Telling it as it is, or maybe isn’t, or at any rate something…

One of my favourite quotes of all time, by anyone, is footballer Paul Gascoigne’s quite marvelous statement: ‘I never make predictions, and I never will’. As some readers know, I am a fairly devoted football (soccer) fan, but I don’t follow it because of the great literary prowess of the players and commentators. Nevertheless, football seems to bring out the demented philosopher in some of its adherents, and one prediction Gascoigne could safely have made was that there would be much more of this kind of nonsense.

Now it seems we have a new contender for the football gibberish championship, and it’s former Liverpool (and now Inter Milan) manager, Rafael Benitez. Referring to his successor at Liverpool, Roy Hodgson, Benitez delivered himself of the following comment:

‘Some people cannot see a priest on a mountain of sugar’.

Indeed.

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3 Comments on “Telling it as it is, or maybe isn’t, or at any rate something…”


  1. A contributor to a sports programme on radio this evening claimed that this was a common saying in Spain.

  2. Perry Share Says:

    On my last visit to Spain, I did notice that the mountains of sugar were indeed conspicuous by the absence of clerical adornment. So there may be something in what Raffa says.

  3. kevin denny Says:

    Ah, leave off poor Gazza. Surely he was making a promise not a prediction? And if he was making a prediction it presumably referred to the period after the sentence ended. Either way, he has a get-out-of-jail card. Which he may well need soon.


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