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Sir Kenny Dalglish' ?

on Wednesday, 27 April 2016. Posted in Richard Keys Blog

 

This isn't an easy one to write, for many reasons. If I'm honest, I've absolutely no idea where the next few hundred words are going to take me. I haven't thought about this piece or researched it very well, it's just going to be a whole lot of incoherent thoughts. So here goes. And stay with me, please. 

 I don't want to give the wrong impressions here. Hillsborough was never my fight, but I've always felt close to those battling for the long overdue result that they got yesterday (Monday). 

 Let me try and explain. I left Liverpool a couple of years before the disaster. The regular readers amongst you know I had four wonderful years in the City and made many good friends. My wife was born in Liverpool and grew up on The Wirral. We were with her parents the weekend after Hillsborough - I can't remember why - work, I think. Maybe it was just a family visit. 

 Obviously the mood, all over Merseyside, was sombre. You couldn't help be touched by it - nor the scenes of people snaking round Anfield, holding flowers which they were going to lay on the pitch, just wanting to be near their club and other like minded, stunned supporters. 

 Look. It's not my club so I had no right, but I was overcome by it all. I put on a suit, bought flowers myself and drove to Anfield. I wanted to do what everybody else was doing, but I felt somewhat of an interloper. I obviously knew people at the club, so when I slipped in a side gate and quietly worked my way onto The Kop no-one gave me a second glance. I put flowers down, drew breath, said a few words and cried. You couldn't help but cry. Everybody did. 

 The scene in front of me was incredible. At this time more than half the pitch was covered in flowers. Thousands were pouring in to pay their respects. 

 I don't know how long I was there but as I was leaving I heard a familiar brusk Scottish voice 'hey, where are you going?' Initially I thought I'd been rumbled but as I turned round I saw Kenny Dalglish. 'What are you doing here?' was the next question. Kenny loved a wind up, but surely not at a time like this! Of course, I didn't have to reply!  

 We stood together for a while marvelling at what was unfolding before us. I think he told me he'd been on The Kop every day since the disaster. He knew where people had left things, teddy bears and the like. He knew the people who'd left them. It had got to him deeply. Remember, he was now player/manager. 

Mediocre - my a**e.

on Monday, 25 April 2016. Posted in Richard Keys Blog

'If I had been given 10 years to work with Everton by being mediocre I wouldn't accept that'. 

 They told me on my journalism course many years ago - never start a piece with a quote. And never start a sentence with 'and'. Too late! 

 I had to start with the quote  because it leapt out at me in Monday morning's papers. I had to read it a couple of times to see if it had been taken out of context in anyway. Nope. It wasn't. 

 The headline in The Mirror read 'I can deliver glory. Moyes only brought TEN YEARS OF MEDIOCRITY'. Did he really? 

 The quote, of course, came from Roberto Martinez after Everton's FA Cup semi-final defeat. Mediocre? I suppose there's an argument that Martinez should know something about the subject, his whole career has been mediocre, both as a player and now a coach.

 Since taking over at from Moyes at Everton, Martinez has run up a transfer deficit of £48m. He's finished 5th - with Moyes' team - and 11th. This season Everton will finish in the bottom half. 

Video evidence? No thanks.

on Monday, 18 April 2016. Posted in Richard Keys Blog

Did Vardy dive? Was Jon Moss correct to penalise Wes Morgan for holding/pushing/impeding and give West Ham a pen? What was the difference between what Winston Reid did and what Vardy had done earlier? Should Leicester have had a pen when Ogbonna was brainlessly all over Huth shortly after? And was Andy Carroll right - was the award against him just to 'even things up'? 

 I've read everything as usual this morning (Monday). Henry Winter calls Moss a 'poor referee'. He argues that Moss had to be '100% certain' Vardy had dived in order to book him and subsequently send him off. He was Henry, or he wouldn't have got his yellow card out again. For me, it was a dive. Let's agree to disagree. Vardy has played on the edge like that all season. Good forwards can make penalties out of situations like that - get across the defender, tangle your legs up with his and go over. Vardy did parts one and two really well, but the swallow dive was embarrassing. It was a correct yellow.  Few have considered his first booking perhaps wasn't. 

 Again, just my opinion, but Reid's was never a pen. Huth's was. Carroll's wasn't. 

 Moss was brave to make the call on Vardy's dive. Very brave, because he could've let it go and saved himself a lot of hassle. I'm certain Michael Oliver would've done. So would Mark Halsey, who I was speaking to during the game. It was after at the award of the first pen that I thought Moss started getting himself into trouble - but he made calls he believed to be correct. Give him credit for that. Big calls as well. 

 He's had almost total backing from Graham Poll. All correct for Poll, but he thought Huth should've had a pen. 

It's over - isn't it?

on Monday, 11 April 2016. Posted in Richard Keys Blog

Other than the most ardent Leicester City fan - does anyone yet believe they're going to win the title? I haven't found anyone that does! Why? 

 Actually, I'm not sure I'd even find a Leicester fan that thinks they can win it if I went looking! 

 What a wonderfully exciting, yet equally frightening time this is for everyone connected with the club. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. 

 Ever since Leicester went top on their own, all they've done is extend their lead. They've kept on winning, passing every test, yet we still don't think they can win it. We're all still waiting for a slip. Why?  

 I kind of get it. It's almost certainly because they haven't been the course before. I'm constantly being told 'they don't know how to win it'. Ok, that's true. But do Spurs? No, of course not. They haven't done it since 1961 for goodness sake! 

 It's a two-horse race now and I believe Leicester are going to win it. Yes, I expect a few twists and turns yet, but I can't see any good reason now why they won't get over the line. 

 I thought the game at Sunderland was terrific. The first half was really enjoyable - how English football used to be played. I hear my mate, Graeme Souness, disparagingly described it as 'like watching a Championship game'. I don't agree Graeme. I loved it. I thought Sunderland had a really good go at Leicester - they threw everything at them, and still our leaders were unmoved. 

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