A new era, even if turns out to be a mini-era, dawns. It is fitting that the first Guess the Score with Dick Advocaat in charge of the team should be a rollover, offering two mugs from which to drink your generous servings of what Wikipedia calls “Advocaat or Advocaatenborrel, a traditional Dutch alcoholic beverage made from eggs, sugar and brandy”.
No one, oddly enough, wagered on 0-4 at home to Villa, though young Keir Bradwell got closest with 0-3 and Jeremy Robson plumped for 0-2. So Personalised Football Gifts, our sponsors, will send a pair of mugs to this week’s winner, who also chooses which combination of the two shown (the Salut! Sunderland mug has a slightly modified appearance in the sponsors’ version).
West Ham supporters are, of course, welcome to enter. The first to post the corrects scoreline, before kickoff, wins. There is the usual promise that a Hammers winner would receive mugs of more appropriate design and the even more usual reminder that Monsieur Salut’s decision shall be final.
There’s a good Who are You? to come, in which Gordon Thrower, deputy editor of the kumb.com (Knees up Mother Brown) fan site offers his usual mix of wit, opinion and analysis.
I naturally asked him – after the original responses had been delivered, pre-Poyet’s sacking – what he made of it. This, by way of a sneak preview of the full interview, was his reply:
‘It always seemed to me that there was less to Poyet than met the eye. The stuff that went on at Brighton was a bit iffy wasn’t it? As for Dick Advocaat well I’ve lost count of the number of times teams have parted company with their bosses just before we play them.
I guess there’s always the chance of a short term boost but his only taste of British football was at Rangers, so nine games is about four more than he ever had to really worry about before. I’m hoping that by Saturday he won’t have had the chance to get the best out of the squad – and after that it’s not my problem!’
We all know what rests on this game. We’ve all had our say on events at the club – catch some of this, Louise Taylor and a whole raft of comments at the Guardian site, if you can stomach more – so just get the predictions flowing …
And Ha’way the Lads.