Friday, January 28, 2005

Someone old, someone new

Amidst all the hullabaloo this week surrounding a certain number 10, the signing of Amdy Faye and the return to the coaching staff of Terry McDermott (as reported on have gone almost unnoticed.

Faye arrives to add a bit of steel and bite to our midfield in the continued absence of Nicky Butt. Presumably this will see JJ relinquish the holding role he has adopted of late and given greater licence to roam. Who Souness will pick to join them in midfield remains to be seen, with Dyer and Bowyer seemingly left competing for the third berth in our midfield.

Terry Mac returns to the backroom to join his former playing colleague Souness. Precisely where he is going to fit in to the backroom staff remains to be seen, but he should hopefully boost morale and help Souness to manage the squad without any further public slagging matches.

How he will get on with Peter Beardsley and Kenny Wharton, who were in charge of the Academy when Terry's son Neale left the club amid accusations of bullying and favouritism, is anyone's guess. However, unlike recent public spats I suspect that any ill feeling that remains will be dealt with behind closed doors.

If only all our dirty washing was treated like that...


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