By Sir Hardly Anyone.
The latest invention from the Telegraph’s Charlie Eccleshare is the alliterative phrase “Tedious Trophy Talk”. By this they mean the chatter from certain ne’er do wells that Tottenham cannot be called a team of significance until they win significant stuff, and in the past 20 years they have just won the League Cup twice.
So when it was all about Arsenal it was “Fourth is not a trophy” and then the FA Cup was not a trophy, because we won it more than any other club and Mr Wenger won it more than any other manager, but now it is the Tiny Totts it is “Tedious Trophy Talk”. Well I never did! Is that a hint of bias I see?
Of course we don’t go in for that. We like Tedious Transfer Talk which is equally alliterative and somewhat less tedious because we keep adding new names to the list.
Here is the list of all the players we are buying in the summer.
The departure list.
Having created the new word “Bellering” meaning “being tipped to be transferred away from the club each transfer window but never actually going, we now have quite a list of leavers.
|No||Player||Going To||Source||What’s the story|
|1||Bellering||Barcelona||Star||Star readers have a memory span of less than 1 minute. But we have “Bellering” (c) Untold.|
|NEW||Krystian Bielik||Birmingham||Sky||He wants to reignite his career and is not happy at Walsall where he is on loan.|
|3||Holding||Burnley||Mail, Mirror, Sun||£15m|
|4||Lacazette||Arsenal Fever, Sun||Manu Petit says he will go.|
|5||Ramsey||Mail, Mirror, Star, Sun||Out of contract; and because of gross financial mismanagement AFC can’t afford him because of Ozil|
|6||Welbeck||Arsenal Mania||Leaving at end of season|
|7||Wilshere||Liverpool||Football London||Wenger says how much he wants Jack to stay, but this doesn’t stop the suggestions that he his going. Arsenal Mania has him closing in on a new deal.|
Part 3 – The New Manager
1: Luis Enrique
Mundo Deportivo report former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is ready to return to football management this summer, and that the Premier League is his preferred destination. While there is speculation with teams elsewhere in Europe as well (PSG, Milan, for example), Mundo D seem quite certain that the Premier League is what’s on Lucho’s mind.
Chelsea also want him.
The Daily Express says it is Conte, and their source is of the highest repute: Paul Merson. Except to be fair to the pundit, what he actually said was “If I was on the board I’d go straight for Conte. He upsets people.”
According to our old friend “Reports” it is current Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri who is coming, and is certainly not going to Chelsea. That is according to his agent Federico Pastorello. The Express, Football Italia, Mail, Daily Cannon and all the hangers on are peeking into this one.
“It’s reported that the 59-year-old has a release clause in his contract that would allow him to discuss contractual terms with other clubs.” That is from the most amusing Hot Stepanovs website.
Oh yes and there is wild celebrating in Untold’s HQ with the Guardian adopting one of our words: “Wengerian.” Only taken six years to get it on their approved list.
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