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The Spoiler awards – Biggest Mistake of the Season

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This season hasn’t all been great goals and magic matches and stuff like that. Unfortunately, there have also been plenty of things happening that shouldn’t have happened.

In fact, there have been so many things that have gone wrong this season past, that The Spoiler’s head nearly exploded while trying to remember all the things that didn’t quite go according to plan.

There’s the England 2018 bid, the whole FIFA thing, the whole Darron Gibson joining Twitter thing, the Gattuso v Jordan thing, the Kolo Toure thing. The list is quite literally really long. So long in fact that we’ve decided to keep things patriotically British for this one…

Remember when Wayne Rooney decided he wanted to leave Man Utd because they’d never win anything ever again with the players they have? It seems like a strange cheese dream now but it really did happen.

Rooney was vilified by the Man Utd support and one United supporting member of Team Spoiler still holds a grudge that burns right to his very core. However, while it was definitely a mistake in terms of fan love, Rooney has admitted his mistake, got a massive pay rise out of it and most people don’t really seem to care anymore.

Or do they, United fans?

Andy Gray and Richard Keys have to be in the melting mixer for their comments on Sian Massey. It cost them their very nice jobs and confirmed what a lot of people had long suspected. It was sexist, it was horrible but it’s not our Mistake of the Season.

Similarly, Ryan Giggs’ decision to first boff a Big Brother contestant, then get a super injunction and then TRY AND SUE TWITTER has to be regarded as one big, spectacular eff-up.

However, The Spoiler has pretty much forgotten about the whole thing. It’s only taken two weeks for those who said Giggs would now be remembered as a legal landmark rather than a genius footballer to be proved wrong.

Elsewhere, Chelsea also look to have made a £50million mistake with the signing of Fernando Torres, although we’re prepared to reserve judgement on that. The FA deciding to fine Blackpool for fielding a weakened team got The Spoiler’s goat and Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to get Bebe is looking increasingly rubbish.

There can only be one winner though, and Mistake of the Season is…


Let’s get one thing out the way – Avram Grant seems like a lovely man. However, he is, by all accounts, an absolutely rubbish manager. APPARENTLY, John Terry and Steve Clarke ran things at Chelsea, at Portsmouth it didn’t really matter what he did and at West Ham he got found out.

While all of the other mistakes we’ve listed haven’t been terminal, relegation for West Ham is an absolutely massive blow and a lot of the blame can be laid at the door of – not just Grant – but Gold, Sullivan and Brady for their rubbish appointment and indecisiveness.

Have we also made some mistakes? Let us know what you reckon with a comment below…

4 responses so far
  • Brian // June 1, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    LFC hiring Hodgson was pretty terrible, probably would have made Europe if the season had started with Dalglish.

  • Cameron // June 2, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Arsenal not buying in the january transfer window?
    Chelsea sacking Ancelotti?
    What about Liverpool hiring Roy Hodgson and some of the players they bought?

  • luigi cornuto // June 2, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Biggest mistake was Ferguson thinking that after 2009′s flop, they had ‘figured’ out Barcelona.

    Even bigger mistake is MLS not asking the immigration dept to not allow Beckscam to enter the US after he let his team for the hundreth time to go play a friendly.
    Sometimes you have to just admit a mistake and swallow a 250 million dollar fiasco.

  • Mark // June 4, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Biggest mistake was inviting Mario Balotelli to a game of darts.

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