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MANUNITED.NETLANE.COM : TODAYS NEWS Date: Mon Mar 23 16:23:24 GMT+00:00 1998 Mail: email@example.com Title run-in Manchester United Mar 28: Wimbledon (H) April 6: Blackburn (A) Live on Sky 20.00 gmt April 10: Liverpool (H) Live on sky 17.00 gmt April 18: Newcastle (H) - Meet "DA" Dave Arnold at OT!! - April 27: Crystal Palace (A) live on Sky 20.00 gmt May 4: Leeds (H) live on Sky (to be confirmed) May 10: Barnsley (A) Sky last day of the season? Monday and the good news is that Peter Schmeichel will be back v Wimbledon on Sat :-) Tomorrows RED birthdays 24th March include: 28 Wendy Lyon firstname.lastname@example.org Usa, San Francisco 26 Gulli Thor Tomasson email@example.com Iceland, Reykjavik This Issue: 1. Schmeichel is on his way :) 2. Who believes the greedy Tw&t????? 3. Shearer on soccernet 4. Plans to switch Saturday football denied 5. KArel Cash ++++++=========+++++++========+++++++++========++++++++ Niall Mullally of "RED CAFE fame X-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.3 (32) Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 12:03:53 +0100 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)"
Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Helgi Adalsteinsson Subject: Schmeichel is on his way :) To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id MAA25150 SCHMEICHEL: I'LL BE BACK ON SATURDAY Peter Schmeichel is confident he will return from injury this Saturday to boost Manchester United's hopes of retaining the Premiership title. The Danish keeper missed last week's European Cup exit after injuring his hamstring during United's home defeat by rivals Arsenal but aims to be back this Saturday to face Wimbledon at Old Trafford. He has missed Denmark's friendly with Scotland this week but insists fears that he might be out for anything up to five weeks are unfounded. Schmeichel said: "Missing the international against Scotland is not really important. It is only a friendly in preparation for the World Cup and that is not until June. "What is important is that I get fit for Wimbledon and I want to take part in it and make sure we can get back on to winning tracks. "I am very optimistic. It's so important and I am going to go to the fullest extent to make sure that I am ready for it. I will be working very hard and I think I will make it. "Winning the Championship has become more important now so we can qualify directly for the Champions' League next season." Schmeichel believes United's uncluttered fixture list gives them the advantage over nearest rivals Arsenal, who are six points behind but have three more games to play and are also in the FA Cup semi-final. He said: "We are nicely set up in terms of fixtures. From now on we only play about once a week which is good. "We haven't got any midweek games so we have plenty of time to recover and to work on every single game as it comes along. In the last six or seven weeks we have had midweek games and we have lost players through injury. "I can see the players coming back and with the run-in we have to the end of the season I can see us doing really well. "Arsenal have got three games in hand but we have got the points. They have a lot of away games left and their fixtures are piling up because they are still in the FA Cup so I would rather be in our position - even though Arsenal can catch us if they win those games in hand." © PA Sporting Life HELGI ADALSTEINSSON Aalborg University email@example.com http://www.business.auc.dk/~helgi Niall Mullally of "RED CAFE fame Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 09:27:17 +0200 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Robert Gaunt Subject: Who believes the greedy Tw&t????? To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU Found this on Soccernet, and I'm really finding it hard to believe any of this nonsense that he has wrote.... Given this article I don't think Fergie will want to burn his fingers a third time and it shows that he is only really only after one thing...... (apparently he doesn't have a get out of jail free card in his contract.....) :-) Exclusive: Heart ruled head when I decided Fergie's offer wasn't for me - by Alan Shearer Monday, March 23, 1998 Anyone knowing me would have thought it was a simple matter. My home town favour-ites, managed by Kevin Keegan, my schoolboy idol, were once more urging me to join them. Surely there could be no better career move? Or could there? There were many days of soul-searching and even more sleepless nights before I finally decided it was time to return home. The first big decision I had to make was whether to break my ties with Blackburn Rovers. I had made so many friends there, none greater than Jack Walker, the multi-millionaire industrialist who had ploughed much of his personal fortune into his home-town club and helped them win the Premiership for the first time in 81 years. Jack had given me so much but I asked him for one special favour - an agreement which would enable me to leave any time I wanted to. It might have seemed a strange thing to do with the title celebrations hardly over but since I was being offered a new four-year contract I wanted to safeguard my future. On the day in question, I had attended a luncheon at Ewood Park to receive the Carling Player of the Year award. Jack was there, so too was chairman Robert Coar, my adviser Tony Stephens and the nation's football press. Our contract talks were very hush-hush so I left the meal saying I was off on holiday, only to sneak around the back of the ground to an executive box to wait for Jack and the chairman. I decided to ask for the escape clause because in football you never know what is around the next corner. If everything didn't go according to plan with Rovers, I wanted to be sure I wasn't tied up with them on a long contract with no room for manoeuvre. I had no desire to leave at that stage but was merely taking extra precautions for the future. It was during this meeting I learned for the first time Kenny Dalglish was going to quit his position as manager and become director of football. We were midway through the talks when I said: 'As long as things are going to stay the same here, I'm happy to sign for another four years. But if I feel unhappy at any time in the future I would like the opportunity to review my position.' 'You'll always be happy as long as I'm here,' Jack replied, then asked Tony and myself if we would mind leaving the room for a short while. When we returned they dropped the bombshell news that Kenny was no longer going to be manager. I was very impressed with their honesty. It would have been easy for them to get my signature on a new contract first and then tell us about Kenny later. In the back of my mind I began to wonder, even then, whether things would be the same without Kenny at the helm, but then, completely out of the blue, Jack said: 'If the time ever comes when you are unhappy and want to leave, I'll let you go. I give you my word on that.' That was good enough for me. I signed my new contract and there was no written escape clause. Some of my fears about Blackburn's lack of progress were to become reality in the following season and there was another factor which planted a few seeds of doubt about my future there. I was carrying a groin injury for some two to three months and it had not been properly diagnosed by anyone at Blackburn. So I booked an appointment to see a specialist without Blackburn knowing and he confirmed I needed surgery. When I rang the club to tell them they were not very happy that I had gone behind their backs but it was not the first time I had been disappointed by their attention to detail when it came to injuries. When you consider how many millions they spent on players, their medical back-up facilities could have been much better. When it eventually came to deciding whether to stay at Ewood Park this would clearly play a part. The situation about my future wasn't helped by speculation in the press, so when I got back from holiday in the summer of 1996 I knew the biggest decision I would ever have to make in my working life lay ahead of me. My first meeting was with Jack Walker because I needed his permission before I could talk to any other clubs. Tony Stephens told Rovers that eight clubs had shown an interest: Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, Newcastle, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus. Tony's first call was to Alex Ferguson, asking him: 'Would you like to talk to Alan Shearer.' 'You bet I would,' was the reply. The next problem was where. Hotels were out of the question, so a meeting was arranged at the Crewe home of David Platt's mother-in-law. Before we met, Alex rang Tony to ask him a list of personal questions about me, ranging from my kids' ages, to the name of the family dog. The talks with Alex were encouraging. We discussed tactics and how I would fit in with his United squad if I agreed to join them. He indicated he would play me alongside Andy Cole at times and with Eric Cantona on others. It was an amicable meeting. A myth has developed over the years that I snubbed United when I chose to sign for Blackburn in 1992. That was not the case. I was never given permission to speak to Alex Ferguson but most United fans got it into their heads I had turned my back on their club to line my pockets with Jack Walker's money. They have a special song dedicated to me when ever I play against United. It refers to me as 'one greedy bastard.' Before leaving I mentioned I was meeting Kevin Keegan the next day. 'I don't know whether that's good news or bad,' said Ferguson. 'Maybe it would have been better if I were the last person to see you.' My talks with Alex had gone so well I immediately went on a house-hunting expedition to several villages, sitting in Tony's car in a baseball cap and dark glasses to avoid being recognised. One property was particularly appealing and when I look back there is no doubt in my mind I was leaning towards United. Next day I met Kevin in Huddersfield, the smokescreen was a Bryan Adams concert at the McAlpine Stadium where we met at the home of a friend of Tony's. I arrived at the small terraced house, again wearing dark glasses and baseball cap, Kevin rang on his mobile phone to say: 'The Magpie has landed,' and the pre-arranged meeting place was a nearby pub car park. Kevin, also wearing dark glasses, slipped into the house unnoticed by a small group of young boys on their bikes, unaware the world's biggest transfer was taking place behind the curtains only yards away. I asked Kevin more or less the same football questions I had asked Alex Ferguson. He told me he wanted to play me, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla and maybe Peter Beardsley and David Ginola in the same attack. Very interesting, I thought - but could it work? Tony was also in contact with Joe Royle at Everton as well as Liverpool's Roy Evans and we were also aware of Arsenal's interest. If I had been pushed to make a decision at that stage I would have said Manchester United or Liverpool, with Newcastle a distant third - but I had one more important duty to fulfil. I had to honour my promise to Jack Walker to meet him again, for by now I had more or less decided I was going to leave Blackburn. Jack did everything in his power to make me change my mind, even coming up with the staggering proposal of making me Blackburn's player-manager. We went into his office, a large room with bare walls except for a picture of Winston Churchill on one and a photograph of me on another. As I shook his hand before we left I was 90 per cent sure I was going to be a Rovers player for another year - and if we had not been in such a hurry to leave to catch a flight before the airport closed at twilight, the contract would possibly have been signed there and then. I couldn't lose, whichever club I joined. My heart was saying Newcastle but my head was telling me that Manchester United or Liverpool offered the best football options. I had hardly been home half an hour when there was a call from Kevin Keegan. He wanted another chat with me before he left on a pre-season trip with Newcastle. I told him straight: 'I am not 100 per cent sure about the attacking system you have in mind. I don't think it will work.' We talked for another hour. 'If it doesn't work out I'll change it,' he said and was adamant any difficulties could be sorted out. 'OK,' I said eventually. 'I'll sign for Newcastle.' I couldn't believe what I had said - but when I put the phone down at around midnight there was no going back. I was going to wear the famous black and white shirt and what's more, it would have the No.9 on the back. That was an important detail to me. I had mentioned it to Kevin and he said he would talk to Les Ferdinand, the current occupant. It emerged later that Les was not happy about it. I know how he must have felt. He never expressed any dissatisfaction to me but if Les had said: 'No, I'm not giving it up,' it would not have stopped me from signing. The race was now to get on the flight to Hong Kong and catch up with my new team-mates. I never had the chance to go back home to say goodbye to my wife and daughters. Instead, a bag was packed for me and I never went back to our house at Formby. My wife Lainya was left to sort out all the arrangements for moving home to the north-east. I had one more important job to do - ring Alex Ferguson. I tried to call him on the way to the airport but there was no reply. So I wrote him a personal note thanking him for his interest and explaining why the prospect of returning home to Newcastle had been impossible to ignore. However, I found his subsequent thoughts on the transfer a little disappointing. He said: 'Getting my fingers burned twice is not fun.' I assume he was referring to my move to Blackburn from Southampton. Abridged extract from My Story So Far by Alan Shearer to be published by Hodder & Stoughton on April 2 at £16.99. Niall Mullally of "RED CAFE fame X-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 12:21:57 -0800 To: email@example.com From: "Steve-Eccles Reds." Subject: Shearer on soccernet X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id SAA05784 Shearer ready to leave after relegation Sunday, March 22, 1998 Alan Shearer will quit Newcastle United if they lose their Premier League status this season. That is the heart-breaking prospect for the Toon Army, already reeling from sleaze allegations engulfing their club's boardroom. Shearer, who moved to his hometown club from Blackburn in a British record £15million deal 19 months ago, is not prepared to slip into a First Division backwater. His decision will alert Europe's wealthiest clubs. Juventus and Barcelona have monitored his progress in the past, and Manchester United may be ready to make a third attempt to buy him. Shearer is ruthlessly ambitious and, even though he has three years left on his contract, is ready to make his feelings clear once the club's League status is decided. If he is so ambitious,why the hell did he join Newcastle?? Steve-Eccles Reds firstname.lastname@example.org ICQ 9540478 Niall Mullally of "RED CAFE fame X-Sender: email@example.com X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 16:04:20 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: J Callaghan Subject: Plans to switch Saturday football denied X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id WAA10408 Plans to switch Saturday football denied «« The Premier League have denied reports that Premiership football is to be switched from Saturdays for Sky TV's pay-per-view scheme. A Sunday paper claimed Sky wanted to spread all ten Premiership weekend games over the Sunday and Monday to allow every match to be made pay-per-view. But Premier League chiefs have poured scorn on such a move. Spokesman Mike Lee said: "Suggestions of an agreed plan to move Premiership fixtures are nonsense." A Manchester United is for life, not just for christmas. --------------------------------------------------------- JacKiT@indigo.ie --------------------------------------------------------- If tomorrow was today, it would be yesterday. Niall Mullally of "RED CAFE fame X-Sender: email@example.com X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 16:04:20 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: J Callaghan Subject: KArel Cash X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id WAA10408 SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 1998 Poborsky cash row «« Manchester United and Portuguese giants Benfica are heading for collision course regarding the transfer of Karel Poborsky. Poborsky has been in outstanding form since his transfer to Benfica, and the Czech ace has been one of the main factors in Benfica's resurgence this season - so much so that Graeme Souness' team are now pressing one time runaway leaders Porto. However a report suggests that United as yet haven't received a single penny of the £3.5 million transfer fee. Poborsky left back in January, but United are so concerned about Benfica's reluctance to pay, that they could take the ultimate action of recalling the player to Old Trafford. Maurice Watkins confirmed: "It's the case that there has been a breach of the contract by Benfica over the transfer of Karel Poborsky and we have reported the matter to FIFA." 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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