Couple of years old now, but still relevant. Marcus might be clueless and tight but he pays the bills and has deep pockets. We might be in the doldrums on the pitch but we don't have to worry about going out of business
This whole "football family" concept is b*llocks. It's every man for himself and ***k everybody else. There's a quote from somebody who I can't remember the name of that says a crisis either brings out the worst or best in people and it's brought the worst out in football. Top clubs spunking out multi millions on players like normal while there's hundreds of non-league players/coaches/managers at clubs that may well go under unless they get funding. There needs to be some kind of football fund that all the bodies pay into, Premier League, EFL, PFA and the broadcasters that can keep these clubs going.
Compare it to the lean times of the 90s. Wood, Archer, Anderson, Woakes, Stokes, Broad, Curran. Not so sure about the spin though, Bess was understudy to Jack Leach at Somerset and only got his chance when Leach went off to play for England. Leach's illness over the winter and Mo Ali taking a sabbatical meant he was the next cab off the rank spin wise and he's done alright but he's not as good as either Mo or Jack.
Did a fair bit of food today, pretty much what we'd normally do on a normal Saturday. We only had to kick a few people out, a couple for standing at the bar who refused to sit down and people pissing in the garden/car park. We can only have one in/one out in the toilets ATM. Feels strange wearing a screen all day, I've got a red rectangle across my forehead running above my eyebrows. They're not very comfortable when you've got a proper sweat on in a hot kitchen, might have to invest in an Ian Cranson-style headband to wear underneath it.
My place isn't opening until the 18th so I'm spared the carnage tomorrow but we had a meeting this week so I'm up to date with all the protocol. It's lunacy to open it all on a Saturday, it should have been a Tuesday to give time for bar and kitchen staff in for 3 months away getting used to the new conditions before the weekend. It's created a massive binge day where everybody's off to the pub. Off for 3 months and expected to work New Year's Eve style business on your first day back with a book of new rules that took us 3 hours to get through from cover to cover.
You can't stand at the bar any more You will have to sit at your table Your empty plates won't be cleared until you're gone You will have to wait for your drinks One in/one out of the bogs, only one person in the gents/ladies at a time No live music, any music has to be turned down, no singing or shouting.
That's the new normal for the moment. We have to do this by law, one case of Covid and the pub will be shut.
Along with the Test Match Special commentary team, take over a small Caribbean island with a cricket pitch on it and let them play and broadcast the commentary. I'm not missing the football that much, our season was over before the virus. But I am missing the cricket.