The Daily Mail has some reassurance for any Manchester United fans worried about having David Moyes as their manager.
Ian Ladyman writes: 'Those who have worked with Moyes on Merseyside talk of his belief in high fitness levels and his reliance on endurance and speed work in training. From that perspective at least, the Scot is pleasingly old school.
'This is not a United team that will begin the Barclays Premier League season in any way undercooked.'
Maybe. However those methods of course famously often resulted in some quite dreadful early season form at Everton, last term being the exception. They won three of their first ten games in 2011/12, three of the first ten in 2010/11, three of the first ten in 2009/10 etc and so on and so forth.
Still, at least he appears to be consistent in that respect.
Is 'cropping a picture on Instagram' the new 'omitted from the club's calendar'?
The Daily Mirror seem to think so, reporting: 'Manchester United's pursuit of Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara took another twist today after the Spanish club removed the player from an official photo.
'Barca included the Spanish midfielder on the original photo that was taken, but on the club Instagram account Thiago has been cropped out.'
Sounds legit. However, the paper goes on to admit: 'Sport, who originally ran the story in Spain, say that the photo cropping could be purely coincidental...'
COULD IT NOW? COULD IT F*CKING REALLY? WELL ISN'T THAT THE MOST GALLOPING F*CKING SHOCK.
Hats off to The Daily Mail, who provide us with a list of ten British 'homegrown youngsters Premier League clubs should be gunning for.'
One of these British 'youngsters' is Gary Hooper, who is 25 now and will be 26 in January, while another of these 'British' youngsters is James McCarthy who, while born in Scotland, plays for Ireland.
One Step At A Time
Jeff Powell manages once again to write his weekly column for The Daily Mail website without mentioning David Beckham. Bravo, Jeff, bravo.
He does however mention Bayern Munich's 'Teutonic efficiency', so...swings and roundabouts.
The Teachings Of Ferg
'FERGIE TAUGHT ME HOW TO WIN' announces the back page of The Sun.
Who spake these words? Ryan Giggs? David Moyes? Steve McClaren?
Nope, Andy Murray.
"He gave me advice on how to handle certain pressures and expectations," said Murray.
Aye, really sounds like US Open winner and Olympic champion Andy Murray needed teaching from a football manager on 'how to win.'
If you haven't been following the saga at Coventry, we'll sum it up for you in as pithy a manner as possible: it's a complete clusterf*ck.
After owners SISU took them into administration last season following a disagreement with the owners of the Ricoh Arena, the club was promptly given back to SISU (albeit under a different company name, Otium) this summer.
Given that they didn't fancy building bridges with the Ricoh people (despite an offer to play there rent-free), SISU/Otium decided that groundsharing would be the best way forward, pledging they were looking for a suitable candidate within a reasonable distance of the club's home.
Chief executive Tim Fisher said on June 7: "At the moment we're sharpening the pencil on the final numbers. We are working with the Football League in a ground share. So what they gave us was a list of ground they would approve.
"There are three clubs that we are in talks with. All three are in the West Midands are within a 30-mile radius."
Skip forward to this week, when the club announced plans to play the coming season at Northampton's Sixfields stadium. Now, it seems Fisher was being extremely generous with the facts, given that Sixfields is 34 miles from the Ricoh, while only an extremely loose definition of the West Midlands would place Northampton in it. And by that we mean it isn't in the West Midlands - it's in the East Midlands.
Throw into the mix the fact that, since the fixture list for the coming season has already been drawn up, there will be a certain amount of clashing involved. Indeed, both clubs are due to play at home in the second round of league fixtures. And the fourth. And the sixth. And...well, you get the idea.
Of course, another potential problem might be moving a team who attracted an average attendance of 10,864 last season to a ground that has a capacity of 7,653. However, SISU/Otium have neatly side-stepped that particular landmine with an absolutely fool proof plan - specifically by pissing the Coventry fans off so much, that barely any of them will actually go to games next season anyway.
Hats off chaps. You've played a blinder there.
A Proportionate Response
We've all been annoyed at our boss from time to time. Mediawatch was once encouraged to 'smell my finger' by our immediate superior, which was a pretty dark day.
However, we took that a little better than KV Kortrijk striker Ernest N'For did, recently sacked by his club after grabbing the club's CEO round the throat and threatened to kill him and his manager after being denied a transfer.
"There was no way back for him," CEO Patrick Turcq told Het Laatste Nieuws. "I have made a complaint to the police about this.
"He grabbed me by the throat and both me and my family were threatened with death. For was kindled with blind rage. It's something that I’ve never experienced before in my life.
"It was about his transfer to Neftchi Baku where he was hoping to go. He quoted himself a transfer price that was less than half of what I had agreed with Bergen or even Waasland-Beveren
"I told him that Baku then had to contact me, but to that end I never heard anything. This decision [to sack him] was taken by the entire board. We decided that his actions were unacceptable."
On balance, we'd say he overreacted.
Quote Of The Day
"Football is the most thankless world that exists. Today you're a star, but if you are not needed, you'll be treated like a bandit" - N'For doesn't take his dismissal lying down, heading straight to Facebook to voice his objections.
Worst Headline Of The Day
'Bucking 'em Palace' - The Daily Mirror
Non-Football Story Of The Day
'A man who admitted lewd acts in front of women at shops around the city has been banned from wearing trousers with a hole in the pocket and excluded from the city centre. Mark Perrett, 50, of Ilchester Crescent, Bedminster, pleaded guilty to four acts of outraging public decency. These were at McDonald's in Bedminster on January 22, House of Fraser in Cabot Circus on February 11 and March 11 and at Marks and Spencer in Broadmead on June 7....
'The judge handed Perrett a community order with three years' supervision and an order to attend the Thames Valley sex offender programme. Perrett was made the subject of a five year Sexual Offences Prevention Order in which he was banned from having holed trousers as well as excluded from Cabot Circus, Broadmead and Asda in East Street, Bedminster. The court heard he would customise his trousers by cutting a hole in the pocket lining' - The Bristol Post.
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