THE Sun stepped up it’s subtle ‘Capello Out!’ campaign today with a quite spectacularly abominable article by football hack Shaun Custis, in which England’s manager was branded a ‘Jackass’ (for dropping Jack Wilshere – geddit!), a ‘silly ass’ and a ‘donkey’. You get the idea: from Turnip Taylor, via the Wally with the Brolly, to another hatchet job from Britain’s most popular newspaper.
So never mind that Wilshere has hardly been bringing the thunder for Arsenal so far this season (the Sun awarded him 5/10 for his quiet performance against Liverpool) – can we get a design monkey to put some donkey ears on Fabio, the football editor shouted.
Custis also bemoaned the non-selection of Newcastle striker Andy Carroll. What, Capello should pick Carroll because he’s had one decent game in the top flight? Now that would be the behaviour of a jackass. Carroll’s time will come, but he’s not ready yet.
It’s not the first time a News International publication has made me feel ashamed to be English, and no doubt it won’t be the last. Yes, Capello made some mistakes in the World Cup, and his man-management style isn’t working, but give the guy a break and drop the cheap n’ childish name-calling, please. Don’t let the idiots win.
Even Football365, which is owned by Murdoch, felt the urge to write an open letter to the Sun about its ‘toxic’ Capello piece – and a superb letter it is too.
To help redress the balance, here’s a picture of Custis with a goatee made out of baby shit:
“GORMLESS Custis, 46, stupidly thinks Andy Carroll is ready for England’s senior squad. What an utter IDIOTHOLE the Sun football hack is!
“A source told us: ‘Yes, he is a bit of a SHITFACE, isn’t he.’”