The magic of Barney Ronay


The Article, as it is, is of little importance, Barney Ronay of the Guardian is a magician of the written word,

Sample this:

More recently José Mourinho seems to have decided the best approach at Manchester United is to spend his first few weeks standing on the touchline looking crumpled and sad and heroically betrayed, like a man on the hard shoulder of the M6 staring balefully across the nearside lines above his raised bonnet, rain gluing his shirt to his back, phone dead, credit card maxed out, kids living in Bicester, golf clubs repossessed, 800 units of polyester carpet samples scattered across the back seat.

And this

For an essentially unflashy footballer he remains an oddly compelling sight throughout all this, not obviously quick but mobile and relentless, not tricky but precise on the ball, and with a pummelling shot from a low backlift. He is also very dear and likeable, a man slightly out of his time, resembling as he stands to attention in the pre-match lineup the ghost of a kindly Victorian chimney sweep. Albeit with something steely and slightly frightening.

The Article is here.

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One thought on “The magic of Barney Ronay

  1. Barnay is good, in fact he used to be good,nowadays he writes just too many.hence loosing a bit credibility. I would rather follow Daniel Taylor and Amy from guardian.
    Anyways, came across your blog today & really liked it. just like you, a ghoti, football fanatic, working for an MNC against my will. Really wanted to get involved in some football activity e.g.coaching, scouting etc having played the game throughout my school days.but….

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