THE MAN WITH THE PLAN

Is this man responsible for the mess at Fulham?

This “super agent” may have been offering not-so-super advice

Kia Joorabchian at Craven Cottage

Early June is supposed to be silly season, when The Spoiler is forced to pounce on the slightest scrap of speculation and dress it up as big news. Events at Fulham over the last 24 hours have been wilder than anything in our warped imagination though.

In case you missed all of the excitement, Mark Hughes was made favourite to succeed Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa. Villa denied any interest in Hughes.

The revelation that Sparky had an option in his Fulham contract to walk away then became big news. Villa continued to deny any interest in him.

We figured that was the end of the Thursday night fun but no, Hughes then chose to resign as Fulham boss and, who’d have guessed, Villa – like a Premier League incarnation of Simon Peter – again denied all links with Hughes. Claims that a cock then crowed are unsubstantiated.

Sparky has since snubbed suggestions that he has another job lined up, leaving us to surmise (as unheard of as it is for The Spoiler to jump to conclusions without full possession of the facts!) that he has been really poorly advised.

Of course, he could be lying low until his Fulham deal expires at the end of June before swooping into Villa’s training ground in July and wondering why it’s so empty – Brad Friedel today became the latest to depart, while Ashley Young is apparently desperately waiting for the exit door to be unlocked.

If not, it has to be assumed that his advisor – popular Carlos Tevez saga-inflicting super agent Kia Joorabchian – whispered in Hughes’ ear that he could use this Villa rumour to demand a pay rise, Mohamed Al-Fayed told him to Leave Me Alone and the mistake was compounded by a rash decision to quit.

Is this an accurate assessment? Are we wrong to blame poor Kia? Let us know…


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