I may have tied with him on my A-League tips this year, but I submitted my tips for the last 9 rounds back in November… what’s his excuse for getting only 35? But… I have come to the conclusion that Les Murray doesn’t know a thing about the beautiful game.
Why do I say that?
It’s his international team of the year for 2006… more precisely, his inclusion of one Vince Grella in said team.
How the hell can he justify that? He can’t… I mean… he hardly even tries to either
In this I went for Vince Grella, a choice that will raise some eyebrows given that he is Australian and so am I.
Of course there were more than a few excellent performers in this role. At the World Cup Claude Makelele of France, Costinha of Portugal and Argentinaâ€™s Javier Mascherano were other outstanding examples. Englandâ€™s Steven Gerrard plays this role well, too, whenever heâ€™s used there. But I found Grella to be as good as any of them in that position.
Where’s Zidane or Kaka? Grella, wasn’t even one of the better players for Australia at the World Cup. He doesn’t come anywhere close to being the best player in that position internationally.
There are only three possible reasons for Grella’s inclusion in Les’ team of 2006.
- Les has lost the plot
- Les was taking some strong medication at the time of compiling his list
- Nah… can’t think of a 3rd… that’s it… only two reasons
So… based on this, I reckon SBS should retire Les before he loses what little credebility he has left in the eyes of Australia’s football viewing public and give the job of Australia’s Mr Football to someone less likely to embarrass themself with fanciful claims such as the one made by Les here.