Anorak News | Come On, Ellen

Come On, Ellen

by | 7th, February 2005

‘WELL done Ellen MacArthur on being on course to be the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe. But next time, can you try to do it a bit blonder and prettier?

Ellen survived some choppy water

Given this sportswoman’s drive and determination, if she puts her mind to being more photogenic – and thus of more appeal to the press in general – she will soon emerge a ravishing beauty.

But for now, as the Times reports, MacArthur is set to take a day and a half off the existing record set by Francis Joyon just last year.

She should finish her epic journey sometime tonight, as her boat, the B&Q, crosses the finishing line off the Brittany island of Ushart to mass cheers and a few camera flashes.

Sadly, for Ellen she is neither as pretty or as cock-sure as Chelsea’s coach Jose Mourinho.

This morning, the man whose team would be – and still will be – champions tells the Sun that he’s not bothered by their 0-0 draw with Manchester City yesterday.

And neither is he in the least bit interested in the furore surrounding his club’s alleged illegal approach to sign Arsenal’s Ashley Cole.

The footballing authorities have begun an inquiry into the matter, which could lead to Chelsea being docked points.

“I am not worried about the inquiry,” says Mourinho. “My life will still be the same.”

He then adds: “I don’t care about it. I’m a football manager not a lawyer.”

If he were a lawyer, he might like to turn to the Premier League’s rule K3, the one regarding approaches to players contracted to another club.

To translate from the lawyer speak, it says not to do it.

Meanwhile, England are failing to thrive. First the rugby team is beaten by a plucky Welsh side deserving of victory; then the cricketers are taken apart in South Africa.

The Telegraph concerns itself with both matters, saying how England’s rugby world champions lost the plot in Cardiff and how the cricketers were thrashed in Cape Town.

Which means it’s up to England’s noble footballers to restore some pride in the flag later in the week when they take on Holland.

What odds on that?’

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