King Billy: Herald Chief Sports Writers Bill Richards on sport's hot topics
I'M STILL unsure whether to laugh or cry about the latest pantomime being put on by Chelsea Football Club.
Are the players tittering among themselves, waiting for someone brazen enough to tell the latest patsy, sorry strike that, manager, Rafa Benitez, in the time-honoured panto refrain 'he's behind you!' but whether the bogey man is Roman Abramovich or one of the senior pros, I'll leave you to decide.
If Benitez was hired simply to try to get the best out of £50m misfit Fernando Torres, and the power brokers in the dressing room spotted the flaw in that plan from the off, then it's a wackier old game than many of us realised.
The latest on Benitez, who lest we forget criticised both Chelsea's fans and the club's board for appointing him 'interim manager' publicly in midweek, is that he will see out his contract which expires in May.
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Or it could be a case of he 'may' remain in charge until the end of the season, given this bunch's record on cranking up the managerial merry-go-round just when wiser counsel suggested a jolly outing for all the troops on the waltzers would serve.
It's a welcome if predictable distraction from a tedious Premier League season which has already been won by them pesky Mancs, who have seen more popes come and go, while the same chuckly old Scottish knight, Alex, has been at the helm.
Abramovich, as the owner and funder of the Blues revolution in the past 10 years or so, can, he clearly believes, do whatever he wants.
Sometimes it works, then it doesn't as their pathetic efforts in Europe, after becoming the first London club to win the Champions League, has relegated them to rescuing their season with a last-gasp win in the Europa League.
I'm of the opinion that international club football is the ultimate measure of a team's riches, not what's in the savings account.
And, if the spoiled Chelsea fans who displayed their little protest banners in their side's plodding win over Middlesbrough in the week, really think they are badly off, then a quick trip to Home Park today to watch a side who once were going places, and who have been really let down in the noughties by mismanagement, might just send them back to the Bridge counting their blessings.
WACKY, but in a nice way, is extrovert ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman, who is trying to use basketball diplomacy to build bridges with the west in North Korea.
Blond, pierced and tattooed Rodman (pictured) is sure to stand out in that drab and foreshortened communist country, where Ronnie Corbett would be called 'lofty'.
But fair play to him and members of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters, oh, and the HBO film crew, who filmed the NBA Hall of Famer in Pyongyang, for making the trip.