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The Foreign Legions

by | 16th, January 2004

‘IF you were ever worried that English football is being taken over by those unfortunate enough to be born far from these hallowed shores, do not read this morning’s papers.

If Spurs can’t get to Europe, will Europe come to Spurs?

The Star reports that Spurs have signed up 64-year-old Italian, Giovanni Trapattoni, to take over as manager next season – as long as they stay in the Premiership.

The Mirror claims that Leeds United have been saved from administration after Sheikh Abdul Mubarak Al-Khalifa raised £35m to buy the club.

And the Mail has the story of how England’s Swedish coach Sven Goran Eriksson has admitted that he would have to think about any job offer from Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich to take over from Italian Claudio Ranieri as Chelsea manager.

Back to the Star and inside Brian Woolnough bemoans the lack of decent English goalkeepers, blaming the “influx of foreign stars into the Premiership”.

“Young English goalkeepers are not getting chances and are therefore gaining no experience at the top level,” he says, explaining that only five of the 20 Premiership keepers are in fact English.

Not getting his chance to play first-team football has persuaded Nicky Butt that his future lies away from Old Trafford.

But the Star and its sister paper, the Express, both report that the midfielder is heading north to Newcastle United and not, as thought, south to Spurs.

The Express claims that Sir Bobby Robson has swooped for the 28-year-old as part of a £5m deal.

And that is bad news for Spurs, whose fans have ordered club chairman David Levy to deliver on his promise and bring Butt to White Hart Lane.

The Sun says a group called the Tottenham Action Group have told Levy the fans won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

How about ‘non’ or ‘nicht’ or ‘niet’?’

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