HOT OR NOT: Glastonbury get in World Cup spirit… but Newcastle are disrespectful to Benitez

HOT OR NOT: Glastonbury get in World Cup spirit by showing England game… but Newcastle are disrespectful to departing Rafa Benitez

  • Thousands watched at Glastonbury as England beat Norway at the World Cup
  • Benitez found out from a friend that Newcastle had announced his departure 
  • Cheltenham fans have organised touching tribute to Justin Edinburgh 
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It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Kieran Gill reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week. 

HOT

GLASTONBURY

Well done to Glastonbury bosses for not being sticks in the mud. 

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Lionesses midfielder Georgia Stanway asked if they would show England’s game against Norway so her brother, who was attending the festival, could watch it. 

A big crowd watched England beat Norway 3-0 at the Women's World Cup at Glastonbury

A big crowd watched England beat Norway 3-0 at the Women’s World Cup at Glastonbury

They happily obliged and thousands got into the Women’s World Cup spirit at Worthy Farm. Don’t expect the same at the All England Club, mind. As with last year’s men’s World Cup, it is strictly tennis only at Wimbledon.

CHELTENHAM TOWN

Cheltenham go to Leyton Orient on the first day of the season and their fans have crowdfunded a memorial flag for the late O’s manager Justin Edinburgh. 

Cheltenham fans have organised touching tribute to late O’s manager Justin Edinburgh

Cheltenham fans have organised touching tribute to late O’s manager Justin Edinburgh

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Cheltenham fans have organised touching tribute to late O’s manager Justin Edinburgh

Their target of £500 for a 24ft by 12ft flag with an image of Edinburgh and the words ‘He made you dream again’ was reached within five hours. 

What a wonderful gesture.

WAYNE ROONEY

Three former Manchester United forwards are among the top five scorers in MLS — Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Nani. The headlines this week belong to Rooney, however, after scoring from his own half for the third time in his career. 

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This time he did it for DC United, striking with unerring accuracy after spying the goalkeeper off his line. He hasn’t lost it.

NOT

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Rafa Benitez led Newcastle back to the Premier League, then achieved a top-half finish. 

He kept them there for a further season, while their net transfer spend shows they made more money than they spent during his time in charge. 

Rafa Benitez found out from a friend that Newcastle had announced his departure
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Rafa Benitez found out from a friend that Newcastle had announced his departure

Rafa Benitez found out from a friend that Newcastle had announced his departure

Despite that, Benitez only found out the club had announced his departure on their website, when a friend called and told him. 

How disrespectful can you get?

JONNY BAIRSTOW

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Jonny had a message for England’s critics after back-to-back defeats at the World Cup. ‘People were waiting for us to fail,’ said the Yorkshireman. ‘In many ways, they are waiting for you to get that loss, so they can jump on your throat.’ 

Really? Sorry to disappoint you, joyful Jonny, but you’ll find most in this country want England’s cricketers to win, journalists included. 

FORMULA ONE

The average fan seems to be falling out of love with Formula One and its lack of competitiveness. Mercedes have won all eight races in 2019, with Lewis Hamilton strolling to a sixth victory in France last week. 

Hamilton even said F1 was in a ‘mess’ after his one-sided win and called for changes. When the finest driver of our generation says that, alarm bells should be ringing.

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