Behind every strong man there’s an even stronger woman.
Behind every Mark Hughes there’s a Kia Joorabchian.
There is nothing worse in sports – I repeat, nothing worse – than an agent who won’t shut their mouth and needs their quota of the limelight to make it through the day.
Kia Joorabchian is that type of person.
The agents don’t play on the field, they don’t make difficult personnel decisions, they don’t call plays or pick a formation, and they don’t build teams. Their sole job in the world of sports is to make sure players and managers they represent receive the maximum compensation they possibly can. No sports fan wants to hear about any of that. Everyone understands it’s a necessary evil, but no one wants to know what goes on. When an agent pipes up, it’s like nails on a chalkboard.
Joorabchian yesterday felt the need to defend himself when pundits began pointing fingers at him saying he’s behind some of the poor signings Mark Hughes made during his stint at Queens Park Rangers. The man’s brought all this on himself, really, considering the media wouldn’t even think to shake a finger at Hughes’ agent if Joorabchian wasn’t such an outspoken, arrogant, self-absorbed attention-seeker.
Look no further than what he said yesterday while defending his actions at QPR. “I am always interested to read or hear that I was responsible for so many players signed by QPR last season.”
Of course you are.
The man is attempting to defend his actions, and instead all he does is tell people how much he loves to see himself spoken about in the media! I realize he’s trying to make a point here, but aren’t there about 2,000 other ways to say the same thing without discussing how interested he is in seeing him own name in the papers?
American sports fans can relate Joorabchian to another arrogant person in the States with the same job, one Drew Rosenhaus. However, it seems over the years Rosenhaus has actually listened to much of the criticism of his attention-seeking strategies of the past, and has reformed his public persona to one of strictly business. Joorabchian could take a lesson from Rosenhaus, who is rarely seen in the media these days, and instead is rolling in piles of cash while his public image repairs itself over time.
Please, Kia, spare us. Shut up, and leave Mark Hughes to burn on his own. He doesn’t need any help, and he certainly doesn’t need someone to join him in the fire.