Are we allowed to stop hating Ashley Cole yet?
Predicted first comment: “No”
Time is a great healer. However, it’s magic is unable to heal things like gunshot wounds or, it appears, that gaping, seeping chasm of a gash that is people’s hatred for Ashley Cole.
Earlier this week he was voted England’s player of the year and tonight is due to become the most capped full-back of all time, overtaking another ex-Arsenal player, Kenny Sansom.
So, is it time for a begrudging respect tinged with loathing to blossom into something more wholesome? (Arsenal fans are exempt)
Right, the bad stuff. He left Arsenal for money and trophies, then ‘wrote’ ‘that’ line in his autobiography – it’s probably the most controversial sentence since Nelson Mandela’s.
He split up with the most beautiful and perfect woman in the world after throwing up over a hairdresser he was tupping and sending pictures of himself in his Y-fronts to ladies who weren’t his wife (a woman convicted of ‘assault occasioning actual bodily harm’ who is now loved by the nation).
He took another step back when he sent a text message to a ‘friend’ after the World Cup saying:
“I hate England and the f***ing people.”
However, for years he’s been one of the best left-backs in the world and was England’s only decent performer in South Africa. He’s kept his head down since his split with Our Cheryl and not let his personal life affect his form like a certain Mr Rooney. And only last week travelled to Leicester to lend support to on-loan 20-year-old Chelsea left-back, Patrick van Aanholt, who was playing for the Foxes against Barnsley.
Is it time to put the past behind us and make Ashley our favourite Cole? Or is he still the epitome of all that is wrong with the game? Let us know what you think with a comment below…