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www.red11.org : TODAYS NEWS
Date: Fri May 22 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org


This Issue:
1. Teamtalk  Spanish duo warned off Solskjaer +  Neville's World Cup dream
2. Edwards on spending
3. Neville, Kluivert (Mirror)

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X-Sender: jackit@indigo.ie X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32) Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 14:05:36 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: J Callaghan Subject: Teamtalk Spanish duo warned off Solskjaer + Neville's World Cup dream FRIDAY, MAY 22, 1998 Spanish duo warned off Solskjaer Solskjaer: "Hands Off" warning The speculation surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future as a United player took a further twist, when Chairman Martin Edwards issued a "hands off' warning to the Spanish clubs, Atletico Madrid and Valencia, who were amongst the first to express an interest in signing the Norwegian international striker. There seems to be some confusion about the whole situation, reportedly caused initially by Edwards, who claimed that the club were looking for a suitable new striker, thereby inferring to some people that Solskjaer's days at Old Trafford were numbered. That alerted several European mainland clubs to the possibility that the 25 year old might be available for transfer and they have lost no time in making their interest known. Spanish media outlets approached the player, who is currently preparing for international duty with the Norwegian squad, seeking his views about his future. Reports suggest that the reply was that whilst he wants to stay at Old Trafford, every player has a price, prompting Edwards to try and clarify the issue. He said that Solskjaer, who had a poor season because of injury and illness, is not for sale, adding that United were expected to add to their squad during the summer and not reduce it by selling off their best young players. Champions League dramatic changes UEFA officials are being put under increased pressure to make further changes to the Champions League format, as many of Europe's leading clubs push for what would become a virtual mid week League. England's two representatives for next season, Arsenal and United, are reportedly backing the initiative of Italian giants, Juventus, to increase the number of competing clubs from the current 24, to a revenue generating 32, playing in four groups of eight, with quarter and semi finals being staged in a week long 'Festive of Football'. The plans sound very close to being a first step towards the implementation of a European Super League and are also being supported by such as Ajax, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. With the powerful backing of major television companies, it is being claimed that it is only a matter of time before the proposed changes come into being, as the powerful cartel of leading clubs are determined to get their way. How it will impinge upon the domestic competitions is not yet clear, but radical change is undoubtedly on the way and United are determined to play their part in making it happen. Neville's World Cup dream At a time when many of England's senior players are reportedly ready to consider legal action in their fight for more money, one amongst their ranks, United's 21 year old full back, Philip Neville, says that he would sacrifice everything that he has achieved in the game and play for nothing, just to be part of the World Cup action. In a remarkably frank plea, he gave a revealing insight into his hope of joining brother Gary in France next month as part of Glenn Hoddle's squad. Philip said : "I am not concerned about bonus or commercial payments, all I want to do is go to the World Cup finals and play." He added : "I have spoken to experienced players like Stuart Pearce, who told me there is no greater feeling. In 50 years time I can still say that I did it. It is not about money, it is about dreams." Philip is by no means as certain as Gary to be selected, but claimed that it would upset their parents more than the brothers if one was to be selected and not the other. He explained : "All the England players just want the next two weeks to be over and find out if we are picked. We all have our documents and information, we have all be issued with the official kit, but only 22 will make the squad and I want to be one of them. Huge demand for youngster courses The club are running a number of coaching courses for youngsters during the half term holiday next week, with a huge demand for places anticipated. Five local venues have been selected for the four day courses, which are all reasonably priced. The initiative is being co-ordinated through Dave Ryan at United's 'Football in the Community' office, within Old Trafford. Enquiries about places can be directed to him, by calling 0161 708 9451
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 13:53:25 -0700 Subject: Edwards on spending Man. United's riches causing transfer trouble Copyright 1998 Nando.net Copyright 1998 Agence France-Presse MANCHESTER, England (May 22, 1998 - 9:56 EDT) - Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards said Friday that the English giants are struggling to buy top players because clubs are trying to exploit their wealth. United's attempts to sign Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe from Lens broke down this week after the French club doubled their asking price. United, one of the richest clubs in the world, made an improved offer of five million pounds (eight million dollars), but that was still not enough for Lens -- who reportedly wanted another three million pounds for the 23- year-old defensive midfielder. Before the Old Trafford outfit signed Jaap Stam, Edwards claimed the club would not become involved in "a Dutch auction," but they still ended up paying PSV Eindhoven a world record fee for a defender of 10.75 million pounds. Edwards stressed United are not the only big club which selling sides feel they can take advantage of. "I don't want to be critical of other clubs, but clearly I would say when the bigger clubs come in for a player the selling club knows they can perhaps offer more than the others," he said. "That's a fact of life and we've known about that for a while." Edwards said there was little they could do in cases where the player was under contract because the selling club would always hold the upper hand in transfer negotiations. But he stated again that he would not let anyone hold United to ransom. "If a player is under contract then obviously the club are free to set the price," he said. "The club will be looking at what it will cost them to replace the player if they do sell him. "In the case of Foe we will see if they get the fee they are looking for. "With Stam there were other people around who were prepared to pay that price. "It's a question of valuation and how far you are prepared to go. "When we look at a player we assess his value and we're not prepared to go beyond that."
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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, 23 May 1998 07:54:36 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Neville, Kluivert (Mirror) NEVILLE:WE DON'T MENTION F-WORD JOHN DILLON Phil Neville has been measured for his World Cup suit, his World Cup training kit and even his complimentary World Cup golf clubs. His picture is on all the World Cup posters, in all the magazines and newspapers and, no, he hasn't booked a holiday for this summer. So what's the one thing neither he nor all the other fringe hopefuls sweating on a place in Glenn Hoddle's final 22 never mention amid all the banter bouncing around the team's picturesque HQ in Buckinghamshire. You guessed it...the F- word - France! Understandably, it's the competition that dare not speak its name as the nerves fray and the doubts begin to gnaw at the hearts and minds in the countdown to the naming of Hoddle's final party on Monday week. It really is that close and Manchester United defender Neville spelled out exactly how fraught things are becoming as the final Cup approaches. He said: "It's something you've got to tip-toe around. We've all been given an itinerary for the World Cup. But you don't know whether you'll be where it says you will be in two weeks time because you've got to be selected first. "We've got to get through these two weeks until June 1 - then the fun starts. I am sure that everyone of the 30 players here has tried to pick the final 22 in his own mind. "But never ever talked about some of us not going. "I think that everyone is worried about it really. You never think that you're definitely be picked. And missing out? It could happen to anyone through injury, illness or loss of form or anything. And that can happen in a short space of time. We've still got three games to get through yet. "The boss have never said to us that there are 13 players more or less pencilled in already like he has to the newspapers. But I can see it for myself when he talks about the spine of the team. "I don't think that I'm in the so-called 13 who you would think are save to go. I think I've still got something to prove. If I get the chance to go, it will be the biggest thing ever in my life. "All my training this season has been geared towards the World Cup as well as doing my best for United. My heart has really gone into it." Neville and his brother and United team mate Gary have sometimes been unfairly cast as the, shall we say, less intellectual members of Hoddle's squad. But Phil is a likeable, chatty 21-year-old who's under no illusions that, at the moment, he's clinging on to a hope of going to France rather than looking a pretty good bet. But he believes tomorrow's game against Saudi Arabia could present him with a similar chance to the one he grabbed when he played in the friendly against South Africa at his own team's Old Trafford ground in May last year. "I haven't played under the boss before that," said Neville. "But I thought I did well and I had a good run in the side after that all the way up to Le Tournoi. So I suppose it's a similar game at Wembley on Saturday. If I get the chance, it's going to be a big test for me." If Gary's place does look more assured. Phil, may benefit in that unfortunate way footballers do when a team mate is injured. Chelsea's Graham Le Saux is having continuing fitness problems and that could let the Manchester United kid in. Neville said: "I can play on the right but you've got my brother there and also David Beckham who is one of the best crossers of the ball in Europe. "So, barring injury, that side looks pretty tied up. It looks like the left side is the main hope I'd have of getting into the starting eleven." There's one other thing no one's dropped into the conversation at Bisham Abbey this week... Arsenal's double that left Manchester United empty handed for the first time in five seasons. Even the Gunners who, at present, have been diplomatic enough not to bring it up. Well, it would hardly help team spirit, would it? DALGLISH IN FOR KLUIVERT BY STEVE MILLAR NEWCASTLE are close to splashing 8 million on a superstar sidekick for Alan Shearer. Boss Kenny Dalglish is now increasingly worried that Shearer is fighting a lone battle up front. And the England hitman's body language during the FA Cup Final defeat by Arsenal revealed the frustration he feels in going solo to spearhead Newcastle's attack. Now Newcastle have earmarked AC Milan's Dutch star Patrick Kluivert as the perfect foil for Shearer who is always at his deadliest with a tried and trusted partner. Arsenal also want to add Kluivert to their Dutch contingent.
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