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by | 8th, July 2004

‘IT was always going to take a big story to push Wayne Rooney off the Mirror’s back page, but the paper that dares has found one.

A piece of England

News is that Spurs’ new manager, Jacques Santini, makes Claudio Ranieri sound like the Queen and “hopes to have many successes at Tottenham”.

He is, by his admission “no expert in English football”, which is something that would not be a major problem were it not for the fact that he’s about to manage an English football club playing in England.

What’s more, Frenchman Santini will not be allowed to go down the continental route to success.

Because the good news for Spurs fans is that the club’s chairman, Daniel Levy, has vowed that his team will not copy Arsenal.

This does not mean Spurs will do as Arsenal do not and play boring football and win nothing, rather that the club will remain true to its roots.

“We are a British club,” says Levy in the Sun, “and will remain predominately British.”

Someone should tell the plan to Santini, to Dane Frank Arnesen, the club’s new director of football, to new Spurs coach Dutchman Martin Jol and to Arsenal reject and Frenchman Sylvain Wiltord, who Spurs are hoping to sign.

But while Santini applies for UK citizenship in a bid to blend in with the tea ladies at White Hart Lane, the Express shows us, and Levy, that having the best Englishmen on board doesn’t always guarantee victory.

The ICC table of one-day cricket teams – of which there are only 11 – reveals that England are now at their lowest position ever.

England are in eighth place, behind all the big guns and only just above Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bangladesh.

This is bad news for English sport – as is the Mail’s lead story that David Beckham’s future at Real Madrid is in doubt.

The race to be Real Madrid’s next president is underway, and one of the contenders, Arturo Baldasano – who takes on current president Florentino Perez and former president Lorenzo Sanz – says he’ll back the team’s new coach, Jose Antonio Camacho, and ditch Beckham.

This Sunday’s vote of the club’s 80,000 members will decide who will be the head of the world’s glossiest club and what will happen to Beckham.

And if Baldasano succeeds he has also pledges to find the necessary funds should his manager want to secure the services of Wayne Rooney.

And, according to the club’s accounts, Real have more than £94m in cash to spend – which should be enough to get their man and a few more besides.’

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