Euros over, Olympic bore beckons, roll on Premier League
So the Euros are over, with Spain proving yet again that you don’t have to have height in a team to become champions as they duly despatched all before them.
Italy made it to the final, something that even Mario Balotelli didn’t realise was possible – cue a summer holidaying around the bars and clubs of Europe before swaggering back to Manchester in hope of league title No.2.
Germany, so long among the favourites, imploded in true English style. And England themselves didn’t disappoint, losing out on penalties – cue the pizza adverts.
With the Olympics around the next turning and the news that Ryan Giggs is the captain of the GB football team and not David Beckham, not even the sight of manager Stuart Pearce losing the plot on the touchline as Team GB get walloped by the UAE will make me watch the summer farce.
During the shenanigans in London, the Premier League pre-season is just about to heat up, with defending champions Manchester City tying up winning manager Roberto Mancini on a mouth-watering £25 million deal to fend off the attentions of Russia.
Spurs did away with the services of loveable Cockney Harry Redknapp and appointed Chelsea flop Andre Villas-Boas to continue the work that Harry had started. By my reckoning, the exit door should be greased around January 2013.
Robin van Persie has decided to throw in his lot with someone other than Arsenal for the coming season after eight years of winning little in North London. Get ready for an all-Manchester fight, with City and United looking to snap up another disillusioned soul from the Emirates. What now for Mr Wenger?
The John Terry farce/trial continues in London, for something and nothing that happens in every game on a football pitch, while the errant bankers of the country remain at large. Justice, eh?
Down in the Championship, Nottingham Forest have been taken over by a Middle East consortium looking to follow in the erstwhile footsteps of Manchester City. Good luck with that – they’ve already got rid of manager Steve Cotterill – and the battle of the Trent. Perhaps ask Portsmouth for advice.
Over at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers is settling in nicely, with no new signings as yet, though rumours are that Mother Teresa is making a comeback from the grave to give Merseyside some luck
In West London, Mark Hughes is busy relieving the QPR board of most of its finance with the shirt-selling signing of Ji-Sung Park from Manchester United. Good buy, bad buy? Only time will tell. A few miles east and newly promoted West Ham have made some noise about taking Liverpool flop Andy Carroll on loan. Two words … AS IF.
And, finally, one-time Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers, as it stands, have nobody to play with next season after their demotion from the Scottish Premier League … I hear that North Pole Celtic are looking for some opposition.