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Date: Sun May 10 07:52:35 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

Dood luck all REDS last match of the season today
at Barnsley.
This Issue:
1. McCLAIR FREED BY REDS
2. United offered Ortega for 1m 
3. Edwards on europe
4. Woodwork squeaks and out come the freaks
5. Foe, Campbell (Mirror)

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Subject: McCLAIR FREED BY REDS Brian McClair has been freed by Manchester United in a shock move - but the veteran Scot won't be making a farewell appearance at Barnsley on Sunday. The 34-year-old had been widely tipped for a staff job at Old Trafford after completing his coaching badge this season. But the midfielder has been given the news that his 11-year United career is now at an end and the player has decided against an emotional last match at Oakwell. "Unfortunately, Brian will be leaving us", said boss Alex Ferguson. "It is one of those sad things in life and Brian's disappointed. I was hoping to keep him and use him as we have done this season to look after the younger players, and be a good option on the subs bench. There are very few substitutes as good as him. However, it is not to be and I will be notifying clubs who'd be appropriate for Brian. I think he'll get a club though, he is one of those players I don't have to worry about in that respect. His character and record are well known among clubs and I think he can play on for another two years. Brian can still play at the top level." Choccy was Fergy's second United signing when he paid 850,000 for his fellow Glaswegian, eight months after taking over as the Reds boss. "He's been a fantastic buy, " says the United manager. "Pound for pound he has to be one of my best ever purchases. He's been here 11 years and I don't think he has ever missed one training session. He's been brilliant. I really wish him well." Last season he had a testimonial against his former club, when a 43,000 plus crowd turned out to hand him a benefit bonus of around 400,000. ******************************************************
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Subject: United offered Ortega for 1m Date: Sat, 9 May 1998 12:31:52 +0800 Resent-To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk X-UIDL: 02c77815417de691d759c8ad6306ed3b United offered Ortega for 1m BY DAVID MADDOCK MANCHESTER United are close to completing a remarkable deal for Ariel Ortega, the Argentina forward. Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has been told he can have the player - dubbed "the new Maradona" in his homeland - for 1 million. The snag is that the money is regarded as a downpayment on a sizeable transfer. Valencia, the player's Spanish club, have constructed an extraordinary offer. United will be allowed to keep the player until October after the payment of 1 million. Should they choose to retain him beyond that, they will be asked for a further 8million. Even that appears a bargain given the player's record. The 24-year-old has already earned 44 caps for his country, and cost Valencia 8 million from River Plate a year ago. He has made his mark in Spain with some dazzling performances, but has often been at odds with Claudio Rainieri, the Valencia coach. He produced an accomplished display for his country against Ireland in Dublin a month ago in front of Brian Kidd, the Manchester United coach. Martin Edwards, the United chief executive, confirmed earlier this week that Ferguson would be allowed a competitive edge in the transfer market. The United manager has already bought Jaap Stam for 10.75 million, and is now looking for a player to fill the gap created by the retirement of Eric Cantona. United have given a free transfer to Brian McClair, the longest-serving player amongst the present squad, and Ferguson's first big signing after assuming the manager's role in 1986. McClair, 34, indicated yesterday that he would seek to continue playing. "I have two good years left in me, and I will try to find another club," he said. Everton, Celtic and Manchester City have all already expressed an interest in the player. Liverpool have fined Patrik Berger 30,000 and put him on the transfer list after the Czech Republic international refused to play in a reserve team match away to Leeds United last week. Jamie Redknapp will sign a new contract on Monday, committing the England midfield player to Anfield for a further five years. Markus Babbel, Bayern Munich's Germany defender, hinted yesterday that he was keen to join Newcastle United during the summer, and St James' Park is also the preferred destination for Stephane Guivarc'h, the France forward. The 27-year-old has also interested Middlesbrough, who have made a higher offer to Auxerre, the player's club, but Guivarc'h will insist on joining Newcastle. Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support PC2 Sriwani HQ Pg E-Mail Address mailto:suppc2.shpa@sriwani.com.my
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X-Sender: jackit@indigo.ie X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Sat, 9 May 1998 19:16:35 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: J Callaghan Subject: Edwards on europe Comments: To: RED-DEVILS@PIPELINE.COM To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id UAA09462 EUROPE GIFT FOR UNITED We're so lucky, says Reds' chairman Edwards By Stuart Mathieson Martin Edwards MANCHESTER United chairman Martin Edwards has reluctantly grasped the Reds' Champions League lifeline for next season. The deposed Old Trafford champions will be back for a third successive crack at the European Cup next season as England's runners-up and the United chief is sanctioning a multi-million pound push to re-install the Reds as Premiership top dogs and to strengthen the challenge for the Holy Grail. The 10.75m record purchase of Dutch defender Jaap Stam is expected to be only the start of the new arrivals over the summer. But Edwards doesn't think United should be on the top European stage next term. ``I think it is a nonsense that the runners-up from any national league are in the Champions' League,'' he admits. ``I think the Champions' League is what it says. ``If you allow runners-up into it then you are devaluing the competition. But if you say to me am I going to walk away from it because of that then the answer is no. ``I have to think of my players who want to play in it and I have to think of the fans who would be disappointed if we didn't accept our place. ``We are in it and we shall play in it, do our best and hopefully win it.'' United will conclude their Premiership programme tomorrow at Oakwell against relegated Barnsley with Alex Ferguson paying his opposite number Danny Wilson a huge compliment. ``Danny's done a fabulous job. Barnsley have been a credit to the Premiership and we've enjoyed having them in the league,'' says the Reds' boss. ``When you talk about Manager of the Year he must be in the running.'' Fergie will give Henning Berg a game at Oakwell in defence as the Norwegian prepares for World Cup duty with his country A Manchester United is for life, not just for christmas. --------------------------------------------------------- JacKiT@indigo.ie --------------------------------------------------------- If tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday.
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X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.0.1457.3) X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by internal-ns.businessobjects.com id NAA23377 Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 13:42:58 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Ian GRANT Subject: Woodwork squeaks and out come the freaks To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU I don't usually post newspaper articles to the list (I can never be sure if it's already been posted). But I'm posting this article from the Electronic Telegraph by Henry Winter because I think it highlights some critical points and home truths about the reality of our situation. I would encourage some list members to take special note. Espically the paragraph starting "Criticism cannot be levelled at Ferguson", I then hope they review the absolute crap they've sent to the list over the last couple of days. COUNTING THE COST. RIPPLES continued to spread across the well of Manchester United's despair yesterday. England, as well as United, were left to count the cost of Wednesday night's defeat to Monaco on away goals in the quarter-finals of the European Cup, writes Henry Winter. Glenn Hoddle's players gather at Bisham Abbey today to commence training for next week's friendly in Switzerland. The United contingent will be depleted: Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville will not attend, and Andy Cole and Nicky Butt are doubtful, though David Beckham and Teddy Sheringham should be present. "We are aware of some injuries at Manchester United," David Davies, the Football Association's director of public affairs, said last night. "Alex Ferguson and Glenn will be talking again about the matter. Glenn selected a large squad to deal with all eventualities. I'm not aware of any plans for players to be called up." The real issue between Ferguson and Hoddle regards Scholes, who needs some foreign bodies washed out of a knee, a simple operation involving a three-week lay-off. But such are United's injury problems that Ferguson may decide to nurse Scholes through until the championship is settled; Scholes can play but not with 100 per cent movement. If Arsenal take United down to the wire, Scholes's operation would not be until May 11. England depart on their pre-France 98 tour 13 days later with the final squad to be announced by June 2. Time is tight. "We have been reviewing the Scholes situation today," said a United spokesman, "and Alex Ferguson and Glenn Hoddle are to discuss it further." Ferguson's responsibility lies with United, not England and, as he ponders the Scholes dilemma, his mind will doubtless turn ruefully to today's European Cup draw. The way the four semi-finalists used the winter transfer window may prove instructive to United. Real Madrid signed the Brazilian forward, Savio, and the skilful French midfielder, Christian Karembeu, both of whom started in Wednesday's 3-0 (4-1 aggregate) defeat of Bayer Leverkusen. Juventus, 4-1 winners over Dynamo Kiev (5-2 on aggregate), registered two young Uruguayans, Cesar Pellegrin and Marcelo Zalayeta, and most notably Edgar Davids, the dynamic Dutch international from A C Milan. Borussia Dortmund, who slipped past Bayern Munich 1-0 on the night and on aggregate, acted to cover the absence of Matthias Sammer by promoting Manfred Binz, a German international formerly with Brescia. Monaco's mid-season manoeuvring was less complicated, although still intriguing. Eric Di Meco, a veteran of Marseille's 1993 European Cup final success, had retired but remained registered and was given the No 26 shirt as cover for injuries. So while the four eventual semi-finalists were investing in players such as Karembeu, Davids and Binz, and dusting down old hands such as Di Meco, United were effectively standing still, even reducing their contingent by selling Karel Poborsky. UEFA's official note on Old Trafford's transfer-window activity reads: "Alex Ferguson made inquiries about several foreign players . . . but when the registration deadline arrived, he said 'I'm happy with what I've got'." Ferguson's view was understandable. United had just finished top of a group containing Juventus and were forging ahead domestically. Equally, Old Trafford takes great pride in the young players reared on Red traditions, such as Michael Clegg, a substitute against Monaco. But Ferguson's squad had become stretched, through the rigours of English competitions. The damage deepened. Already missing Roy Keane, United then lost Ryan Giggs, Gary Pallister and Peter Schmeichel. The latter pair, key defensive components, had been present for every second of United's six Group B games while Giggs started five of them. When United required winter reinforcements most, none had been made available. "We need strengthening, no question of that," Ferguson said in the wake of Wednesday's disappointment. "After we lost Keane with the injury, Scholes and Butt did really well immediately and that allowed me to think we could get through the season. But when it came to it we had to patch up the team." Criticism cannot be levelled at Ferguson. United's manager is regularly linked with overseas talent, such as Marcelo Salas or Gabriel Batistuta. His willingness to recruit is not at issue. Nor, really, is the fee; Ferguson, after all, spent 7 million on Andy Cole. The problem with foreigners such as Batistuta is the salary, substantially beyond the payslips of Ferguson's squad. Introducing a Batistuta into the dressing room would mean improving other players' wages or risking resentment. So Ferguson is left in a quandary. His other concern, one that affects all managers of plc-governed clubs, is whether such wages would be sanctioned by directors. If Ferguson had won the European Cup without significant outlay, it would have been a triumph for economical management. Yesterday morning United's stock market value fell by 26 million to 353.3 million. Despite Ajax's youth-driven success in 1995, the feeling persists that real investment is needed to compete in the Real world. ------------------------------------- Ian Grant, igrant@businessobjects.com -------------------------------------
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Fri, 08 May 1998 10:42:56 -0700 To: suggs@tiac.net From: "Red Devil Marcus" (by way of Red Devils Mailing List ) Subject: Foe, Campbell (Mirror) FERGIE HIT BY DOUBLE FOE BLOW BY JOHN EDWARDS ALEX FERGUSON'S hopes of landing midfield hard man Marc-Vivien Foe suffered a double setback last night. The Manchester United boss is haggling over a 2.5million asking price after watching the Lens giant in Saturday's French Cup final defeat by Paris St Germain. Fergie wants him to add some muscle to United's midfield and make sure they are well covered for injuries as they approach another Champions' League campaign next season. But sources close to the Cameroon international have revealed that he has received approaches from AC Milan and Marseille. Italian aces Milan have decided on a mass clear-out after a disastrous season in Serie A and see him as the ideal anchor man in a new-look midfield. Former French champions and European Cup winners Marseille are on their way back from the bribes scandal that sent them tumbling out of the top flight and are sure of a European place next season. They remain one of the wealthiest clubs in France and one of few who could offer the sort of personal terms that may yet persuade Foe not to move abroad. SPURS SAY NO TO 10M LIVERPOOLBID FOR SOL SPURS last night turned down a 10million Liverpool bid for Sol Campbell. The much-wanted England defender would command a world record transfer fee for a defender - but Spurs have no intention of selling. Campbell recently signed a new contract and turned down the big-money swoop point blank. Spurs acknowledge they must build on firm foundations as they attempt to recover from a season which came close to disaster. And that means hanging on to their world-class stars. The White Hart Lane club have also rejected a 4.5million offer for young Norwegian striker Steffen Iversen. New PSV Eindoven coach Bobby Robson has made Iversen his number one target with the money available after the sale of Jaap Stam to Manchester United for 10.5m - the current record fee for a defender. But Spurs, after virtually a whole season trying to get Iversen fit, will give him the chance to fill Jurgen Klinsman's boots next season. A Spurs spokesman said last night: "We have received a number of inquiries for our top players but we are buyers not sellers. We have received offers of 10m for Sol Campbell and 4.5m for Steffen Iversen, but our message is: Hands off." However, there will be a massive clearout of players this summer with coach Christian Gross looking for new talent. Gross made it clear after the win at Wimbledon last Saturday which made Spurs safe that he was on a spying mission the very next day - hardly the behaviour of a man about to be sacked! Gross plans to fashion a side which can keep Tottenham far away from the embarrassment the club has suffered this season.
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