David Bell's City career comes to an end; thanks for the heads up
An absolute classic. I was almost tempting fate with my “Gunn looking to buy, not sell” headline, wasn’t I?
Still, that’s what he said. The squad he had was the one he wanted.
Some kind of gentle steer – even off the record – would have helped save all our blushes, but that never came. Still, it is the kind of thing that has happened with the football club in recent months.
And at least the boys in the office on Friday morning did a good job ensuring the back page leg story didn’t look completely stupid come the time it hit the streets.
The question is will Lee Croft follow suit? He is turning down our requests to speak to him at the moment, which you can’t blame him for. He’s probably sick of talking about his new contract talks and transfer speculation.
Who will come in? Is Elliot Ward now a likely arrival following Bell’s move in the opposite direction? I wish I knew…
It is 2.45am and I’m back in the office having been to Doncaster in a sporty (read uncomfortable) Astra. Norwich played well and deserved their point, and while Donny didn’t really deserve to lose, City created enough clear chances to have wrapped up all three points.
It was cold, but not too cold – warmed by the friendliest of man offering tea cakes and jammy dodgers. You don’t get that very often in the press boxes across the Championship.
Another thing you don’t see is seven football managers hovering around a table with pork pies and cheese and onion quiche.
Aidy Boothrooyd, Lee Clark, Alex McLeish, Nigel Clough, Mick McCarthy, Brian Laws, Alan Irvine; I’ve never seen anything like it. But then Doncaster v Norwich was the only show in football town on a Friday night.
Quite what the Wolves manager made of the game, with Norwich visiting Molineux on Tuesday, I’d be very interested to hear. And to get a word with Boothroyd following the recent City interview process would have been a winner too. Alas…
Anyway, Jonathan Grounds’ equaliser meant the players seemed happy to talk. Even Darel Russell, whose vision was reduced to just one eye – underneath a huge swelled eyebrow – gave me a few words. It was fair to say spirits were high.
I’ve just written up part of a chat with Mark Fotheringham for the PinkUn on Saturday – that boy can talk, which is great!
I’ve got another three-and-a-half chats for Monday, be it the EDP or Evening News, that I can sort out on Sunday – along with what looks to be the final print edition of Champions.
A big shame, that – but it will carry on in a revised form, so keep getting in contact!
posted on 31 January 2009 03:03 byMichael Bailey - Sportsdesk