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All Things Footie | Monday, July 8 | Jordan

Less El Telly

The appointment of Terry Venables as Leeds' new manager means that the ex-England manager will have to cut down on his lucrative TV appearances. We're all gutted, but I'm sure his two year contract will compensate him adequately and I'd imagine he's happy to be back in management after a year twiddling his thumbs. We can only guess that he was Peter Ridsdale's second choice after Martin O'Neil — the papers certainly missed out on that one. I think he's probably a good man for the job, and may help sort out Leeds' intrinsic problems with discipline and inconsistency. His army of ‘contacts’ may also help shift some of the players that have been bogging down the 2001 Champions League semi finalists.

England's number one and Arsenal 'keeper David Seaman has announced he has no plans to quit the game. The 38 year old has not taken Ronaldinho's free kick to heart (as well he shouldn't) and will be competing for the number one spot at Arsenal next season along with Richard Wright and youngster Stuart Taylor.

Talking of Arsenal, they seem to have hit a bit of a stumbling block in their bid to sign PSV Eindhoven's Marc Van Bommel. Offering a cash plus Kanu deal, the lanky amusement arcade was dismissed by PSV Chairman Harry Van Raaij in the rather harsh statement ‘what do I want with Kanu?’ A bit harsh as far as I'm concerned — I'm still convinced he'll go to Fulham or Chelsea.

If you're a 'boro fan you've got to be happy. I suspect the re-signing of Juninho may not turn out to be spectacular, but he hardly cost the earth and will certainly have a positive effect on the team. Steve McLaren's other coup however, could turn out to be the signing of the summer. The last time I saw Massimo Maccarone he scored one of the best goals I've seen all year against a strong England Under 21 side then won a penalty a day later against the seniors. £8.1m does sound like a lot of money for one so young and without big club experience (the selling club was Serie A mid tablers Empoli). I predict a star.

Everton and Middlesbrough target Michael Boulding has signed on a free transfer (from Grimbsy) for Aston Villa. The 26 year old has signed a (short bearing in mind he was on a Bosman) one year contract and I assume he's been brought in to try and give Villa some desperately needed width and creativity in midfield. Meanwhile wantaway midfielder George Boateng has been told he can leave and Darius Vassell has expressed his disappointment at being dropped for England in the latter stages of the World Cup campaign. I'd have thought he was delighted — anything passes for news in the weeks waiting for the season to start.

Sunderland have finally signed Tranmere's Sean Thornton. Seeing as the player spent most of last season traning with the Makems (despite being a tranmere player) it's not really a surprise, the two clubs still need to agree compensation under the new transfer regulations.

International manager news; Gus Hiddink will be going back to PSV. National treasure Zbigniew Boniek has been appointed as Poland manager after the teams dissapointing World Cup. Senegal's Bruno Mestu is going down in the World, taking over at UAE's Al-Ain (I'm guessing he's going to become a very rich man). Argentina's coach Mario Biesla will not be offered a new contract by the National FA (shame). French coach Roger Lemerre has left the job, leaving a battle between a reported ‘three or four’ likely candidates.

The competition is clearly tough in the Oceania Nations Cup. Australia beat Caledonia 11-0 in the quarter finals with four goals from the unpronounceably named Bobby Despotovski. International giants Vanatu beat Fiji 1-0 in the other game.

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