When you are a member of the mythical ‘goalkeeper’s union’ you have a fearsome list of legends who will come to your aid; in this case twin legends Bob Wilson and Neville Southall have pointed out the lunacy of flushing Paul Robinson’s international career down the toilet in favour of an inexperienced Scott Carson. Arsenal legend Bob Wilson said:
“Against Austria last Friday he hardly touched the ball. Most goalkeeping coaches would be amazed at the idea of Carson starting a game of this magnitude. Prior to Robinson’s air-kick against Croatia last October there was never any doubt he was the first choice. To begin doubting him now seems extraordinary. He has been given no credit.”
Is this really the right move by the ‘goalkeepers union’, in pumping up Robinson’s confidence they are actually attacking Carson! Neville Southall, the former Wales and Everton great (both in terms of girth and talent) has also taken a pop at Sh*tbreak Steve saying that he has effectively destroyed poor Robbo’s international career with his lack of confidence. Southall said:
“McClaren is effectively sticking two fingers up at Paul and saying he does not trust him in a big game. Paul’s relationship with him will be finished. The manager is killing Paul’s international career. I can’t see any logic in dropping him for the last, sudden-death game.”
But should a manager (especially an International one who has more options that a club coach) stick by someone who isn’t performing for his club and flays around with all the elasticity and panache of rigor mortis in England training sessions? Is it really all over for Robinson as Southall claims or will McClaren be forced to stick his hands down the toilet and rescue Robbo from the whirlpool of international failure?