Jim White

  • Everton get the blues

    There is to be a demonstration tomorrow at Goodison Park. Ahead of the game against Aston Villa a group called Blue Union is asking Everton supporters to join a march demanding the removal of the current board. Blue Union are hoping several thousand join in. Some Everton loyalists, however, suggest they will be lucky to hit three figures.

    That there is a crisis at Goodison is undeniable. When the transfer window recently shut, Everton were the only Premier League club not to have made any purchases. With a squad in urgent need of input, and with their most creative talent - Mikel Arteta -

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  • It’s all Wembley’s fault

    According to Fabio Capello it is all Wembley's fault. The way the England coach sees it the freshly rebuilt national stadium, the biggest money-pit in English football, is now officially a hindrance to the advancement of the national team. So petrified are the players of its palatial surrounds, its lushly relaid pitch, its luxury dressing rooms filled with grooming products, they cannot function with any creative spark.

    Away against Bulgaria last Friday they fizzed with energy and drive. At home against Wales four days later, they sank into traditional English mediocrity, so insipid that they

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  • England turn red

    Gary Neville was on the radio this morning plugging his freshly published autobiography, a book that promises to sell almost as many copies on Merseyside as the 1989 edition of the Best of The Sun annual.

    Given his experience, he was asked the inevitable question: would England have won something if they had been managed by Sir Alex Ferguson?

    Neville was surprisingly circumspect in his answer. In truth, he said, the players weren't as good as those of Spain, Germany, Holland or Brazil. Fergie's managerial nous might have propelled them further in competitions than they went in 2002, 2006 and

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  • What exactly are they doing at the Emirates?

    The most extraordinary thing Arsene Wenger said during his press conference following Arsenal's mauling at Old Trafford on Sunday was this: "We have a department of 20 people working on transfers."

    To which the only response is: so what do they do all day? David Brent's team was more productive than Arsenal's player recruitment office. They get more work done in the local Jobcentre than in the Emirates negotiations operation. Over the last year Prince Andrew has been more productively employed than Arsene's backroom staff.

    It is one of the oddities of the system that there are 20 people in one

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  • Europe delivers more of the same

    You know that chant they sing at Old Trafford, well following the Champions League draw on Thursday, the denizens of the Stretford End will be able to re-write the lyrics to this: We're Man United, we'll play who we want.

    Before the draw was conducted, the Telegraph printed what would be the dream groupings for each of the English teams in the competition. Picking its way through the seedings, the permutations, the police insistence that two clubs from the same city should not be allowed to play at home in the same week, the paper concluded that for United the simplest, easiest, kindest draw

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  • Harry’s spin can’t hide Spurs woe

    Remember
    the trouble the Blair government got into with its attempt to convey less than
    flattering information to the public? 

    "A
    good day to bury bad news" was how some junior official described
    September 11thas they released new figures on unemployment or inflation
    or whatever bit of bumbling incompetence it was, even as the buildings
    collapsed in New York.

    Well,
    they need not have gone to such trouble. If you want to release something
    difficult, something that might upset the customers, something that most objective
    observers would regard as wholly detrimental to your enterprise, you

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  • Arsenal exodus shows Wenger flaws

    If
    there was any doubt about quite how thin Arsenal's squad is at the start of the
    new season it was dispelled last night.

    An unhappy sequence of injuries struck
    their back four during the Champions League qualifier against Udinese. First
    Kieran Gibbs - himself a replacement for the City-bound Gael Clichy - failed to
    re-appear for the second half. Then, no more than 10 minutes later, his
    replacement Johan Djourou succumbed to a strain.

    To seal up a defence
    increasingly under pressure from counter-attacking Italian visitors, on came
    Carl Jenkinson, a youthful right-back obliged to make his

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  • The summer’s most significant signing

    During the protracted tale of Samir Nasri's sale by Arsenal, as both Manchester clubs bickered for his signature, the football finance blogger Andy Green put out a mischievous comment on Twitter. "Samir Nasri: title-winning talent or over-priced lightweight? Depends in which side of Manchester he ends up", was the gist of his 140-character analysis. Given that Green's pen-name is Andersred, we have an idea where he now stands about the Frenchman.

    Because now we know: it is City who have persuaded Nasri to join in the fun of speedily redistributing Arab oil money among the estate agencies of

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  • United still the team to beat

    Just as the country has put away its broom, pinned the last bit of chipboard to its shop front and thrown away the key on some hyperactive 13-year-old found in possession of a looted pair of Nike, so the real world returns.

    The Premier League begins this weekend. Or at least that part of it that isn't in Tottenham. And for the next nine months we will all have something really important to take our minds off the minutiae like thieving bankers, fiddling politicians, corrupt cops, amoral media men and young hoods mugging defenceless foreign guests.

    As it begins, it is incumbent on us all at

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  • Why United might not sign a midfielder

    Ashley Young, David de Gea and Phil Jones have already arrived. While on the way out are John O'Shea, Darron Gibson, Wes Brown, Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes and - if the rumours are to be believed - Nani, expected to relocate his ego to a more accommodating dressing room before the start of the season. It is changing times indeed at Manchester United.

    The 19th title seems to have been the signal for the most significant overhaul of his squad by Sir Alex Ferguson since the You'll Win Nothing With Kids summer of 1996. And the summer of '96 might well have a bearing on the manager's thinking.

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