Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rammy off, Smudger to follow?

With the league season now over, the rumour mill has rolled into overdrive as the summer begins.

However, before we move on to the tittle-tattle, one piece of news is that Peter Ramage has signed a three-year deal with QPR (where he'll be able to gaze on the attractive visage of Iain Dowie, newly installed as first team coach). Undoubtedly a trier, Ramage will, I'm sure, do well the Championship where his solid tackling and commitment will more than compensate for his occasional defensive lapses. He will perhaps wonder whether a new contract at St James Park might have been forthcoming had he not been injured so early in the season, particularly as our defence shifted on an almost daily basis under the early stewardship of Fat Sam. However, the move is definitely the right thing for all concerned, with the player likely to be a regular starter in the Championship, and with the hope that our defence will be bolstered by better players arriving in the coming weeks.

Turning to spurious rumours, the Guardian today wins the prize for story I'd most like to see happen, with reports of the monsters of smog being keen (!) to take Alan Smith's unique brand of goal-shy striker play/headless chicken midfield running to the Riverside.

Allardyce wasn't joking when he signed Smith as a replacement to Kieron Dyer, with Dyer equally adept at collecting massive wages despite contributing very little in the Goals For column. Quite why Gareth Southgate wants in him, God only knows, but let's all keep our fingers crossed that the deal goes through.

In other tales, apparently we've finally opened talks with England sub Michael Owen, but are only offering him £80,000 per week, which represents a £40,000 pay cut for our revitalised captain. Unsurprisingly, presumably in the hope that the club will stump up more cash, he's now being linked with moves to such glamorous locations as Japan and Everton. Clearly a case of watch this space, as far as the club are concerned.

Mind, if we can shift Alan Smith's reported £60,000 off the wage bill, I'd happily see most of that augment Owen's salary, on the basis that he has, at least, proved himself capable of scoring goals.


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