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Money Talk

by | 23rd, July 2004

‘WE are beginning to like Jose Mourinho, the new Chelsea manager.

Robert Key hears that it’s burgers again for lunch

Although he has yet to preside over a single truly competitive Chelsea match, he has still managed to rile Alex Ferguson.

The Mirror (“LOSER”) hears from the Portuguese big shot, and enjoys his response to Fergie’s claim that Chelsea cannot buy success.

“Money does not buy you points and victories,” says Mourinho.

“If you go back a few months, Porto had ten per cent of Man Utd’s budget, but beat them. Money buys players and with these players you have to make a team.”

Fergie will just love being reminded how Porto, then managed by Mourinho, knocked his highly-priced stars out of last season’s Champions’ League.

But while this spat between Mourinho and Ferguson should be music to Arsene Wenger’s ears, Arsenal’s French manger has his head full of other matters.

It’s the umpteenth day of the Patrick Vieira to Real Madrid story and Wenger is telling the Sun that the move is now beyond his control.

“I’ve been speaking to Patrick regularly,” says Wenger, “but we have now reached a situation where I cannot do any more.”

Which pretty much suggests that the decision rests firmly with Vieira, who, despite having three years left to run on a contract he signed at the start of last season, has yet to quash the transfer rumours.

But just in case Vieira does go, the Gunners are making plans, and the Express says they have already landed the “new Vieira” in the form of Marseille’s 20-year-old French midfielder Mathieu Flamini.

And the Mirror says there’s more to follow, with the Gunners eyeing a possible move for Portugal’s Euro 2004 star Nuno Maniche.

But since nothing has really happened with Vieira, it’s all paper talk.

Which brings us to the Sun, a paper that just a few weeks ago was saying how Michael Vaughan’s England cricket team had let the country down.

Now the same team are the toast of the Sun’s back page, worthy of the headline “TWO GOOD” and a story about how great century makers Robert Key and Andrew Strauss are.

Such a swift change of tack is lamentable. But, doubtless, the Sun will be soon patting itself on the back and saying how it was the paper’s harsh and misjudged words that spurred England to shape up.

Happily, the Mail sticks to the story and lavishes rightful praise on an England side that raced to 391-2 on the first day of the Lord’s Test against the West Indies.

And look very much like a decent team on the up…’

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