Here’s a round-up of today’s news in our division, including links to my news stories on Football League World.
- Sol Campbell (pictured top) has emerged as a possible candidate for the poisoned chalice over at Blunder Park. Speaking to Radio Humberside, chairman (or whatever title he masquerades under) John Fenty said: “I’m surprised we haven’t heard from Sol. He said that clubs aren’t taking a punt on young managers. We’d have a chat with him.” Sol is looking for a route into management, and speaking to an Arsenal podcast recently he said: “I’m intelligent enough, it’s not like I played on a fox and dog pitch all my life. I can’t believe some people, I’m one of the greatest minds in football and I’m being wasted because of a lack of experience.” Sadly, for one of the greatest minds in football, perhaps a more stable and understanding environment might be better. Like Sunderland. Or Leeds. Or the Syrian national team.
- There’s trouble at Chesterfield as a Director states he won’t be at tomorrow’s game against Swindon and Jack Lester has all-but supported the potential protest happening before the game. Speaking about a protest to the Derbyshire Times, Lester said: “It’s understandable. It’s just people who care about the club. As a fan you’re a bit helpless at times, you come and support your team, you can’t go and play.” Director Ashley Carson has announced he won’t be at the game, he’ll be at home watching it on iFollow, which means he’ll be fifteen minutes behind the action, miss the goals and have to turn off any commentary.
- Some hilarious wag is cutting up Steve Evans’ socks at Mansfield. Genuinely. He’s not entirely happy about it either. Speaking to the Mansfield Chad, he said: “There is a line drawn with the banter and that was cutting my socks up. I said if anyone cuts my socks up again they will pay a price (probably a long stint in the reserves like Lee Angol got). I didn’t say ‘if my socks go missing’. Now they’ve gone missing. I am looking at (Alex) MacDonald as he has that cheeky chappy eye. And I think (Kane) Hemmings and (Jacob) Mellis will be involved. I need to catch them and after that John Radford will be a few quid better off as we’ll take some of their wages.” It’ll make a change for the chairman to be a few quid better off thanks to Evans, usually it’s the One Call customers who have to put money into the pot.
- Ade Azeez, heavily linked with Lincoln in the summer, has joined National League side Dover on a month’s loan. Azeez was alleged to be in talks with Danny Cowley before he switched to Cambridge, but the former Wimbledon striker hasn’t made the grade at the Abbey Stadium, so he’s joined our old friends Parmenter and Kinnear on the south coast.
- Forest Green have continued to build on the ‘green’ bit of their name. They have further cemented their relationship with artificial meat substitute purveyors Quorn, with the announcement of an official partnership for the remainder of the 2017/18 season. To help mark the announcement, FGR will be giving away Quorn nuggets with every portion of chips bought at this weekend’s match against Crawley. I’ve no problem with FGR being veggie friendly and all that, it is the hemorrhaging money that grates on me, their dour and soulless manager and the awful way they conduct themselves in every other aspect of their business. Sorry, a few saved chickens won’t make up for the way they bought promotion to the Football League, not one bit.
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