It was not in the Keys and Gray class but Steve McManaman still managed to complete a hat trick of broadcasting own goals in the first twenty minutes of the match between Wolves and Liverpool.
His opener was a rasping drive when he noted that Glen Johnson had changed his hairstyle and had got rid of the dreadlocks. McManaman went on to explain that he interpreted it as a sign that Johnson was going to take things more seriously.
Then he moved on to drill home his second when he suggested that the referee’s assistant was trying to make an impression when flagging for a foul throw. A bit officious was female official Sian Massey apparently.
He rolled in his third when he suggested that a lot less than 38 points would be required to avoid relegation this season because the teams at the bottom had fewer points than last season.
Let’s take them one at a time. To be pedantic there is a difference between cornrows and dreadlocks. But that was not the bothersome part of the comment.
I wonder if McManaman has ever suggested that the hairstyles adopted by David Beckham were indicators of how seriously Becks was approaching a game.
And of course we have to consider the hypocrisy of McManaman calling out anyone on the basis of lifestyle and fashion. As a founding member of the “Spice Boys” McManaman and his underachieving Liverpool teammates provided a new definition for tacky that was epitomized by the infamous cream suits at the 1996 FA Cup Final.
In belittling referee’s assistant Sian Massey McManaman reinforced the notion that he is being overpaid if he receives a pay check. Anyone with eyesight could see clearly that the throw was taken incorrectly and also that the decision was made by the Martin Atkinson rather his assistant.
Then there was the fewer than 38 points will be needed to avoid relegation this season capper. McManaman explained that in his world the teams at the top have fewer points (same as in the real world) but the teams at the bottom have fewer points as well (not the real world).
McManaman didn’t just lip the rim on that one he managed to putt it into the bunker. At the comparable stage this season every team from 12th to 20th has more points than the teams occupying these positions last season.
It is something most fans could tell you on an intuitive level without looking at the league tables – how come “Macca” is so out of touch?
But there again he told us later on that he was a big fan of the Bundesliga this season. Perhaps that is where he is spending his time rather than on the most basic of details relating to Premier League.
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