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Date: Wed May 13 17:47:30 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

On Wed, 13 May 1998, Thierry wrote:
 According to dutch television Batistuta already sealed the deal with Man
 Utd and will be playing at old trafford for the next few years.
 If this is true that would be a great new striker added to the team.
 In my opinion Batigoal is one of the best strikers in the3 world. He always
 finds the net.
 It would be great to see him in red next year

  """If United sign Marc Vivien Foe, he will be our first African player?
     OK, this excludes Gary Bailey who opted for England."""""


Andy Cole has scored more goals this season than any other striker in the
Premier League, yet Glen Hoddle ignores him when naming his England squad.
The words I have for Mr Hoddle cannot be repeated, here or anywhere.
                  Ethel Sleith 

I never thought he would make it, but how the hell he can include Darren
Anderton who will probably crock himself climbing off the plane is
beyond me!        Paul Scully 

Your editor Barry     barry@www.red11.org
This Issue:
1. Unknown
2. LIST : Batistuta attracts United's interest
4. Bits and bobs
5. Why Hoddle gave Cole cold shoulder


Marc Vivien Foe

Resent-From: Resent-Date: Wed, 13 May 98 20:05:01 CST5EDT Resent-To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk United plan double swoop Wednesday, May 13, 1998 Manchester United are planning a double Argentine transfer coup before the World Cup Finals, reviving interest in £7million Fiorentina captain Gabriel Batistuta and targeting Valencia forward Ariel Ortega. Batistuta, 29, was on manager Alex Ferguson's shopping list 12 months ago only for a deal to fall through due to wage demands and financial restrictions. United have also been in discussions with Spanish side Valencia over 24-year-old Ortega. Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support PC2 Sriwani HQ Pg E-Mail Address mailto:suppc2.shpa@sriwani.com.my
Marc Vivien Foe

From: Support PC2 SrwaniHQPg To: Red Devils List Cc: Barry Subject: LIST : Batistuta attracts United's interest Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 11:28:14 +0800 X-MS-TNEF-Correlator: X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.0.1457.3) Resent-From: Resent-Date: Wed, 13 May 98 22:42:26 CST5EDT Resent-To: barrylee@post3.tele.dk Subject: Batistuta attracts United's interest Manchester United are reported to be interested in signing the Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta. "Batigol" has spent the last seven years with Fiorentina and his agent said yesterday: "Gabriel now wants to leave and nobody will make him change his mind. There are a lot of people interested, like Roma, Parma, Real Madrid and Manchester United." Burnley player-manager Chris Waddle has parted company with the Second Division club by "mutual consent". Oldham have appointed Andy Ritchie as their new manager, while Keith Stevens is to take up the reins at Millwall after 16 years with the club as a player. Next Wednesday's European Cup final between Juventus and Real Madrid could be moved from Amsterdam because legal limits on noise will prevent extra flights arriving and leaving from the city's airport. The Dutch ministry of transport said yesterday it could not change the law to allow the additional flights. The Juventus team flight and around 160 charter flights for supporters have also been refused permission to land. England's World Cup group rivals Colombia may have to travel to France without Carlos Valderrama. He owes the French authorities nearly £20,000 in unpaid tax dating from his two seasons with Montpellier in the 1980s. Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support PC2 Sriwani HQ Pg E-Mail Address mailto:suppc2.shpa@sriwani.com.my
Marc Vivien Foe

From: JOHN WHITNEY Subject: FOE TO SIGN FOR REDS >From Footballnet 13 May 1998: Cameroon World Cup midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe, 23, is expceted to sign for English Premiership runners-up Manchester United in the next few days, French champions Racing Lens said Wednesday. Lens, asking 35 million francs (6 million dollars) for his transfer, say Manchester have opened negotiations. Foe, in Corsica at a World Cup training camp with Cameroon, has already agreed to the move to England. Foe scored twice in the last 18 matches in Lens` championship run after coming back from an early-season injury. "He`s developed a lot this season. He`s no longer just a midfield work-house. He goes forward and contributes a lot to attack," said Lens coach Daniel Leclerq. "He`ll be difficult to replace." This will be an excellent addition to midfield, increasing the competition in that department. Thanks, Peter, for the brilliant statistics summary of the relative honours and attendances for the Reds and the barcodes. It saved me a job - I was frantically searching the net to find exactly that kind of information to hopefully shut the bastard up once and for all! You beat me to it. We've got a few mouthing barcodes where I am working in Indonesia at the moment (well, they would just ahead of the Cup Final, wouldn't they.) I'll be using those stats to shut them up here as well. When will they ever get the message? Let me know via this list when you're likely to be in the Throstles Nest and I'll send my brother round to buy you a pint for your effort! Cheers. John Whitney Surabaya, Indonesia
Marc Vivien Foe

Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 15:25:03 -0700 To: suggs@tiac.net From: Steve Edge Subject: Bits and bobs Greetings to all Manchester United supporters everywhere! Perhaps I'm feeling a little dizzy from the effects of not winning the league this year. Nevertheless, I feel pretty good about things. We finished the season with the most goals scored, fewest goals conceded, best goal difference, most away wins, and the Premiership's top goalscorer. The reserves, A team and B team all scored the most goals in their respective leagues. We've signed a chap who just might turn out to be the best defender in the game, and there are still more youngsters coming through. Becks is about to commit to United again. Keane and Cooke will be back next year. Solskjśr will be over his "sophomore jinx" (as they say over here), Cole will be hungrier than ever following Glenda's shameful omission. The Bright Side continues ... We DID win a trophy this year. The Charity Shield may not count for much to some people, but I always relished going to the game when I lived over there, and I was absolutely delighted when we won it - again - in August. We can all enjoy a good laugh at City's expense. And then when we've stopped laughing - some time next month - we will realise that Bolton have gone down as well. History will show that we lost the league by one solitary point. It will not recall that Arsenal won 10 in a row, and played some brilliant football in most of them. Nor, sadly, will history remind us of the riot at Highbury when they'd won, nor that they lost their last two games. (Contrast this with United's stellar performances once the league had been sewn up in recent years. United - players and fans - swaggered throught the end of season games playing champagne football; Arsenal stuttered through two embarrassing defeats. United are Pure Class; Arsenal are not. Simple as that). In truth, Arse did deserve the title. Just about. United played too many games in late December and into February expecting to win. Complacency killed us as much as the injuries to Keane, Giggs, Pally, Butty and co. when the chips were down. The young players have experienced "failure" for the first time. It will hurt. They will be back! (I also think the Munich anniversary overshadowed the home games against Leicester and Bolton, and I reckon it was impossible for the players to perform under such emotional pressure.) On to the Cup Final predictions. I hope it's 0-0 and goes to penalties and lasts for hours. I hope all the players miss their penalties, and after 33 attempts per side the FA gives up and takes the cup home themselves. No medals will be awarded. That would suit me best. And in the aftermath, Arse fans riot again, overturn laughing-boy's car, and cause one point to be revoked from their team's premiership tally. ;-) Seriously though, I have to admit that I desperately want Arsenal to lose. It's just unfortunate that Dogleash would have to win to achieve this, but it's better than the gooners getting the double double. Steve Edge A Surprisingly Contented Red in Vancouver
Marc Vivien Foe

From: Tim Olson Subject: Why Hoddle gave Cole cold shoulder To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU >From the Red Cafe: Why Hoddle gave Cole cold shoulder By Martin Lipton, PA Sport Chief Soccer Writer Andy Cole's World Cup fate was sealed when he woke up on February 11 with a bad back. Glenn Hoddle had decided to give the Manchester United striker his big chance against Chile at Wembley, paired with Liverpool sensation Michael Owen. But when Cole felt his back go as he tried to get out of bed, he was ruled out of the game - and effectively out of the World Cup. "He was going to play against Chile, like Ray Parlour would have against Switzerland," explained Hoddle today after discarding Cole from his provisional France 98 squad for next week's friendly with Saudi Arabia and the Hassan II International Cup games against Morocco and Belgium. "They were both brought in to give them a chance of playing. It was bad luck for them, but gave others their opportunity." In the case of Cole that opportunity went to Dion Dublin, who evidently did enough to keep him firmly in Hoddle's thoughts. But the Old Trafford man, whose only cap under Hoddle came as a replacement for Ian Wright against Italy in the Tournoi de France, discovered today that 25 goals this season were not enough to earn him another chance. While Owen's potential and talent has been demonstrated, Cole found himself left out of a squad containing Les Ferdinand - just five goals this season - and 34-year-old Wright. "I made the decision that Wrighty and Michael are from a similar mould and similar styles of player to Andy," explained Hoddle. "You need that balance and that blend, and Dion gives us that option because he can play in two positions possibly." Versatility was clearly a key to the initial paring of the effective 37-man party announced last month. Along with Cole and Parlour, Stuart Pearce, Kevin Pressman, Dominic Matteo, Matt Le Tissier and Nick Barmby received the black spot. But that meant a place for Tottenham's injury-plagued Darren Anderton, with Liverpool's Jamie Redknapp given an extra 10 days or so to prove he has recovered from his knee injury. "Roy Evans said it would have been a risk for him to play on Sunday but that he thought he would have been fit if they'd got a game next week," said Hoddle. "We'll keep that door open and see if he's going to be available." Hoddle, who will choose between Ian Walker and Tim Flowers for the third goalkeeping spot, revealed he had just "two or three" decisions to take before finalising his World Cup 22. David Seaman, Nigel Martyn, Gary and Phil Neville, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Sol Campbell, Gareth Southgate, Graeme Le Saux, Paul Ince, Paul Gascoigne, David Beckham, David Batty, Paul Scholes, Teddy Sheringham, Owen, Wright and skipper Alan Shearer would appear to be the men guaranteed a place on the plane to Brittany on June 10. That leaves 10 men fighting for the last three spots, ensuring an extra edge of nervousness to the final countdown. Just what Hoddle wants to see. Cole spoke tonight of his pain at being dumped from England's World Cup plans and insisted: "I don't know what more I could have done. I found out early in the morning that I was not being considered for the squad and naturally it is hugely disappointing for me. I feel I have worked hard all season and ended up with my best ever goals tally to date for Manchester United, 25 in all, which means I have ended up as the top flight's leading scorer in all competitions. "But the England manager appears to have made his decision. I am not sure what more I could have done. I don't begrudge anyone their place in the squad - after all, it's what we have all been working so hard to achieve, playing for your country in the World Cup finals. "I'd be lying if I didn't say that my form over the course of the season didn't warrant an inclusion but that it not my decision. To the lads who are selected for the finals, I wish them all the best and sincerely hope that we can go forward and win it."
Marc Vivien Foe

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