Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan isn’t a man you often see eating his own words but thanks to the heroics of Gareth Southgate and the England team out in Russia, he’s been forced to do just that.
Since leaving his post at Selhurst Park in 2010, the outspoken Jordan has often been seen offering his opinion on footballing matters across the media, with his own personal Twitter account having served up plenty of gems. Predictably, Jordan was less than thrilled by the prospect of Gareth Southgate taking over the role of England boss back in 2016, making his opinions known on Twitter is typically brutal fashion.
My final word I think it's a Sad reflection of our national sport that we have accepted the best we can have at the top is #garethsouthgate
— Simon Jordan (@Sjopinion10) November 30, 2016
He was by no means the only person to hold a dim view of Southgate’s appointment at the time and this piece certainly isn’t an attempt by me to dig him out. Instead, I felt it necessary to shine a light on the stunning job Southgate has done by forcing Jordan (a man not known as one to back down) to consume a giant slice of humble pie yesterday.
Vast swathes of the English football watching public have allowed the tidal wave of euphoria created by the current crop of players to wash over them this summer, with Jordan the latest to publicly declare his love for them. For a man so used to slating others to describe himself as a “buffoon” before hash-tagging #itscominghome onto the end of his statement says a great deal about the feat they’ve pulled off over in Russia, before a ball has even been kicked in the semi-final.
I think I May have got this slightly wrong …. my favourite word to describe an imbecile or imbecilic outlook is buffoon … I think, that in this instance it is applicable to me 🤡#itscomimghome https://t.co/oLH5c9l3Bo
— Simon Jordan (@Sjopinion10) July 9, 2018
Plenty of partisan and neutral observers agree that Croatia will provide the sternest test yet for this young England side but having reached the final four of a World Cup for the first time in 28 years, it’s not flippancy on my part to suggest that they can take the field on Wednesday without feeling that much pressure to advance to the final in Moscow. Of course, it would be a watershed moment for the country but having gone so far above and beyond the expectations laid out for them when they first left the country, any success beyond this point will be looked upon by the masses as a joy-filled bonus.
If you can force Simon Jordan into publicly taking the mickey out of himself, you’re doing something right.