The last time the rumour mill turned its attention to Harry he was off to take over the England team though not before we had won the Champions' League and Premiership obviously. Now the moving finger having writ, moves on and now he's more likely to be sent down in July on the tax charges that have been stalking him for some time. I exaggerate for effect.
If either of these two unlikely scenarios come to pass and clearly they can't both happen ('England manager substitutes Defoe for Crouch by i Phone app. from behind bars, shock') then the manager of our opponents tonight is a good fit to replace him. He will need to keep Blackpool in the Premiership and perhaps challenge for Europe next year but he is the only current manager who can match Harry at the microphone and emulate his attacking style.
'Owen Coyle' I hear you mutter but I'm ignoring him because we don't play Bolton again this season. By the time that we do Harry could be President of the United States or slopping out in Wormwood Scrubs. On the rumour and ITK circuit anyway.
Think of Blackpool and what comes to mind? Towers and trams; pebbles and Pleasure beaches; chips and candyfloss; litter and lettered rock; booze and ballrooms; football team likely to halt our serene progress into the top three? I think not. The lettering in the rock says 'Your going down' rather than 'Beware Yiddoes' Would that sell do you think? They could perhaps make a bagel shaped one with 'Mazel Tof' all the way through. Actually they probably already do.
After 5 games Blackpool were 9th , just one point behind us. At the moment they are 15th two points off the the big R zone, and 16 points behind us. So a team not exactly going places: not even to Fleetwood on the tram. The fact that they are an attacking side is what suits us best and they are not likely to brick up the goal or park the open top Illuminations Tour bus.
There are always reasons to be cautious and Arsenal's ability to beat Barcelona and then fail to overcome Leyton Orient might give the lads a moment's pause. But you do have to ask how could it be that a team could go to Milan and prevail but go to Blackpool and fail to do likewise. But as we all know 'It's a funny old game' (Jimmy Greaves whose birthday was on Sunday and mine too funnily enough.)
The Spurs of old would actively search for banana skins to slip up on and then post videos on YouTube showing themselves doing it complete with amusing captions. Today’s Spurs wouldn't be caught dead anywhere near any item of fruit except a tangerine on Tuesday night.
What can we expect from our De Luxe Box of Fireworks? At the moment we have a team packed with little sparklers; Van Der Vaart is our very own firecracker around the goal; Lennon and Bale, if fit, operate like rockets on the wings; Modric a veritable Catherine Wheel in midfield , spinning and turning, There's a joke somewhere in there about Pavlyuchenko and Roman Candles but I can't quite nail it. Any offers? As back-up if things get testy we have in reserve the rumbling Volcano on the sidelines in Joe ' You clearly don't know who I am' Jordan, our resident Scotsman and more than enough for the moment. Sorry Owen Coyle and David Moyes.
So the official JimmyG2 forcast is for a win, probably 2-1. Isn't it always 2-1 these days? This will take us to third on merit without having to calculate games in hand, consider weather conditions, or take account of interest rates. An away game on a rainy night in midweek in the North West, not until recently a happy hunting ground for us, but I am confident.
The fact that they are starting to get into a drop zone scrap and that there is a lot riding on the match for us too ensures that both of us will approach this game with seriousness which leaves less room for a fatally casual approach which has been our downfall in the past.
Man City despite beating Nott's County 5-0 didn't look that convincing which is quite a difficult trick to pull off. It was 1-0 until after the 50th minute and it was the arrival of Tevez that sparked the deluge. Manchester Utd., Arsenal and Chelsea all struggled. Meanwhile we tried not to look smug whilst taking a well earned rest.
The likelihood of Chelsea failing to make the top four this season, winning absolutely nothing and having to look for a new manager is cheering me up considerably and by beating Blackpool we can start to make it happen. All in all a very satisfying weekend and we never moved or twitched a muscle.
Third is just a tram ride away.
Third is just a tram ride away.