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If there’s one thing that gets my goat – apart from the freelance goatherd I hire at certain times of the year – it’s people talking about the one thing that gets their goat.
If you read this column regularly, which I don’t suppose you do because you’ve got a pet hate to cultivate, you’ll have realised that I have little patience for individuals who proclaim their opinions loudly and publicly when it’s obvious they haven’t a clue what they’re talking about.
Exhibit A: ‘If there’s one thing that gets my goat,’ they’ll bluster, ‘it’s all these players who pass the ball backwards.’
Exhibit B: ‘If there’s one thing that gets my goat,’ they’ll rant, ‘it’s that the board don’t realise what a dangerous position we’re in.’
Exhibit C: ‘If there’s one thing that gets my goat, it’s the club not signing players who they can sell for millions a couple of years later.’
A: a backwards pass is very often the best option.
B: oh, yes they do.
C: do you honestly think the club wouldn’t sign any player of that quality if it had any realistic chance of doing so?
I was always told to keep my counsel until I was absolutely sure of the validity of what I would say. That’s why it’s rare for me to say anything at all.
If you would be so kind, stop getting my goat.
And finally…. “