All in the game
November 16th: “Won’t be happening. For the one-millionth time. Hahaha. Stability.” Fernandes again, this time tweeting his vote of confidence in Hughes, telling supporters – for the one-millionth time – he would not be sacked.
November 23rd: Hughes?
You know yourself.
Quote of the week
The majority of the players he brought in were crap.” – QPR old-boy Rodney Marsh tries to put his finger on where it all went wrong for Mark Hughes.
Number of the week: 46
That’s how many million euro Roman Abramovich has paid out in compensation to seven sacked Chelsea managers – so, the figure doesn’t even include Roberto Di Matteo. Or Rafa Benitez, yet
Ooh la la, c'est Domenech et Ribery
Book Extract of the Week: There was always a reasonably decent chance that Raymond Domenech’s tome on his time in charge of the French team would be a lively read – and so it has proved, if the extracts are anything to go by.
Domenech had a less than loving relationship with several of his players, but himself and Franck Ribery had especially, well, big issues: “He continued to poison the group by his attitude as a susceptible diva . . .
“For everything Ribery stood for I would have gladly strung him up . . . He’s the same as Anelka and Henry, everything revolves around their belly buttons. When things go wrong, they’re the first to jump ship.
“A senior player warned me about [Ribery] in 2008. And me, I gave him the keys to the team.
“What a moron I am.”
Dogged Bayern fans
Merchandise of the Week: The Bayern Munich dog jersey. They're not the only club to take in to account canine supporters when producing merchandise, but this one is particularly attractive, sitting very snugly on the model's hind legs. It's a snip too at €19.95, so if your dog is a Bayern fan, get shopping.
Tats all for Valdes
Barcelona netminder Victor Valdes looked chuffed when he bumped in to this admirer in Moscow last week, complete with her very large Victor Valdes tattoo. (Although it looks a little more like one of the tall fellas in Take That who rarely sang).
He should probably, to be honest, be a bit nervous about it.