My knowledge of Norse-Germanic mythology is pretty sketchy to be honest. I am sure Daniel Farke’s would prove far superior. However, unusually for me, I have done a little research and will attempt to read the runes.
Andvaranaut was a magic ring named after the shape-shifting dwarf Andvari, and was also known as the EFL Manager of the Month award. When Loki stole it to pay a ransom, Andvari cursed it to bring trouble on whoever possessed it. This ring played a key role in Wagner’s work (the opera man who wrote the Ring Cycle, not David at Huddersfield) and in Tolkein’s. It was thought lost in the Rhine (more likely the Wensum), but it apparently resurfaces when over-achieving people need a bit of a bring-down.
So be aware Daniel, be very aware of what could be coming your way.
As Gary said yesterday, with luck you’ll lose out to Steve Bruce and the “established boys” at Villa, but if you do happen to win it, anticipate the curse from Hades (I know, mythological mis-match) itself. You might not be aware of its impact – I have also discovered that the Bundesliga does not feature a Manager of the Month award.
Here in the UK it often proves to be the kiss of death in the sense that everything tends to go Bristols up immediately afterwards.
But if anybody deserves the Award it’s you. Like Gary I hope you don’t win it – it genuinely seems to be cursed.
I’m so delighted with what you and the lads have achieved this month I even played Earth Wind and Fire’s September on YouTube this morning. I can’t stand pseudo-psychedelic soul (give me Sly or Funkadelic any time) but I just felt it had to be done.
You have brought us an undefeated month, a new club record for clean sheets, many precious points and a League Cup trip to the Emirates. We want you to be blessed, not cursed. So let’s hope Brucie wins it, as I’m sure he will. Don’t get the hump if you don’t win – in fact be grateful!
Interestingly, Cameron Jerome said on Saturday that he doesn’t really want the international break. I disagree, although I wouldn’t say that to his face. Anyone notice how massive his unit is compared to that of James Maddison (who is roughly the same weight and build as myself) in those pics?
We’ve got niggling injuries to Nelson Oliveira, Marco Stiepermann and Mario Vrancic, plus Josh Murphy – back in the boat, eh Timm? -didn’t look too clever when he came off yesterday either. Maddison also got a bit of a battering, to put it mildly.
Sure we’ve got the ultimate in momentum, but two free weeks to get five players back into fine fettle? I’m happy with that situation to be honest.
Incidentally the way Reading “defended” CamJam’s goal from the corner reminded me of us before the rise and rise of the Klose-Zimmermann partnership. What a bargain big Christoph looks. A big, young but old-fashioned BFG and terrific at his job.
We have come a long way since Villa and Millwall. It’s time to take stock, let all of us enjoy the time off and get ready to go again. If any of our readers are interested in the adventures of the England team in the meantime, good luck to all of you!
NCFC is looking good just now.
As some of our older readers will know, the great British comedian Tony Hancock often used the phrase Send Away the Tigers in terms of despair with his alcoholism and suicidal thoughts.
The saying was robbed by Manic Street Preachers for the title of a cracking album – I wouldn’t have known it was a Hancock reference otherwise.
And when that international break is over, that’s exactly what we must do: send away the Tigers of Hull City in our case, of course. And all the other teams we must face.
In order to do that and attack those play-off spots we’ll need a lot of Hamingja: a kind of luck, partly inherited from the ancestors and partly modifiable through one’s actions.