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Spending Spree

There must be a few worried executives at ENIC. With Spurs signing Rivaldo and Fernando Morientes from Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, there's going to have to be some penny pinching over the next twelve months. Fans will be delighted to see Glenn Hoddle respond to Tim Sherwood's criticism with such aplomb, making the two biggest signings in the clubs' history. The £19m fee for Morientes and his extortionate wages (to compensate for moving from the European Champions to a perennial mid table Premiership side), coupled with Rivaldo's £100,000 a week demands will have the accountants tearing their hair out I'm sure.

And meanwhile — in the real World (as opposed to the one a certain mental ex-England manager lives in) — Leeds have signed a bargain basement Nicky Barmby from Liverpool for £2.75m. It looks like a case of a manager bringing in old mates, because I can't really see what Barmby will bring to the squad. With Harry Kewell operating on the left flank and youngster Harpal Singh ready to break through it looks like it'll be another couple of years on the bench for Barmby (injuries permitting).

A Disgrace Unfolds

Wimbledon (the club that used to be Wimbledon) have submitted a planning application for a temporary 12,000 seater stadium in Milton Keynes. Charles Koppel (or Beelzebub as he's known in some parts of the country) hopes to have the stadium, built in the National Bowl, operational by Christmas. How many people will turn up for the curtain raiser I wouldn't like to say, but I'd guess that more of them will be shouting and holding placards than watching football.

I think the whole situation is absolutely deplorable and should be taken notice of by every football fan in the country. This is how far it can go people, be warned. It would be wrong to assume the Wombling spirit is dead though, thanks to Ivor Heller, Kris Stewart and the people at Sports Interactive (who make Championship Manager), AFC Wimbledon were born last month. If you live anywhere near Kingsmeadow then get yourself down there and support a real football team.

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