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Staying, Staying, Gone

by | 1st, October 2003

‘IF Alex Ferguson were anything like his beloved Rock of Gibraltar racehorse, he’d be put out to stud, his seed used to rear a new legion of winners.

Bobby Robson c.1861

Images of the brusque Scot rutting are not pleasant at any time, and we apologise for any offence caused. But the Manchester United manager is no thoroughbred racehorse, and he has no plans to be put out to seed.

The Star says that talks are underway for Ferguson to remain at Old Trafford for a further four seasons, taking him to 2007.

It’s becoming increasingly evident that Ferguson doesn’t know when to let got, and the United board aren’t helping him to retire gracefully.

But in 2006, he’ll only be 66, and compared to Bobby Robson, who by then will be in triple figures, he’ll be something of spring chicken.

And the Sun has news that the rheumy-eyed old stager is staying as boss of Newcastle.

The only good news for Magpies’ fans is that his presence will mean that the itinerant and useless Peter Reid will not be coming to stay.

Where the blunt Reid is going does not overly concern the Express, which just says that he’s moving away from Leeds later today.

After just 15 games in charge of the Yorkshire club, the man who arrived to save them and restore some pride is to be shown the door.

The question, however, is not why he’s going but why he was even given the job in the first place.

Like Bryan Robson, Reid possesses an image that outshines his coaching achievements and abilities.

Perhaps he’ll end up at Spurs. After all, as the Sun says, Tottenham have been twice snubbed in their search for a replacement for the departed Glenn Hoddle.

A bid to lure Martin O’Neill to North London is failing, as is one to put Alan Curbishley in the White Hart Lane hot seat. The odds on Reid are shortening all the time.’

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