Another new man for Numancia
Long-suffering readers of the blog will be aware that the Spock-like daily has no time for sickly sentimentality or ugly emotions.
Its bottom lip didnÃ¢ÂÂt even come close to wobbling last week, when Guti tied his own shoelaces for the first time and Jesus Navas rode his bike to the end of the street and back. On his own. And without stabilisers.
However, it did utter a little sigh of sadness when it heard that, Numancia manager, Sergio Kresic had become the ninth piece of managerial roadkill of the Spanish season so far.
In a recent, lengthy interview the blog caught, the Croatian coach came across as a pleasant, enthusiastic, salt of the earth kind of guy - the type of man youÃ¢ÂÂd be happy for your daughter to bring home. As long as she was in her fifties, mind.
It seems that five straight defeats, including last weekendÃ¢ÂÂs 0-1 loss to Mallorca, was too much for NumanciaÃ¢ÂÂs rulers despite the fact that, according to Kresic, he had only just been given a pat on the back and a lollipop for his seasonÃ¢ÂÂs efforts.
Ã¢ÂÂA few days ago, we had in a meeting at the club and they talked about how tremendously proud they were of the job we were doing,Ã¢ÂÂ revealed Kresic, Ã¢ÂÂbut now theyÃ¢ÂÂve changed their opinion.Ã¢ÂÂ
Out on his ear: Sergio Kresic
The sideÃ¢ÂÂs former sporting director, Pacheta, is set to be unveiled as the new coach in a cost-saving move, but it probably wonÃ¢ÂÂt be enough to prevent the relegation of a club with the smallest ground and budget in La Liga.
Some rough calculations reveal that only seven clubs in the Spanish top flight currently have the same managers that they finished the last campaign with - Athletic, Betis, Deportivo, Mallorca, Sevilla, Valladolid and Villarreal.
And that probably means something very significant. But itÃ¢ÂÂs hurting the blogÃ¢ÂÂs head trying to work out what.
Poor, no-pot-to-pee-in-Ã¢ÂÂcos-they-flogged-it Valencia have travelled out to Ukraine to take on Dynamo Kiev in a UEFA Cup clash and have horrified their yelping bean counters by including two players in the party who arenÃ¢ÂÂt even fit.
As far as itÃ¢ÂÂs possible to tell in the murky world of Mestalla, the playersÃ¢ÂÂ wages for February remain unpaid, although the footballers have enjoyed the fun of various sweaty club minions coming down to the dressing room to tell them that the cheque is in the post.
Ã¢ÂÂWe are at our lowest point,Ã¢ÂÂ admitted David Albeda. And that really is saying something considering the recent history of that particular club.
Over in AtlÃÂ©tico land, the players have prepared for their footballing Ã¢ÂÂEverestÃ¢ÂÂ to come by having what Marca described as Ã¢ÂÂa dinner of brotherhoodÃ¢ÂÂ - or what the rest of us would probably call Ã¢ÂÂa dinnerÃ¢ÂÂ.
And it may be the last time that many of the squad will be speaking to each other - and possibly the first, according to La Liga LocaÃ¢ÂÂs club insider - due to the sporting Krypton Factor the CalderÃÂ³n club will be suffering over the next few weeks.
For those readers who may be feeling a little bit low today, then cheer yourselves up a tad with a glance at the upcoming fixture list for Atleti - Sevilla, Porto, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Porto, Villarreal.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs a run for the rojiblancos that should provide more material for the blog than ManicheÃ¢ÂÂs kaftan.
And talking of old blog rope, Roberto GÃÂ³mez has given up on fortune telling for the moment. And thatÃ¢ÂÂs no surprise considering last TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs assertive claim over Pedja MijatovicÃ¢ÂÂs future.
Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs a question of hours before the sporting director has to pack his bags and leave the club,Ã¢ÂÂ wrote Roberto in Marca. And technically, the crank columnist is correct as itÃ¢ÂÂs now been (at time of writing) 192 hours. But still no sign of any hectic hair gel action.
Pedja: Still lurking in the shadows
Still, one thing that the toadying tattler is very sure of indeed is the brilliance of Vicente Boluda - the greatest president in Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs history since the one before him. And the one before him. And the one before him.
Ã¢ÂÂBoluda is an example in a time of crisis,Ã¢ÂÂ gurgled GÃÂ³mez. Ã¢ÂÂHe only wants the members to feel proud of their club again.Ã¢ÂÂ
Marca is doing their best to assist in this effort with their latest golden give-away. Perhaps the best since the official club sandwich toaster. ItÃ¢ÂÂs an almost life-size, plastic model of the Bernabeu which also doubles as an iPod speaker and radio.
And this poses the question of whether itÃ¢ÂÂs so realistic that the speakers begin to whistle after 20 minutes if it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt like the music being played.