After the usual flick-through through the backpages of the Sundays, host Brian Woolnough directed attention to the so-called “chaos at Liverpool” in relation to their takeover rumours. Oliver Holt (Daily Mirror) took first shot at the hot topic, claiming the Reds having been “living in a state of chaos for some time now” and that the destabilisation of the club has worsened as a result of Rafa’s recent rants. Ian Ridley (Mail on Sunday) added that there is an air of “self-sabotage” at Anfield, advising the hierarchy to make temporary peace until the end of the season in order to focus attentions on winning the title.
Harry Redknapp’s quotes from the last week, including calling his Spurs side a “mish-mash” and publicly slamming Darren Bent for his horror miss against Portsmouth, was the next subject posed to the talking-heads. Calling the situation “curious,” Ian Ridley voiced the concerns of his newsagent that Spurs’ fans are already getting agitated by Harry’s excuses rather than seeing their manager produce results on the field. Oliver Holt jumped to the defense of Redknapp, supporting the Tottenham coach for his “refreshing” straight-talking, specifically on the Bent miss, while Ian McGarry (The Sun) argued that Redknapp is dissatisfied with the players at Spurs who are failing to prove their worth. Ian Ridley had the final say, countering with his belief that Spurs do have quality footballers and, in particular, that Darren Bent can score goals.
Lastly, a discussion of Manchester City’s failed bid for Kaka was tabled for debate. Oliver Holt admitted he was saddened by the failed transfer, before arguing against much of the negativity directed at City saying that their lofty ambitions are to be admired. Holt finished by agreeing with Garry Cook’s statement that Milan “bottled” the Kaka deal. Ian McGarry pointed the finger of blame at City’s lack of directness and clarity in the transfer market, calling the Citizens “amateur” and “brash,” before claiming (almost as gospel) that Mark Hughes will not be the City manager next season. Ian Ridley expressed his displeasure at the way in which Mark Hughes is treated at Eastlands, while Oliver Holt denied that it’s a given that Hughes will be forced out the club.