Another week of sport with plenty to comment on as Spain win the Under-21 European championship, Justin Rose wins golf’s US Open and Tottenham travel to Crystal Palace on the first day of the new season.
Alan’s Summer Diary 6Sat 15 June pm. Just watched last 10 minutes of Spain vs. Norway. What a gulf in class over England. Isco and Morata look like brilliant prospects. So calm in front of goal under pressure. Confidence that comes from ability honed by practice.
Sun 16 June. Golf. Congratulations to Justin Rose on winning the US Open. An English champion. Savour it, it doesn’t happen often. A reward for self believe and perseverance.
Gareth Bale to trade mark his heart shaped hand celebration in an attempt to develop his own brand. Let’s hope it boosts his income sufficiently for him to decide he is comfortable enough to stay on with us for a while.
Tues 18 June. Newspapers comment on ex-Spurs regular Joe Kinnear’s shock appointment as Director of Football at Newcastle, a team he used to manage. It appears to undermine Alan Pardew’s authority. Despite his long term contract, I can’t see him still being there in a year’s time even if they have another season like the one before last. To the uneducated eye it looks like a deliberate challenge by Mike Ashley to encourage him to resign, instead of sacking him, thus reducing his entitlement to compensation.
In the afternoon, I watched the European Under 21 Championship Final. Spain beat Italy 4-2. Great play from both sides, once again underlying the gulf between their players and ours. No excuses or signs of fatigue from their kids. Nor are there any from the senior players at the Confederations Cup.
Wed 19 June Sky announce that Andy Carroll has passed a medical at West Ham.
Hooray! The Telegraph say Andre Villas Boas has rejected Paris Saint Germaincity’s attempt to take him away from Tottenham and that we are ready to appoint Franco Baldini as our director of football to work with him in a situation he is used to and approves of.
The F.A. say they will not be renewing Stuart Pearce’s contract. There’s a surprise. Like I said the other day, he was on a hiding to nothing.
Next season’s fixtures are announced. We kick off away to Crystal Palace. It’s the sort of game the term “banana skin” was invented for. Ian Holloway will have them wound up like it’s a Cup Final.