Driving home from Loftus Road this afternoon I think I heard the single most amazing revelation I’ve heard all season – or for a long time, for that matter.
I, like so many other fans who caught Sousa’s post-match interview on Radio London heard him talk about the deal which took Dexter Blackstock to Nottingham Forest last week on loan until the end of this season.
Sousa admitted that he had given the players two days off after the Bristol City game. And when he got back after that mini break, he had a meeting with, or phone call from, (I couldn’t quite make that bit out!) Dexter Blackstock telling him that he was off to Forest.
That was, according to Sousa, the first he knew of this loan deal. Sousa told the radio programme that the deal had been brokered by Gianni Paladini, in Sousa’s absence, and that he, Sousa, didn’t know anything about it, nor did he have anything to do with it.
He also admitted he was somewhat shocked at the decision to let Blackstock go seeing as how Samuel Di Carmine is the only fit striker at the Club right now. Although he did admit that Rowan Vine was now on his way back – and, as we know, Viney managed about 20 minutes this afternoon (to everyone’s great delight – mine and my daughter’s not least!!)
I am absolutely horrified and disgusted with hearing Sousa’s admission. Before the game, I was chatting to Number 8 and another fella in the Platinum Bar, and they both told me there was likely to be an exit this summer, from the various rumours they had both heard – from different sources. And that exit would be one of Sousa or Paladini . . .
Well, in my humble opinion, I think the axe must fall on Paladini’s head. His interference with the playing personnel has gone on far too long and unchecked and, I think has been the main reason we have failed to bring in some of those players we have targetted in the past.
We know Paladini is responsible for the appalling contract given to Gary Borrowdale, to name but one farcical deal he’s brokered. And we also know that it was his behaviour which almost lost us Heidar Helguson back in November/December ’08.
When is Flavio Briatore, and the rest of the Board, going to see that, whilst Gianni Paladini is free to make such appalling and controversial decisions which (a) go over the manager’s head and (b) are made without the manager’s knowledge – no manager worth their salts is going to want to work at Loftus Road.
If Sousa isn’t pushed, I’m sure after this, he’ll want to walk – and we will be the poorer for his loss. Whether today’s game was pretty or not is not the issue here – it’s the disgraceful interference from this jumped up ‘Sporting Director’ that needs to be addressed by the Board – and quickly, imo, or we could lose not just more potential good signings in the summer but a good manager-in-the-making in Paulo Sousa.
I say – Paladini out! But what do you say?
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