Smudger Smith, the journeyman pro: Miliband causes shock at Sunderland

I must say I think it was a huge overreaction for Dave to walk away just because Paolo Di Canio had previously expressed support for the far right

In a professional career spanning almost two decades, Simon “Smudger” Smith has played for over 67 clubs and has reinvented himself time and again, from poacher to holding midfielder, centre-back to goalkeeper.

The week began with shocking revelations at Sunderland as it emerged David Miliband had a job there.

I must say I think it was a huge overreaction for Dave to walk away just because Paolo Di Canio had previously expressed support for the far right. I know the game has changed a lot but wingers still have their place. Paolo is getting a lot of stick but at least I expect he'll manage to get the training to run on time.

Monday saw an awful game between Chelsea and Man United in the FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser. It's rightly been criticised for being a watered down, inferior and bland version of an old British favourite.

I was disappointed to discover (through a taxi driver) that the Champions League was over for another season and we'd have to wait until August for the competition to begin again. That was until I received a text from Franny Jeffers letting me know the truth. It was great to see some English involvement with Beckham looking great on Tuesday night. That's to be expected but he also played quite well. It was disappointing to see Faith Terim's Galatasary team comprehensively outclassed by Real Madrid. I just hope he doesn't lose his job - it's important to keep Faith.

Yaya Toure has agreed a new four-year deal at City and I know from personal experience just how daunting it can be to sign a long-term contract. It's not all doom and gloom though as I get unlimited texts and free calls on the weekend.

I notice Joey Barton is in trouble again for his use of Twitter this week. I know what it's like when Joey has a pop using social media. Back in 2003 he changed his MSN screen name to 'Smudger was trying to throw his weight around in training earlier. Unfortunately nobody had an industrial strength catapult on them.' Fair play to the lad though, I sent him a pleading private message and he was good enough to change it back to a Nietzsche quote.

Follow me on @smudgersmithpro

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project