The big dog had arrived, well the big Phil has. He burst into the field of awaiting journalists sniffing at everything around, marking his territory. Trying to find out all about this country and their myths and limits, he can reach.
He sat in the seat where Jose Mourinho declared himself the ‘special one’ and Avram Grant proclaimed himself as the ‘normal one’. Now Grant was boring.
Scolari was an eager puppy, impatiently wanting to hit every question for six. He looked so excited and willing to field every Basic English statement to come out of a typical four year old, to answer simple English media questions.
He did declare himself the ‘special’ one; even if he was joking, his record of accomplishment has everything. Abramovich wanted this winner after Jose.
For Grant, apparently a champions league final, carling cup final and second place in one of the tightest Premierships for years was regarded as a massive flop and he was swiftly, booted out, harshly to some degree. He was just the night watchman.
Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba would have to stay for
Deco coming in would add more creativity in midfield, but he is someone who could fill that ‘hole’ position behind the striker.
Lampard, Essien and Ballack, on paper, seem a formidable midfield. Then add Joe Cole to that, now Deco, Shaun Wright-Phillips (perhaps not), Malouda (again, perhaps not), Mikel, Makelele, the list can go on it looks rather superior.
In defence, they have John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho, and either side of them Ashley Cole and new Portuguese signing Boswinga. Again sounds great on paper, they also have
Drogba, Shevchencko in attack who else do you need.
Possibly another top class striker and that will be it.
Scolari has a ready-made field to smell from, but for me I hope he is a failure, as Mark Hughes deserved that job in the first place. He should have been given the chance.