Even by our own recent fairly dismal standards, the past week or two have been bleaker than Bleak John McBleak from Bleaksville. Defeats to two enthusiastic but technically inferior New Zealand sides seemed to trigger gloom and doom on the social media sites as well as the public comments by Sullivan that drove an apparent chasm between the manager and the board. This led to speculation, for the umpteenth time, that Allardyce was about to be sacked and many of the bookies stopped taking bets on the subject. My argument was that this was unsettling and destabilising, far from ideal preparation for the rigours of a competitive season. The farce took a different twist at the beginning of this week with Allardyce declaring that all is well, that he sees eye to eye with Sullivan and Gold and even backtracking on his obvious disregard for Ravel Morrison by re-opening the door to the boy’s career. This morning the farce turned to tragedy with the news that RM has been remanded in custody until August 7th following the allegations of physical assault, now apparently ABH, against an ex-girlfriend and her mother.
So, the news tonight that we have secured a season long loan deal for Carl Jenkinson, a 22 year old right back from Arsenal who has already played 37 times for Arsenal in the premier league, has made Champions’ League appearances and has been capped by his country too, has to be a massive fillip and a lift to the spirits of the squad which must have begun to wonder what they would wake up to next.