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AT THE END OF THE DAY

Could the grand old statesman of Irish football have prescribed one  dose of  “moral courage” too far? Has he no more “honesty of effort” left in the tank?

Peter Collins: “We’ve run right out of time.”
Gilesy: “Good.”

CARNIVAL OF LOVE

Little wonder Arsene Wenger wouldn’t shake hands with Mark Hughes  after  Phil Thompson blew the lid off the kind  of experimental regime he’s  presiding over  at Eastlands:

“You see some people who are just having it off and taking it easy and other people are putting in a shift.”

MAN OF THE PEOPLE

Thommo  also recommended that Stevie G  should  reach out to his fans the  Tiger Woods  way:

“He realises his responsibility and he puts it around the whole of Merseyside.”

HANDS-ON MANAGER

It’s been that kind of week. Stoke manager Tony Pulis has been taking special care of Ryan Shawcross:
“He  felt something in his groin, so we pulled him off as soon as possible.”

LANGUAGE BARRIER

Wenger’s handshake shun might also have been down toVladimir Weiss’s third goal for City,which seemed to have a strange effect on Le Prof:

“The last goal was a bit anecdotic.”

SAME OLD SAME OLD

In the rush to downplay the World Cup as an anti-climax fully six months before it begins, there’s no research not worth skipping for Ronnie Whelan:

“You’re likely to see the same four teams as you usually do in the semi-finals.”

Number of different semi-finalists in the last two World Cups: seven. In the last seven World Cups: 13.

EIGHTIES REVIVAL

Fresh from a brush with Petrocelli recently, the Merse pays a nostalgic tribute to John Terry:

“When he  plays, they are solid as a rock. They are Ashford and Simpson.”

NUMBERS MAN

It wasn’t until Joe Royle’s intervention that the full implication of Adebayor’s early own-goal dawned on City fans:

“Manchester  City  will need to score now to get a draw.”

ROYLE PARDON

Although Joe softened the blow with first news of a bye from Fergie in the Carling Cup:

“After seven draws in a row, Mark Hughes is now in a final and beating the league leaders.”

BLOODLESS COUP

Talking up  Ivory Coast’s World Cup chances, Joe had  a shock  for the good people of  Togo,spotting Drogba and Adebayor organising a quick merger in the tunnel:

“You wonder about these two playing together.”

GETTING IT OVER WITH

Despite  England’s favourable World Cup draw, Jamie Redknapp has already drawn a line under the current management:

“How do you get your two best midfielders to play well together? Capello, unlike his successors, has the answer.”

NEVER FORGET

Lawro still fancies the French inSouth Africa:

“They are handy up front.”

DOING A GOOD JOB  SO FAR

Gary Lineker  wonders if  West Ham  can “climb away from safety.”

TIME AFTER TIME

Southend’s fortunes should improve once  manager  Steve Tilson  gets a new watch for Christmas:
“They played some good football and we matched them for  90 minutes, but it was a ten-minute spell that killed us.”

THE SCREENS

A tap-in for Stelling:
“Dagenham & Redbridge are feeling better thanks to  (Jon)Nurse.”

QUICK ONE-TWOS

Stuart Lovell  drinks in the  Parkhead  atmosphere:

“He’s never going to piss up that type of chance.”

About time FIFA got round to facilitating Motty:
“I’ve never covered a World Cup in  Africa  before, which isn’t surprising considering they’ve never played one there yet.”

Con Murphy  plays Boss Hogg to  Hull  keeper:

“Milner taking advantage of Duke’s hazardous exit.”

Talksport’s  Mark Saggers  lays claim to our Tel:

“New Zealand  have been  influenced  by a strong British influence such as Bobby Gould and Terry Phelan.”

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