What’s up, everybody?
I really enjoyed yesterday’s selection of curling at the Winter Olympics! Anyway, let’s talk about managers!
Ramble of the Day
Managers in England make headlines for taking hits at each other and getting fired, which does a great disservice to the eclectic nature of several of them. Mauricio Pochettino, the man who believes he can see people’s auras, is one of them, but I would like to highlight a less wild, but equally as entertaining — and perhaps likable — man: Swansea’s Carlos Carvalhal.
The manager has done well so far in his short tenure at the Welsh club, but he is just as impressive away from the touchline. Yesterday, the Swans shared a video on their Twitter account of the manager at his latest press conference, and I would just like to say that I have never been to a press conference that was that cool and I wish I was at this one.
Pastéis de nata!— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 8, 2018
Carlos brings a little bit of home to the press pack ahead of today’s press conference… pic.twitter.com/J0Yoth7JYH
Carvalhal brought members of the media pasteis de nata, a Portuguese egg tart. I have never had one of these, but as a lover of free food, I would totally try it. (My standard for press conferences has gotten really high now, but that is obviously not my fault; it is Mr. Carvalhal’s fault.)
The manager provides other goodies, but mostly of the verbal variety. Last week, he told a story about using so much 4G because the internet sucked that the club raised eyebrows at the phone bill. He also once compared the transfer market to going fishing, referenced Formula One after beating Liverpool, and used a metaphor about not knowing your neighbors when asked about the Riyad Mahrez situation.
Carlos Carvalhal on whether he expects Riyad Mahrez to play for Leicester against Swansea on Saturday.— Phil Blanche (@philblanche) February 1, 2018
"I have a house and do not know what my neighbours do. I look after my family and my dogs. I say hello to them and wave but that's it. It's not my problem"
The guy is entertaining when he talks, and deserves more attention. Alternatively: Free food will make me do a lot of things, like appreciate people. (That being said, I liked him as a personality before that.)
Links of the Day
West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez has been charged by the FA for racially abusing Gaetan Bong of Brighton.
Roy Hodgson is still waiting for an apology from Sam Allardyce after the Everton boss mocked him in those videos that got him fired from the England job.
Today’s longer read: A closer look at Morocco’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
Today’s longer watch: Tottenham have posted a video of all 100 of Harry Kane’s Premier League goals, and it is 40 minutes long.