Am I the only person who has found the contrast between the behaviour of Paolo di Canio and Jose Mourinho illuminating and interesting this week?
Paolo saw his Sunderland team humiliated at Villa Park and then used part of the post match press conferences (there are three these days - written, radio and TV) to apologise to the supporters who had just begun to think perhaps he could walk on water, after victories over Newcastle and Everton, but were quickly shown that it would be a case of one step at a time.
Jose Mourinho on the other hand, remember he is still under contract at Real Madrid for another year, used his television press conference to bemoan poor refereeing (Howard Webb had his usual shocker - as the ITV commentator remarked Sergio Ramos was booked after his '59th foul') and the fact that he wants to return to England where he is loved by the media and the supporters. Every utterance since the start of the year has been about leaving Spain and returning to London where his family feel at home, isn't this a touch lacking in class - to be enjoying the high salary of one club whilst pining for another? The British media seem split on his return, many recall the daily headlines he gave them on his arrival whilst the more seasoned and less gullible scribes recall the dozens of press conferences he failed to turn up for and when he did he rarely kept this part of the either the FA or UEFA guidelines of pre and post match interviews. Even Chelsea fans seem split, some believe he will get the best of what should be the most talented front five in English football whilst others fear that having seen attacking football but without trophies the owner may sanction a return to the old pragmatic days of winning ugly.
In the iconic words of Keggy Keegle, and the fish in the Innocent orange juice advert, 'I would love it' if Chelsea go for Pellegrini, City stick with Mancini and Arsenal get Benitez or David Moyes.