Monday 7 November
Oh no, here we go (part one): The Takeover Panel have been asked to investigate the trading in CPO shares in the three weeks before the meeting that ultimately rejected the club’s proposals to buy back the freehold.
Obviously the suspicion is that the club bought up a large stake to swing the vote. How that can be proved is up to the panel to determine but are we missing something – didn’t the no campaign win? Perhaps they are worried about a further vote at the AGM that would only require a 50% majority. But surely the club would not be rash enough to push for another vote so soon.
Ron ‘Going Forward’ Gourlay opened his big trap on the naming rights and said he expects a blue chip partner to be in place for the start of next season. Ron was speaking at the International Football Arena conference in Zurich, where he admitted that the club were still smarting from the CPO no vote but the club had not yet decided what future course of action they would take going forward.
Wednesday 9 November
We’re all going to the Sports Direct Arena on Saturday 3 December as the Newcastle board discover quite how unpopular you can become in one afternoon by renaming their stadium. The old name of the stadium, St Somebody’s something – see how quickly tradition evaporates in the face of commercial necessity – was not deemed profitable enough. It seems the church was unwilling to stump up for the hundred and twenty odd years of free publicity St James’ Park had given.
The day after Gourlay said he thought we’d be playing at the Weetabix Bridge next year it seems the Uefa financial fair play rules are chipping away at the soul of the game.
Thursday 10 November
Josh McEachran played most of England U21’s 5-0 mauling of Iceland. He looked a little uncomfortable playing behind a lone striker but the game will have blown away a few cobwebs.
Gaël Kakuta played an hour for France U21 as they beat Romania 3-1 and Oriol Romeu made his debut for Spain U21 and again got about an hour.
Nat Chalobah, Aziz Deen-Conteh, Jamal Blackman and Todd Kane all played for the England U19 at Brighton and enjoyed a 1-0 win over Denmark. Meanwhile, David Luiz was playing in Brazil’s routine 0-2 win in Gabon.
Friday 11 November
Petr Cech played with a full gimp mas… er nose protection and head gear as the Czech’s beat Montenegro 2-0 to put one foot in the Euros. Similarly, Raul Meireles helped Portugal to a 0-0 with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the away leg of their tie.
Jolly news: Andre Villas-Boas has bee charged by the FA with improper conduct. He has a week to respond and could do worse than take a dvd of the game to his hearing and ask the FA what Chris Foy thought he was doing.
Meanwhile, the youth team have been drawn to play Doncaster Rovers in the FA Youth Cup.
Saturday 12 November
England 1:0 Spain
A very proud England captain scored the winner at Wembley and for once Frank Lampard wasn’t booed when he was substituted. Capello has finally joined the 21st century with an ultra defensive 4-5-1 but his urge to play people out of position remains as Manchester United’s promising centre-half, Phil Jones, played in midfield.
Both Mata and Torres came on in the second-half, while Mata showed plenty of neat touches neither could conjure a chance.
Salmon Kalou played in the Ivory Coast’s draw with South Africa but Obi John was left out of Nigeria’s game with Benin.
Branislav Ivanovic went all the way to Mexico with Serbia and came back with a 2-0 defeat.
Chelsea youth 4:2 Fulham youth
After a sticky start to the season the youth team seem to be stringing some results together. This morning’s game started with a John Swift header from a corner before Buomesca Na Bangna equalized. It was one of two for the former Chelsea lad. Lewis Baker restored our lead from a penalty before half-time.
Lucas Piazon, the Brazilian U17 started the match and had a shot before being replaced at the break. The young Brazilian is something of a heart-throb in South America so November mornings at Cobham will come as something of a surprise.
Jamal Blackman, fresh from U19 duty made a couple of good saves but they eventually equalised only for Alex Kiwomya to strike twice in the closing stages.