly, Gray told listeners that Giggs would emulate Roy Keane at the Stadium of Light:
He [Keane] was the one who got the club back into the Premier League and that was his first job – I think Ryan Giggs would have the same effect. I’m not dissing David Moyes here, I’m not trying to get him out of the job.
So that will be the same former Sunderland left back, who only weeks ago was telling everyone to get behind our new manager, but he’s not dissing Moyes, veteran of seven Premier League games in charge, no not at all.
Admittedly Moyes start at the Stadium of Light has been poor. But for a club who have gone through fifteen managers in fourteen years, sacking one who signed a four-year deal ten weeks ago would be a kamikaze extreme, even by our standards.
Maybe his support for Giggs is something to do with Patsy Kensit. Both Giggs and Gray have dated the former model and singer. Perhaps there’s some sort of informal Ex-Patsy club where previous suitors look out for each other and recommend other members for work. Like the Masons, only more fun.
There’s a growing hysteria over Ryan Giggs and his current failure to land any managerial job. Pundits are queueing up to voice their perplexity that the former Manchester United player has yet to land any top flight post since his most recent overlooking by Swansea. And, to a man each pundit who has commented remains disdainfully oblivious as to what the actual reason might be: Giggs has zero appeal to anyone outside Manchester and outside of the media.
Certainly the sacking of Francesco Guidolin from Swansea may ramp up the pressure on Moyes. The first Premier League boss to go the journey has traditionally departed by October each year. Last season it was Brendan Rodgers, sacked from Liverpool, and of course Dick Advocaat walked out on Sunderland a little over a year ago. In the pressure cooker that is English football, the first to go often opens the floodgates as the merry-go-round gets under way.
But, can anyone recall the last time Michael Gray said anything constructive about Sunderland? It’s not that long since he was forced to apologise to owner Ellis Short; and a pundit grovelling to the chairman of a failing club is about as dismal as it gets. Sadly, the old advice about saying nowt if you have nothing useful to say doesn’t apply to radio. If it did, the airwaves would be lovely and peaceful.
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