Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Fighting talk

And so the feud between John Barnwell of the League Managers Association and our very own Freddie Shepherd over Glenn Roeder's appointment edges ever closer to a bout of fisticuffs outside in the car park. Fat Fred's latest comments are a combination of "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough" and "Chicken!"...

""If he [Barnwell] was standing in front of me, I would punch him on the nose. But he hasn't got the courage to pick up the phone to speak to me - he's got my number. I'll throw Frank Clark [the LMA's vice-chairman] into that as well ... another Geordie and ex-captain of Newcastle".

And this from a man who threw the book at Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer for their on-pitch scuffle last April.

Naturally it's very disappointing that the LMA have been so critical of Roeder's appointment - he, incidentally, feels like "a football being kicked around" - but Shepherd spoiling for a fight is just another incident in a long history of unsavoury and undignified behaviour from our chairman.

You got what you wanted, Fred, and there's nothing the LMA can do to change that - so shut the fuck up, calm down and get on with planning for next season.


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