Sandro, Huddlestone and Other News You Already Know About
A slower week I can’t remember. We’re only half-way through and already I’m tempted to draw a line under it until Saturday afternoon. I think it’s the time of year. The closer we edge to the season’s finale, the quicker I want the ending revealed. Like the curious folk who thumb to the last page of a book, secretly hoping the author may’ve answered everything in one neat, all-embracing sentence. Or just slipped the DVD in the sleeve. You know, whichever’s quicker.
Either way, I think it’s important to be patient. Never wish time away; that’s what I’ve always been told. Stoke might seem like relative eons away at this point, but we’ll get there sure enough.
So what has been happening? Well, amongst all the tumbleweed, quite a bit actually. Away from White Hart Lane, the two clubs carrying the weight of the division, Portsmouth and Hull, have been dealt some gut-wrenching cards. Some more expected than others. No miracles on the South Coast as the F.A yank the tablecloth from under Pompey with dead-eyed accuracy. The expected nine-point penalty has been dished out, leaving them with little to look at but the last few tiny bubbles shooting toward the surface as they go down. They. Are. Oudda here. Elsewhere, the residents of Humberside are looking at a new face today, that of Iain Dowie; an experience I can only compare with unwrapping a box on Christmas morning only to find your long-since dead pet hamster nestled in the bottom. He replaces Phil Brown at the KC. Nice bloke, decent manager, but hardly the stuff dreams are made of. They probably deserve each other.
At our end, the illusive Sandro, at last, appears to be on his way. I was having serious doubts as to whether the young Brazilian actually existed, or just a figment of the media’s imagination; picking up tip-offs from Football Manager or the back pages of The Beano. I needn’t have worried as a fee looks to have been agreed between Internacional and ourselves- £6.5 million if you trust your sources- and the summer months will see his arrival.
Meanwhile, the immovable force that is Tom Huddlestone has been given a new contract. Just reward for an extraordinary about-turn in fortunes. This time last year, the only question left unanswered was how much we could convince Aston Villa to part with in ex-change for- what many people believed- a useless lump. Now we’ve got him until 2015 and no-one could argue this to be a bad move. Well done, that man.
That’s it from me.
Roll on Saturday, eh?