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Delia Roasts Canaries

by | 1st, March 2005

‘DELIA Smith now knows that the recipe for success on the football pitch does not include a half-time talk from her.

Defeat for Norwich is no mere trifle

Norwich City’s most famous supporter berated fans at Carrow Road last night after seeing her side let slip a two-goal lead against Manchester City.

The Indy has a picture of Delia with microphone in hand, appealing for more support.

“We need a twelfth man here,” she shouted out from the pitch. “Where are you? Let’s be having you.”

Unfortunately for Norwich, they were soon short of an eleventh man as Mattias Jonson was sent off before. And things got worse as they conceded an injury time goal to go down 3-2.

Nor are things likely to improve quickly for Norwich, who are currently languishing in 19th place – their next four opponents include Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

At the other end of the table, the top clubs have their own problems.

The Indy reports on Arsenal’s striker crisis with Thierry Henry and Robert Pires injured and Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie and Jose Antonio Reyes suspended for the FA Cup replay against Sheffield United.

The Times has a picture of Manchester United captain Roy Keane in his familiar strip – grey suit, white shirt, grey tie – as he appears in court to face an assault charge.

And the Guardian says Chelsea’s on-pitch success is at risk of being overshadowed by disciplinary problems after the sending-off of manager Jose Mourinho during Sunday’s Carling Cup final.

But there is also support for Mourinho, notably from James Lawton in the Independent who implores the Portuguese coach not to adapt to the prevailing culture of his host country.

“You were supposed to be a breath of fresh air,” he says.

“You were supposed to go your own extremely impressive way, paying generous tribute to beaten opponents, revealing a healthy and often amusing self-belief, but more than anything letting your team make the most significant statements about your plainly extraordinary ability.”

And Sue Mott, in the Telegraph, suggests that Mourinho is the victim of small-minded jealousies from the kind of people who would prefer to see the Queen riding round London on a bike.

Or complain that the money spent on the London 2012 Olympic bid would be better used on some convoluted tax credit scheme for single dads.’



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