Full front page of the UK’s biggest selling paper, and Paul McCartney is calling Team GB idiots for not picking David Beckham. Here’s why McCartney is a numpty…
Yes, the well known football expert Paul McCartney.
McCartney says Beckham should be first choice because of the huge contribution he made in 2012 being awarded to London. Yes, that‘s true, but as others have said, so did Princess Anne, does that means we should get her back in the saddle?
He also said that Beckham was a crowd pleaser and it didn’t matter if others were playing better. Is Olympic selection about selling tickets and merchandise?
A few points to consider here.
Firstly, if you asked McCartney who the GB football coach is, I’m sure he wouldn’t be able to tell you. If you asked him when the last time Beckham played international football was, I’m sure he wouldn’t know that either.
Make no mistake, McCartney is appearing in the Opening ceremony so it’s all publicity, and The Sun paper is no stranger to it, and McCartney has been at the publicity game for 50 years, so you have to take that into consideration.
On the goal achievement front though, it shows what Stuart Pearce (he’s the GB coach in case Sir Paul is reading) had stood up to.
He came under an absolute torrent of criticism when he announced Beckham was not selected, mostly from people that expected Beckham’s celebrity to be enough, who probably also knew as much about football as McCartney.
Well, good for Pearce, I say. He was a no nonsense player, he didn’t get the nickname ‘psycho’ for nothing, and as a manager he plays with a straight bat the same way.
He calls the shots as he sees it, or he won’t do the job, and he has picked the team on football merits as he sees them. Even the BOA weren’t happy, as they had already lined up events with Beckham included, and were miffed at having to change their plans.
It’s worrying that the BOA would ‘expect’ certain players to be selected because of what they offer off the field of play.
I like Beckham. To me he has always come across as hard working, and a pleasant family man who has done remarkably well for himself. The Olympics, though, should never be about picking someone just because they are famous.
Stuart Pearce – hooray.
Paul McCartney – Olympic sized numpty.
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