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Jul 13

So the World Cup is over. I’m depressed just writing that sentence.

There are many advantages to being a stay-at-home dad as well as many drawbacks. But when you live in a time zone where the matches kick-off at 630am, 9am and 130pm, it’s great not to have to worry about a thing like, “going to work.”

I’ve been lucky enough to see every single game live, apart from the simultaneous kick-offs at the end of the first round when I had to flick between channels. I’ve really enjoyed the whole tournament, though even if the players just came out and played keepy-uppy for 90 minutes I would have enjoyed that.

That indeed is one of those drawbacks about being a Mr Mom, the fact that your days can be somewhat repetitive. Although of course the miracle of watching your child grow up is wonderful and all that, there are only so many times you can get enthusiastic about pushing her on a swing or having a girlie princess tea party, and I’ve been a house husband for almost three years now. Thus you can imagine how fantastic it was to have five hours of football to watch daily.

June also saw me finish up my publicity for the book. Mostly. As an ex-journalist, and someone who worked in pr, I had a long list of contacts and ideas about promoting it. I spent a lot of nights emailing and researching all my jots and squiggles and finally – about 16 months after the US release and nine since the European version – I exhausted every angle I could think of.

That’s not to say I’m done. Just last week I got an invite to a Celtic festival in Jackson, Mississippi and also scheduled a Sam’s Club appearance. There are still review copies out, I’m hoping for another media interview or two, and at some stage I’d like to get up to places like Philadelphia and Boston. One night a week I go through my file and chase up reporters and such who promised to do something but as yet have not, but to all intents and purposes the Rea publicity machine has wound down.

I’ll continue to blog here, and on the Chelsea website as well for as long as they’ll have me, and the hope is that readers love my stuff so much they rush out and buy my book. And perhaps offer me lots of money to do something, preferably involving writing, but I’m not too fussy.

I was right when I picked Spain to win the tournament by the way. They deserved it, and I should know – after all I am a bit of an expert, having seen all the games…