Another edition of French Fancies and another irresistible pop at Bordeaux. And vote for Salut! Sunderland in the EPL TALK Club Blog awards by clicking here …
No football manager, or anyone else for that matter, should have to complain that his 16-year-old daughter was made to suffer verbal abuse from some low-life “fan” or “fans” during a match, the episode distressing or worrying enough to cause the girl to leave the stand at half-time.
So for that, Salut! Sunderland offers sympathy and support to Jean Tigana, until last night the boss of les Girondins de Bordeaux. And we’d add that we have absolutely nothing against him in any case, since he was not even at the club when the events involving Sunderland AFC occurred.
That is where sympathy ends and gloating begins. Bordeaux 0 Sochaux 4, all the goals coming in the first half, indeed the first half an hour, is a deeply satisfying result that adds a little spice to the weekend’s other gratifying scoreline of Bolton 1 SAFC 2.
Tigana resigned immediately after the game, leaving Jean-Louis Triaud – the club president who sneered at “litte club” Sunderland (along with Laurent Blanc, then manager), when we had an interest in buying Marouane Chamakh – to express his “frustration, disappointment and even shame” at another grim Bordeaux performance, before their “big club” crowd of some 24,000 souls.
It is, M Triaud (and those Arsenal supporters who recently came here defending his insulting behaviour), the curse of Chamakh. Justice is being done, and may be done with interest if M Blanc, despite the valiant support of Zinédine Zidane, feels obliged to resign today or tomorrow as manager of France over the racial quotas scandal (in which, I hope and believe, he is innocent; Zizou certainly believes he know him well enough to be sure he is no racist).
And to think, a simple apology to Sunderland AFC, which M Triaud could easily have channelled via Salut! Sunderland, might have avoided all this divine retribution …