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Date: Sat May 16 16:59:33 GMT+00:00 1998
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McClair bound for Macclesfield? 
Sparky in demand 
United play down 'Batigoal' link 
Paris talks for Foe 

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This Issue:
1. Ambitious United in pursuit of Argentina forwards  -
2. Becks Article (Telegraph)
3. Choccy McClair bound for Macclesfield? 


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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 00:00:31 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net Subject: Ambitious United in pursuit of Argentina forwards - Times Report Ambitious United in pursuit of Argentina forwards BY MATT DICKINSON MANCHESTER UNITED can no longer be accused of caution in the transfer market after the revelation that they want to sign both Gabriel Batistuta and Ariel Ortega, the Argentina players, rather than just one of them. The club's determination to secure success in the European Cup has already prompted the £10.75 million signing of Jaap Stam, the Holland defender, and Alex Ferguson, the manager, confirmed that negotiations are taking place with Batistuta's representatives and his club, Fiorentina, who are willing to accept a deal of around £12 million 12 months after refusing to sell the forward for fear that their fans would riot. With Teddy Sheringham believed to be past his best, United are also anxious to recruit a high-class foil for Batistuta and Ortega fits the bill. The short, attacking midfield player helped to set up Batistuta's hat-trick in Argentina's 5-0 win over Bosnia in Cordoba this week before grabbing a brilliant solo goal. Ortega would cost around £8 million from Valencia. While United are happy to pay the fees, the most likely complication will be over wages, with the club anxious not to put any one player way above the next-highest earner. If both signings went through, however, they could recoup around £10 million by selling Sheringham and possibly Andy Cole. While United contemplate a huge spending spree, Manchester City have finally sold Georgi Kinkladze to Ajax for a little more than £5 million. The fee easily beats City's previous record sale - the £3.2 million that Blackburn Rovers paid for Garry Flitcroft in 1996. City have first refusal on Kinkladze if he returns to Britain. Everton have made an inquiry for Mark Hughes, the Chelsea forward, who is likely to be offloaded this summer. The 34-year-old will be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, where Gianluca Vialli is close to signing Pierluigi Casiraghi, from Lazio. Bobby Robson, the new PSV Eindhoven coach, is considering a move for Jon Dahl Tomasson, Newcastle United's unsettled forward. Newcastle, meanwhile, have revealed plans to redevelop St James' Park into a 51,000-capacity stadium, incorporating solar power. Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support PC2 Sriwani HQ Pg E-Mail Address mailto:suppc2.shpa@sriwani.com.my
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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 17:15:33 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Becks Article (Telegraph) Shy boy Beckham settles into the book-signing set By Giles Smith TO THE ever-expanding list of David Beckham's accomplishments -Manchester United and England midfielder, fiancée of Posh Spice, official Brylcreem Boy - we must now add another: author. "I can't actually believe I've brought a book out," Beckham said. But there was the evidence on the table in front of him -a slippery pile of box-fresh copies of David Beckham: My Story, which Beckham was carefully autographing as we spoke. The author of this work (which was ghosted by Neil Harman and published, it hardly needs saying, under the aegis of the Manchester United promotions department) is the grand old age of 23. But then, in the literary career of the footballer, the juvenilia and the mature work are often the same thing. Ryan Giggs was only 21 when Manchester United authorised Ryan Giggs: My Story. In this respect, but probably only in this one, Beckham is lagging behind. Unsurprisingly, the new book turns out to contain many colour pictures of Becks, and in only one of them (on page 95) could he be said to be having a bad hair day. What is more, some of the shots from studio sessions lend a whole new dimension to Beckham's remark in the book - "I think I've always had a bit of aggression in my make-up". As such, the book's very publication will do little to dissuade those sceptics who, with scant regard for his astonishing development as a player, see Beckham as a fancy-pants with expensively teased locks and a gratuitously fast car: Porsche Spice, as it were. When we met, Beckham was indeed wearing fancy pants: black bell-bottom trousers, along with shoes with big rubber soles and a tight black top which made him look slight. Some of the longer parts of his hair were blond. He dresses like a member of a boy-band and the people around him exude the same heat and paranoia which warm the air ahead of pop stars. We were informed that David would not venture outside to have his photograph taken for fear of mobbing - this despite the fact that it was a Wednesday afternoon and the hotel we were in was, effectively, in the middle of a wood. Beckham, it should be said, does not seem like someone who insists on this kind of pandering. He is shy and reserved. Years in the Manchester United mincer (he has been at the club since he was 15) have made him guarded, media-savvy and unforthcoming in the club's preferred manner. But on the subject of his own brashness, at least, he was prepared to declare himself. "I'm not the person a lot of people think I am," Beckham said, carefully completing another autograph and talking in a Cockney voice so quiet it barely printed itself on the tape in my recorder. "A lot of people think I'm dead flash and dead arrogant which I'm not." This is good to know because, even now, when advertising executives and other people who don't often go to football matches reckon the game to be "sexy", football has a way of biting back at players who are perceived as dead flash or dead arrogant. We may think ourselves inured to the notion of the catwalk footballer, but English football crowds do not, in general, take well to players with dyed hair and pop star girlfriends. Thus a mocking chant began at West Ham at the end of the 1996-97 season which asked, in no uncertain terms and to the tune of Bread of Heaven, after the sexual preferences of Posh Spice. The theme was picked up by 30,000 Chelsea fans at the Charity Shield. At Bolton, the singing became so all-involving that Gary Neville sought out Beckham on the pitch to check he was OK. For Beckham, a shy lad, even possibly a little prudish ("I don't like bad manners, I never have done," he informs us in his book), these must have been, at the very least, testing times. He sounded gloomy when he talked about it. "It's pretty difficult, when you're young and you're getting that sort of stick off crowds," he said. "It's hard to get used to. It's not as if they're saying it about your football: they're saying it about your private life." But he rallied slightly and said: "Every time they've said it, I've gone and scored." He is gifted; he is no faint-heart; he played in every league game last season; he scores spectacular goals. Yet even now Beckham's name does not roll around the stands at Old Trafford, where the club's energetic marketing of its players meets with, in some respects, its firmest suspicion. There is also the matter of Beckham's origins in Chingford. Manchester has always had to work hard to love a Londoner (see also Teddy Sheringham and even Ray Wilkins). So there are no songs for Beckham; whereas there are four or five for Paul Scholes, a Salford boy, a pugnacious Scally, and no more likely to model Brylcreem than Elton John is. (Incidentally, you can see Becks sitting next to Elton on page 153 of the book, both of them guests at a Versace show in Milan.) Beckham's line on this may sound mildly ironic coming from someone who has just put out a 160-page, hard-back picture-book; but he just wishes the fuss would die down and that people could concentrate on his football. "It's a shame that my new hairstyle can make the front of the papers when there's so many more important things going on in the world," Beckham told me earnestly. "It shocks me. There's kids all over the world that are losing lives and losing families and then because I've gone blond, it's on the front of the paper. "It's not my fault," Beckham went on. "When I go to a restaurant, it's not because I want to go and get my picture taken, it's because I want to go and have a nice meal. I can't go to a nice restaurant in a tracksuit," he added. "I have to dress up for my picture." Frustrating. That said, some of the paparazzi shots that Beckham is frustrated by appear on pages 42-47 of Beckham's book. In the way of football biographies, My Story paints a picture of a childhood coloured by precocious talent, absence from home at a tender age, tenacious dedication and exposure to surrogate authority figures. Beckham, up north from London, says he endured serious bouts of homesickness, but he was reluctant to talk about self-sacrifice. "I once said that I've given up a lot in the past when I was a kid; and someone made a comment that I was a moaning little brat because people in the war had given up more." At least Beckham could rely on dedicated parents, who even now travel up from London for any and every game and whom Beckham clearly misses. One of the reasons he enjoys going to his best friend Neville's house is that "Gary's mum and dad are up there and it's that sort of family atmosphere". When I asked him about going to France next month, Beckham said: "We'll be over there for six weeks. But when you've been away from your home for eight years, it's nothing really." It is interesting that, at 23 and several years into a top-level career, Beckham still regards himself as someone who is living away from home. In the book, Beckham describes Alex Ferguson as the greatest influence on his life after his father. "He frightens the hell out of players," Beckham said, "but when you have a manager for so many years, you get used to his ways. The best thing is, you know where you stand. If you've done terrible in a game he'll tell you straight down the line and the next day he'll forget about it. He doesn't hold grudges." This would not, I think, make an especially heart-warming epitaph: He Never Held A Grudge. But Beckham was insistent. "He's the best manager I've ever had. Well, he's the only manager I've actually had at this level. But he's the best manager I've ever had." Ferguson's straight-down-the-line tactics with Beckham have included relegating him to the bench for the Charity Shield and loaning him to Preston for a month. For a then 21-year-old kid with a brand new Golf GTi, this was quite a jolt. "Usually you walk into United and your kit's laid out, nice brand new towel, nice clean everything - underwear, shorts, the lot," Beckham said. "I turned up there and there was nothing. They had to give me odds and sods from all over the place." At the end of training, Beckham tossed his kit into the middle of the room for the cleaners to pick up, not realising that he was expected to take it home and wash it himself. Two years on and how things change. Or maybe not. At the end of our interview, Beckham's blue mobile phone rang. It was his fiancée, calling to see if he had remembered to pick up the dry cleaning. Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. "I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn't looking very good either". -- Dogbert
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Subject: Choccy McClair bound for Macclesfield? + Sparky in demand «« 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 NAA03416 SATURDAY, MAY 16, 1998 McClair bound for Macclesfield? «« Macclesfield hope to receive a major boost ahead of their Division Two campaign with the acquisition of Brian McClair. Macclesfield manager Sammy McIlroy has reportedly approached Alex Ferguson with a view to opening negotiations for McClair, who was handed a surprise free transfer last week. McClair earlier went on record to state that he hopes to play for two more seasons. The deal may be thwarted, however, by the fact that McIlroy himself is stalling on a new three-year contract because of alleged cash problems at the club. It's claimed that the club have cash problems with creditors claiming they are owed up to £500,000 by former Chairman Arthur Jones, who committed suicide 18 months ago. McIlroy, who has taken Macclesfield from the Conference League to the Second Division, is being linked to a number of managerial positions including that at Burnley. The former Manchester United star is pleading for a backer to help the Silkmen overcome their financial troubles. Sparky in demand «« Just a few days after ending his Chelsea career by sitting on the bench for the Cup Winners Cup triumph, the clamour for Mark Hughes's signature has already begun. Despite the fact that former United hero Hughes is now 34, there doesn't seem to be a shortage of takers with Liverpool, Leicester City, Everton and Fulham all said to be interested. There's also speculation that Hughes is being lined-up for a player-coach role with relegated Bolton should Colin Todd decide to call it a day. Now, the first Premiership manager to openly confirm his interest is Harry Redknapp. The West Ham boss has declared that he could be ready to make a move to sign Chelsea striker Mark Hughes, if he becomes available at Stamford Bridge. According to Redknapp: "I'm a big fan of Hughes, and if he were to become available on a free transfer then I would have to be interested. He has tremendous ability and at the end of the day it is not about age, but about quality." If Hughes does decide to leave Chelsea, then there are sure to be a whole host of interested parties, so Redknapp could face real competition to sign the Welsh international.
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 00:00:44 -0400 Subject: UNITED £20M DOUBLE CHASE UNITED £20M DOUBLE CHASE MANCHESTER United's power brokers will hold top-secret talks next week on a sensational £20million Argentine double bid. Fiorentina striker Gabriel Batistuta is already an £11million target. And he could be joined by Valencia's Ariel Ortega, a partnership that's threatens to set the World Cup alight next month. Batistuta, who has grabbed 150 goals in seven years with Fiorentina, blitzed his way to a hat-trick in Argentina's warm up against Bosnia on Thursday night. Ortega, dubbed the new Maradona and not to be outdone, showed all the panache of the famous No 10 in beating six defenders before clipping into the top corner. SAMMY'S IN FOR MCCLAIR Ambitious Macclesfield want to make Brian McClair their major big-name signing for the Second Division. Boss Sammy McIlroy has approached Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson for permission to speak to McClair who was given a surprise free transfer. McIlroy has also been handed the finances to go ahead and offer the veteran Scottish midfielder a deal to tempt him to drop down two divisions. McClair plans to play on for two more seasons and has an open mind on offers. He lives close to the club and could be persuaded to join them. Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support PC2 Sriwani HQ Pg E-Mail Address mailto:suppc2.shpa@sriwani.com.my
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