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All Things Footie | Thursday, May 31 | Jordan

Just a quickie

Steve Bruce is named new manager of Crystal Palace - good player but I'm less than convinced with his managerial ability.

Man Utd's South African international Quinton Fortune has suffered nothing but bad luck *belly laugh* since joining the Premiership champs, mostly playing understudy to hairy monster Ryan Giggs. His place on the subs bench is getting uncomfortable and he's requested a transfer - I've always thought he looked alright, Ieft winger anyone?

Thieving scouser (cultural stereotype, no accusations intended) Steve Gerrard picks up the all things footie award for stating the obvious....

"Patrick Vieira is a lot better than me."

He's a lot better than everyone Steven.

England News : Joe Cole wants to play on the left side of midfield - I've heard worse idea's. Michael Owen isn't going to miss the Greece game, he's just resting - poor love.

And finally... more good news for the rest of the Premiership, Phil Neville has signed a new six year deal with united - Kenyon you've been robbed.

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All Things Footie | Tuesday, May 29 | Jordan

Transfers (again)

The 'big' story is that Inter are holding talks with Sol Campbell - as are every other European club who'll pay �100,000 a week.

Fergie will be dissapointed, Parma have agreed to sell French defender Lilian Thuram to Real Madrid for a reputed �17m. He has been given the go-ahead by the board to spend �40m though so he won't be complaining that much.

Liverpool are renewing heir interest in young Coventry goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, the youngster recently insisted he wanted to stay at Cov and signed a new 5 year contract only a few weeks ago. The lure of Champions league football (providing Liverpool successfully negotiate the qualifying round) might well play a major part in his decision. The reds are also after the aformentioned ex-Spurs skipper

More midfielders linked with Arsenal, this time it's the turn of Bayern captain Steffan Effenberg - sounds like nonsense paper talk to me. Talk of a move for Zinedine Zidane look to be a little optimistic, the French genius has been linked with a move for the Woir;d Player of the Year but Zidane insists he'd rather go to Spain. I don't blame him, athough the weather here's not much worse at the moment.

John Gregory's job security looks a bit shaky - unsurprisingly. Showdown talks with Doug Ellis are abound.

And finally... you've got to feel for John Jensen, the ex-Arsenal player, is now managing Danish side Helfolge who were relgated yesterday. The small village team surprised everyone last year by winning the title, there's still hope of United playing Nationwide football in a years time then.....

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All Things Footie | Monday, May 28 | Jordan

Bolton are Back

After 4 years in the first division, Bolton Wanderers are back in the Premiership. I have to say I'm happy - I had a double on England and Bolton *rubs hands with glee*.

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All Things Footie | | Jordan

Transfer Rumblings

Lots of stuff rumoured to be happening at the moment. Here's an attempt to condense it all.....

Transfer of Jerzy Dudek to Arsenal still on, transfer fee being negotiated, Giovanni Van Bronkhurst apparently also on his way to Highbury. The Dutch international was going to Chelsea but they were unwilling to pay �10m, Arsenal were more ready to offer that kind of cash - probably as a 'singal' to Vieira that they're serious.

Francis Jeffers has refused his new contract offer from Everton - front runners to sign the highly rated player are... you guessed it, Arsenal. Sunderland and Middlesborough have also been keeping an eye on developments and will no doubt join the race for the striker.

Now Sol won't be there much longer Spuds are after wantaway Villa defender Gareth Southgate, an asking price of around �6m is likely to be met by the clubs new owners ENIC.

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All Things Footie | | Jordan

It's all happening

Where's Sol Campbell going then? Real, Barca, Arsenal, United, Juventus......... Best guess is Real/Barca probably Barca as they lost out on Figo. Anyone who say's Sol wanted to stay at Spurs is talking toss, it's not a money thing - they offered him �80,000 a week for gods sake!

Next subject ; Patrick Vieira. The man from Senegal is all over the back pages in 'Fergie given go ahead to make �20m bid fir Arsenal ace' stories. Let's get this straight, Arsenal will not sell their best player to their main rivals - not for �100m. The fans wouldn't take it, the players wouldn't take it and the board (mostly being Arsenal fans) won't do it. I'll change my name to Teddy Sheringham if it happens. A move abroad isn't as ludicrous but I've got faith in Paddy, he'll stay.

Playoff's

Quite a dramatic match yesterday as Walsall beat Reading to clinch promotion back to the first division. After going 2-1 down early in extra-time they showed tremendous spirit to come back (even though the first goal was a total fluke) with sub Darren Byfield turning and smashing in a low goal from 25 yards. Well done.

Well done to Blackpool too, who beat Leyton Orient in the third division playoff final. And good luck to Bolton and Preston too, who do battle for a place in the premiership tonight.

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All Things Footie | Saturday, May 26 | Jordan

Pre Season Friendlies

I don't know how much interest this will be of to any non-Arsenal fans but here are the dates of a few pre-season games (for Arsenal) in Europe, if you're nearby on your hols or something you could always pop along.

These dates are not confirmed by Arsenal, for some reason they don't like people knowing when the games are.... oops.

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English Pride

Well done to the lads for getting (and deserving) a great result last night. To paraphrase a friend of mine who I watched the game with, the old England would still have got a result - but they wouldn't have got it with style. I'd also like to take back any dissenting comments about Beckham's ability to captain a team (I think I've already done it once but I feel I need to say it again). The haircut's beginning to grow on me too, not literally I hasten to add.

The only criticism I can level is that Heskey looked out of place in the company of Scholes, Gerrard and Beckham (plus the rest of the team - bar Neville). I know he was out of position but simple things like his touch and the ability to pass the ball 4 yards were just lacking from his game. He still looks like the lumbering oaf he always has been, Houllier has not 'turned' him into a 'great player', he's just as good/bad as he was at Leicester. For a short period after he moved his confidence was high and he scored a couple of spectacular goals, and that's it.

Oh, and one more thing...... Phil Neville. Why? Danny Mills should have started, he and Joe Cole were the only highlight of the second half. The main difference between the team in the first and second half was the ability to play from the back.

Keown, Ferdinand and Cole were excellent in the sense that the midfield had the confidence to push up and let them come forward and start attacking from the back. In the second half the only defender to remain on the pitch was the only one who doesn't possess this ability. Southgate, Carragher and Powell looked like second choice and in my opinion are not international class.

And Phil Neville on the right wing..... Phil Neville?!?

Malicious Rumours

Gleamed from callers to the Soccer AM five minute phone in - Someone spotted a teach yourself Spanish book and tape on David Beckham's car seat while he was training at United, Spanish mistress, Spanish arrival at MU or a departure for Mr Beckham? And Zinedine Zidane has apparently enrolled his kid in a school around the Mersey area, a bit far fetched methinks. Although he might be moving to Everton

And finally, Teddy Sheringham has moved to Spuds on a free - two year contract apparently, oh who cares.

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All Things Footie | Friday, May 25 | Jordan

Come on England

After the England U21's demolished the young mexicans 3-0 with young Arsenal winger/striker Jermaine Pennant picking up the man of the match award, it's time for the big boys to have a go. Gerrard looks as though he'll miss the game with (surpirse) a back injury and with Ray Parlour out too it looks like an all Man United central midfield unless Sven has the courage to pick Carrick or Cole (Joe).

Mexico really shouldn't pose a great problem with only two of the team under contract to a club and one of their best players, Jesus Arelliano not even turning up to the airport (due to toothache). My prediction for the England starting line up....

David Seaman
Jamie CarragherMartin KeownRio FerdinandAshley Cole
David BeckhamPaul ScholesNicky ButtEmile Heskey
Michael OwenRobbie Fowler

Sol Away

It looks as though Sol Cambell's talk of staying put was a load of nonsense as he has refused an alleged �80,000 a week contract offer from Spuds. I don't know how he could have expected them to offer him more money but that's what it looks like he wanted. Either that or he never really wanted to stay in the first place. The question is where will he go? United have always been interested, a move of club - but not house - to Arsenal is a possibility, Liverpool are said to be interested as well as the host of Spanish and Italian clubs. It should be interesting to watch anyway. I don't rate him that highly myself so as far as I'm concerned he can go where he likes.

In some European news FC Twente have won the Dutch Cup beating PSV 4-3 on penalties, Twente goalkeeper Sander Boschker saved three consecutive penalties after they went 3-1 down in the shootout. Fiorentina have beaten Parma 1-0 in the first leg of the Italian cup, a Paolo Vanoli header giving them a slender lead to take into the second leg.

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All Things Footie | Thursday, May 24 | Jordan

Dodgy Bosses All Round

Man City appoint Kevin Keegan? Middlesborough put inexperienced Steve McClaren in charge? Are these clubs asking for trouble? The last thing either of them need is emotional instability or lack of experience (respectively). It'll all end in tears.

Rumours regarding the move of Feynoord 'keeper Jerzy Dudek to Arsenal have been strengthened by the alleged existence of www.arsenal.com/player_dudek.htm for a short while yesterday, I didn't see it myself but I have it on good authority that it did exist and a number of people viewed it before it was removed from the server. I don't think it's still up but feel free to try.

Ipswich are after Leicester misift Darren Eadie it looks like they're willing to pay about �3m for the midfielder, extortionate if you ask me.

Kevin Gallacher, Daniel Cordone, Des Hamilton and David McMahon have all been released by Newcastle and out of contract midfielder Stephen Glass looks set to join them, with the Magpies reluctant to offer him a new deal.

The transfer of Jan Koller to Fulham has taken another bounce as he seems to prefer Dortmund again, decisions, decisions.....

And finally... good luck to England U21 who take on Mexico (U21) at Filbert Street tonight, I may go along to see it. I may not. :-)

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All Things Footie | Wednesday, May 23 | Jordan

The Future's Bright..

The future's Arsenal. Congratulations to the Arsenal youth team on successfully defending the FA Youth Cup, the first side to do so since Crystal Palace in 1978. Last nights second leg wasn't quite as easy as the first leg 5-0 drubbing, Blackburn put up quite a fight in the end winning 3-1. The game itself was almost a carbon copy of any number of first team games this season, a whole host of chances and all the possession but the opposition were more clinical in 3 of their 4 shots on goal.

Enough whinging, 6-3 winners on aggregate - well done.

Why?

If I was Sven I would ban him from the training ground

Beckham's Mohiiiiiican

Bits and Bobs

Why is there such a scramble for a man with no managerial experience. By all accounts Steve McClaren is a superb coach and for that reason I'd like to see him take up a position on the permanent England coaching staff, but the way Middlesborough and West Ham are chasing him is almost naive. Look what happened with Brian Kidd at Blackburn. Good coach does not equal good manager.

Now thats off my chest.... Charlton have completed the signing of 28 year old South African captain Shaun Bartlett from FC Zurich for about �2m.

Teddy Sheringham looks almost certain to be re-joining Tottenham on a two year deal worth approx �30,000 a week, the arrival of �19m Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Alan Sugars departure will be major factors in his decision as well as the opportunity to move closer to his son who lives in Hertfordshire.

And Finally.... Ian Nolan has been released on a free by Bradford, the best part is he found this out by checking out Bradford's website

"Jim told me he was going to tell the chairman that I was one of the players he wanted to keep at the club.

You've got to feel for the guy.

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All Things Footie | Tuesday, May 22 | Jordan

News

Sven Gordon Eriksson has signalled he will play big lumbering carthorse Emile Heskey on the left wing for England, why? who knows. With Steve McManaman being allowed to stay with Real Madrid Erikssons choices are limited for a wide left player, I just ask the question why do you need a wide left player? Don't tell me Erikssons' tactical knowledge consists only of a 4-4-2 formation.

From another point of view, why did he only choose one player in the squad who can (albeit out of position) play in the left? He was willing to pick Chris Powell to fill the left-back position so why not pick another untested player to fill in on the wing? To be honest Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt have played there more often than Heskey. I just don't see the need.

I've heard a lot of talk about David Moyes being the prime candidate to replace Joe Royle as Man City manager. To be honest, even if Preston don't go up I think Moyes would rather be at deepdale, I know I would. A lot less expectation, less expensive flops to deal with and probably a better chance of getting into the Premiership (in the short term). Emotional cripple Kevin Keegan is also expected to be approached for the job at Maine Road.

Inter Milan would like to sign Carling Player of the Season Patrick Vieira..... who wouldn't?

Liverpool have apparently turned down a �3.5m bid from Spurs for Christian Ziege, hankering after the �5m they paid Middlesborough. They'd be lucky, he's just another average full-back who can't defend but takes good free kicks (see Ian Harte).

And finally..... Italian playboy and Watford boss Gianluca Vialli has transfer listed club captain Robert Page as well as Steve Palmer and Peter Kennedy, that'll cheer the fans up.

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All Things Footie | | Jordan

About Burley Time

Congratulations to George Burley on being awarded the League Managers Association 'Manager of the Year' award. Burley has done a truly excellent job in not only keeping Ipswich Town in the Premiership but leading them into Europe too. It's good to see that the LMA acknowledges the job done by mangers not handed success to them on a plate and gives credit where it's due for the incredible work done by managers at clubs where money is an issue.

He Comes Form Senegal...

Arsenal's midfield lynchpin Patrick Vieira has been awarded Carling Player of the Season, none of the Teddy Sheringham nonsense from them. Vieira's workrate, consistency and technical ability unsurpassed in the Premiership IMO.... yes including Roy Keane, has resulted in him finally being recognised as one of the most important footballers in the Premiership. A statement from the awards panel read as follows......

"'Vieira has it all skill on the ball, pace, and the ability to score and create goals.

"He has also been committed to the Arsenal cause throughout the season.

"He has dominated the midfield area in the Carling Premiership and has shown the rest of us how it should be done.

"Vieira is the central figure around which the Arsenal team works, he is the player that makes them tick. If he continues this form in the future he could well be made Arsenal's captain in seasons to come."

Well done Paddy, you deserve it.

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All Things Footie | Monday, May 21 | Jordan

Royle My Arse.

Man City have sacked manager Joe Royle, the man who took city from the second division to the premiership in two seasons and then back down to the nationwide again has been booted out by an unhappy board. A superb nationwide manager, I'm sure he'll return to the game soon enough but he won't be buying Paulo Wanchope or George Weah again. I've never thought he was cut out for the top flight, give him a bit of cash and he'll buy you a load of expensive donkeys.

As reported yesterday Sylvain Wiltord has gone awol, after turning up late for training for the third time Wenger had a go, Wiltord left in a strop and it's thought Wenger will be happy to let him go for less than the �13m Arsenal paid Bordeaux less than a year ago.

In the meantime - highly rated Feynoord 'keeper Jerzy Dudek is thought to be a target for Wenger, the 28 year old was watched by the frugal Frenchman in their 2-2 draw with Utrecht. It's thought the regular Polish international will command a fee of about �5/6m.

Gus Poyet looks to be on the move, not guarenteed a place in Chelsea's starting line up and unhappy with the progress of the blues it seems he'll be joining Fulham or Spuds in the near future. If North London's holy man Hoddle can snap up Southampton's Dan Petrescu (as has been speculated), Poyet could favour the move to White Hart Lane as the pair are good friends ;)

West Ham look set to unveil Steve McLaren as their new manager at some point in the next couple of days, that'll please Fergie.....

Newcastle are apparently after Bastia's attacking midfielder Yann Lachuer, the ex-PSG playmaker will cost the magpies about �1.5m. Scouts from the Toon were originally looking at striker Pierre-Yves Andre but the highly rated Frenchman has agreed a move to Nantes and they don't want to come back empty handed.

And finally... remember Emmanuel Omoyimni? the West Ham striker who played when cup-tied, forcing a replay which the hammers subsequently lost? Well Sunderland are close to making a move for the (now at Oxford) forward offering in the region of �400,000 and a place in a premiership squad as opposed to third division.

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All Things Footie | Sunday, May 20 | Jordan

Todays News

I might as well start with the biggest news of the day - the England squad to face Mexico on Friday (friendly) and Greece on June 6th (WC Qual) is as follows....

Goalkeepers

Defence

Midfield

Strikers

Not really any surprises there, a call up for Alan 'Psycho' Smith and recalls for Martin Keown and Gareth Southgate the only real talking points. No place for Gavin McCann or Kevin Phillips and Ugo Ehiogu's excellent performances in recent weeks have not been enough to get him in the squad.

(Seemingly) Random Transfer Talk

Arsene Wenger has denied recent rumours of a 'done deal' involving Roma's Japanese midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata, when asked about the move he responded "I'm not especially interested in him, no."

Still with Arsenal Sylvain Wiltord has apparently gone walkies to Paris, suggesting he's played his last game for the gunners. Just about every striker in Europe is being linked with a move to replace the Ian Wright lookalike with strong whisperings regarding PSV's Mateja Kezman and Juve's unhappy forward David Trezeguet.

Alaves' Romainian right back Cosmin Contra is being linked with a score of clubs from Liverpool to Real Madrid - a move to the Bernebeu looks most likely though with Real's general manager Jorge Valdano sorting out the move the night before the UEFA cup final.

Finally, Chelsea are apparently in for Giovanni Van Bronkhurst offering a big �9m after upping their original �6m offer and Man Utd have offered Bayern Munich a substantial sum for French left back Bixente Lizerazu (if I've spelt that right it's a miracle).

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All Things Footie | Saturday, May 19 | Jordan

..end of another season

It's not all bad I suppose - 94 clubs in the league would kill for second in the premiership, so I reckon it's something to be proud of - especially as 10 months ago some sections of the media didn't even think we'd finish in the top 4. The future looks bright too with the youths trouncing Blackburn in a superb game on Friday in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final. The second leg is pretty academic though with Arsenal coming out 5-0 winners inspired by a magnificen performance from young Jermaine Pennant, or 'Peninho' as I understand the lads have taken to calling him. A full match report can be found on arsenal.com with pictures!!!

In the meantime Liverpool have picked up third spot and will be treated to the Champions League next season (when they may face teams with better defences than Porto and Alaves). Leeds should be dissapointed with themselves for not managing third place and Ipswich delighted that they'll be catching planes to further away than Tyneside next season.

I'm not going to get drawn into the Alex Ferguson thing because I think it's ridiculous, he couldn't have been naive enough to think that the most heartless, ruthless board in the country was going to pay him a load of money to show his face at a few charity dinners and be the corporate face of Man U in SIngapore for the rest of his days.... did he?

There's so much to talk about I think I'll do a season review. Expect a new season's worth of rant coming soon.....

Obligatory Transfer Musings

Arsenal are currently talking terms with Japanese playmaker Hidetoshi Nakata, also it seems the gunners have young Icelandic midfielder Olafur Ingi Skulason on trial as he played for the reserves against Chelsea.

Liverpool are apparently about to replace current king of dodgy 'keepers Sander Westerveld with Oliver Kahn of Bayern Munich, why he'd want to leave a team that are on their way to winning the proper European Cup for one who brag about holding the Euro Windscreens Shield I don't know - but thats the talk.

And finally.... apologies to anyone tuning in to SS1 to watch the FA Youth Cup Final, SS2 was (I'm sure you found) the correct channel. Poor intelligence reports, what else can I say? Try to catch the second leg at Ewood park on tuesday, 8:05pm kick off, live on (fingers crossed) Sky Sports 1.

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All Things Footie | Friday, May 18 | Jordan

Transfers

Just a quick note to say that Sunderland have signed 19 year old Argentinian forward Nicolas Medina for a fee of around �3.5m from Argentinos Juniors. He has represented Argentina at U-17 and U19 level and is an ex (now reunited) teamate of the black cats' defender Julio Arca.

Fulham have also made their first (of many, I expect) siging of the summer, �8m giant Jan Koller. The Czech international had apparently signed for Dortmund earlier in the week but the deal fell through due to Dortmund reducing thier offer. Something to do with the Belgian press valuing him at less than the asking price - strange situation... don't ask me. There should be a few laughs next season anyway when the 6ft 8in freak struts his stuff in the Barclaycard Premiership.

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All Things Footie | | Jordan

Painful penalties

The more penalty shoot outs I watch the more unfair they seem to be. You have to feel sorry for Birmingham, losing the two most important games of the season on the 12 yard lottery. The only surprise is that the game they deserved to win more was against Liverpool. Although I do think it was a very unproffessional decision by the ref to choose the Preston end to take the penalties in, appealling against it is a pretty futile pursuit. I suppose Trevor feels like he should do something though. Congratuilations to Bolton and Preston though, it should make an interesting final.

Talking of finals - it's the FA Youth Cup final (1st leg) tonight at Highbury. Arsenal are making a bid to retain the trophy they won last year as a strong Blackburn team visit tonight. It will be live at 7:00 on Sky Sports 1 for anyone interested who can't make it to Highbury (if you can tickets are only �3) and it should be a cracking game. Arsenal, recognised as "one of the best youth outfits in the country" - Bobby Downes ('Rovers academy director), will start favourites after dispatching Ipswich in 3-4, 4-2 thrillers in the semis but the young 'Rovers players are no slouches, beating Liverpool on penalties in the previous round. Good luck to the young gunners and lets hope it's a good game - we can still win one cup :)

In the News

Glenn Hoddle has confirmed Spuds' interest in re-signing Teddy Sheringham while Parma have made an enquiry about Coventry 'keeper Magnus Hedman as their highly rated young stopper Gianluigi Buffon looks set to leave in the summer. Still on the subject of goalkeepers, Ipswich's talented youngster Richard Wright has agreed to sign a new 5 year deal with the tractor-boys, all set to play European football next season.

And finally, in manegerial news - Brian Kidd is being lined up to replace Terry Venables at Middlesborough, whether Bryan Robson will stay is another matter. Alan Curbishley's chances of taking over the vacant West Ham job are slimming as he's revealed he thinks the Charlton board will not let him go.

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All Things Footie | Thursday, May 17 | Jordan

A Tale of Two Hendries

Now - while I don't pretend to like the little elfin troublemaker (Lee), I do and always have thought that being disciplined for celebrating a goal is a waste of time and utterly idiotic. On the other hand it's an odd irony that on the same day Colin (no relation) has had his ban reduced for nearly killing a San Marino player in a (pretty much) non competitive game.

As reproted yesterday Edgar Davids has been found guilty of using banned substances and has recieved an indefinate ban from the FIGC (Italian football federation). It will be a blow to Juve, who are second and hoping to catch up with Roma in Serie A.

Good news for the rest of the Premiership, Gary Neville looks set to sign a new 6 year deal with United meaning for that at least another half-decade the English Champions will have a quarter dodgy defence.

Claudio Ranieri has denied Chelsea are after Marseille defender William Gallas, while a 'we'll match any other offer' message has been sent from the club to West Ham regarding their want-away midfielder Frank Lampard.

And Finally..... Terry Venables has announced he will announce his decision on his future tomorrow. Probably signalling he'll be off and no doubt Bryan Robson will follow leaving another vacant Premiership job..

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All Things Footie | Wednesday, May 16 | Jordan

New Link

I've added a link to the RSSSF on my links page. Want to know what the RSSSF is? You'll have to have a look then won't you...

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Dirty Davids

Edgar Davids has failed another test for a banned steroid (our old friend nandralone again), does this man never learn? He could have been winning the ECC with Arsenal next season if it wasn't for his foolishness. I wonder if he'll still be advertising Nike?

The (ex?) Dutch International now faces a very lengthly ban from the game, he did look like he was on something in Euro 2000 the way he was playing. He was superb though, it's a shame really - especially if it has got anything to do with the dutch national teams medical staff....

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More Rumours/News

Houllier :

"We're not lucky or boring"

....and Gary Neville is the most talented english defender since Bobby Moore.

Alex Ferguson has been offered a 2 year contract by Barca worth a whopping �6m. Sol Campbell also has an offer from the catalan club and their main rivals (Real Madrid) both worth �30m over 5 years with another �5m signing on fee, yet the idiot is still considering an offer from Spuds.

Leeds are after AC Milan full back Thomas Helveg and midfielder Rene Gattuso (who I reckon looks to be a class player), possibly involving a swap of Viduka. Nigel Martyn is also seriously considering an offer from Fulham, is there any keeper safe from Al Fayed?

Pep Guardiola has joined Inter, rejecting the offer from Tottenham and Emmanuel Petit has also rejected the doomed North London club, he prefers the look of the bright lights of Chelsea Village... I mean football club. Another player apparently on his way to Chelsea is Marseille defender William Gallas.

Everyones leaving Rangers, Albertz back to Germany with Hamburg - Claudio Reyna will probably be off to Sunderland - Tugay to Blackburn and Giovanni Van Bronkhurst to... someone. Thats if you believe the Daily Record.

French star David Trezeguet (the one who scored the scorcher against Man Utd to knock them out of the Champions League in 97/98) could be on his way to Arsenal, Liverpool or Fiorentina, with the Italians already starting negotiations and all number of Henry/Wenger/Houllier - best friend/mentors links being drawn upon.

Chesterfield have, in a Prashan Ditani/Dream Team kind of move, gone into administration owing �1,600,000. With the possibility of ex-chairman Darren Brown buying it for a pittance and asset-stripping then selling the club. Not good news.

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All Things Footie | Tuesday, May 15 | Jordan

Transfer News

I'm thinking about setting up a different page for this. Now the summer's nearly here, this kind of thing will really get out of hand. It keeps me busy I suppose..... here's a few things I've heard on the grapevine......

Arsenal are interested in Bayern's young midfield dynamo Owen Hargreaves, after his superb display in the European Champions Cup semi-final last week and Arsenal's lack of cover in midfield it's not beyond the realms of possibility that he could be making his way over to London in the near future.

Celtic have contacted relegated Coventry about surely the most nomadic striker in English football - John Hartson is contemplating a �2m switch to Parkhead rather than spend a season (or more) in the first division. Coventry to Champions League, not a bad move.....

I wouldn't be surprised if Dennis Wise was at Watford in a couple of weeks and there has been talk of Jody Morris linking up with Vialli again. I for one would be very surprised if he swapped the Premiership for the First Division at his age but who knows? Maybe he's not in Ranieri's immediate plans and he would (probably) only be in a lower division for one season.

Fulham, for a change. Jan Koller no longer looking likely with a switch to Dortmund looking more probable. The signing of Russian keeper Nigmutielliniensn or whatever his name is has been cancelled as Lokomotiv Moscow have refused to release him (the Russian season is not finished for a while), Fulham have gone after Panathinaikos stopper Antonis Nikopolodis for about a million. Wimbledon midfielder Micheal Hughes has also been linked with a �2m move to Craven Cottage.

And finally.... Hibs midfielder Russell Latapy has been sacked. He missed training before the Hearts-Hibs derby and spent the day getting rat-arsed with Dwight Yorke, he was aso charged with drink driving by police on Friday evening. Classic. I wonder if Yorke will be punished.

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All Things Footie | Sunday, May 13 | Jordan

FA Cup trip

Well done Liverpool, you highlighted Arsenal's main (only?) fault in that even though we were by far and away the better team we didn't put our chances away and ended up regretting it. Banner of the day for those of you that didn't see it, made all the more poignant by his outstanding performance

"When God made Patrick Vieira, he was just showing off"

There's a new rant for your reading pleasure, an account of my trip to Cardiff and my thoughts on the game.

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All Things Footie | Wednesday, May 9 | Jordan

Gossip and stuff

French midfielder Eric Carriere of Nantes has claimed Chelsea are interested in his signature, David O'Leary has offered Rangers �10m for Barry Ferguson who Arsenal and Man Utd have been watching recently. Barcelona have offered Sol Campbell �100 000 per week tax free, as if he needed a reason to leave Spuds.... everyone knows Sheringham is going to go back to 'the lane' as well.

Following failed dope tests from Frank De Boer and Edgar Davids speculation is abound that Dutch national team coaches/dietitions have been slipping the orange people extra curricular supplements.... Stam and Van Nistelrooy are in for tests, wouldn't you love to see Fergies face if they both fail :)

Fulham are in for Russian international keeper Rusian Nigmatulin for �1.2m, Notts Forest's promising youngster and England U21 international David Prutton is up for sale for around �4m, they need the cash. West Ham will lose Sebastien Schemmel, Kaba Diawara, Davor Suker, Christian Bassila, Paul Kitson and Ian Pearce from their wage bill this summer - not directly related to Harry Redknap's 'resignation'.

*breathes out* ....thats all I can remember.....

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All Things Footie | | Jordan

Things not 'awight 'arry?

I wonder what odd's you'd have got this morning on Harry Redknapp not being manager of West Ham this afternoon? I wonder how many bids will arrive in the next week for Joe Cole, Micheal Carrick, Fred Kanut�, Paulo Di Canio and Frank Lampard.

I've always liked 'honest' Harry Redknapp, proper football man, knows his job and knows his players. I'm sure all but the steeliest of hammers fans will be sad to see him go. The question is why? has he got another job lined up? did the board give him a roasting about nearly getting relegated? has he just had enough of the pressure and workload? only time will tell I guess.

Will Cole and Carrick b e so eager to stay now their mentor has gone? With a bit of luck wenger will sign them both. What do you think? go to the

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All Things Footie | Sunday, May 6 | Jordan

Grovel

You may be forgiven for thinking I have been kidnapped or died or something with the shambolic lack of updates in the last few days. I have been very busy doing work, hiring tuxedos and getting drunk. Don't give up on me yet, I promise some new fancy features now the season is practically over and more importantly 4-Aways is coming to an end for the year.

In a drunken coversation the other night it was suggested to me that an 'allthingsfootie.co.uk' T-shirt would be an idea, for comedy purposes only. If I get enough printed I may sell them (like anyone would want one) for a fiver or something. What do you think? Drunken idiocy or a damn good idea. Go to the forum and let me know.

Oh, and the 4-Aways results are in, for both of you that entered (thanks for keepiong it up Nik and Blindasabat :) for your dedication I'm extending April's totals to include May as well so the sig is still up for grabs. Good luck.

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All Things Footie | Tuesday, May 1 | Jordan

This is just silly now

I've just read that Man Utd have bought a 12 year old.... yes a T.W.E.L.V.E. year old kid for �136 000. Is it just me who thinks that is taking youth development a bit too far?? What next, pre-natal contracts? He's been playing in the Preston Under-13 youth team and his name is Daniel Rowe. You'll have to remember it for about 8 years though for when he gets into the first team.

Any opinions? head on over to the forum and make your voice heard.

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All Things Footie | | Jordan

A bit of news/idle gossip...

George Graham to Rangers is a very loud rumour I've heard touted around, and not a bad deal for 'gers would it be. Micheal Bridges plus some cash to Newcastle in return for Dyer? The Toon could certainly do with a striker and the player might be more useful than an extra wad, maybe united will offer them Sheringham, maybe even Cole.... thats an interesting thought.

Hassan Kachloul is available on a free in the summer and George Burley has offered the player terms, he's rejecetd them twice before but Burley can guarentee him European, maybe even ECC football which is more than his other suitors (Aston Villa and Newcastle) can promise.

Keep an eye on 17 year old Dean Ashton, Crewe whizzkid. Arsenal, Celtic or Liverpool are the most probable but Crewe want �1.5m a lot of money, but we did pay �3m for Jermaine Pennant didn't we?

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