Footy News Jan 29, 2008

Return of the Mac

After four years out of football, Gary McAllister returns as manager of Leeds. The former Leeds player, follows the departure of Dennis Wise to Newcastle, and picks up the baton with Leeds in 5th place in League 1. Gary was no doubt chosen for results achieved in his only full season as manager, Coventry playing in the equivalent of the Championship ended up in 20th place. link

Wise Decision

Former Wimbledon hard nut Dennis Wise, has been appointed to sign players and develop the academy at Newcastle. Titled executive director (football) the appointment has shocked everyone but has pleased Joey Barton. Barton now aims to make Chairman of Newcastle by the time he turns 30. link

Show Me The Money

Patrice Evra wants £120,000 a week to stay on at Manchester United. His agents have said that he should be in line with the top earners at the club, and that has caused a major stand-off. Having left a copy of the Daily Mirror hanging around the Footy Boots reception, the cleaner is now refusing to empty the bins until we promise to pay her the same as the CEO. link

Quickfire Transfer News

Jonathan Woodgate settled for a move to Tottenham in the end. It’s said he was stalling for a move to the Gunners, until Wenger came out in the press and said he wasn’t interested. And of course, Woodgate is currently injured.

Mohamed Sissoko has finally left Liverpool for Juventus for £8.2million in one of the most drawn out transfers of the winter.

Andy Cole has left Sunderland on loan to join high flying…. Burnley.

African Cup of Nations

Guniea and Ghana progressed from Group A last night. Hosts Ghana made it three wins in three with a 2-0 win over Morocco whilst Guinea drew 1-1 with Namibia.

Due to the late publication of this edition, Group B previews are too late. instead we can tell you that The Ivory Coast and Nigeria have qualified from Group B. The Ivory Coast won 3-0 against Mali and Nigeria beat Benin 2-0.

WAGs (wives and girlfriends)

The Ashley Cole crucifixion story in The Sun, continued.

Ashley and Cheryl Cole seemed to be thinking about having children. Cheryl Cole stated that she wanted to become a mother, even after finding out that Ashley had played away with ‘the hairdresser’. link

Meanwhile, Ashley was sure that everything was in order downstairs. He allegedly told another conquest of his, “I don’t need to wear a condom because Chelsea give us check-ups.” I hope the tax man charges him for that perk! link WAGs

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