Sunday Supplement: Managerial mafia? Roman’s Russian Roulette & lack of four-sight

First up for discussion round Brian Woolnough’s breakfast table was the latest development in the spat between Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez. Oliver Holt (Daily Mirror) argues that the Spaniard is doing well as the “outsider” just as Ferguson had done himself whilst manager of Aberdeen. Neil Custis (The Sun) described Fergie’s outburst as “astonishing” but claimed that it is clear that Benitez is having an effect with John Richardson (Sunday Express) adding that “Liverpool have got to Fergie.” The panel all agreed that Ferguson and Sam Allardyce ganged up against Benitez and along with Phil Brown often have the same enemies.

The four hacks then moved on to Chelsea and John Richardson argued that Roman Abramovich will pull out all the stops to keep Guus Hiddink at the Bridge. Custis added his thoughts, calling Hiddink an “outstanding” manager who performed a “modern football miracle” with South Korea at the 2002 World Cup. Holt questions Didier Drogba’s recent performances asking how he failed to perform under Scolari, the Ivorian’s “six-month sulk does not reflect very well on him at all.” The Daily Mirror columnist, by far the most intelligent performer of a poor cast today, felt it would be a mistake to appoint Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.

Finally the journos analysed the “Premier League II revolution” which will be discussed by Premier League chiefs on Wednesday. Custis was the first to bash the Old Firm calling Scottish football “poor.” Richardson asked if the Championship was not currently the “Premier League II” and Holt called it an “absolutely disgraceful idea.” Finally, Richardson questioned “who is Phil Gartside to decide all this?”