Those four words are the bane of my life as we head towards the end of the first season. Darlington are putting up a brave fight against the odds to secure automatic promotion to Division 2, whilst Manchester United are having a season to remember.
The big club release clause is basically a clause players insist on putting in their contract when signing for your tiny club, which means that if a larger club wants them, you have no choice but to sell them. Graeme Tomlinson did this to me in update 1, and now everybody is at it.
First to go is centre half Andrew Duncan
It’s irritating but £700k is actually decent money for a Division 3 club. My usual move is to look on the free transfer list at who my scout recommends, so some kid called Jonathon Atkinson is in
…and out. Motherwell can’t need all these Division 3 Centre halves surely? What a mighty irritance. He played two games for me!
A more positive side of being in the lower leagues is if you win an FA Cup match you feel like a King. Imagine how good you’d feel if 36 year old Mick Quinn knocked out Division 2 Luton for you
The reward? Well it’s only Mick’s former club Newcastle United coming to Feethams!
Well that’s a tie to capture the public’s imagination. Unfortunately, Alan Shearer shows no mercy
It is however one of Shearer’s last acts as a Newcastle player
Good job Newcastle recalled Paul Brayson off me really. Out of spite, they’ve also recalled Aaron Hughes. Robbie Keane has arrived on loan, but he’s 16 and terrible – but he does a cracking forward roll.
All of that leaves Darlo fighting in and around the top 3, somehow. Not long to go!
8 games to go then, and I’m not settling for anything other than being promoted.
Away from the crazy world of Division 3, some impotant manager changes
George Graham swapping Leeds for Sheff Wed is a bit odd. Readers of the previous blog will be delighted to see Brian Little back in charge at Villa. This game never fails to surprise me, there’s always something weird.
Further to that, look what the FA Cup semi Final has thrown up
Coventry vs Tottenham! I know…but also a Manchester derby. Amazing. Meanwhile Man Utd are still going strong…everywhere
Not only domestically, but also in Europe
Parma, with the people’s champion squad, will be a tough battle
Real Madrid have splashed the cash on Alfonso
But Barca went for del Piero to get over it
Whilst these legends of the game were also on the move
Huge names, huge moves. Your community XI Keeper made the move to Parma, too
And finally, Glenn Hoddle survived the World Cup playoffs
The draw thows up a famous battle…and two economic superpowers. POLITICAL BANTZ
Anyway, as ever we’ll finish with the Premier League table. Honestly, I have never seen anything like this
One draw, 27 wins. 0 losses. Only 9 conceded. That is insane. Arsenal & Chelsea a distant battle for second. Meanwhile, at the bottom…
Nobody cut adrift yet, I suppose West Ham are the most surprising of the strugglers.
So join us next time for the finale to the 97/98 season, where hopefully I’ll clinch promotion and nobody steals any of my remaining players…