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www.red11.org : TODAYS NEWS
Date: Thu May 07 04:14:30 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

Result: Liverpool 4-0 Arse
Barry your editor
This Issue:
1. Teamtalk
2. Edwards on Stam
3. Champions League Format unchanged - Great News

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Jaap Stam in the crowd v Leeds

X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 13:38:11 -0700 To: suggs@tiac.net Subject: Teamtalk Fergie assures Berg's future Berg: Reassured Alex Ferguson has assured Norwegian World Cup defender Henning Berg of his future at the club, despite fears on Monday that he had become the sixth choice central defender at the club. The signing of Jaap Stam and the inclusion of Wes Brown against Leeds led to more concern over the 5 million star's first team chances but the United boss firmly quashed suggestions he was being squeezed out. Fergie reacted with amusement to suggestions that 18-year-old Brown was now - together with Stam, Johnsen, Pallister and May - ahead of Berg in the Old Trafford pecking order. He said: "Henning Berg is in my plans. "I hope he can get a good pre-season, if he can do that he is definitely in my plans." Spending will not stop yet United will not be putting away the cheque book just yet after tying up the Jaap Stam deal yesterday. The spending is expected to reach the 15 million mark within a fortnight as Alex Ferguson waits to hear from French side Lens and their reaction to his reported bid for Marc Vivien Foe. United are said to have offered 2.5 million for the Cameroon international who failed to impress much during last Saturday's French Cup final. Fergie could also be ready to turn his attention to a top striker with that old chestnut Gabriel Batistuta on his way out of Fiorentina. Chairman Martin Edwards revealed that the club made bids of over 10 million for three players last summer, one of them rumoured to be the Argentinian, but were knocked back each time. He said: "Clubs don't want to sell their best players, especially to us. It is as simple as that." Tomlinson on mark in Cardiff Graeme Tomlinson was United's goalscorer in the 1-1 draw with a Cardiff City XI in Jimmy Goodfellow's testimonial at Ninian Park last night. Despite prior publicity suggesting some first team stars would be in action, United fielded largely their Pontin's League leading side with Alex Notman, Philip Mulryne, Brian McClair and Jonathan Greening. Nick Culkin was in the Reds' goal where he was beaten just once, by Nottingham Forest's ex-Cardiff defender Christian Edwards - playing as one of several guests. Goodfellow himself, who remains the Welsh club's physiotherapist, played in the final 10 minutes in front of 7, 195 fans. Toulon joy for Reds pair United pair John Curtis and Michael Clegg have been selected by Peter Taylor for the England Under-21 squad to play in this summer's Toulon tournament. Ronnie Wallwork has been overlooked after playing for the England Under-20m side last year in Malaysia while Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand, both eleigible, have been left out - presumably because of their anticipated involvement in the World Cup. Beckham released David Beckham's younger brother Michael has been released after two years on YTS forms at Ipswich Town. A Manchester United is for life, not just for christmas. --------------------------------------------------------- JacKiT@indigo.ie --------------------------------------------------------- If tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday.
Jaap Stam in the crowd v Leeds

X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 13:38:01 -0700 To: suggs@tiac.net From: J Callaghan (by way of Red Devils Mailing List ) Subject: Edwards on Stam STAM WILL EARN 11M JAAP STAM yesterday sacrificed 750,000 to secure Manchester United's biggest-ever contract. The 10.75million Dutch defender agreed a seven-year deal that, with bonuses and inflation-proofing, is worth a staggering 11m. But United were delighted to cough up the cash, with Stam happy, too, to turn his back on a nice little earner. The PSV Eindhoven star was entitled to a 15 per cent cut of the world record fee for a defender. But Stam, 25, waived half of his jackpot to guarantee that his move to join Alex Ferguson's team went through. He said before flying back to Holland: "I willingly sacrificed the money. I had no doubts. It was necessary because I wanted to play for Manchester United. It's a great feeling that everything is now done. This is a dream come true for me. "But I will have to prove myself. I hope I can improve and become a champion here next year. I spoke to Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars at Arsenal and they might be disappointed that I have come to United. But I'm not." Stam will officially sign for United on July 1 with chairman Martin Edwards amazed how quickly he persuaded his man to agree to sign. Edwards said: "It was one of the easiest negotiations I have been involved in. Jaap has given up a lot of money to come here and has also joined within our pay structure. "The 10.75m is an invest-ment we are delighted to make. We are pleased he has committed himself to Manchester United for the next seven years with a long and prestigious contract. "He is someone who was desperate to play for us. This is the club where he wants to be. "We have been criticised in the past for a lack of ambition but it is the second highest fee ever paid by an English club for a player. "That shows our commitment and our intentions. In my time here Gary Pallister was the record transfer fee. So was Roy Keane. So was Andy Cole A Manchester United is for life, not just for christmas. --------------------------------------------------------- JacKiT@indigo.ie --------------------------------------------------------- If tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday.
Jaap Stam in the crowd v Leeds

X-Sender: dmenashe@popd.ix.netcom.com X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Pro Version 4.0 Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 18:07:59 -0700 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: David Menashe Subject: Champions League Format unchanged - Great News To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU >From the Electronic Telegraph UEFA, the governing body of European football, yesterday ended speculation about the immediate expansion of the Champions' League by insisting the proposed switch to four groups of six teams would not take place next season. Arsenal and Manchester United (assuming they get through pre-qualifying) will enter the current set-up of six groups of four. "There have been discussions about change," a UEFA spokeswoman said, "but it will be exactly the same format next season." However, the change is expected to be ratified for the 1999-2000 season. Juventus have been the driving force behind an amendment which would see Europe's leading clubs contest 10 lucrative round-robin fixtures before Christmas. Such an increase worries the English clubs, who have the most intense fixture schedule in Europe. "If you are talking about 10 games before Christmas, it will become a major problem for English clubs to compete sensibly in Europe and win the national league," said Martin Edwards, the chairman of Manchester United. "We found that it has been a bridge too far this year." As Premiership runners-up, Edwards's club face the added complication of two pre-qualifying dates in August (the first, on Aug 12, is three days before the Premiership begins). "How would the club in the qualifying stage get on?" Edwards wondered. "Would we have to play 12 games before Christmas? That's crazy." Any expansion would inevitably temper further the elite clubs' commitment to the League Cup.
Jaap Stam in the crowd v Leeds

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