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Chris Charles | 11:01 UK time, Thursday, 23 July 2009

We've all heard tales of Sven's alleged antics down the years, but it still came as a surprise to learn he was tied up in Notts.

I noted a couple of weeks back how this year's close-season had turned into the silly season, but if Michael Owen's move to Manchester United was a bit of a shock, Eriksson's switch to Meadow Lane was a thunderbolt.

In his first press conference as Director of Football, the Swede insisted his only motivation was the "challenge" ahead, but if the much-missed Mrs Merton ever got her claws into him, she'd be sure to ask: "What first attracted you to the multi-billionaire owners of Notts County?"

Sven-Goran ErikssonEither that or Sven's bought into the notion that Nottingham women, who outnumber their menfolk by five to one, are indeed the prettiest girls in the country. If the old devil starts turning on the charm during his stay in the Midlands, County might be forced to rename their ground Blushing Meadow.

When the story first broke I thought I'd slipped into some sort of Mighty Boosh Jazz Trance - and it's a sure fact Eriksson will get a reality check when he peruses his new side's opening half-a-dozen league fixtures. At first glance he'll see Liverpool at home, but once that friendly's out of the way, the list reads: Bradford, Macclesfield, Chesterfield, Dagenham, Barnet, Burton.

Meanwhile, away from the heady world of League Two, Owen marked his United debut with a goal in Malaysia. The former Liverpool striker seems to be settling in well at his new club, despite skipper Gary Neville allegedly introducing him to Danny Wellbeck by saying: "This is Danny. He's 18 and HE'S won the league."

Red Nev's former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo was another debutant, playing the first half of Real Madrid's game with Shamrock Rovers, as local fans gleefully taunted him with chants of "Who are ya?" The £80m man hardly set the world alight and seemed more interested in talking about music than football, declaring his undying love for Oasis who, he informed us, were better than The Beatles.

Ronaldo, who thrives on the importance of being idol, invited Liam and Noel to come and be his guests when Madrid play Barcelona, despite admitting: "I saw them around town a couple of times but never spoke to them. They didn't look that approachable but sometimes these artistic types are like that." He added hopefully: "Perhaps they could put on a little private concert in Madrid?"

Amazingly, dyed-in-the-wool Man City fan Noel took the bait, saying: "There's only one Ronaldo! I always knew deep down inside him somewhere there was impeccable musical taste. I'll be taking up his offer of tickets for the Madrid versus Barcelona game. I'm not sure whether even he could afford us for a gig though!"

But the guitarist was less enamoured with the news that City were continuing their pursuit of Chelsea captain John Terry. Noel told Football 365: "I don't like John Terry and I never have. He's got funny eyes and he's a cry baby." Gallagher also slated JT for being a 'Cockney', although sensibly held back his comments until after Oasis had raked in a fortune playing to a few thousand Londoners at Wembley Stadium.
Carlos Tevez billboard
Emmanuel Adebayor was the latest to join the City revolution, while Carlos Tevez appeared to have borrowed his Nan's tea cosy when he signed on the dotted line. The club marked the Argentine's arrival from their near-neighbours by putting up a huge billboard (above) in the centre of Manchester. Cheeky.

Although perhaps not as cheeky as the decision by Goodison Park wags to name their new club store Everton Two, which can be found in the City's biggest shopping centre....Liverpool One.

Back to Man City and the news that defender Micah Richards was struck down with swine flu on holiday. "At first I thought it was a chest infection - or alcohol poisoning," he explained. That last revelation should go down well with the gaffer.

From booze to boos as David Beckham ran a gauntlet of hate back in LA. Becks singled out one vociferous fan, beckoning him to come down from the stands in a rather forceful manner. The former England captain insisted later he just wanted to shake him warmly by the throat. Actually he said hand, but we knew what he meant.

Fortunately it didn't come to blows but if things had got tasty Becks would have been reassured by the menacing presence of his friends watching in the stand - Tom Cruise and Gary Barlow.

Of course Beckham's been down this road before, but while effigies strung from lamp-posts were the order of the day after the '98 World Cup, the Galaxy fans responded with threatening banners like '23 Repent' and 'Is Evil Something U Are Or Something You Do?' Ooh, get them.

Quote of the week came from former Liverpool star Jermaine Pennant following his recent move to La Liga. The winger said: "I wanted to come to Spain and had offers from important teams in Europe, but joined Real Zaragoza." Doh.

Meanwhile The Guardian reported the ongoing uncertainty at Newcastle had led to Alan Shearer "tearing his hair out" - that's another 30 seconds of his life he won't get back, then.

And finally, I can't leave without mentioning the heroics of Freddie and the England team - although the victory celebrations have been slightly tarnished by the news about KP. Incidentally, what did they call the Achilles before the Trojan War hero came on the scene?

I'm off on my annual excursion to the Isle of Man on Sunday - back the day after QPR's first home game of the season (brilliant timing from the other half there).If I can get to a computer I might send a blog - if not, back in a fortnight.

OTHER STUFF

J League player wears shorts back to front
'Michael Owen on Dragon's Den'
Mexico coach Javier Aguirre sent off for kicking Panama player
Mitchell and Webb football sketch
Which football manager are you? (I was Keegan)

(Taken from Off The Post and Whoateallthepies football blogs)

Comments

  • 1. At 11:49am on 23 Jul 2009, regstared wrote:

    Excellent as always

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  • 2. At 12:36pm on 23 Jul 2009, Tommy2hands wrote:

    Notts County are playing Nice for the seventh game of the season. Since when did the Frecnhies infiltrate our professional league.

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  • 3. At 12:37pm on 23 Jul 2009, Tommy2hands wrote:

    Notts County are playing Nice for the seventh game of the season? Since when did the Frenchies infiltrate our professional league?

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  • 4. At 12:37pm on 23 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    The term "Achilles Heel" was probably first used in 1693 by the Dutch anatomist Verheyden, when he disected his own amputated leg. I think that ebay was late in delivering his Meccano Set, and he was bored.

    The proper name is the tendo calcaneus (calcaneum being Latin for "heel").

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  • 5. At 12:47pm on 23 Jul 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    4. Zootmac: Very impressive, sir - knew I should have paid more attention in biology.

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  • 6. At 12:51pm on 23 Jul 2009, Dagger83 wrote:

    This blog is quite disrespectful to League 2 isn't it?

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  • 7. At 12:52pm on 23 Jul 2009, andrewtheboom wrote:

    Most surprising thing about this blog is the revelation that Gary Neville cracked a joke.

    And it was quite funny.

    I find that more shocking than Sven going to Notts County.

    http://sportingchameleon.wordpress.com/

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  • 8. At 12:55pm on 23 Jul 2009, tecian wrote:

    Dagger83, i agree it is.

    Im a Bradford fan so having a swipe at us when the "journo" is a QPR fan !! Wow shows what money can do.

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  • 9. At 12:58pm on 23 Jul 2009, Ferdinaldooney wrote:

    Of all the managers, I got Graeme Souness!!!!!

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  • 10. At 1:10pm on 23 Jul 2009, Jesus the Teddy Bear wrote:

    **** I'm souness :(

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  • 11. At 1:13pm on 23 Jul 2009, Y-I-1892man wrote:

    yes,it´s not called silly season for nothing!!I was glad to see the back end of Owen being a NUFC fan,regardless of what he did at Pool,England,
    Real,when his skills were mostly needed,he squandered chances that normally he would have netted.Lack of interest,result-relegation-already made his mind up he was on his bike from NUFC-you tell me!
    however nothing as you say compares to Sven and Notts,why?only he knows!

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  • 12. At 1:14pm on 23 Jul 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    6. Dagger83 and 8. tecian: Sorry guys, didn't mean to cause offence, just highlighting that League Two's a bit of a different ball game to the Premier League, Serie A and international football.

    Strange as it may sound, in some ways I wish we'd never been taken over by Briatore and co - there seems to be a new eyebrow-raising moment every week. At least in the old days of League One under Ollie you knew what you were going to get, all the fans were united and got behind the team. (Although admittedly being bundled out of the Cup by Vauxhall Motors isn't one of my most treasured memories.)

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  • 13. At 1:17pm on 23 Jul 2009, supermccall wrote:

    oh the old "glamour" line, im also a bradford fan and even though we are in league 2 we have a better stadium that your team qpr. typical attitude from the all the teams with shed loads of money

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  • 14. At 1:18pm on 23 Jul 2009, Dagger83 wrote:

    12. At 1:14pm on 23 Jul 2009, Chris Charles - BBC Sport wrote:
    6. Dagger83 and 8. tecian: Sorry guys, didn't mean to cause offence, just highlighting that League Two's a bit of a different ball game to the Premier League, Serie A and international football.
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    We know it's different, it just doesn't have to be Dagenham and Redbridge (not Dagenham by the way - we still have supporters from the Redbridge Forest days) at the butt of the joke every time!

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  • 15. At 1:20pm on 23 Jul 2009, GammonBaron wrote:

    Gary Neville's joke would have been funny if Danny Wellbeck had won a Premier League Winners medal.

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  • 16. At 1:22pm on 23 Jul 2009, Strattonski wrote:

    Hey Chris,

    Have a great time on the Isle of Man, and give my regards to the locals :)

    I just hope we don't end up getting Notts County in the FA Cup (or League Cup, if we make it past the Plastic Dons). Imagine the hoo hah for tickets just to see Sven grace the County Ground!!

    Anyways, all the best, from a very sunny Cape Town :)

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  • 17. At 1:29pm on 23 Jul 2009, captainmatt_williams wrote:

    Wouldn't mind seeing good ol' Noel making his choice comments face-to-face with Terry, that would be interesting.

    http://jumpersforgoalposts1212.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/fans-unite-to-save-our-clubs/

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  • 18. At 1:38pm on 23 Jul 2009, dyrewolfe wrote:

    Funny - I thought supporting a lower league club required a well-developed sense of humour?

    Don't see much evidence of that here.

    I'm a Middlesbrough fan, by the way, so feel free to snipe away...

    Nice blog Chris - quite amusing. Similar to Robbo Robson's but without the Northern-ness.

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  • 19. At 1:42pm on 23 Jul 2009, dyrewolfe wrote:

    Also, I can't quite believe Sven's gone to Notts County - even with all the money on offer.

    Will he be largely keeping out of the way, in his role as director of football, or will he try a more "hands on" approach and risk getting up the manager's nose?

    It'll be interesting to see how this one pans out.

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  • 20. At 1:47pm on 23 Jul 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    13. supermccall - I refer you to comment 12. I certainly don't have a superior attitude because we've got a few quid - in fact quite the reverse. To quote from a fella on one of the QPR messageboards: "We must be the only team that's been taken over by billionaires and got worse."

    I went to QPR-Bradford a few seasons ago with a Bantams mate and his Dad, who had to stand with me in the QPR end. You won 3-1 and pretty much secured promotion to the Premier League as I recall. The mate's Dad had been given strict instructions not to celebrate any goals but when the last one went in he jumped up, put his fists in the air and did a little Dad-dance across the terrace. Luckily the natives saw the funny side.

    14. Dagger83: D&R were only mentioned because they happened to be one of the first six clubs playing Notts County. I spent an entertaining day in Dagenham during your Cup run a few seasons back - check out the antiquated page set-up... Dagenham Cup run

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  • 21. At 1:48pm on 23 Jul 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    17. captainmatt_williams: The only way Noel could make his comments face-to-face would be if he stood on an orange box.

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  • 22. At 1:54pm on 23 Jul 2009, Dagger83 wrote:

    Chris - I appreciate we were only mentioned due to the fixture list; my comments are a build up of a host of comments that always use us as an example as to how bad the league is. Thank-you for taking the time to reply, that's more than most bloggers do on this site.

    Also, thanks for bringing back the painful memories of that cup defeat!! Much appreciated ;-)

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  • 23. At 2:17pm on 23 Jul 2009, Andrey's Awesome Foursome wrote:

    I got Curbishley :(

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  • 24. At 2:24pm on 23 Jul 2009, aka_bluepeter wrote:

    Owen is a bad Omen. He never seems to be in the right place at the right time. Leaving Liverpool before they won the European Cup, joining Real Madrid after Zidane retires, joining Newcastle when Ashley's promises turn to dust, joining MU after losing their two best players Ronaldo and Tevez.
    To make matters worse just down the road in Manchester a new force is building and to add insult to injury the old quality guard of Scholes and Giggs are well...just getting older.

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  • 25. At 2:46pm on 23 Jul 2009, Vox Populi wrote:

    24. At 2:24pm on 23 Jul 2009, aka_bluepeter wrote:
    Owen is a bad Omen. He never seems to be in the right place at the right time. Leaving Liverpool before they won the European Cup, joining Real Madrid after Zidane retires, joining Newcastle when Ashley's promises turn to dust, joining MU after losing their two best players Ronaldo and Tevez.
    To make matters worse just down the road in Manchester a new force is building and to add insult to injury the old quality guard of Scholes and Giggs are well...just getting older.

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    Don't talk rubbish. He won trophies with Liverpool, although not the title or the CL. He made two bad moves: one to Real Madrid and then to Newcastle. By the way, he played with Zidane, Beckham, Brazil Ronaldo etc at Real Madrid.

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  • 26. At 2:49pm on 23 Jul 2009, poshPompeyblue wrote:

    SVEN GONE HAS GONE TO NOTTS COUNTY THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT AT LEAST HE WON'T END UP AT POMPEY.

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  • 27. At 2:55pm on 23 Jul 2009, glassoman wrote:

    Good read, but this is about the 5th time I've heard the Mrs Merton paraphrase in the past month. Lazy

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  • 28. At 3:08pm on 23 Jul 2009, IJustLoveFootball wrote:

    I like the Beckham bit about shaking the fans throat/hand. I saw the clip and it was interesting that Becks gestured/invited the fan down to discuss his opinion and when the guy did, when Becks had people around him he tried to jump up on the barrier. Its always a bit easier with mates around when the other guy is bigger than you (as you pointed out he did have Cruise and Barlow as backup!). His interview afterwards about "just wanting to shake hands" proves how media-savy he is... all the right words the cameras... Most other players and this incident would go againist him for reacting and then angering the crowd. But nothing must get in the way of the Becks machine and breaking Shilton's 125 cap record....

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  • 29. At 3:16pm on 23 Jul 2009, roy-keane-ate-my-cat wrote:

    I got Alan Curbishley.

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  • 30. At 3:22pm on 23 Jul 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    16. Strattonski: Afternoon squire. The first time I went to the Isle of Man, my other half and her mum sent me into the Lottery shop to buy a ticket and when I tried to chat to the shopkeeper in my dulcet southern tones, an eerie hush came across the shop, which even more worryingly was populated almost entirely by pensioners. Fortunately they seem to have accepted me a little more now.

    27. glassoman: Lazy, moi? Seriously, apologies if the Mrs Merton thing has been overdone - wasn't aware of it but rest assured it won't happen again!

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  • 31. At 3:37pm on 23 Jul 2009, DixieandPele wrote:

    Y-I-1892man wrote:
    yes,its not called silly season for nothing!!I was glad to see the back end of Owen being a NUFC fan,regardless of what he did at Pool,England,
    Real,when his skills were mostly needed,he squandered chances that normally he would have netted.Lack of interest,result-relegation-already made his mind up he was on his bike from NUFC-you tell me!

    I'll tell you, what do you happen to know about the behind the scenes at Newcastle ? Do you happen to know what it must have been like to have to contend with all the turmoil that would have prevailed in such a chaotic scenario ? Don't blame the workers if they're not productive, blame management whose job it is to see to it that the work environment is conducive to high productivity.

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  • 32. At 4:04pm on 23 Jul 2009, Andre the Giant wrote:

    Chris Charles

    Don't waste your time replying to these League 2 clowns (ooooh look at me I'm precious). Message to you lot; get out the yellow pages and have a look under the letter L. You might just find a life there.

    Nice one Chris. This is why we love football. And I also follow alot of Non League so you'd better not have a pop, otherwise I might have a cry.

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  • 33. At 4:07pm on 23 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    ref 28 IJustLoveFootball

    Bobby Charlton was an acute observer of how Beckham had been tutored by his PR people. He noted that, when Bekham scored a goal, he always rushed to where the bank of photographers were so that he could be photographed celebrating alone, before anyone else could get near him. Conversely, when a team mate scored, Beckham rushed to get to him first, smothered the scorer's head in his arms, and raised his clenched fist, and profile, for the snappers.

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  • 34. At 4:08pm on 23 Jul 2009, worldwideterror wrote:

    Gary Neville has just gone up in my estimations. He now sits at minus 9999999998

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  • 35. At 4:12pm on 23 Jul 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    32. Spenk_Me: Cheers ears - as mentioned earlier, two words as to why I would never criticse non-league...Vauxhall Motors.

    34. worldwideterror: Ha ha!!!

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  • 36. At 4:27pm on 23 Jul 2009, wedontknowfootball wrote:

    anyone know what sven's wage is at notts county?

    http://wedontknowfootball.com/

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  • 37. At 4:40pm on 23 Jul 2009, cottored wrote:

    I feel a little bit sorry for Ian McParland, he now owns a poison challis, he is in a 'no win position' players who sign before start of season are refered to as SVEN'S SIGNINGS, even though McParland propably talking to the players/agents for weeks. A couple of bad results and Sven takes the reins.

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  • 38. At 4:45pm on 23 Jul 2009, Toon-Dan wrote:

    Dixie that's easy enough to say, but why did a striker we bought in on a free out-perform him? Why did Shola Ameobi outperform him? They both had the exact same management.

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  • 39. At 4:55pm on 23 Jul 2009, JP wrote:

    Souness here haha

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  • 40. At 5:07pm on 23 Jul 2009, lfc5europeancups wrote:

    even funnier than everton naming their store in liverpool 1 "everton 2" is the fact that they have named the store on goodison road "everton 1" which is in postcode area liverpool 4. does this mean we win 5-3 on aggregate?

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  • 41. At 5:13pm on 23 Jul 2009, Coweslepe wrote:

    Great stuff, as always. Say hello to the fairies, in Manx, naturally.

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  • 42. At 5:23pm on 23 Jul 2009, Diala Anthony wrote:

    " tied up in Notts?" Brilliant!

    Seriously now Chris, isn't Tevez a hypo for going to a (non-CL) club where he will continue the bench-warming he was doing at United? I am not a saint but I would be the first to admit the things I do for money ...

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  • 43. At 5:35pm on 23 Jul 2009, boils wrote:

    you think anyone at the Oasis gig was a Cockney!

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  • 44. At 5:50pm on 23 Jul 2009, Excumbrian wrote:

    I'm Souness and so is my wife...

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  • 45. At 5:51pm on 23 Jul 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    40. lfc5europeancups: Like your way of thinking - I reckon call it an honourable draw!

    41. Coweslepe: I have to wave to the fairies every time we drive over the hallowed 'Fairy Bridge' - I kid you not. I'm told by my in-laws that if you don't it's bad luck and someone once had a puncture as a direct result of not waving. Ahem.

    43. boils: Well I reckon by the law of averages if you've got 80,000 people in a stadium in London, some of 'em must have been Cockneys me 'ol china.

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  • 46. At 6:24pm on 23 Jul 2009, CJE wrote:

    If any one man epitomises the greed in football nowadays it is Sven. Good luck County, you'll need it....

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  • 47. At 7:09pm on 23 Jul 2009, Rustigjongens wrote:

    Seriously, is Svens new salary known?. I fear for Notts County with such a mercenary as its new Director of Football.

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  • 48. At 7:26pm on 23 Jul 2009, Zootmac wrote:

    Oops... I should have said the term Achilles TENDON dates back to Verheyden in 1693. Achilles Heel goes back much further, to the myth that Achilles' ma dipped him headfirst into the Styx and made him indestructible - apart from the ankle she held him by. But even at the time, the locals recognised that the real "Achilles Heel" was the his vanity - hence the use of the expression to describe a person's weak point, physical or otherwise, which might lead to failure.

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  • 49. At 8:11pm on 23 Jul 2009, redandblackT-Save 606 wrote:

    Great blog Chris.As usual!Any chance of your changing your picture at the top with some from you on holidays?Nothing in a speedo mind you!

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  • 50. At 9:24pm on 23 Jul 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    47.Rustigjongens: There's been no official word about Sven's salary as far as I know, but The Sun were suggesting £2m a year.

    48.Zootmac: Don't worry old son - even geniuses can slip up from time to time.

    49. redandblackT1899?-Farewell number3: Evening r&b - blimey, your username gets longer every week! You'll be relieved to know I don't own a pair of Speedos but I will strive to publish a holiday pic upon my return. Judging by the weather at the moment, it'll be like the family holidays of my youth where the picnic was eaten in the car as the rain trickled down the windows. Ho hum.

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  • 51. At 00:05am on 24 Jul 2009, R Nair wrote:

    In December 2007, I asked:

    "Why do these foreign/wealthy investors/consortia want to spend silly money on Premier League clubs?

    Theyd get much better value with one of the Sheffield clubs, or Nottingham Forest or Leeds Utd."

    I overlooked Notts County. Perhaps not so such a silly season after all.

    http://footballinsights.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/notts-county/
    http://footballinsights.wordpress.com/2007/12/09/investors-consortia/

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  • 52. At 00:50am on 24 Jul 2009, king_cantona_73 wrote:

    i like how you taking time to reply to almost all the comments... either you're in a real generous mood, or you have way too much time on your hands homie

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  • 53. At 07:55am on 24 Jul 2009, kc0075 wrote:

    lmao, absolutely brilliant!! so damn good!!

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  • 54. At 08:58am on 24 Jul 2009, Malt Loaf wrote:

    What about the news that some lower league footballers have been banned from football for betting on the match between Bury and Accrington Stanley? It seems to have been kept very quiet and not discussed too much in the press, but surely it's one of the biggest stories of the week? http://www.loserscomesecond.com/2009/07/footballers-fined-and-banned-for.html

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  • 55. At 09:50am on 24 Jul 2009, Chris Charles wrote:

    52. king_cantona_73: If people make the effort to comment, I try to reply, although obviously can't do every single one. The last blog I did I was away with no internet access so was a bit slack, but making up for it this week! As for too much time on my hands - I wish! The replies during the day came in between sorting out the Ten to Tackle quiz, the replies at night as my other half watched a particularly tedious show on TV.

    54. Mr_Twilight: I agree, certainly one of the biggest stories of the week, but I tend to focus on the more offbeat stuff and it's difficult to write something light and fluffy about something so serious.

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  • 56. At 10:56am on 24 Jul 2009, offtouni wrote:

    nice read chris - but i was expecting more comments about what managers people got in that quiz... i too got keegan, maybe that's all you can get? loved that quote from pennant, what a hero lol. i always think that you link things well and get plenty of chuckles along the way. but what - no awful/shambolic/still quite funny pun this week?!

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  • 57. At 11:45am on 24 Jul 2009, Vlad_all_over wrote:

    Good blog Chris. Interesting what you say about welthy foreign owners. We've got "mad" Vlad Romanov and some of his input has been........erm.... interesting?!? We've now got our longest serving manager (one season) since he bought us in 2005.
    It's never dull, so hope some of the other teams (QPR, Notts County and Pompey among others) can enjoy the same rollercoaster ride.

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  • 58. At 11:53am on 24 Jul 2009, Mightyblooze wrote:

    The Gelled Tumbler (c R Robson) thinks Oasis are better than the Beatles? So this man is not only a mercenary charmless diver, he's got cloth ears too! Priceless :)

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  • 59. At 12:29pm on 24 Jul 2009, Y-I-1892man wrote:

    re 31-DixieandPele wrote

    I'll tell you, what do you happen to know about the behind the scenes at Newcastle ? Do you happen to know what it must have been like to have to contend with all the turmoil that would have prevailed in such a chaotic scenario ? Don't blame the workers if they're not productive, blame management whose job it is to see to it that the work environment is conducive to high productivity.

    nobody could have missed out on Fatashley and the cockneymob missmanaging the club,NOT EVEN ME who although is an ex-pat,reads the club news,beeb and other papers daily on the net.Quite a few of the players managed to "perform" even an injury prone Viduka but not Owen who on over 100k a week did what?never ever broke a sweat.It is the players on the park who should take matters into their own hands,regardless of what goes on in the boardroom.However if you have lost your pride in what you do!Is there any loyalty to clubs left,there are a few,but JT will be intersting to follow,the talk of a new challenge is bullshit as Chelsea still have not won the CL,is that not enough incentative to remain at the club.

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  • 60. At 3:33pm on 24 Jul 2009, DixieandPele wrote:

    Toon-Dan wrote:
    Dixie that's easy enough to say, but why did a striker we bought in on a free out-perform him? Why did Shola Ameobi outperform him? They both had the exact same management.

    Two different players from two different backgrounds and two different sets of circumstances. Haven't you noticed how players can play like demons while they're striving for a contract then once a contract is signed they just don't bust their backsides as much as before ? Happens more times than I care to remember. Owen, while at NU, always seemed to me to lack the kind of support a player of his type needs to bring out the best in him. Now he scores in every game he plays for MU, even as a substitute.

    Besides, there should be contingency clauses in every players' contract, meet a certain standard before you are rewarded, that way you protect your team and your fans from any lackluster performers. PBR, pay by results.

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  • 61. At 5:53pm on 24 Jul 2009, Joe Casey wrote:

    great blog as always

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  • 62. At 09:27am on 25 Jul 2009, Malt Loaf wrote:

    That's fair enough Chris re fixing matches.

    I did laugh at the Alan Shearer supposedly tearing his hair out though, because Shearer has already got even less hair than me. He must now look like a coot.

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  • 63. At 7:18pm on 26 Jul 2009, goonergetit wrote:

    Imagine having a jury in your hometown, three have got your autograph, one is a season ticket holder, two have actually have sung your name at Anfield. Has the ball crossed the line? Hasn't it ? So many injustices and already the season is yet to begin, if I write something in the true context that it deserves will the Head of BBC football, Mark McNulty, still like me?

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  • 64. At 10:18pm on 29 Jul 2009, simon lobb wrote:

    Does Real's result against Shamrock mean NUFC are officially better than "the most expensive team ever"? (Considering we beat them by 3?)

    http://tinyurl.com/c4lnag

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  • 65. At 12:56pm on 25 Aug 2009, knome1990 wrote:

    Sheesh and now Sven is signing Sol Campbell, how cool!

    garden shed

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