Rotherham United escaped relegation from League One by two points. Today it has been announced that they will start the new season on -10 points as they have entered a CVA with their creditors approval. I have every sympathy for their supporters who have tried hard all season to raise funds to keep the club afloat. I do however wonder about the timing of the announcement and the Directors need to explain fully as to why the decision was taken one week after the seasons end. The Football League should also look closely at the rules and see if they have been broken by the dubious timing of the action – will Hartlepool look at this and raise a protest? Surely the whole point of these rules, brought about by Leicester City’s CVA in League One following their relegation from the Premiership, was to prevent clubs gaining an unfair advantage over their rivals by following this route. In any case, has the 2005 – 06 season officially finished? The Play-Offs are still in progress, the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season according to UEFA, so have the Merry Millers abused the rules?
Liverpool overcame West Ham after penalties today in a final that was a million times better for the viewing public. Jose Manuel Reina’s reputation dropped during the match but he proved that his last two seasons in Spain where he saved eight or nine penalties, was no fluke. And well done to him, he showed his strength of character to come back from the three goals conceded – Jamie Carragher ought to sign up for Strictly Come Dancing with the fancy footwork he showed for the first whilst Paul Konchelsky probably could not repeat the outcome of his cross in the next one hundred times he tried it. Only the second goal was truly Reina’s fault but he must have been thinking that God really did not like him this afternoon. That is until the penalties. Yes some of the West Ham spot kicks were not good but the keeper still has to save them. It seems a little harsh for West Ham to lose , especially if one considers that they would have been 3 – 1 to the good inside the first minute of the second half if Marlon Harewood had converted his chance, but you get the feeling that it may be your day when your captain strikes an equaliser such as Gerrards last gasp shot. I did not see the Man of the Match Award presentation, there’s only so long you can hold your bladder, but if it went to anyone else then they were undeserving of it. For West Ham, Nigel Reo-Coker played well in midfield and if this is how he has been performing all season then he justifies Sven Goran Eriksson’s faith by placing him as Standby midfielder for the World Cup.
Todays Tunes continue grooving. First on the cyber-turntable is a masterpiece of feelgood funk from New Orleans’ Eddie and the Top Notes, Inc. With one of the best basslines ever recorded, Dap Walk has superb rhythms and is the perfect start to an evening. This is accompanied by the equally uplifting Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) by The Casino Soul Orchestra. Get your feet tappin’….