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Following Raymond

The world cup, eh? Competition of the finest, mmm, a lifelong ambition, little boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts, to the absolute pinnacle, isn’t it? Nostalgia, mmm, but it’s a brave new world nowadays, everything’s gone technological, all techno, all hipidy hoppidy, you know? All on those curious computer things now, isn’t it? Marvellous. Laptops, flip-flops, all this titter tatter twitter thing now. Cor, posting your thoughts, mmmm, instant access, global reach, yes please. All viral now isn’t it? Far cry from small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts, goalie wag, you know? Marvellous.

Indeed it is (though we’ll leave the dragged out Ron Manager lexicon alone now). So, with the World Cup looming, who in the football world would you choose to follow on twitter? I’ve had a think and discovered there are very, very few candidates. Nevertheless, I would propose French coach Raymond Domenech.

Certainly, Domenech is an interesting character.

Immensely unpopular in France – with both pundits and fans – Domenech has become a figure of fun and frustration. He did, of course, take France to the World Cup final last time around but that seemingly just bought him a little latitude, latitude which seems to be running out. This is largely down to France’s failure to progress past the group stage at Euro 2008, inept World Cup qualification displays and selection choices – this time regarding the omission of Nasri and Benzema. Noises of discontent have been heard during a number of matches and Les Blues’ stuttering performances certainly haven’t helped.

So, with France looking sluggish and stagnant, another early exit will make him an interesting man to follow this summer.

However, what really makes him the number one figure to follow is the off-field extroversion. Firstly, as a keen astrologer, he allegedly overlooked players for the national team due to their star signs (always a sound strategy); Scorpio’s being the dirty little cretins. Then, in ‘stick a rusty screw-driver in your thigh’ Alan Partridge-esque fashion, there was the infamous marriage proposal. This took place live on TV following the defeat to Italy, and France’s subsequent departure from Euro 2008. When asked about the game, the premature exit and his future, Domenech only had marriage on his mind.

When France crash out of this summer’s tournament it’ll be interesting to see what the smooth little sex-kitten does next to deflect attention from defeat. So, that’s why he would be my pick as the top twitterererer to follow; it doesn’t have to be twitter though – he’s probably not on it (I don’t know, I can’t be arsed to check) and he’d only be a selfish pig and write in French anyway – just keep on eye on the TV.

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